Top re­gional science fair projects ad­vance to Canada Wide Science Fes­ti­val

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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 sw­

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