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Hope Town Primary School swept the competition taking first prize in both the lower and upper primary school categories at the Annual School Science Fair held by Friends of the Environment on November 20 at New Vision Ministries.

FRIENDS’ Abaco Science Fair Highlights Invasive Species

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Hope Town Primary School swept the competition taking first prize in both the lower and upper primary school categories at the Annual School Science Fair held by Friends of the Environment on November 20 at New Vision Ministries.

The winners in the high school, showcasing some great creativity, were Forest Heights Academy for the lower division and St. Francis de Sales for the upper division.

This year’s topic was on Invasive Species and many projects included the lionfish, including the lower primary winner whose project title was “Eat ‘em to Beat ‘em”, and featured a clever sliding display showing how many fish disappear when a lionfish enters their environment. The winning upper primary project by Hope Town Primary was called Operation Eradication and their focus was on getting rid of the Hawaiian Sea Grape.

Forest Heights Academy’s winning entry for the lower high school caught everyone’s attention with their Zombie Apocalypse display for a way out-of-the-box approach to the subject that clearly impressed the judges.

The Terebirthifoliar Terror, a large table top display created by students of St. Francis de Sales, highlighted the destructive nature of the Brazilian pepper-tree (Schinus terebinthifolius) in a highly creative way and captured first place for the upper high school division.

The fair also featured a talk on invasive species by Stacy Moultrie of HD Wells (formerly a senior policy advisor for the Nature Conservancy) where invasive animals and plants that are affecting The Bahamas were highlighted.

While the judges inspected their projects pairs of students from each of the schools faced off in a trivia challenge. The winners were treated to a prize of lab equipment for their school.

Kristin Williams, Executive Director of Friends of the Environment, said that “the projects get better every year; the students really step up their game. I am so impressed with them all and the worst part is having to pick a winner.”

Cassandra Abraham, Education Officer of Friends of the Environment, said that fair is a part of FRIENDS’ education plan. “The whole idea is to get the information out there.”

She said that by the students working on the projects and with their parents helping them it is spreading the word on invasive species.

The fair is sponsored by the United States Embassy, Disney’s Animals, Science and Environment, Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme, and the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism.

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About Timothy Roberts

Timothy Roberts

Timothy had his first venture into Journalism just months after graduating from Queen’s College in Nassau taking his first job with The Tribune in 1991 leaving in 1992 for other pursuits.

During his time in Nassau he diversified his experiences working as a warehouse manager, locksmith and computer technician before returning to Abaco, a place he has always considered home, in 1999.

He joined the staff of The Abaconian in 2001 doing graphic design and writing an opinion article called Generally Speaking and after a brief time away, returned to The Abaconian in 2010 as a reporter, graphic designer and computer technician.

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