Top regional science fair projects advance to Canada Wide Science Festival
The top two entires in the Chinook Regional Science Fair are now advancing to compete at the Canada Wide Science Festival in Fredericton, New Brunswick on May 11 to 17.
Parth Shah earned the Best In Fair Award for his app generation project Intuition, while Haden Harrison placed second for his project This is Warped! which explores how mass effects gravitational forces in space.
Shah, a Grade 10 student at the Swift Current Comprehensive High School, will be making his second appearance at a national Science Fair in the past three years. Back in 2017, Shah advanced to the Canada-wide Science Fair held in Regina for a project entitled You Beat Me to It! This junior category project was submitted when he was a student at Central School, and was designed to analytically identify the effects of light on a human heart.
His latest project involved building a demo version of an app making program.
“It’s a program designed to make app making super easy. App making, you have to learn coding and programming and all of that. It’s too hard for most people to do. But what Intuition does is it makes the whole process much simpler and it lets anybody make an app,” Shah explained.
“At the moment there are websites that make an app for you. But all they do is just repackage a mobile website into a so-called app. But that’s just a movable website, it’s not really an app.”
“Intuition takes like a whole different take on it, and in my opinion it’s a better method of going about doing it.”
Shah is excited to be returning to the Canada Wide Science Festival. It is the first time since
2010 a SCCHS student has advanced to nationals.
“I’ve been there before, but Fredericton, that’s much bigger,” he smiled.
Haden Harrison, a Grade 8 student from Fairview School, is making his national debut with his project looking at gravitational forces in space.
“My project was on how mass effects gravitational forces in space. And the largest thing I learned during this project was everything in space bends space time,” he explained.
He explained he found an online experiment by physics teacher Dan Burns from the United States on how to visually show the complicated concept of how matter bends space. Harrison recreated this project and enjoyed the learning component of his entry.
“For this particular project, in school we had not really went over the concept itself, so I was looking for something to expand my knowledge and create different viewpoints for myself.”
A full list of winners from the Chinook Regional Science Fair can be viewed online at swbooster.com.