sagicorViewers may recall that in December of last year, Secondary Schools across Belize were preparing their respective submissions for the Sagicor Visionaries Challenge, a regional competition in which students in schools work in teams and use Science, Technology, Engineering and Math know as (STEM) to solve a problem in their school or community. Of the entries, we showed you Bishop Martin High School’s submission on Mayan Power for Modern Times, aimed to increase awareness and usability of Chaya in the diets of Belizeans by creating a database, blog and instructional videos.

We are happy to announce that Bishop Martin High School, who represented Belize as National winners, captured third place from among the eight teams that competed for the title of regional champions. The Belize team also won the People’s Choice Award, where participants voted online for who they thought had the best Sagicor Visionaries Challenge 2014 project.

The Chaya project received over 51,000 votes or 50% of the total votes. Additionally, Mayan Power for Modern Times was declared the Best Plan and Project Design. During their visit to Tampa Florida, the Belize team were introduced to nanotechnology and space, engineering, prototyping and testing. They, along with the other regional winners, also visited the Kennedy Space Center, as well as the Epcot Centre. As 3rd place winners, Bishop Martin High School will receive bragging rights as well as $1,000US towards their school.

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