A DISPLAY of various creative and innovative science related ideas and experiments were highlighted at yesterday’s science fair day organised by Palm Drive Adventist International school.
About 140 students from grades one to six took part in the annual event held at the Maranatha conference centre, Burns Creek, East of Honiara.
The fair day was dedicated to offering the students the opportunity to be creative and came up with something that is useful and beneficial to their communities, health and environment.
Speaking to the Solomon Star Keith Timothy a school staff said the aim of the science fair day are;
- to increase the knowledge and way of thinking by the students in the area of science to better understand it (science);
- to awaken their creativity in science;
- to allow them to work individually;
- to enjoy what science is all about and what it involves;
- to expose them to science procedures and experiments before going on to high schools;
- to allow them conduct research and analysis for their science project and;
- to see how parents and their children can work together to develop their projects.
He said the day is usually hosted in September before the school goes for its third term break.
“And this year we are organising it this week before the school goes for a break next week,” he said.
Six judges mostly teachers and lecturers with science background were at hand to judge the various exhibits of science projects at Maranatha.
Most of the science displays included how to produce light using fruits, displays explaining how the kenetic energy works, how the brain and lung works, the use of electromagnetic energy to cure disease, how the volcano works, and many more.
Mr Timothy said the day was successful staged through the hard working support of the parents.
“It was a successful day which is eye opening and very informative because of displays of brilliant work and superb effort by the students.”
He added the day has allowed the staff to see some of the skills acquired by the students.
Most of the students were able to receive cash prizes for their projects with the top three students in the lower, middle and upper primary level receiving additional prizes for their well-executed project.
The school acknowledged Ausmart which donated $500 worth stationeries which was used as prizes for the top students.
Also present at the occasion to support the students were some of the parents which included the former Member of Parliament for Choiseul province Manasseh Sogavare, his wife, Madam Lilo, other prominent people.
Mr Timothy said its good to see the parents supporting their children and spending the entire day with their children. And he acknowledged them for being part of the day.
A number of the students expressed excitement being part of the science day because it allows to build their confidence and chose their future career.
Mr Timothy said next year a similar event will be organised but at a different level.
By MOFFAT MAMU