Story courtesy Lynn Jeffers School
(Charlestown, Nevis) – A major highlight at this year’s Lyn Jeffers science fair was the ongoing drilling for geothermal energy in Nevis.
Nicole, Suzanne and Deyonte were excited and decided to advertise the Geothermal Resources after a visit to the drilling site. They had booklets and brochures to give out. They had as part of their display soil and crystal samples from the Westbury Soufriere and Farm’s Fumaroles on display.
Students and guests who visited their stand were able to observe the rocks through a microscope. They were testing the soil sample to test if it was acidic or alkaline. They also had a DVD on Geothermal Energy for people to watch.
The students are excited that in the near future, Nevis will benefit economically by consuming and exporting clean and renewable energy. Students explained to guests that rising fuel prices require countries to rethink questions about alternative fuel sources.
They explained that when they visited the site, where experts are drilling for energy, they realised the drill is as deep as Mount Nevis. While at the site, they explained, they were able to feel the heat of the steam.
According to what the students’ have learnt, it is the steam that will be converted to electric energy. “Heat energy can be converted into electric energy. The heat emanating from underground is produced due to a life volcano on the island of Nevis,” the students explained.
Currently, oil runs the generators that generate electricity but through a geothermal plant, electricity is made with energy from underground steam (heat from the earth.)
“Even though it may be cold outdoors, the deeper in the earth you go, the hotter it gets. . . Enough heat is in the earth to supply our energy needs for millions of years. Some of this heat is shallow enough for us to use,” the students explained.
Other students from various grades showcased different aspects of science all aimed at enabling the students to begin early enough to think scientifically.
According to Vandana Joshi the head of science department, the objective of the science fair is to get students interested in science and technology so as to cope with new technology, “so that they can compete at the global level. Science and technology is important for a nation.”
Mrs Joshi said in an interview that most students in the Caribbean opted for business studies or courses in hospitality. She called on students to venture into sciences, saying “What if tourism stops? Knowledge of science makes a country independent.”
“A country whose students pursue sciences has its own doctors, engineers, agricultural scientists and experts in various other fields that make a country independent,” she said. “It is knowledge of science that is driving the production of geothermal energy,” she said.
The Science Fair judges were Aniruddha Joshi, a past student who had 12 CXC distinctions and Patrick Johnson.