Local scientists showcase impressive projects (Photos and award list)

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Rotary presented their annual science fair, presented by Tenaris, this weekend at the Algoma University George Leach Centre.

Students competed for top prizes, and the opportunity to represent their school and the Algoma Region as part of Youth Science Ontario at the Canada Wide Science Fair from May 12th to 19th, where they will compete on a national level.

Dante Carlascio, Co-Chair of the 2018 Science Fair, told SaultOnline, “We are really happy with the turn out this year. We had 144 students which is an increase from last year’s 109, and over 97 projects.”

He continued, “We were also pretty impressed with the calibre of the projects, there was some really unique and different experiments done. Some more on the robotics side, some going into human anatomy or psychology.”

It really was amazing to see so many bright young minds come together and showcase their research.

It really goes to show the positive side of modern society – with the internet and so many resources available at our fingertips, it broadens the horizons so widely for what the participants can delve into.

Some of the ideas that participants explored were questions I had never even considered before. Some that particularly stood out to me were;

As explained by Carlascio, “The thought process that even some of the younger kids had in their projects is really impressive. They go through the logic, the discussion, they asked themselves ‘how could I have done this better? Does current research support what I thought would be happening?’ And if you want to pursue postsecondary education in science classes, a lot of these lab courses expect that from you.”

Beyond just learning science, I would say that participants are also gaining valuable life skills, such as critical thinking, research, and analysis.

Based on my experience, no matter what field of work you choose to pursue, these are all integral skills that prepare elementary and high school students well for the path to come.

On behalf of SaultOnline, I would like to say amazing work to all participants, congratulations to all award winners, and good luck to those who will be moving on to the Canada Wide Science Fair (CWSF)!

Alfred R. Askin Shields – Best School Teams

  • Junior – Korah Collegiate
  •  Intermediate – St. Mary’s College
  •  Senior – Korah Collegiate

Professional Engineering of Ontario – Best in Engineering

  •  GGATS: GPS Guided Autonomous Transport System – Shail Giroux (Korah Collegiate)
  • Innovative Alternative Fuel – Daria Humeniuc (Korah Collegiate)

Tenaris Innovative Use of Robotics

  •   GGATS: GPS Autonomous Transport System – Shail Giroux (Korah Collegiate)

Superior Digital Solutions – Best Use of Math

  • Crush This! – Amelia Spacek (Ecole sec Notre Dame des Grands Lacs)

Algoma – Best in Computer Science

  • GGATS: GPS Autonomous Transport System – Shail Giroux (Korah Collegiate)

 Gary Rahn Memorial Award – Best in Natural History

  •  How Do Flowers Still Bloom? – Rainbow Assiniwai (Korah Collegiate)

Gary Rahn Memorial Award – Best in Green Thinking

  • Purifying Water with Cilantro – Teely Hopkin (Korah Collegiate)

Attilio Berdusco Award – Best in Health Sciences

  • ANTACID pH-UN: The Effect of Antacids on the pH of Gastric Acid – Megan Aikens (Korah Collegiate)

University of Ottawa $1000 Entrance Scholarship Award

  • The Effect of Citric Acid on the Demineralization of Tooth Enamel – Olivia Melisek (Korah Collegiate)

Algoma University $1000 Entrance Scholarship Award

  • Out With the Mold: Effect of Increasing Concentrations of Wildflower Honey and Calcium Propionate on Mold Surface Area – Julia Casagrande (Korah Collegiate)

United Steel Workers 2724 Judges’ Award in Sport Science

  •  Music Motivates – Domanique Camara and Rachel Reed (Superior Heights)

United Steel Workers 2724 Judges’ Award – Individual Merit

  • Preventing Phone Batteries From Depleting in the Cold – Ava Zwimer (Queen Elizabeth)

United Steel Workers 2724 Judges’ Award – Scientific Communication

  • Solar Power from Natural Anthocyanin Dye – Saurodeep Majumdar (Korah Collegiate)

3rd Place Junior (Sponsored by Algoma)

  • Home Remedy vs Store Bought Herbicides – Erica Groot and Alicia Groot (Korah Collegiate)

2nd Place Junior (Don Wallace Memorial Award)

  • Let It Snow? – Vera Antunes and Brooke Donnelly (Anna McCrea)

1st Place Junior (Sponsored by Tenaris)

  • GGATS: GPS Guided Autonomous Transport System – Shail Giroux (Korah Collegiate)

3rd Place Intermediate (Sponsored by Algoma)

  • Thermodynamic Power Saver: A Drain Water Heat Recovery System – Daphné Dupuis and Mya St. Jean (Superior Heights)

2nd Place Intermediate (Don Wallace Memorial Award)

  • Crush This! – Amelia Spacek (Ecole sec Notre Dame des Grands Lacs)

1st Place Intermediate (Sponsored by Tenaris)

  • You are What Tree You Eat – Julie Delorme and Raili Kary (St. Mary’s College)

3rd Place Senior (Sponsored by Algoma)

  •  A UREAlity Check: How Over-Fertilization Affects Vitamin A Content in Wheatgrass – Sanskruti Patel (Korah Collegiate)

2nd Place Senior (Don Wallace Memorial Award)

  •  Bromelain vs Whey Protein – Mitch Fillmore (Korah Collegiate)

1st Place Senior (Sponsored by Tenaris)

  •  Out With the Mold: Effect of Increasing Concentrations of Wildflower Honey and Calcium Propionate on Mold Surface Area – Julia Casagrande (Korah Collegiate)

6th Place Best of Fair – Honourable Mention (Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Sault Ste. Marie)

  • Crush This! – Amelia Spacek (Ecole sec Notre Dame des Grands Lacs)

5th Place Best of Fair – Honourable Mention (Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Sault Ste. Marie)

  • Let it Snow? – Vera Antunes and Brooke Donnelly (Anna McCrea)

4th Place Best of Fair – Honourable Mention (Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Sault Ste. Marie)

  • Out With the Mold: Effect of Increasing Concentrations of Wildflower Honey and Calcium Propionate on Mold Surface Area – Julia Casagrande (Korah Collegiate)

3rd Place Best of Fair – Benjamin Cohen Family Memorial Trophy

  • You Are What Tree You Eat – Julie Delorme and Raili Kary (St. Mary’s College)

2nd Place Best of Fair – Tenaris Award

  • Bromelain vs Whey Protein – Mitch Fillmore (Korah Collegiate)

1st Place Best of Fair – Rotary Club of Sault Ste. Marie Award of Excellence

  • GGATS: GPS Guided Autonomous Transport System – Shail Giroux (Korah Collegiate)D

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Riley Smith
Riley Smith is an enthusiastic and versatile critical thinker who has just joined the Sault Online team! She holds a double Honours Degree in History and Political Science from Algoma University, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Public Relations and Event Management from Sault College. In addition to obtaining her Google Marketing Fundamentals certification, she is also working towards a Certificate in Diversity and Intercultural Relations, part-time. She has hands-on experience in social media marketing, media relations, public relations writing, event planning, and stakeholder and client relations, developed through post-secondary schooling and placement at Cavera Inc., as well as experience as the First Nations and Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator for the Missanabie Cree First Nation.

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