Questions at heart of Science Fair

Which swimsuit will make you faster, what sugar tastes better, and how do mosquitoes survive? 

These were just a few of the quirky questions asked by students at the eighth annual Science Fair on Saturday. 

A total of 89 primary and high school students took part in the event at Cayman International School, hosted by the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman Central. 

The fair aims to interest students in science and the scientific method of problem solving.  

Six-year-old Maera Briere of St. Ignatius, said she likes science and did not need much help with her experiment to test the decomposition of tomatoes. 

Mikayla Corin, a Year 6 student at Cayman International School, said her experiment, The Cool Science Behind the Warm-Up, was meant to test weather not warming up before swimming really does affect performance. 

“My coach was always telling me I had to warm up or I would not swim as fast, so I wanted to test him,” Mikayla said. “I found about 80 percent of the time you will go faster after warming up.” 

Year 5 student Sabine Ellison wanted to know which swimsuit would make someone swim faster, while Year 6 student Olivia Lambert discovered people prefer brown sugar in chocolate chip cookies. 

First Baptist Year 6 student Johnathon Bedasse looked at what people could do to stop ocean acidification, while Cayman International School Year 7 student Nicky Golding researched how salinity affects mosquito emergence. 

“Ocean acidification will kill our coral, therefore threatening other organisms that live in the coral,” Johnathon said. “If the calcifying organisms die off, then the fish that eat calcifying organisms will die and we won’t have enough fish to eat and this will lead to millions of more hungry people depending on the ocean as their food source.”  

Nicky Golding said she wanted to research mosquitoes because they are a very relevant issue in the Cayman Islands and are spreading the Chikungunya virus throughout the Caribbean. 

“Cayman mosquitoes are different to any other mosquitoes in the world; they have adaptations that keep surviving,” Nicky said. 

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Johnathon Bedasse of First Baptist school with his project How to Stop Ocean Acidification, which won first place in the Physics, Chemistry and Computer Science category. – PHOTO: LAURA BUTTIGIEG
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