Tonight, the Bishop Martin High School from Orange Walk is the recipient of much praise and recognition in the Caribbean after they won a regional science and technology competition, held in Barbados. The high school sent representatives to Barbados to participate in the Regional Sagicor Visionaries’ Challenge, and they won with their entry, Coconuts4life.
They brought back 5 thousand US dollars in prize money, and so today, 7News got a chance to speak with one of the students who made the presentation.
Here’s what he told us about what Coconuts4life means:
Angel Navidad - 1st Place, Bishop Martin High School
"It was about finding a problem in your community or school and taking it up as a challenge using Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics to solve it and create more sustainable community."
"Tell us about your project and how did it perform in terms of the judges expectations?"
"Our project was about an Eco-Park which was called 'Coconuts4life' which would give us Coconut Water to solve the dehydration problem in our school. It would give habitats because there are already forests and savannah where we planned to make it. We would also teach the people sustainable practices so that they can take it home and they can practice sustainable practices and like that you bring sustainability to the park and into the community to create a more sustainable community."
"Tell us about how you guys came up with that idea."
"We came out with that idea by looking at the problems that were there and looking at the challenge. The challenge was creating a sustainable community but we wanted to solve those problems. So we just brain stormed and came up with that one."
"How long did it take you guys?"
"We were working since last October, last year."
"Were you confident that your project would come first place?"
"Not really because all of them were really really good but I guess we just presented it good and had the support from BELSAC members in Barbados."
Second place went to Jamaica’s Wolmer’s Boys School who won US $3,000, while third was Naparima Girls College from Trinidad and Tobago. They won US $1,000.
The monies will go to the respective schools.