Monica and Madelaine




Monica Espinosa and Madelaine Rodríguezes are indigenous Panamanians who would have probably been lost to poverty if the Badi School hadn’t found and embraced them—and helped them unlock their potential through the support of Mona scholarships. The result? In 2016 they won three national and international science awards for their patented discovery: a refrigerant that does not pollute the environment.

1st place in Engineering and Technology Research category at a national contest hosted by the Ministry of Education of Panama

2nd place in Global Fair, USA, INTEL ISEF 2016 (Intel Company, International Science and Engineering Fair) among 1,750 high school students from 75 countries

Top Five Recognition, USA, Organization of American States for “Evolution in the efficiency of the organic refrigerants based on Zeolita-Salmuera in the Refrigeration Systems”

Monica also received the highest entrance examination score ever recorded in the history of the Technological University of Panama and was awarded a full 4-year college scholarship!

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