Wetenschap - 26 april 2016

Purifying water for Gambia misses prize

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Didi de Vries

No prize for the high school students who designed a water purification system for Gambia with Wageningen research. During Imagine, a competition for high school graduation projects, they missed the prizes.

‘The presentation went well’, says Bram Klein Wentink, one of the high school students of the Ludgercollege in Doetinchem, ‘but unfortunately we did not win.’ They had a good feeling beforehand. The jury had critical questions which Bram, Carmen Swiers and Lisanne Peters felt they answered quite well. ‘After the award presentation we talked to the jury’, says Bram. ‘They thought our project was really good, but they questioned if Gambian people wanted to eat alga. And they also thought our system was a bit expensive.’

They thought our project was really good, but they questioned if Gambian people wanted to eat alga.
Bram Klein Wentink

The grand prize, a study trip to a developing country, was awarded to a project in Ethiopia which use the plant Jatropha to combat erosion while also making biofuel and soap. ‘It is a pity that we did not win’, says Bram, ‘but I am happy that we are now done.’ Besides they were rewarded in a different manner. The three received a 9,1 for their graduation project from their teacher.

The high school students worked together with Dorinde Kleinegris and Ben van den Broek of Food & Biobased Research. With this idea the high school students competed in the Imagine competition for graduation projects in which life science commits to development cooperation.


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