Six Halifax Students to attend Canada-Wide Science Fair 2017

Canada Wide Science Fair Scholarship Winners: Anisha Rajaselvam (Sacred Heart School), Emily Rafuse (Elizabeth Sutherland School), Julia Sampson (Elizabeth Sutherland School), Om Agarwal (Oxford School), Finlay Nakatsu (Madeline Symonds Middle School), Janani Venkat (Bedford Academy)

On Friday, March 31, 2017 six students participating in the Halifax Sci-Tech Expo (Halifax’s regional science fair), were selected to attend the Canada-Wide Science Fair in Regina, SK. The Canada-Wide Science Fair will be held from May 15 to 20.

Om Agarwal (grade 9, Oxford School), Julia Sampson and Emily Rafuse (both grade 9, Elizabeth Sutherland School), Anisha Rajaselvam (grade 8, Sacred Heart High School), Janani Venkat, (grade 8, Bedford Academy), and Finley Nakatsu (grade 7, Madeline Symonds Middle School) will attend the national science fair and take part in a full week of activities including tours, displays, judging of their projects and the final awards ceremony in the Conexus Art Centre, Regina, SK.

Over 70 students participated in the Halifax Sci-Tech Expo. These students, in grades 7 to 10, displayed 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 $12,000), close to thirty percent of the participants received awards including Medals of Excellence, cash prizes totaling over $1000, 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 School Board, Dalhousie University, Maritimes and Northeast Pipeline, Natural Forces, and East Coast Credit Union.