Team Seychelles honoured

The group of students from the Beau Vallon secondary school known as Team Seychelles who took part in the First Global Challenge Robotic Competition held last month in Washington, USA, have been honoured.

This was through a reception held on Friday evening at the Savoy Resort Seychelles at Beau Vallon.

The six students are Nellie Azemia (team leader), Stana Mousbe (spokesperson), Frazer Nalletamby (programme builder and operator), Shana Banane (designer) and Anil Buron (designer, builder and tactician). They were accompanied by a science teacher from the school, Kevin Dupres, and were the youngest and coming from the smallest of the countries who took part.

They were ranked 105 out of 163 countries and 25th out of 40 African countries. They also outperformed a number of developed countries in the likes of USA, UK, France, Canada, the Netherlands and Russia.

The team also nominated the National Institute for Science, Technology and Innovation (Nisti), for best supporting organisation and Nisti won bronze of the Al-Kararizmi Award for outstanding supporting organisations. The award is for outstanding supporter to the First Global Challenge 2017 and for promoting the cause of Science, Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) in their country and the development of a new international technologically capable generation.

Present at the reception on Friday were Vice-President Vincent Meriton under whose office Nisti falls, secretary of state Barry Faure, chairman of Nisti board Conrad Shamlaye, the institute’s chief executive Xavier Estico, stakeholders and sponsors, parents and three of the six students.

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