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Mar 6, 2015

Belize Catholic Science Fair, Meet the Young Scientists

Over at the Saint Catherine’s Academy in Belize City, budding scientists nervously awaited a panel of judges who would determine the most innovative science project. Defending champions from Bishop Martin’s High School from Orange Walk focus this year on how the consumption of the locally grown breadfruit is good for your health. Duane Moody dropped by and has a report.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

The fifth biennial Belize Catholic Science Fair for Secondary Schools occurred today at the Saint Catherine Academy compound in Belize City. Twenty-eight science projects from among seven catholic high schools countrywide competed in the innovative experiments that test what the students have learnt from their curriculum.

 

Antonio Jimenez, Organizer

“The science fair is a review of the scientific process. Students basically ask questions and that question is called a problem—not a problem in society, not a problem in their chemistry class, but a question on why is something green. Why the bubble? A question in why people rather red and not white…things like that. And then how they go about solving the problem.”

 

Antonio Jimenez

Duane Moody

“Talk to us about the judging criteria for these projects.”

 

Antonio Jimenez

“The judging criteria, you have three main groups. One, how innovative the project; two, how good everything looks and three, forty-five points for how the science process is carried out. So they have a folder, they have a backboard and more importantly they have a presentation to judges.”

 

“Potenza Idraulica” is the brainchild of a group of fourth form students at SCA. With the use of liquids, syringes and the concept of the transference of energy, the group created a masterpiece.

 

Suki Tang

Suki Tang, Potenza Idraulica, SCA

“Our project is based on hydraulics and hydraulics is a type of fluid power. Fluid power is the use of pressurized fluid to transmit energy from one location to another. And as Pascal Law states, when pressure is exerted at one point in a confined fluid, the same amount of pressure is exerted throughout the other fluids. So we are now able to move the arm from one location to another having it move up and down.”

 

Duane Moody

“Talk to us about applying this locally.”

 

Suki Tang

“Because we thought that Belize is being developed now, we are creating our own roads and buildings; instead of importing our machineries, maybe we can start building our own machineries and lower the cost for the government.”

 

Defending two-year champions from Bishop Martin High School in Orange Walk came back to defend their title with a project inspired by the use of breadfruit as the key to living healthier lives.

 

Kevin Trejo, Fruity Ulu, Bishop Martin High School

“Belize has a high percentage of people with obesity which leads to heart diseases and causes a lot of deaths. It is unfortunate that people don’t know that breadfruit ahs many health benefits that can combat sicknesses resulting from obesity. So the question we asked was can breadfruit reduce triglycerides, cholesterol and sugar level. Five students took a blood test, three consumed one liter of breadfruit smoothies for two weeks and two didn’t. we did this so we can see the difference in the blood faucets tested when consuming and when not consuming. After the two weeks, we did another blood test and the results showed a significant improvement in the blood faucets tested.”

 

Duane Moody for News Five.

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