Open to pupils in the 5th year of francophone and germanophone secondary education, the aim of the Corsica competition is to stimulate scientific interest in inviting young people to explore a theme linked to oceanography.
The theme for 2012 was ‘An Ocean of Resources,’ or how the seas and the oceans today appear to be a new Eldorado: an immense reservoir of resources for humanity. In effect the oceans are progressively giving up their secrets: significant deposits of much sought after metals, like rare lands, are being discovered; the discovery of new compounds is opening the door to new hopes in the area of healthcare; the algae are at the heart of agrofood industry interests; the chemists are inspired by the processes developed by sea organisms in order to manufacture revolutionary materials, etc.
Some dozen competition application dossiers were filed by the schools of several Walloon towns and local authorities (Charleroi, Dinant, Binche, Waimes, Stavelot, Liège, etc.). The jury, made up of ULg professors and researchers, rewarded four of them:
The first prize is a week of science activities framed by the ULg at STARESO, the University of Liege’s oceanographic and undersea research station at Calvi in Corsica. It has been jointly awarded to the Dinant Collège Notre-Dame de Bellevue and the Binche Collège Notre-Dame de Bon Secours. The 25 pupils and professors who have put together these two dossiers will stay at the centre from next September 23 to 29.
The Corsica copetition prize giving, June 26, 2012, at the ULg. © ULg Houet - 2012
In addition, the Liege DIC Collège and the Jupille Institut Notre-Dame de Jupille have won a visit, on a ‘heads or tails’ basis, to the Liege Aquarium-Museum and the ULg’s aquaculture station at Tihange.
The prizes will be announced this June 26 in the presence of the pupils and the teachers, as well as members of the Jury and the ULg’s First Vice-Rector, Albert Corhay.
The Corsica competition for 2013 will be renewed and take place under a new format.
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