Canada Wide Science Fair
The Canada Wide Science Festival (national science fair) took place in Regina from May 14 – 20, 2017. Three students from Frontier School Division won the right to compete at this national competition. Our student finalists were Jacob Bird from Black River School, Callum Morrison from Rorketon, and Marley Shewchuk-Iwankow from Falcon Beach. Also attending were our coaches/delegates Connie Vandekerckhove and Kerriann Iwankow. They joined five other regionals from the province to form Team Manitoba.
Our team won their spots qualifying at our divisional fair held at the Western Canadian Aviation Museum on Pi Day March 14, 2017. Our fair was a huge success with 13 of our schools attending and over 80 students from grades 4 - 12 participating.
Our finalists had projects based on experimentation with helping increase food availability and growth, using a natural fertilizer for better plant growth, and designing a microbioshpere for the production of food in harsh environments. Jacob was even interviewed by CBC radio and share his project findings.
At the nationals, over 500 students from all over Canada competed for nearly $1 million dollars in scholarships and cash prizes. Student projects identified solutions to local, regional or global concern through their science project. This year’s projects address issues related to energy, environment, health, information, resources and other areas of discovery and innovation. Our students made a number of new friends and shared their knowledge with volunteer judges, including professional scientists, researchers, and engineers.
During their time in Regina, it wasn’t all competition. The festival had many tours and activities during the week. Our students got to tour science centres and facilities in Regina and around the province of Saskatchewan. They also had fun activities including movie nights and a dance with dance competitions.
Our students returned with many memories and experiences that will last a lifetime. Please congratulate our students for a job well done in representing not only our school division, but Manitoba as well.