Capturing science gold at Montreal fair
Big bang forMacDonald, Westwood students
For the first time in several years, Westwood Jr. High School will send two representatives to the Quebec provincial science fair later this month.
Grade 8 students Matthew Stuart and Rutger Boelen’s project was among 12 of a total 207 projects selected to move on to the provincial science fair, the Super Expo-sciences Bell Quebec tournament, after their participation last week in the Bell Montreal Regional Science& TechnologyFair.
The regional fair was held March 23 at Concordia University. The event marked 50 years of organizedQuebecscience fairs.
Stuart and Boelen learned theywill compete at the Université de Montréal April 15 to 18, during an award ceremony that saw the duo walk away with three separate awards for their design project titled, Dry Clothes and Keep the Heat.
The students attempted to design a device that would redirect dryer heat, minus lint and humidity, into the home to help with heating in winter.
Westwood science teacher Gail Stanworth, whose student entrants were from the school’s enriched program, said this is the first time in more than 10 years (not consecutive) of regional science fair participation that her students havemovedontoprovincials.
“I am thrilled for the boys and for all of our students, this is the strongest showing we’ve ever had,” she noted, adding, “I’m proud of all of them.”
Westwood sent eight projects onto the regional fair after an in-school science fair that included all enriched science students.
In all, Westwood students took home three gold medals, three silver and twobronze.
In addition to Stuart and Boelen, winners included: Laura Bérubé and Liane Morneault, whotook a silver medal and the McGill Faculty of Engineering Award for their project, A Gust of Fresh Air; a silver medal to Delaney Kosturik for her project, Fanatical Fermentation; a goldmedal toMichele Seivwright and Ashley Schroeder for Gone Bananas (and the McGill School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition Award); a bronze to Peter Quinn and Michael Vrouvides for Hydroponics: Future of Farming (and the FP Innovation Award for Forest Sector Solutions); bronze to Zachary Dufour for Oil & Feathers Don’t Mix; Soil Matters garnered Elias Latchem andMalcolm Desjardins a silver and the McGill Department of Mining and Materials Engineering Award, while Kelseigh Boog and Kelly Magurn took gold and the Concordia BiologyDepartment awardfor theirprojectWantWhite?
Meanwhile, students from MacDonald High School in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue also participated in the fair. Theirwinners included: Silver for Alexandra Nudo for An Apple A Day ...; a bronze for Christopher Boutin and Mathieu Dubé for Shooting the Goo!; andan honourable mention toMaudeVinette forher project, TheSenses.
MacDonald’s strong showing
Good turn out
The regional fair was open to students from Montreal, Laval, Montérégie and Laurentians. Organizers say therewas a 60 percent participation rate from 18 private and 24 public schools and CEGEPs. In all, 207 projects werepresented for judges’ consideration.
Of those, 12 will be part of the provincial final that will bring together 100 of the best projects created by young scientists and technologists fromacrossQuébec.
The first bilingual Science Fair was held in the Richelieu Valley in 1960. At the time, students from just three English and eight French schools exhibited projects. The first Metropolitan Science Fair was held in Montreal one year later.
Different groups and organizations have been in charge of events over the years, and in 1981, theMontreal Regional Science Fair for Anglophone students was created by three teachers fromMarianopolisCollege. In 2001, the Educational Alliance for Science and Technology took charge of the structure used today. In all, $25,000 in scholarships and prize moneywasalso available to participants.
Science Fair: Westwood Jr. High School students from the enriched program garnered more medals than ever last week.