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Jan 25, 2013

SCA’s Science Fair celebrates 130 years of Mercy

The Saint Catherine Academy hosted a science fair this morning; bright minds from eight different schools from the city were invited to observe the fair. The science projects covered a number of topics and were put together by students of all forms. News Five Jose Sanchez was also on hand to look at the work of future scientists.


Jose Sanchez, Reporting

St. Catherine Academy is celebrating one hundred and thirty years built on the foundation of the Sisters of Mercy.  This year the school’s vision is being shared via a science fair.


Glenford Dawson, Head of Science Dept.

“These girls have been working hard for several months now trying to put together findings. What they do is that they come up with a problem and they hypothesize about this problem and they put together experiments, explanations to try and come up with a solution and justify their hypothesis. At the end, they may find that their hypothesis is wrong. And this is based on results; results and data driven experiments.”


Yelina Gough

Yelina Gough, 4S1

“Fifty joules is amount of energy found and since I am a physics student, this is found by the formula EH which is heat energy is equal to mass of the actual compost multiplied by the specific heat capacity multiplied also by the change of temperature throughout the whole process. To be honest it is basically the end product and we ourselves saw what was happening because every day for eight days we would check the temperature. And you can see on the graft that the temperature rises each day. And that was a very good thing because it is supposed to create heat energy with the decomposition that the bacteria is doing. The heat that was given off was about twenty-six joules which is half of what we hypothesized, but it was successful because it did create heat energy. And our compost bin was about this high. So it was successful and it can still be applied in many things. So we were very happy about our project. In Belize especially, it could be used in the agricultural sector. Since Belize is big on that, the farmers can create three cubic feet of the bin and they can make the compost themselves with the horse manure or cow manure. And the grass clippings such as the soil, the organic material such as lettuce potato peelings; they mix it all together and in a process of a couple days, it creates a lot of heat of up to a hundred and sixty degrees and with that they can run their pipes through and it heats the water. They can do it on their own and again once all the energy is used up then the byproduct is fertilizer.”


Melissa Espat

Melissa Espat, Teacher/ Alumni Association

“We are having a list of activities for the week. We started off this week with a mass inviting alumnae to participate in the mass and we also follow that with community service. We went to different primary schools and talked about our different values that we want to share with students—no bullying and looking at having grateful spirits, etc. The week continued with our drug awareness week. And we developed a theme, “We do hugs; No drugs.” The GSU was here talking about how they prevent drugs in Belize. The k-9 Unit displaying their course in action.”


Glenford Dawson

Glenford Dawson

“Everybody is involved to some extent. The judges over here are going to be taking stock of the presentations from the seniors, everybody pretty much. But not everybody is in front of the judge, but everybody has a displace. So if you walk around the campus you will see a display from every student or every class.”


The chicken hatchery group stood before a panel of judges and explained their project.


Juhi Nandwani

Juhi Nandwani, 4AS

“Our experiment was that there’s a lot of people in Belize living under the poverty line and this is really an easy way for you to hatch chickens and start a farm. You can build your incubator. It is made out of a Styrofoam cooler, chicken wire and a simple light bulb. That’s all you need practically and water. What we did was put fertile chicken eggs—we got our one from Central Farm—and you just put it in the incubator and you just give it a twenty-one day period, which si the period for all chicks and you rotate them and they hatch in the end. So what we were doing is that we were comparing the rate of hatches in a professional incubator to that of a homemade. And the percent hatches; our hypothesis was not supported, but that is science. Our hypothesis was not supported because no chickens were hatched in our one. But we cracked all of our eggs open and our chickens actually reached the nineteenth day. So if it had survived for two more days, it would have hatched.”


Reporting for News Five, Jose Sanchez.

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2 Responses for “SCA’s Science Fair celebrates 130 years of Mercy”

  1. Storm says:

    SCA has a wonderful record of achievement, almost unsurpassed in the Jewel. Thanks and congratulations to them. These particular students are very impressive to hear, so I expect great things from them in the future.

    What a great story, compared to the more common ones we hear of crime and failure on the part of so many other young people.

  2. diabenese says:

    @ Storm: Spoken like a true alumni.

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