Chemistry creates all sorts of reactions, but those behind this year’s science fair hope to infuse a love of discovery, scientific methods and problem-solving into today’s students.
On Saturday 29 April, budding scientists will line the hall of the Arts & Recreation Centre in Camana Bay for Rotary Cayman Central’s Dr. Bill Hrudey Science Fair to wow judges with their scientific prowess and teach adults a different way to approach long-standing problems, using science.
Renamed two years ago in honour of its founder, former Rotarian Bill Hrudey, this will be the 11th annual Rotary Central science fair.
If previous years serve as an indication, we can expect to see students using biology, chemistry, physics and maths as part of their projects. Inculcating a love for the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics – often referred to as STEM – subjects is the driving force behind the fair, says Rotary Central President Michael Pratt. “This provides a strong foundation for competing in today’s fastest-growing job market. In fact, one of the winners from the 2016 Science Fair was able to present his project at the STEM Carib 2016 Conference held at the University College of the Cayman Islands.”
Dart Minds Inspired has been a major sponsor of the Rotary Fair since 2007. For Dart Education Programmes Manager Glenda McTaggart, it’s not rocket science as to why the event deserves support. “As an organisation we believe that math and science are the cornerstones of success and the more we can do to encourage science and innovation, the greater success we will have as a country,” she says. “One of Dart’s core values is innovation and students who engage in scientific thought and experimentation become innovators. Therefore by encouraging science we are inspiring and supporting our future innovators.”
Some of the entries in the competition, which attracted almost 100 students and 60 projects last year, leave a lasting impression. McTaggart recalls two home-schooled brothers who in 2015 created an educational display on how ocean waves generate energy. In addition to their display, they created an educational YouTube video that is still viewed by students. “I am always amazed at all of the innovative ideas that these emerging scientists come up with and how passionate they are to share them with you. It is a testament to the amount of time and energy they put into the projects,” says McTaggart.
The science fair is free and open to the public from 8:30am until 3pm. An awards banquet will follow that evening at 6pm, also at the ARC. To RSVP for the banquet, contact Kevin Henry at 916-0404 or [email protected].