Three schools excel at Science Fair

POSTED: 04/2/12 3:50 PM
The top performers in the 2012 St. Maarten Science Fair pose with Minister of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth Affairs Dr. Rhoda Arrindell

GREAT BAY – The fifteenth St. Maarten Science Fair concluded on Saturday night with the coordinators and students for 30 projects being applauded for their foresight, discipline and dedication to their students amidst distractions. Students from Learning Unlimited, Milton Peters College and St. Maarten Academy took home top honors for their ingenuity.
Many of the inventions centered on energy conservation, alternative fuel, environmental awareness and the development of quality institutions. After perusing the projects that were display at the Bel Air Community Centre Minister of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth Affairs, Dr. Rhoda Arrindell concluded, “My future is in good hands when I see all of the samples here.” S
She further explained that “my generation and the generation before me made a mess of things. We messed up the salt pond, created traffic congestion beyond explanation and we destroyed the environment on a fast track. I know that you will come up with even better inventions for the future.”
President of the St. Maarten Science Fair Foundation Benson Pompier said that the science fair has exposed “a new generation of students who present viable and realistic solutions that they earnestly believe can practically solve many of the present societal problems.”
Giving a background on the science fair, Pompier explained that in 1992 when it seemed as though the only thing students aspired was to work in a casino, he, along with a group of concerned citizens, decided to invest in the promotion of science and technology initiatives.
Eighteen years after the foundation has been able to enlist the support of corporate citizens and schools to make the fair a healthy outlet for students to dream and create.
He lauded Minister Arrindell for responding to the invitation to attend the fair, while noting that “last year we didn’t have any government official and while I was disappointed, the children were devastated. They thought no one cared.”
Those who did not win a trophy, medal or gift bag were still given tokens of appreciation for their participation.
Science coordinator for Learning Unlimited Preparatory School Preeti Notani won a ticket for two to any WINAIR destination, following a raffle of all of the science coordinators at this year’s event.
The 2012 St. Maarten Science Fair was sponsored by GEBE, Oro Diamante, Seven Seas Water, Windward Island Bank, Winair, Sagicor, Bel Air Community Centre, Blue Point, UTS, Mercuur Medical Clinic, PJIA and Nagico.

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