On the final day of the Sagicor Visionaries Challenge S.T.E.M. Ambassador Programme, Team Guyana was announced the Regional winner from a field of eight competitors. Teacher Jerome Rampersaud and student Athina Indar collected the Regional Champion trophy and their school – Abram Zuil Secondary School – will receive US$5,000. Their project, the Paddy Husk Particle Board, was also judged to have the Best Presentation and to be Most Relevant to Sustainable Communities.
The Barbados team from Queen’s College, captured the First Runner Up title with their project The Green Way to get Styrofoam Away and also won an award for Best Use of S.T.E.M.
Winner of the People’s Choice Award and inaugural Regional Champion, Bishop Martin High School from Belize, earned the final top spot as Second Runner Up with their project Chaya – Mayan Power for Modern Times. This project also won the team an award for the Best Plan & Project Design.
Special awards also went to the Christ the King High School from Antigua & Barbuda. Their project – Nevo Oven won Most Creative & Innovative and Best Innovation.
As part of their winnings in the National competition, representatives from each country were selected to travel to Tampa to visit various attractions where they learned more about S.T.E.M. These included the Museum of Science & Industry, The Kennedy Space Centre, the University of South Florida and the Behind the Seeds exhibit at Disney World’s Epcot Theme Park.