For the third year in a row students from Hebrew Academy, Middle School represented the State of Florida in the Social Entrepreneurship Competition Cadena Initiative competition. The competition which had been scheduled to take place last May, but was canceled due to the pandemic, was rescheduled for November 22, 2020. Students from ten different countries (Mexico, Brazil, United States, Argentina, India, Peru, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, and Venezuela) showcased their ideas through a virtual competition. Ariela Jaimovich and Mendel Hazan, achieved third place for their invention that they created last year as 8th-grade students. Under the guidance of their science teacher, Mr. Javier Gonzalez, Ariela and Mendel developed a project titled, “Let There Be Light”. They created a solar lamp that only costs 86 cents using a flexible solar panel, energy-efficient LED light, and reused water bottles. With this idea, they hope to provide so much needed illumination to communities that lack electricity while at the same time create a micro-business that will allow the community to build and sell their lamps.
As third-place winners, our young entrepreneurs were awarded a $250 prize to start developing their project under the guidance of a local mentor that will guide them through the entire process. CADENA will also provide counseling sessions with two emergency engineers to assist them in the execution of the project. On December 10, the team will have the chance to present their idea and prototype to all CADENA Initiative leaders. Mazel-Tov to our Ariela and Mendel on this achievement!