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Halifax Students Continue the Golden Tradition at CWSF 2015!

Canada Wide Science Fair Scholarship Winners: Rachel Brouwer (Grade 8, Bedford Academy), Fiona Ewart (Grade 8, Gorsebrook Junior High), Xinyi (Kate) He (Grade 9, Park West School), James Davy (Grade 9, Gorsebrook Junior High), David Sapp (Grade 9, Fountain Academy), Julian Oxner (Grade 8, Halifax Grammar School)

Canada Wide Science Fair Scholarship Winners:
Rachel Brouwer (Grade 8, Bedford Academy), Fiona Ewart (Grade 8, Gorsebrook Junior High), Xinyi (Kate) He (Grade 9, Park West School), James Davy (Grade 9, Gorsebrook Junior High), David Sapp (Grade 9, Fountain Academy), Julian Oxner (Grade 8, Halifax Grammar School)

Canada’s science-­fair season wrapped up last week at the Canada Wide Science Fair (CWSF) held in Fredericton, NB, with 6 students representing the Halifax region joining nearly 500 students in grades 7-12 from throughout Canada. The Halifax contingent brought home 4 medals, and a special Challenge Award, bringing home $7,250 in scholarships and prizes.

Rachel Brouwer (grade 8 student at Bedford Academy) led the team with a Gold Medal in the Junior Category for her project ‘Can We Improve the Quality of Water in Developing and Third World Countries?’. Gold Medals were awarded to the Top Ten projects in each of the three age categories Junior (grades 7-­8), Intermediate (grades 9-­10), and Senior (grades 11-­12). Brouwer’s was one of the two Gold Medals earned by the Nova Scotia team this year. This marks the 4th year running that a Halifax student has earned a Gold Medal at CWWF, following on those of Robert MacDonald in 2014 (J.L. Ilsley High School, Senior Gold), Julia Sarty in 2013 (Citadel High School, Intermediate Gold), and Tara Lanteigne in 2012 (Bedford Academy, Junior Gold). Brouwer also received the Environment Challenge Award as the best Junior project in the area of environmental issues with a focus on reducing our impact on, improving our understanding of, and ensuring the quality of water, air, soil, and the diversity of living things. These awards also build on Brouwer’s Silver Medal received at CWSF 2014 in Lethbridge.

Bronze Medals were also awarded to three other HRM students: Fiona Ewart (Grade 8, Gorsebrook Junior High School) in the Junior Category for her project ‘Early immunological experience and the development of allergies’; James Davy (Grade 9, also from Gorsebrook Junior High School) in the Intermediate Category for his project ‘The Affect of Fatigue on a Soccer Player’s Ability to Perform Skills’; and Kate He (Grade 9, Park West School) in the Intermediate Category for her project ‘Can Parkinson’s Disease Be Cured through Neurogenesis?’ The Halifax region’s team competing at CWSF was rounded out by David Sapp (Grade 9, Fountain Academy of the Sacred Heart) and Julian Oxner (Grade 8, Halifax Grammar School).

All six of the CWSF Finalists from the HRM region earned their spot to compete at the national science fair by winning a Grand Award at the Halifax Sci-Tech Expo which was held at Saint Mary’s University on March 27, with the expenses to attend covered by the generous sponsorship of partners: Halifax Regional School Board, Natural Forces, Maritimes and Northeast Pipeline, Dalhousie University, Saint Mary’s University, and Heritage Gas. Next year’s Halifax Sci-Tech Expo will be held on April 1, 2016, at Saint Mary’s University – students from throughout the HRM will be able to enter their science fair projects through their school to compete for six more spots to attend CWSF 2016 in Montreal next May.

Project summaries and participant biographies from CWSF’s website are linked below:

| Rachel Brouwer | James Davy | Fiona Ewart |Kate He |  Julian Oxner | David Sapp |

Full list of award winners from Halifax Sci-Tech Expo

 

Returning Veterans lead the HRM student team to Awards at the Canada-Wide Science Fair 2013

NEWS RELEASE
May 21, 2013

CWSF Medal Recip 2013

L to R: – Terra Lanteigne (Bedford Academy), Nicole Poirier (Bedford Academy), Hannah Miles (Sir John A. MacDonald) and Julia Sarty (Citadel)

Returning national science fair veterans, Julia Sarty and Tera Carling Lanteigne, led a team of six HRM students who participated last week in the Canada-Wide Science Fair (CWSF) in Lethbridge, AB, joining with a total of nearly 500 students in grades 7-12 from throughout Canada.  The HRM team’s students were awarded scholarships and cash prizes totaling $9,950.

Julia Sarty (grade 10 French Immersion student at Citadel High School) was awarded a Gold Medal in the Intermediate Category for her project ‘Assessing Environmental Toxicities: Amphibians as Bioindicators’.  Gold Medals were awarded to the Top Ten projects in each of the three age categories Junior (grades 7-8), Intermediate (grades 9-10), and Senior (grades 11-12).  Sarty’s was one of the two Gold Medals earned by the Nova Scotia team this year.  Sarty also received the Environment Challenge Award as the best Intermediate project in the area of environmental issues with a focus on reducing our impact on, improve our understanding of, and ensure the quality of water, air, soil, and the diversity of living things.  These awards follow on Sarty’s previous medals: a Bronze Medal at CWSF 2012 in Charlottetown, and a Silver Medal at CWSF 2011 in Toronto.

Tera Carling Lanteigne (grade 9 student at Bedford Academy) followed up the Gold Medal she received at last year’s CWSF 2012 with a Silver Medal this year in the Intermediate Category for her project ‘Particulates MATTER: Can a catalyst prevent PM from going up in smoke?’.

Bronze Medals were also awarded to two other HRM students: Hannah Miles (grade 10, Sir John A. MacDonald High School) in the Intermediate Category for her project ‘Coral Growth Under Artificial Light Sources’, and Nicole Poirier (grade 8, Bedford Academy) in the Junior Category for her project ‘Biogas from Biomass – Producing Energy from Waste Organic Material’.  The Halifax region’s team was rounded out by Zoe Abraham (grade 9, Bedford Academy) and Briana Ross (grade 10, J.L. Isley High School).

All six of the CWSF Finalists from the HRM region earned their spot to compete at the national science fair by winning a Grand Award at last month’s Halifax Sci-Tech Expo, with the expenses to attend covered by the generous sponsorship of partners: Halifax Regional School Board, Natural Forces, Maritimes and Northeast Pipeline, Dalhousie University, Saint Mary’s University, and Heritage Gas.  Next year’s Halifax Sci-Tech Expo will be held on April 4, 2014, at Saint Mary’s University – students from throughout the HRM will be able to enter their science fair projects through their school to compete for six more spots to attend CWSF 2014 in Windsor, ON, next May.

New Project Display System

A new display system will be used at CWSF 2013.  Check this link for more information including description and measurements.  Select the “CWSF Exhibit Hall – Project Setup/Take-down” link.

This change will be very important for those selected at HSTE to attend CWSF.

HSTE displays will not be impacted by the change at the National level.

CTV Alberta Primetime – Interview with CWSF 2013 Chief Judge

http://cwsf.youthscience.ca/news/ctv-alberta-primetime-interviews-cwsf-2013-chief-judge

 

Halifax Brings Home the Gold!!

L to R - Peter Issekutz, Fountain Academy; Julia Sarty, Gorsebrook Junior High; Terra Lanteigne, Bedford Academy; Ellen Withers, Citadel High; Briony Merritt, Citadel High

On Thursday, May 17 five of the students from HRM, attending the Canada-Wide Science Fair inToronto, received Medals of Excellence.

Bronze Medals in the Senior Category (grades 11 & 12) were received by Ellen Withers and Briony Merritt, Grade 11, Citadel High School.  Bronze Medals in the Intermediate Category (grades 9 & 10) were received by Peter Issekutz, Grade 9, Fountain Academy of the Sacred Heart and Julia Sarty, Grade 9, Gorsebrook Junior High.  A Gold Medal in the Junior Category (grades 7 & 8 ) was presented to Terra Lanteigne, Grade 8, Bedford Academy.

These students competed in their school science fairs where they were selected to compete against over 100 other students from Halifax in the Halifax Sci-Tech Expo in March. As a result of that competition, they were selected to represent the Halifax Region in Charlottetown at the national competition from May 12 to 19.

Registration fees, travel and other expenses for the six participants from Halifax were provided by the following sponsors; Encana (1), Halifax Regional School Board (3), Saint Mary’s University and Natural Forces Technologies, Inc. (1).  The Halifax Region is one of 103 regions across Canada which are affiliated with Youth Science Canada, the organizers of Canada’s science fair program and the Canada-Wide Science Fair.  This year close to 500 students from every province and territory competed in the national event.

In addition to a grueling day of judging, public and school viewings of projects, and the opportunity to meet many new friends, the students participated in social and cultural events and tours throughout the week.  They attended an opening gala at the Delta Prince Edward where they were entertained by Island musicians “10 Strings and a Goatskin” and comedians/musicians “Chuck and Albert”.  The awards ceremony was held at Homburg Theatre  in Confederation Center of the Arts. The awards ceremony was followed by a banquet at the Confederation Center and a dance at the UPEI Campus.