Innovation, creativity as Samoa marks Intellectual Property Day

By Nefertiti Matatia ,

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Samoa joined the world to celebrate Intellectual Property Day on Thursday. 

The theme this year “Powering Change: Women in Innovation and Creativity”, celebrates the brilliance, ingenuity, curiosity and courage of women who have and are still contributing to the world of Innovation and Creativity.

The Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Labour, the Scientific Research Organisation of Samoa (S.R.O.S.) and the National University of Samoa (N.U.S.) hosted the 2nd Secondary School Science Fair to celebrate the World Intellectual Property Day.

The organisers received interest from 15 Secondary Schools from around Samoa for the three categories. Three of the competitors came from Vaiola College, Itu Asau College and Amoa College. 

FUTURE SCIENTISTS OF SAMOA:  Faleata College ready for more experiments in the future. Photo/Misiona Simo
FUTURE SCIENTISTS OF SAMOA: Faleata College ready for more experiments in the future. Photo/Misiona Simo
MAKING HISTORY : The students of the Le Amosa College displaying their project that is based on the coconut tree.
MAKING HISTORY : The students of the Le Amosa College displaying their project that is based on the coconut tree.
SHARING DREAMS AND PASSION FOR SCIENCE: Students from Vaiola College interacting with the Le Amosa College representatives.
SHARING DREAMS AND PASSION FOR SCIENCE: Students from Vaiola College interacting with the Le Amosa College representatives.
TEACH THEM YOUNG: A representative from the Le Amosa College explaining their findings.
TEACH THEM YOUNG: A representative from the Le Amosa College explaining their findings.
THE WINNERS OF THE EXHIBITION CATEGORY: Taua, Evangel and Quen from Saint Mary’s College.
THE WINNERS OF THE EXHIBITION CATEGORY: Taua, Evangel and Quen from Saint Mary’s College.
OBSERVING THE YOUNG: Minister Lautafi Fio Selafi Joseph Purcell having a look at the project prepared by students of the Robert Louis Stevenson College.
OBSERVING THE YOUNG: Minister Lautafi Fio Selafi Joseph Purcell having a look at the project prepared by students of the Robert Louis Stevenson College.
PASSION FOR KNOWLEDGE: Leiifiifi College students showing off their colourful experiments.
PASSION FOR KNOWLEDGE: Leiifiifi College students showing off their colourful experiments.
LEARNING IS A PROCESS: The students of Leiifiifi College showcasing their findings
LEARNING IS A PROCESS: The students of Leiifiifi College showcasing their findings

Newcomers this year included Robert Louis Stevenson, Papauta Girls College, Vaimauga College and Anoamaa College. 

One of the many outcomes of last years’ competition includes the registration of the 1st Innovation Patent in Samoa and the Pacific Region by Jorim-Paul Tagutugutu Philips of Faatuatua College. 

Jorim’s entry won 1st Prize for the Invention Category.

The organisers are exploring the possibility of incorporating other areas such as artistic designs and other sciences and are confident that with the number of sponsoring interests and support they believe that this will be realized in the nearest future.

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