Rotary Central holds a science affair

Students from schools throughout Grand
Cayman took part in the Rotary Central’s Annual Science Fair at the Cayman International
School at Camana Bay last weekend.

The event was a forum for
youngsters to display their smarts, as well as to compete with their peers to
see who could come up with the most innovative and educationally captivating
experiment.

Cayman Prep Year 10 student Dashun
Wilson, who said he wants to be a mechanical engineer, had a display of magnets
that controlled the functions of several devices.

He cited the many uses of magnets
in the gadgets we take for granted every day.

“I think magnets will continue to
have a vast influence on the world,” he assured his listeners.

Rotary Central president Paul Byles
said this was the club’s fourth year hosting the Science Fair and added that
the idea, which was started by William Hrudey of the club, has grown from strength
to strength.

“We are quite pleased with the
growth and level of participation in the Science Fair and the new venue is a
bonus,” he remarked.

With more than 22 displays and 40
students participating, the day was filled with activity for all on hand.

Other experiments that garnered
interest included the splitting of water and hydrogen using a pencil and electricity           

Mr. Byles noted that there were
initially 80 students but the numbers had narrowed as a result of attrition
during the stages leading up to Saturday’s fair.

 “We are involved with Junior Achievement, in
addition to sending students away for youth leadership conferences, which is a
big thing for us and of course the Science Fair,” he boasted.

Mr. Byles praised the involvement
of the public and parents in the fair and expressed pride in what the
youngsters might take away from such an experience.

“This increases their knowledge of
themselves and each other, whilst promoting skills such as public speaking and
other techniques of diplomacy,” said Mr. Byles.

Results from the Science Fair will
be published in an upcoming issue of the Caymanian Compass.

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