Caribbean SEA’s En­vi­ron­men­tal Club Wins Best Science Fair Project

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This is the sec­ond year that Caribbean SEA’s en­vi­ron­men­tal clubs have par­tic­i­pated in science fairs. Four school clubs sub­mit­ted a to­tal of seven projects to dis­trict science fairs. Three were cho­sen to com­pete at the 2016 Na­tional Science & Tech­nol­ogy Fair which was held 16-18 March and one won the top prize.

Camille Henry schol­ars pre­sented two projects at the Dis­trict 2 science fair. Their all nat­u­ral Hi­bis­cus Sham­poo with Co­conut and Aloe won 3rd place. The Sim­ply Nat­u­ral Lu­cian In­cense, an in­sect re­pel­lent made us­ing the re­gion­ally en­demic Lansans Tree, won 1st place at the dis­trict fair.

Soufriere Pri­mary School sub­mit­ted two projects at the Dis­trict 8 science fair. The No Bite Mos­quito Net is a mod­i­fi­ca­tion of ex­ist­ing nets to re­duce the in­ci­dence of get­ting mos­quito bites when rest­less sleep­ers roll and rest on the net. The sec­ond project - a sim­ple de­sign of a flood alarm that can be built in the Soufriere River at a very low cost - won 1st place at the dis­trict fair.

Stu­dents from Les Etangs Com­bined School made an authen­tic mois­tur­iz­ing and ex­fo­li­at­ing soap us­ing white and black min­eral mud from the Sul­phur Springs which won 3rd place at the dis­trict fair.

Vieux-Fort Pri­mary School pre­sented two projects at the Dis­trict 6 science fair: JD Washer, de­signed and built by a stu­dent, is a man­ual wash­ing ma­chine made from re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als in­clud­ing a used 5 gal­lon bucket and parts of a dis­carded elec­tric fan. This wash­ing ma­chine works and sounds just like an au­to­matic ma­chine. The sec­ond project en­ti­tled Papil­lon Sent Lu­cie is the stu­dents’ at­tempt to col­lect but­ter­fly spec­i­mens to cre­ate the first com­plete col­lec­tion of but­ter­flies found in Saint Lu­cia. One teacher at the school cre­ated a web­site http://stlu­cian­but­ter­ which is still un­der con­struc­tion but will have pic­tures of pinned spec­i­mens and live but­ter­flies when com­pleted. Papil­lon Sent Lu­cie won the Dis­trict 6 science fair.

Sim­ply Nat­u­ral Lu­cian In­cense in­sect re­pel­lent won 6th place in the co­conut cat­e­gory. This prod­uct and the Sul­phur Springs soap were se­lected for dis­play at the Man­u­fac­tur­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion and at the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture in a few weeks.

Caribbean SEA’s Pro­gramme Di­rec­tor as­sisted the Soufriere Spe­cial Ed­u­ca­tion & Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­tre present Saint Lu­cia Puz­zle, a map with the dis­tricts as puz­zle pieces. This was the first time a spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion school par­tic­i­pated at the Na­tional Science Fair. The puz­zle project won 1st place in their divi­sion.

Papil­lon Sent Lu­cie emerged over­all win­ner of the Best Project at the 2016 Na­tional Science & Tech­nol­ogy Fair among all in­fant, pri­mary, sec­ondary schools and A-Level.

Na­dia Caza­ubon, Pro­gramme Di­rec­tor said, “All the club mem­bers who pre­sented their projects did re­mark­ably well at their dis­trict science fairs and at the Na­tional Science Fair. We are im­mensely proud of the bud­ding sci­en­tists in our clubs and all the hard work they put into those projects. Of course, I am ec­static that Papil­lon Sent Lu­cie won. We will use this vic­tory to bring at­ten­tion to the de­cline in our in­sect bio­di­ver­sity in Saint Lu­cia.”

Caribbean Stu­dent En­vi­ron­men­tal Al­liance Inc., a non-profit com­pany in Saint Lu­cia, fa­cil­i­tates en­vi­ron­men­tal clubs at five pri­mary schools: Camille Henry Me­mo­rial School, Soufriere Pri­mary School, Fond St. Jac­ques RC Com­bined School, Les Etangs Com­bined School and Vieux-Fort Pri­mary School. Stu­dents learn about our plants and an­i­mals and go out on field trips. Last aca­demic year, the fo­cus was on en­demic birds, snakes and lizards. This year stu­dents have learned about in­sects and next term will learn about plants and trees in Saint Lu­cia.

Some of the stu­dents who were suc­cess­ful

with their science projects.

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