Na­tional Schools Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy Fair 2017

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By Michele-Lau­ren Hack­shaw

Thurs­day, March 30 was the sec­ond day of the an­nual Na­tional Schools Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy Fair un­der the theme ‘Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy: The Cat­a­lyst for a Sus­tain­able Fu­ture’, hosted by the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, Gen­der Re­la­tions and Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment at the Derek Wal­cott Square. A num­ber of schools came out to dis­play their ex­hibits in­clud­ing the Ave Maria, Vide Bouteille, Anse La Raye, and Camille Henry Pri­mary Schools, and the John Od­lum, Sir Ira Sim­mons, Leon Hess Com­pre­hen­sive Sec­ondary, and oth­ers.

This be­ing my first time at­tend­ing the Na­tional Schools Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy Fair, I was in­trigued by the projects. The stu­dents were ea­ger to dis­cuss their mod­els, and the pro­ce­dures be­hind them, which they did ex­pertly.

Projects on dis­play in­cluded ‘Aqua Farm­ing: $queeze Dol­lars from your Fish Pond’. This project was con­ceived after stu­dents from the John Od­lum School ob­served fish farmers having fi­nan­cial dif­fi­cul­ties rear­ing tilapia fish as it takes six to eight months dur­ing which time fish farmers need to sus­tain a liv­ing. The stu­dents’ idea was to grow crops on the wa­ter sur­face and still rear the tilapia fish, with a con­tin­u­ous flow of in­come. The mod­ule took them sixty days to com­plete.

‘New Roof­ing Ma­te­ri­als: The Cal­abash’ was pre­sented by stu­dents from the Vide Bouteille Pri­mary School. They fig­ured that us­ing the cal­abash as a roof­ing ma­te­rial would be cost­ef­fec­tive thereby per­suad­ing peo­ple to stop im­port­ing and buy­ing me­tal. Their re­sults showed that cal­abash ab­sorbs less heat than me­tal, and has no leak­age. Their project took three days to com­plete..

‘Flavoured Co­conut Oil’ – The Ave Maria Pri­mary School girls were in­spired to cre­ate flavoured co­conut oil be­cause their friend, who drinks co­conut oil ev­ery day for her health and ap­pear­ance, hates the taste. They’ve made four flavours: turmeric, bay leaf, cin­na­mon and gin­ger. To make one batch of oil takes two days.

‘Veg­etable Jams’ – An­other set of girls who at­tend the Ave Maria school were en­cour­aged to make veg­etable jams be­cause some of them don’t like their veg­gies, pre­fer­ring sweet things. They used six dif­fer­ent veg­eta­bles to make the jams: pump­kin, zuc­chini, cu­cum­ber, tomato (tech­ni­cally a fruit but it works), car­rot and beet. It took the girls a few weeks to fi­nalise their project.

‘Plas­tic Car’ – A stu­dent from the Sir Ira Sim­mons Sec­ondary School was de­ter­mined to re­cy­cle, sav­ing the en­vi­ron­ment by re­duc­ing rub­bish in or­der to cre­ate some­thing use­ful and fun. He cre­ated a plas­tic toy car us­ing plas­tic bot­tles pow­ered by two bat­ter­ies. It took him one hour to com­plete.

Stay tuned to next week’s edi­tion of the STAR when we will fea­ture the win­ners of the sci­ence fair, and their projects!

Theo Sylvester (left) and Jaden By­ron from the Vide Bouteille Pri­mary School with their Cal­abash Roof­ing Project.

Sir Ira Sim­mons Sec­ondary’s re­cy­cled toy plas­tic car by John­son Joseph.

Flavoured Co­conut Oil by the girls from Ave Maria Pri­mary School.

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