Creative and intellectual: Now that’s a Fair comment!
On February 3, 2011, Bermuda Institute held its Annual Science and Academic Fair. The overall theme was a “Ticket to Knowledge”. The event commenced with a musical selection from the Bermuda Institute Steel Band followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony by Minister of Health Zane DeSilva.
The students were then honoured with certificates for their hard-earned achievements and the public were permitted to view the science and academic displays.
Mr DeSilva made a few brief remarks. “I highly applaud the efforts being made by the Bermuda Institute and participants in this event” he said.
This year's Science and Academic Fair showed the public how creative and intellectual the students of Bermuda Institute are. The school took the attendees on a journey around the world through science. The projects ranged from categories of life, physical, behavioural, environmental, engineering, social, and earth sciences.
The overall winners for the high school were 14-year-olds Zharia Rollins and Zianna Warren. The title of their award-winning project was “Eggcellente”. Their project involved substituting eggs and determining the texture, appearance and taste of pound cake using whole eggs, egg whites and egg yolks. The two young ladies worked very hard to complete this project. Their presentation, which included a great number of constructive observations, information, data, and motivating samples, led them to the top, making their project very “Eggcellente.”
Other first-place winners were Troy Anderson, Tenniel Ratteray and Deidra Ferguson. The title of their project was “Do You Remember?” They did a survey on short-term memory. They surveyed 45 people that had to recall ten items in 15 seconds. The data they received was based on how many items that surveyor got correct. “I really enjoyed doing this project!” stated Troy Anderson.
Sixteen-year-olds Zakary Nzabalinda, Khalif Wade and Chioke Hayward completed a project titled “The Forces of Momentum and Motion”. Their project involved creating a unique roller coaster out of glued Popsicle sticks and bent metal, which worked on its own momentum and ran on its own power. Their hypothesis was: If we construct a track that is accurate and measured correctly then we will be able to create a roller coaster that can run only on momentum and uses gravity and centripetal forces. At the end of their journey their hypothesis was proven true and their hard work enabled them to receive a first place ribbon. “I think the projects all show a lot of imagination, a lot of research, and they are all well put together. There's a lot of variety here and everybody deserves a lot of credit for putting these projects together. I think it's a good project for the school and for the future,” stated the MP Wayne Perinchief, who also visited the fair.
This year's Science and Academic Fair has educated the public and the parents even more as to what curriculum and opportunities the school is providing for the children.
“I think that it is a good opportunity for young people to find a practical way to learn. Looking at some of the displays they are phenomenal. I see the creativity so they're using their creative sciences, they're using visual science, and they're also using their practical science, so it's a good textual concept of what learning is.
“I think it's a brilliant idea to open up to the public so people can see what we have as a product at Bermuda Institute. They can fall in love with our school and what we bring to our community,” said Bermuda Police Service media spokesman Dwayne Caines.