Rotary science fair names winners

Rotary Central has named four young minds as top science fair winners. 

Kevin Weber, Grace Christian Academy; Diarra Hoyte, Clifton Hunter; Michael Cummings, St. Ignatius; and Samuel Burnstein, Cayman Prep; each will receive a laptop and $3,000 to be held in trust by the school toward future scholarships after earning their recognition. 

The fair was held at Camana Bay Arts and Recreation Centre, where prizes were awarded to students in the areas of computer, Earth, food, health physics and chemistry for their science projects. 

Judges were impressed with students intellectual curiosity, the amount of research put into projects and students’ ambition to use science to find solutions to problems – like what to do with trash. Judge Chris Saunders liked the irrigation project of using pressure to turn water on and off and the theory to keep pollution down. “The amount of research some of these students did was unbelievable,” Mr. Saunders said. 

One student spent more than three months researching to prove his theory – the 2008 Toyota Prism has fewer levels of hazardous materials put out by a motor vehicle, making it the cleanest to the local environment with regard to Co2 emissions levels. Another student impressed a visiting engineer with his theory of green irrigation – using probes to test the moisture of soil and triggering an irrigation system. 

Simon Tatum tried to prove how energy can be converted from one form to another using a motor and generator and Clifton Hunter’s Anissa Hoyte added milk, heat and vinegar to make plastic. Diarra Hoyte, proving his food and health theory through “Green Irrigation”; Michael Cummings “Caffeine and Reaction Time”; Samuel Burnstein’s “bacteria and music” and Kevin Weber’s Co2 emissions. 

It was incredible the imaginative and creative display of scientific contraptions – anyone of these young minds could someday fix the dump, find a cure for diabetes or end pollution. 

Incredibly there were no winners in computer science. 

For the first time, prizes were offered for the best project for 11 years and under. Cayman International School’s Sofia Claire took this award and Cayman Prep’s Samuel Burstein won HSBC’s most innovate project. 

Rotary’s Larry Tibbetts said the science project has grown over the years with the quality of projects improving. “This year we introduced a new category for elementary children 11 and under – which saw them participating for the first time. The fair is in its 6th year and over the years funds have been invested into scholarships for students.” 

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Amy Rousseau of First Baptist Christian Academy tries to find something to do with the dump.

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Grace Christian Academy’s Kevin Weber researches carbon emissions.

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