Nova Scotia Students Strike Gold at National Science Fair

Nova Scotia’s up-and-coming scientists came away with three gold, one silver and fifteen bronze medals from the National Science Fair in Charlottetown, PEI on May 17, 2012. Team Nova Scotia joined nearly 500 of their peers from across the county for the eight-day competition. These top science students will soon be returning to class after collecting prizes and scholarships valued at more than $65,000 from the Canada-Wide Science Fair for their scientific pursuits.

TEAM NOVA SCOTIA 2012

TEAM NOVA SCOTIA 2012

Each year, more than 10,000 grades 7 through 12 students in Nova Scotia participate in school-based science fairs, with more than 1,000 students moving on to participate in a regional science fair. Of these students only 40 are selected to represent Nova Scotia at the Canada-Wide Science Fair, a prestigious national event that attracts over 450 of Canada’s top young scientists each year.

“Our young scientists have demonstrated national-quality skills,” says Nova Scotia Youth Experiences in Science Executive Director Cliff Coveyduc. “They have all displayed inventive and creative abilities, scientific thought, and shown thoroughness, skill and clarity in their projects. I congratulate the students and their teachers on their achievements.”

Top Medalists:

Christoph Vetter, a Grade 12 student at Richmond Academy in the Strait Region was awarded a Gold Medal for his project “Can Tires Provide an Alternative to Furnace Oil?” Christoph was also awarded the S.M. Blair Family Foundation Award and received scholarships valued at $20,000.


Terra Lanteigne, a Grade 8 student at Bedford Academy in the Halifax Region was awarded a Gold Medal for her project “Cold Play: What will keep the puck cold for the entire play?”


Harishitaa Prithiviraj a Grade 7 student of Redcliff Middle School in the Chignecto West Region was awarded a Gold Medal for her project “A Sniff A Day, Let the Memory Stay!!!”


Nicholas Barrett, a grade 10 student at Riverview High School in the Cape Breton Region was awarded a Silver Medal for his project “On My Whistle: A Command System for Hearing Impaired Soccer Players”.

Other Winners Include:

Iain Green, Pine Ridge Middle School: Bronze Medal for his project How Much Is This Going to Hurt? The Effect of Temperature on Paintballs

Julia Sarty, Gorsebrook Junior High School: Bronze Medal for her project Staying Aligned: Basic Ballet Necessities Under Scrutiny

Aiden Schenkels, South Colchester Academy: Bronze Medal for his project Sleep on This

Briony Merritt, Citadel High School: Bronze Medal for her project Creative Capacity: Discovering the Education Path to Divergent Thinking

Ellen Withers, Citadel High School: Bronze Medal for her project Creative Capacity: Discovering the Education Path to Divergent Thinking

Chantal Surette, École secondaire de Clare: Bronze Medal for her project Énergie lunaire? un appareil unique pour capter l’énergie dans les marées

Shannon MacLennan, Dalbrae Academy: Bronze Medal for her project Can You Give Cleaning A Greener Meaning?

Peter Issekutz, Fountain Academy of the Sacred Heart: Bronze Medal for his project Finding Natural Fire Retardant Solutions

Savannah LeBlanc, Cape Breton Highlands Academy-Education Centre: Bronze Medal for her project Eenie Meenie Miny Mo

Tray MacDonald, MacLennan Junior High School: Bronze Medal for his project File ScanX

Callum Pickles, MacLennan Junior High School: Bronze Medal for his project File ScanX

Benjamin Chisholm, École acadienne de Truro: Bronze Medal for his project La Suspension Magnétique

Colin Hooper, Riverview High School: Bronze Medal for his project Automated Personal Trainer

Ellen Song, Horton High School: Bronze Medal for her project Fruit Flavour: The Double Benefit of Aroma Volatile Treatments

Sarah MacCallum, Pictou Academy-Dr. T. McCulloch School: Bronze Medal for her project Super Plants: Seed Preconditioning in Bok Choy Plants to Increase Crop Yield

Science fairs help develop many facets of a student’s abilities, from practicing fundamental math and literacy to sharpening research and presentation skills.

“The skills students learn when going through the process of developing a science project idea and seeing it through to the end result can be applied to many other areas of life,” said Cliff Coveyduc Executive Director of NS YES!, Nova Scotia’s provincial organization for science fairs. “We are delighted to have sent the largest-ever delegation of Nova Scotia students to the Canada Wide Science Fair this year. The future of Nova Scotia is in great hands.”

Congratulations Team Nova Scotia 2012!

About NS YES!

Nova Scotia Youth Experiences in Science (NS YES!) is a group of parents, teachers, students, and professional scientists working to create enjoyable and educational science experiences for Nova Scotia youth and to celebrate the accomplishments of our young scientists. NS YES! is a not-for-profit charitable organization.

In the near future, these students will be doing state of the art research or developing the businesses and industries that will provide stable employment for the future. Today, these students develop and showcase their talents, abilities, and creativity though activities such as science fairs, demonstrating the ability to take an idea from conception through to a successful conclusion.

NS YES! and the 2012 Team Nova Scotia Showcase was made possible by the generous support of the following sponsors: Department of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism, Saint Mary’s University, Encana Corporation, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Nova Scotia Department of Education, Engineers Nova Scotia, Halifax International Airport Authority, Global TV Maritimes, CEED, Municipal Group of Companies, Exxon Mobil, The Discovery Centre, RIM, RRFB and by the many other organizations and individuals who support our young scientists through participation at the Team Nova Scotia Showcase.

For more information about NS YES! and its programs, please visit our website at ScienceFairInfo.ns.ca.

Contact:
Nova Scotia Youth Experiences in Science
Cliff Coveydyc – Executive Director
or Aja Lefave – Program Manager
Tel (902) 420-5526
nsyes@sciencefairinfo.ns.ca

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