By Iddi Yire, GNA
Accra, Oct 07,
GNA - The Wesley Grammar Senior High School (SHS) has emerged winners of the
2019 edition of the Model Dam contest, a civil engineering challenge organised
by Knight Piesold (KP) Consulting.
Aquinas, St Margaret Mary and La Presbyterian SHSs placed second, third and
competition, dubbed: “KP Consulting Schools Initiative Programme (SIP)", seeks
to heighten the interest of science students attending public SHSs in civil
which was held in Accra on theme: “Dams: A hands-on Experience”, challenged
students of the science departments of the four participating SHSs to design a
model dam for construction.
participants were first given a briefing to develop a sample of a model dam as
part of preparations towards the grand finale.
The team from
Wesley Grammar SHS, beat three other teams to win a 40-inch plasma television,
a wireless printer and A4 paper rims as its prize.
prizes, St Thomas Aquinas, St Margaret Mary and La Presbyterian SHS
respectively received a 32-inch plasma television, a wireless printer and A4
paper rims; a 32-inch plasma television, a printer and A4 paper rims; and a
32-inch plasma television respectively.
Speaking to the
Ghana News Agency (GNA), Mr Jeffrey Coffin, Regional Manager for KP Consulting,
West Africa, said every year, the designs get more creative and the thought
process gets a little more complex.
He lauded the
skills showed by the participating schools, saying, these schools had done
their research, and was impressed with what they have learnt over a short
period of time.
Mr Coffin, who
was also the Lead Judge for the contest, told GNA that, among the criteria for
scoring the teams was creativity, efficiency, team performance and
presentations, however, the focus was on how the dams could store water as well
as its cost.
He said in an
interaction with some students, a lady mentioned that working in a team was one
of the challenges she encountered, adding that “so this is part of the
training, and part of what we do as professionals; building teams to operate
efficiently, and solving problems.
Boamah, Chairman of the SIP Planning Committee, said this year’s contest
registered new participants, as the project was in line with the company’s
vision of providing skills training for students.
He said the
government's free SHS programme would go a long way to ensure an equal
opportunity for all children to go to school.
Mr Boamah said
for every country to develop, there was a need to move into more scientific way
of doing things, as such, to be able to reach this goal, it was important to
encourage people to pursue science and science related courses.
students to take their studies serious, adding that “for the ladies, I am
urging you to be encouraged by the young female engineers you are seeing
around. As students, you can achieve
your dreams and it’s all about determination”.
Mr Benoni Owusu
Ansah, a Senior Civil Engineer at KP Consulting, also underscored the need for
the youth to develop attitudes to pursue applied sciences and implement them in
He said science
was the bedrock of development in all the advanced countries, therefore, the
idea was to inculcate in this young generation, the enthusiasm to take up
science at the higher level.
“We desire to
wet up their interest into the study of applied sciences, but because we are an
engineering firm, our focus has been on the applications of civil engineering,
so they will be able to build dams on their own”.