PRESS RELEASE – Young visionaries from 17 of St. Lucia’s secondary schools will compete tomorrow in the national finals of the 2014 Sagicor Visionaries Challenge at the Derek Walcott Square, to see who will represent this country at the S.T.E.M. Ambassador Programme coming in July 2015 in Tampa, Florida.
An overall Visionaries Challenge winner will be chosen in Tampa, and St. Lucian students have submitted thirty projects to face the judges. These will be on display for public viewing from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at tomorrow’s finals. The exhibition will be followed by a prize giving ceremony to be addressed by Esther Brathwaite, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education.
Ravi Mangar, St. Lucia’s 2013 visionary ambassador, said it had been a privilege to represent his country and school, St. Mary’s College, along with physics teacher, Anya James, with their project of an obstacle detector for the visually impaired. He called on students, teachers and members of the public to come out to the national competition and offer their support to this year’s competitors.
“Last year’s Sagicor Visionaries Challenge actually exceeded my expectations and I think more people should have the opportunity to share in the experience that we had on the prize tour to Tampa. As a student you just need to manage your time wisely so that you can participate fully and get the maximum benefit from the programme,” Mangar said.
The young visionary said meeting other interesting participants and working with mentors was also very memorable for him.
“Meeting fellow competitors from St. Lucia and the Caribbean was a priceless experience for me, and also working with mentors like Dr. Cardinal Warde, MIT lecturer. He gave us great insights into the project and mentors like these can also guide you, and give you advice about your project, and even on lifelong endeavours.”
The Sagicor Visionaries Challenge was conceptualised by Sagicor and the Caribbean Science Foundation (CSF), in partnership with the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) and aims to promote the use of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) to develop effective, innovative and sustainable solutions to problems.
Follow the progress of the 2014 Sagicor Visionaries Challenge at https://www.facebook.com/SagicorVisionaries.