May 21, 2013
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.