Tuesday, July 28th, 2015. Aaron Humes Reporting: Placing third in this year’s Sagicor Visionaries Challenge was regional champions, Bishop Martin High School of Orange Walk, for their innovative concept involving the shrub native to Mexico; Chaya.
The project was entitled “Mayan Power for Modern Times” and is aimed at increasing awareness and usability of Chaya in the diets of Belizeans by creating a database, blog and instructional videos on Chaya preparation.
Bishop Martin also won the People’s Choice Award, where participants voted online for 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 and the group won US$1,000 for their school.
The Sagicor Visionaries Challenge is an annual regional competition in Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Guyana, St Lucia, Tampa (Hillsborough County) and Trinidad & Tobago.
It is a collaboration between the Caribbean Examination Council and the Caribbean Science Foundation that seeks to boost institutional capacity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in secondary schools and provide students with a practical, hands-on approach to solving some of the problems facing their communities.
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