This release is courtesy the US Embassy based in Barbados. Oh and before you asked, I checked and there were no submissions from Antigua and Barbuda. What’s up with that? Come on, you know some of you have wanted to draw a super hero; in fact you probably already have a prototype squirreled away some where, so what gives? Okay, benefit of the doubt, maybe you didn’t know. They promoted it via their facebook, I’m informed, receiving submissions from Grenada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Lucia, and Barbados. You know me, I always want to see Antigua and Barbuda in the mix because as we’ve seen with Wadadli Pen over the years, we have no shortage of talent but we need to stretch toward the opportunities. I’ll do my best to keep you informed as I come across said opportunities and to remind you of deadlines, but you’ve got to do the stretching. So, I’ll keep an eye out for next time (while you keep creating). Meantime, here’s the information and congratulations to the winner.

Alleyne Gulston and his winning artwork


Grenadian Alleyne Gulston traveled to the United States this month as the winner of U.S. Embassy Bridgetown’s Science Superhero Contest.

Gulston is the Creative Director at AllyDay Creative Projects in Grenada. As the grand prize winner he, and a guest, attended the 2015 Anime Midwest convention from July 3-5 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare and Convention Center in Chicago, Illinois.

Last November, ahead of famed American astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson’s visit to Barbados to speak on the importance of a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, U.S. Embassy Bridgetown hosted a Science Superhero Design Competition. Entrants had to create eye-catching, original artwork, or animation reimagining Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson as a superhero. Entries were received from all across the Caribbean, and the winner was announced during Dr. Tyson’s first public lecture in Barbados.

Public Affairs Officer Yolonda Kerney said, “We were thrilled with the response to the science superhero contest, and the interest overall in our free lecture which was presented by Dr. Tyson. We recognize that the STEM fields are critical in the development of societies, as they drive economies and innovation. We are committed to promoting STEM education, as the Obama Administration has made the investment and promotion of STEM education a priority.”


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3 responses to “Astrun

  1. Is this one they will be repeating each year? I know they usually come through pushing the STEM program, and I’ve been itching to get my students to actually do a project for the fair, but….#thisteachingthing.

    • Not sure, Michelle. If it was specific to his visit, I’d guess not. But I’m sure there’ll be opportunities to do other things. I do want to see more of us reaching for these opportunities though; can’t stress that enough. And I hear you ’bout #thisteachingthing

  2. Reblogged this on Random_Michelle and commented:
    It’s a shame no Antiguans got to enter, but I’m still proud that such work came out of our little region. Thanks to for the post.

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