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Students Return from National Science Fair

Bridgewater, NS – Four students from the South Shore Regional School Board recently returned from the Canada-Wide Science Fair in Lethbridge, Alberta with some impressive experiences to show for it.

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Four SSRSB Students Return from National Science Fair

Bridgewater, NS – Four students from the South Shore Regional School Board recently returned from the Canada-Wide Science Fair in Lethbridge, Alberta with some impressive experiences to show for it.

           Can snow be used to produce clean energy? Does lead give lipstick shine and sparkle? Can oil and water come together to create energy? Can tubercles like those found on the edge of humpback whale fins improve sailing? These are some of the questions the four students asked, and investigated, to find themselves selected to attend the Canada-Wide Science Fair.

            Erin Smith from Bayview Community School in Mahone Bay titled her project, “Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!” This project looked at the possibility of using melting snow to produce clean energy to offset the average household winter heating costs.

            Sierra Oakes from Bridgewater Junior-Senior High School looked at creating energy by using different natural oils combined with water. Her project, “Opposites make a powerful difference,” used a variety of oils to create energy by rising above the water and hitting a propeller. Sierra was presented with an excellence award, bronze medal and a bronze medal from Western University.

            “Poison-Us Puckers,” the project by Bayview Community School Student Jessica Vaszily looked at lead content in lipstick. Her project examined the presence of lead in lipstick, and if the amount is related to the level of shine and sparkle.

            Malcolm Mann, of Bluenose Academy in Lunenburg investigated whether adding tubercles, the small bumps on the leading edge of humpback whale fins which improve their mobility, on sailboat foils could improve the lift and increase the stall angle of the foil. Malcolm received three different awards, including two silver medals in excellence and from Western University, as well as the Carlson Wagonlit Award.

“We are very proud of these four students who represented the South Shore Regional School Board with strong projects at the National Science Fair in Alberta,” said Dr. Jim Gunn, Acting Superintendent. “It is exciting to see students truly engaged in their projects, and to have an interest in practical science applications.”

“Students who go through the rigorous process of advancing from the SSRSB’s Regional Science Fair to the annual Team Nova Scotia Showcase and then to the Canada-Wide Science Fair while winning awards along the way deserve to feel a tremendous sense of accomplishment,” said Gaston Comeau, Coordinator of French Second Language Programming who oversees science fairs. “These students are leaders among their peers in looking towards the future by examining the world they are inheriting through investigations in science.”

The South Shore Regional School Board has been participating in the Canada-Wide Science Fair for over 20 years. Since then, our students have won a total of $67,878.00 in prize money as well as many awards and medals.To view the Canada-Wide Science Fair South Shore Results publication from Youth Science Canada click HERE.

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For more information, contact:

Trish Smith

Tel. 902-541-3005

Cell. 902-523-1664

Email.  tsmith@ssrsb.ca