By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter
High school science teachers from around the country gathered at the Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel on Friday morning for a sensitization workshop on the upcoming Sagicor Visionaries Challenge.
Over 30 teachers, coming from as far as Stann Creek and San Pedro, gathered to learn the criteria for student entries into the competition; and to hold brain-storming sessions, putting themselves in the position the students will be in.
Marina Young, administrator for Sagicor, explained that the brain-storming session is to help teachers get a hands-on idea of what is expected, which will help them to more adequately prepare the students for the competition.
Young added that the event is in its third year, and that this launch marks the start of the countdown for the national competition, to be held in early 2016. The winner of the national competition will go on to compete against winners from other CARICOM territories.
“We are hoping to keep the trophy in Belize this year”, Young said. “Bishop Martin High School had won the inaugural competition and placed third the following year, so we’re hoping that Belize can bring it home again.”
The competition requires students to identify a problem, either in their community or in the country and use STEM (Science, Technology, engineering and Math) to derive a solution.
Bishop Martin’s winning entry for the national competition last year was the “”Chaya: Mayan Power for Modern Times” project, which highlighted the numerous nutritional benefits of the Chaya plant.