On Thursday, April 5, 2018 six students participating in the Halifax Sci-Tech Expo (Halifax’s regional science fair), were selected to attend the Canada-Wide Science Fair in Ottawa, ON. The Canada-Wide Science Fair was held from May 12 to 19.
Om Agarwal (grade 10, Citadel High School), Aidan James (grade 9, Fountain Academy), Finley Nakatsu (grade 8, Madeline Symonds Middle School), David Sapp (grade 12, Fountain Academy), Abby Falkenham (grade 8, Bedford Academy) and Janani Venkat (grade 9, Bedford Academy) attended the national science fair and took part in a full week of activities including tours, displays, judging of their projects and the final awards ceremony in the EY Centre in Ottawa.
Over 75 students participated in the Halifax Sci-Tech Expo. These students, in grades 7 to 12, displayed over 60 science projects in a wide range of science and technology disciplines. In addition to the six grand prize awards of selection to the national fair (valued at a total of $15,000), close to thirty percent of the participants received awards including Medals of Excellence, cash prizes totaling over $1500, and two university entrance scholarships (valued at a total of $3500).
The HSTE Association partners with the Saint Mary’s University Faculty of Science to host, run, and provide this science fair opportunity for Halifax’s students – but it can only happen with the generous ongoing sponsorship of other universities, businesses, and organizations to provide the awards and scholarships and to send the six students to the national science fair. Other major sponsors of HSTE 2017 were Halifax Regional Center for Education, Dalhousie University, Maritimes and Northeast Pipeline, Natural Forces Wind, SigMast Communications, Michelin Canada and East Coast Credit Union.