In the 12 countries where the Visionaries Challenge was piloted, officials received close to 170 submissions from over 100 schools.
Students first competed at the National level and had the opportunity to win prizes which included a computerized technology centre and science kits for the school. One student representative also earned a trip, with a teacher, to Florida, for an all-expenses-paid S.T.E.M.-related tour. The tour included visits to the Kennedy Space Center, the Museum of Science & Industry, Disney World’s EPCOT theme park and the University of South Florida. On April 13th, 2013 national winners assembled in Barbados at the regional competition for the final phase of the Visionaries Challenge. Bishop Martin High School from Belize, emerged as the inaugural champion with their project “Coconuts 4 Life”.
During the exciting S.T.E.M. tour in July students and teachers had a hands-on look at nanotechnology, alternative energy, the Kennedy Space Center Vehicle Assembly Building, rocketry and hydroponics. At the EPCOT theme park they visited the “Behind the Seeds” attraction which focuses on sustainable agriculture.