The next generation of scientists on display

Judges at this year’s Science Fair had their work cut out, choosing from over 74 projects entered by 112 students from across the Cayman Islands.

Designed to foster an interest in science in young people, the Dr Bill Hrudey Science Fair is sponsored by Rotary Central and Dart. Now in its 13th year, the competition was held at Camana Bay’s Arts and Recreation Centre on April 27.

Cayman’s young scientists came up with an impressive array of hypotheses to test, from the accuracy of an amateur telescope or the strength of an electromagnet, to composting biodegradable materials and the hatch rates for chicks in an incubator.

Projects were judged in four categories:

  • Life science (including micro-biology, botany or zoology)
  • Earth science (environment, weather, astronomy or ecology)
  • Physics, chemistry and computing
  • Food and health

Winners in each category received a prize of $1500, with runners up receiving tablets and phones.

“Regardless of winning or losing, the primary benefit for the students is the experience they gain in planning and presenting their projects,” says Glenda McTaggart, Education Programmes Senior Manager at Dart. “While science teaches problem-solving and critical thinking, being able to communicate what they have learned is another valuable life skill.”

In addition to the Science Fair, Dart supports the promotion of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) in the community through its Minds Inspired programme. Coming up next is a robotics competition called the MI Robotics Rover Ruckus which will be held on 11 May.