Students prepping for science fair

Students from eight public and private schools will be completing for CI$30,000 in prizes in the second annual Rotary Central Science Fair, which takes place on Saturday, 19 April, at the Cayman Preparatory High School auditorium.

Corporate supporters, students, teachers and members of Rotary Central gathered recently in support of this worthwhile Rotary vocational service project. The Science Fair allows students to develop and showcase projects in the fields of chemistry, biology, physics and earth sciences with the ultimate goal of stimulating their lifelong interest in science as a possible career. Last year, 23 students from three schools entered the competition and developed 17 displays in three categories. $18,000 in prizes was awarded. This year, 67 students have enrolled in five categories from eight schools. They will be competing for $30,000 which has been generously donated by Rotary Central and the business community.

‘Science plays an important role in so many career choices and the Rotary Central Science Fair is intended to excite students to develop projects that stimulate their imaginations and interest in science,’ said Rotarian Mr. Bill Hrudey, who chairs the Science Fair organizing committee. ‘I am delighted by the tremendous support that we have received this year from students, teachers and the business community and I’d encourage any organisation that would like to become involved in this programme, particularly as mentors to assist the students with developing their projects, to contact me or any member of the organizing committee.’

The organising committee includes Rotarians Mr. Hrudey, Mr. Wil Pineau, Mrs. Kate Voss, Mr. Mark Watler, Mr. Walt Mustin and Mrs. Susie Bayles.

Independent judges will assess each of the displays and the winners of the prizes will be announced at an awards banquet on the evening of Saturday, 19 April. A special guest speaker who has pursued a career in science will serve as the keynote speaker for the evening.