Cleaning oil spills with magnets and “optimal bottle flips” were just two of the science projects on display at Rotary’s Dr. Bill Hrudey Science Fair Saturday.

Over 70 stalls were manned by young scientists at the Arts and Recreational Center at Camana Bay, wowing judges and spectators with their science skills. More than 120 students from 11 schools participated.

Students competed for prizes in four categories – life science including microbiology, botany or zoology; earth science, including environment, weather astronomy and ecology; physics, chemistry and computer science; and food and health.

“Our science fair, started in 2006 by past Rotarian Dr. Bill Hrudey, is a signature project of Rotary Central Cayman Islands, and one of the most rewarding. We work diligently to provide a first-class experience for the students, and continually the students respond with outstanding projects – both in quality of the presentations and their diligent data collection and analysis. We are grateful to all our participants, sponsors, and Rotarians for their contributions,” said William Inniss, Rotary Central’s 2nd vice president.

Admiring the inquisitiveness of young participant Nicolas Isabel, Dr. Gerado Ochoa-Vargas stated that he was impressed by what the students had achieved.

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“Many of them were great, such as the one of Thomas James Sevik Jr. from Cayman Brac. He won the most innovative project, on oil spills,” said Dr. Ochoa-Vargas.

Judge Steve Durksen was also impressed by the projects. He said every year the projects become more complex, innovative and creative.

Students competed for cash prizes that will assist them in their future college studies.

The Rotary Science Fair is an annual event which fosters students’ interest in the scientific method of problem solving and building a sense of accomplishment and discovery.

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