Clifton Hunter Science Fair entries impress

A winning science fair entry by Ruby Pileta, Zoe Whorms, Saul O’Sullivan and Kaitlynn Higgins.

Dozens of budding scientists recently seized the chance to showcase their talents at a science fair at Clifton Hunter High School.

Held in the Performance Hall at Clifton Hunter High School on Feb. 22, the fair promoted the sciences and helped build students’ knowledge of the scientific method.

Clifton Hunter science teacher Jennifer Bodden, who helped organize the fair, explained the objective was to introduce skills related to planning, designing and implementing an experiment, which is a requirement in the CXC science exam usually written in Year 11.

Developing a science fair project was a curriculum component for the school’s Year 7 students, but participation in the fair was open to students in other years also interested in participating.

More than 50 projects were submitted.

“Four different categories of science were offered: biology, chemistry, physics and environmental science,” she said. “The projects were judged based on the correct use of the scientific method, originality and application to our way of life in Cayman.”

At a special assembly, the grand champions were awarded a lab kit donated by Health City Cayman Islands.

In the biology category, the first place winner and science fair grand champion project was “Fruit Healthy … Or Not” entered by Year 7 students Ruby Pileta, Zoe Whorms, Saul O’Sullivan and Kaitlynn Higgins. Second place went to “Fruits and Vegetables Experiment” entered by Kristin Jackson, Isabella Buttrum and Jaysie Allen. Third place went to “Which of These Liquids Decay the Tooth the Fastest?” entered by Jovaine Leslie and Dante Connor.

In the environmental science category, first place went to “What Just Happened to the Bags?” submitted by Carina James, Charlotte Dowell, Isabel Samuels and Taylor McElroy. Second place went to “From Trash to Gas: Biomass Energy!” entered by Callie Ebanks and Janelle Nomdarkhom, while “Super Extreme Homemade Insect Repellent!” entered by Eric Bernard and Darwin Cook placed third.

In the chemistry category, first place went to “How Does pH Affect Solidification?” submitted by Gabrielle Ramoutar and Jessica Stewart, with “Shiny Pennies” by Rochelle Ebanks placing second and “White Candles vs. Colored Candles” by Kabya Hurlston in third place.

First place in the physics category went to “Keeping You In Suspense” by Jaydon Folkes, Leimar Dinnall and Kenton Tibbetts, with second place going to “Ice Melting” by Aliyah Reid, and “Electric Shock Show Down” by James Anderson, Tennison Bodden and Chad Hernandez placing third.

Now, more than 20 students are working on submissions for the Rotary-sponsored National Science Fair on April 23.