Students get blown away in field trip to Jamaica

Students of the St. Ignatius Catholic School received a boost to their science curriculum when they travelled to Jamaica to learn about the production of electricity from wind energy and the production of bauxite.

Students visited the Wigton Wind Farm in Rose Hill, Manchester and had the opportunity to view the 23 900kW NEG Micon NM52 wind turbines. They were presented with information from an engineer and asked questions about the turbines, as well as production of electricity. They also learned about the benefits and challenges associated with using wind turbines.

Following the visit, the students were treated to the thrills of a Black River boat safari where guides answered questions regarding the vegetations that contributed to the colour of the river, including the 300 species of wildlife and the Jamaican crocodiles basking in the mid-day sun.

To supplement their understanding of metal extraction, students were given a two-hour tour of the ALPART Bauxite plant. Here they gained first-hand experience of the production of alumina using the Bayer Process. The St. Ignatius science students interacted with engineers who answered all their questions as they toured the plant and observed each stage of alumina production.

“Overall, it was an extremely successful science tour and the Science Department at St. Ignatius Catholic School would like to compliment the students on their hard work, zest for learning and good behaviour throughout their time in Jamaica,” said Peter Embleton, head of secondary at the school.

Mr. Embleton said the science department was also grateful to all the individuals and companies who assisted in making the trip possible. The school is hoping to promote the trip as an 
annual event.

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