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QRSTF-CWSF - 1999 - Memories

1999  Edmonton May 16-23, 1999



The 1999 Canada-Wide Science Fair was held in Edmonton, Alberta, in May.
The week-long CWSF featured over 400 participants in more than 328 exhibits from across Canada. It was the culmination of a community level science process that involved over 500,000 participants. Next year’s science fair is planned for the month of May in London, Ontario.

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Michelle Lamirande; Jr Enviro Sciences; “Acidifying Acidification”; Honourable Mention
Arjun Yogeswaran; Int. Computer; “The Simulation of a 3D Solar System”; Silver Medal $300.
Brendan Harris; Jr Computer Technology; “Read On”;  Silver Medal $300.
James Grant; Sr Computer Technology;  “Raging Rivers”;  Silver Medal $300  plus $1000 Promotional Award for Water Resources.
Danna Loder; Int. Bioscience Division; “Fruity Fuel”; Honourable Mention

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Meet the man Who Believes in Canadian Innovators.. The Manning Awards

He is a man who has fished with the Inuit and camped with the native Indians.
His honourary name is Chief Generous Heart – a name that couldn’t be more appropriate
for a man that has offered both time and money to encourage Canadian innovators.
In 1974, starting with just a small staff of four, Dave Mitchell built the
Alberta Energy Company (AEC), a large oil and gas corporation that now has a staff of more
than 800 employees in addition to 27,000 registered shareholders.
Six years later, Dave Mitchell decided to launch a national organization dedicated to recognizing
and supporting Canadian innovators. Using private funds and corporate sponsorship,
he established the Manning Innovation Awards, a non-profit foundation.
“I knew and respected Ernest Manning so I asked if he would allow his name to
stand,” Mitchell says. Alberta’s former premier said yes and the first award
was presented in 1982. Over the years, Dave
Mitchell has led an accomplished and interesting life both inside and outside the corporate world.
He has served on distinguished boards such as Air Canada, Bank of Nova Scotia, Hudson’s Bay
Company, Lafarge Canada, and the University of Calgary.
Currently, he is Chairman of the Calgary Police Commission as well as Chieftain International.
But after 17 years, he is still in awe of the more than 100 innovations that the
awards program has supported. “In my mind, I can still see every inventor,” he says 
with a smile.
“And I am greatly impressed at the depth of talent in Canada,” he adds.
To date, the Manning Awards have honoured Canadian innovators with more than $2.3 million
dollars in prize money, which includes an annual Principal Award of $100,000.
Seven years ago, the awards were modified to include a new category for young Canadian inventors,
with winners selected from the national Canada-Wide Science Fair competition. It is in these young
hands that Mitchell believes the future lies. “This next generation will look back and think
that our growth was stodgy,” he says.
“We haven’t seen anything yet,” he adds.

The Manning Innovation Awards, named in honour of the late Ernest C. Manning, former
Alberta premier and senator, recognize Canadian innovators for their outstanding achievements and
contributions to Canadian society. The Alberta Energy Company Ltd. and Petro-Canada are proud
sponsors of the Young Canadian Innovation Awards program.

About the Manning Young Canadian Innovation Awards...
The Manning Award Foundation issues a number of awards each year, including $500 to each of eight winning projects. 

Of those eight projects, our are selected to receive an additional award of $4,000, bringing their total award to $4,500 each

All winners are selected from entries in the national Canada-Wide Science Fair competition, held each year in a different city across Canada.


Manning Awards
Mutations "R" Us

Montreal   science   student Xing Zeng’s invention has not only garnered international attention   but   has   also   won   a 
$4,500 Young Canadian Innovation award, a science fair gold medal in the senior Computing Technology division and the NCR  Canada  Ltd.  special award.

Zeng's  awards  recognize her work in developing a data- base for the rapidly growing volume of genomic variation data.
Her database, the HEXAdb, captures,   stores   and   releases information on mutations in the nucleotide sequences of human DNA.
To create her database, one of only four in Canada, Zeng added a 3-D modeling component that maps HEXA 
structure, resulting in a com- puter database that is the first to combine these two types of technologies.

Eventually  Zeng  hopes to participate in research into the tragic Tay Sachs disease, a  mutation  of  the  gene HEXA that results in a defective enzyme that often kills patients before age five.
Zeng says she hopes this innovation   will   lead   to   a wide application of her lead- ing edge database.
On Dangerous Ground

3-D Radar Locates Landmines

Grade eleven inventor, Kyle Doerksen      of

Calgary, has successfully incorporated three dimensional imaging into ground penetrat- ing radar.

In addition to his $4,500

Manning  Award,  Doerksen also won a science fair gold medal in the senior Computing Science division as well as the Geological Association of Canadas special award.

Ground penetrating radar (GPR) uses electromagnetic waves to probe beneath the surface to detect metallic and 

non-metallic irregularities. However, current GPR does not include the capacity for three-dimensional imaging.

Doerksen tested his sys- tem, using data collected in Cambodia to detect buried landmines.
While current GPR was only able to detect 60 percent of the landmines in the sam- ple, Doerksens innovative 3D GPR was able to detect in excess of 90 percent of the mines.
Other applications in- clude archaeology, geology, forensics and mining

'A Rose By Any Other Name'
Odor Control Breakthrough

Alberto Da Rocha and Joe Barfett, students from London,Ontario, have won a $4,500 Young Canadian Innovation Award for their nose-saving invention.
"Hog farms emit pollutants which result in a bad odor and may cause possible environmental and health side effects," says Barfett.
"We wanted to reduce harmful emissions and find a solution that could not only be applied to hog farms, but to our growing
livestock industry Canada wide," adds Da Rocha.
Using a foam fractionator or protein skimmer, the inno- vative pair were able to remove  the  odor  producing compounds from hog manure slurry  and  then
convert them in to nitrite which has value as a fertilizer.The fertil- izer can then be used for other purposes.
“This technology has  additional applications in the mining industry where they also use ammonia nitrate.”
The  team  also  analyzed the data they collected and created a pro- posal for build-
ing a working prototype that would control large scale hog farm pollutants.
“We think we can con- vert and recycle wastes using foam fractionation.”
In addition to the cash award, they also won two special awards from the Agriculture  Institute  of  Canada and   Agriculture   and   Agri- Food Canada.

Plus,  they  have  won  a  gold medal in the senior Earth and Environment a l     Sciences division at the Canada-wide science fair.

Better Batteries

The Toronto team of students Robert Quick and Elena Andreeva have succeeded in producing better batteries, thanks to their innovative use of computer software.
And as a result, they have won a $4,500 Manning award for their project. The duo created a computer software application that successfully monitors battery life and recharges
batteries through a normal computer.
"This is different from anything that is already out there," notes Andreeva.
"It monitors the life left in a battery, it can charge or discharge (the battery) and it provides a shock that can reduce crystalline buildup,
thus allowing a battery to be completely recharged."
“That's something that has never been done before,” adds Quick.
Andreeva and Quick’s computer program also allows the battery’s diagnostic information to be visible on a typical computer monitor

Batteries are hooked up using a data acquisition card which allows depleted batteries to be successfully charged while also monitoring the progress on-screen.
“We’re a good team,”
says Andreeva, who combined her knowledge of chemistry with Quick’s electronic and computer science interests.
“ We knew this  could be done and we hope it will mean that more batteries can be reused and recycled.”
And that is good news for the environment and for consumers everywhere.

Bright Minds Bright Futures

Each winner receives a $500 Manning cash award for these great ideas
Virtual Keyboard
S t u d e n t J e r e m i a h
McCarthy has won a silver medal and the Intel of Canada Ltd. special award for his pseudo-physical input device.
McCarthy has created a way to stimulate physical de- vices like a mouse or key- board,    in    virtual    space.
McCarthy's prototype is a set of gloves, which are wired to the computer, creating a virtual keyboard.
"You can load any key- board, for example French or German, so I think this tech- nology has applications inter- nationally," say the central Newfoundland computer en- thusiast.
"Kids   of   any  age  can wear the gloves, so it doesn't matter about the size of your hand.”
“And I think it may eliminate carpal tunnel syn- drome because your hands need never be on the keyboard," he says.

Microwaved Agriculture
Grade 11 student Janine
Keith won a silver medal for her  project  which  explored the use of microwaves to irra- diate soil, kill weeds and eliminate pests By using microwaves, Keith’s project potentially re- places harsh pest ic ides . "Heat kills just about any- thing, so I decided to try using it  on  soil  samples,"  says  the
Armstrong, BC, resident.
Using a 500-watt micro- wave to test small soil samples on her family's Saskatchewan farm, Keith discovered pests and  weeds  did  not  survive.
Tests on naturally occur- ring  friendly  bacteria  in  the soil showed that they were not destroyed  when  microwaved for  reduced  periods  of  time. “Next  year,  my  father  is going to give me a plot to test
my theories further,” she says.

Hot Starts for Cars
Students Peter and Katalin Mayer of Calgary, AB, won a silver medal and a special award from Natural Resources Canada.
The Mayer team has de- veloped a hot start system for automobiles that reduces the amount  of  time  it  takes  to warm  up  a  car  in  extremely cold weather, potentially re- ducing engine damage.
The  pair  started  working on their hot start system three years ago, using an insulated reservoir to store engine coolant, thus preventing heat from dissipating on cold days.
Currently, the system uses 40 litres of coolant stored in a tank that fits under the passen- ger seat of an automobile.

Bathtub Water Monitor
Student  Lisa  Kay,  from Edmonton, AB, received a science fair honourable men- tion for her invention, the Advanced Automatic Bathtub Monitor.
This device prevents bath- tubs from overflowing by sounding an alarm and shut- ting off the water supply when the desired water level is reached.
Her project is a direct re- sult of her experience at last year's science fair, where she exhibited the device’s prede- cessor.
"At that time, I was using a  mercury switch  to regulate the water level.   The judges suggested that I look at some- thing that was a better alterna- tive.   So I decided to use a pressure switch," says Kay.
Building on her previous concept, Kay has successfully redesigned  the device.

From Innovatis -

Team Science Annapolis Valley
CWSF 99 Edmonton, Alberta

Representatives to the Canada Wide Science Fair - Each student receives a science fair t-shirt.
The following students have presented projects judged to be competitive at the Canada Wide Science Fair 
1999 Edmonton, Alberta. These students and chaperones will be travelling to Edmonton courtesy of our

regional fair sponsors. 
These projects represent work done within the last year including backboard and presentation content.

Back row -> Julia Frenette, Charina Cameron, Alternate 1: Alexander Winther, Amelia Kellar
Alternate 2: Sebastien Allard, Tim Bourque, Hilary Moors, [Cathy-Lee Jennisson , Amy Geleyn]
[Jenny Trites, absent]

Brebeuf College School

Honourable Mention for James Li
Congratulations are in order for James Li, who received an
Honourable Mention at the Canada-Wide Science Fair in
Edmonton Alberta.

Vol. 135, No. 31 — August 4, 2001
Revocation of Registration of Charities
Following a request from the charities listed below to have their status as a charity revoked, the following
notice of proposed revocation was sent:
"Notice is hereby given, pursuant to paragraph 168(1)(a) of the Income Tax Act, that I propose to revoke
the registration of the charities listed below and that by virtue of paragraph 168(2)(a) thereof, the
revocation of the registration is effective on the date of publication of this notice in the Canada Gazette."



Greater Vancouver Regional Science Fair Winners 

Canada-Wide Science Fair
Helen Liu and Quinn Peters - Sir Winston Churchill Secondary
"Unravelling the Web of Silken Secrets" - Senior Biotechnology

Sarah Dumont and Jamie Gibson - Sir Winston Churchill Secondary
"Hot DNA, Cold Evidence : DNA Fingerprinting" - Senior Biotechnology

Shannon Paton and Brooke Fraser - Pender Harbour Elem/Secondary
"Do you Prefer your Salmon Pooped or Poached?" - Junior Environ.

Angelee Verma and Kelly MacDonald - Prince of Wales Mini School
"One Fish, Two Fish, Sore Fish, Blue Fish" - Intermediate Life Sciences

Danielle Rich - Point Grey Mini School
"The Sound and The Stage" - Junior Engineering Sciences

Daniel Green - Handsworth Secondary School
"Defining G through Galaxy Evolution" - Senior Physical Sciences

Katie McAllister - Point Grey Mini School
"Palindrome Problems" - Intermediate Mathematics

Catherine Whitehead - Crofton House School
"Feeding Preferences of Wintering Birds" - Junior Life Sciences

Gold Medal Winners - Junior Life Sciences

Catherine Whitehead - Crofton House School
"Feeding Preferences of Wintering Birds"

Myriam Dumont - York House School
"Strong Teeth A.S.A.P.!"

Fifty-seventh General Assembly

MR. JOHN MACDONELL: Mr. Speaker, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption 
of the following resolution:

Whereas the Canada-wide Science Fair being held in Edmonton this year is an important showcase for 
science students from across Canada; and 

Whereas it is important that recognition be given to students from Nova Scotia who excel; and

Whereas Jennifer McRuer of Hants North Rural High and Brad MacPhee of Hants East Rural High qualified
to attend this fair by achieving top honours;
Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate these two students for their achievement.
Mr. Speaker, I request waiver.
MR. SPEAKER: There has been a request for waiver.
Is it agreed?
Hansard -- Fri., May 21, 1999

1999 Science Fair, Grade 7
1999 Science Fair, Grade 7

Astrophtography is a powerful research tool used by professional astronomers. There are many different techniques that these images can be acquired through. This experiment has investigated the usefulness of photographic techniques such as Colour and Black and White, as well as digital techniques like Stacking,
Unsharp Mask and Tri-Colour. By using these techniques I have found that I could create high quality astrophotographs using amateur equipment.

Calgary Youth Science Fair 2000: Top Junior Project
Alberta Energy Company Travel Scholarship
Gold Medal sponsored by Anadarko
Canada-Wide Science Fair 1999 in Edmonton, Alberta
Gold Medal for Junior Physical Sciences

1999 CanadaWide Science Fair - CMS Awards

The CMS sponsored a set of three Special Awards at the 1999 Canada Wide
Science Fair in Edmonton. There were some wonderful projects at the fair, and
we would have loved to be able to give out more than one prize in each category.
But each category had one clear winner. All judges on the CMS team
were unanimous about the winner, so that made our jobs relatively easy. Below
are the project descriptions of the three prize-winning entries.
Chaos in the Arctic

Junior – Adrian Maler (Grade 8)
The objective was to discover a model that would predict population dynamics. I tried to model population growth with the logistic equation and a “coupled logistic equations” model that I developed.

Palindrome Problems - Intermediate – Katie McAllister (Grade 9)
The problem of this project is to investigate palindrome numbers and to look for relationships among palindromes in different bases.

In Search of Perfection

Senior – Jocelyn Land-Murphy (Grade 13)
The purpose of my study was to produce a general formula for generating the factors of perfect numbers.

The CMS adjudicated and presented three prizes at the
Canada Wide Science Fair held in Edmonton this May.

A Project slated for Canada-wide

Science Project Assignment
T. Knock
November 8, 1998
Each student in grade nine is invited to design and conduct a science project of their own choosing. The project will demonstrate the development of science skills and attitudes appropriate for a high school student.
This project should explore something of special interest to the student and illustrate a scientific approach to problem solving.
Each student is expected to design and or modify an experiment or innovation working within the resources available to the student.

1- Choosing a Project
Finding an idea that captivates the imagination and interest is one of the most important motivations to completing an excellent science project. This is the most difficult part of a project to do well. Time and effort spent here will pay big dividends in the potential quality of the project. If you do not have any ideas right now the following suggestions are provided as starting points. Search the www for science project ideas. Check out the SFIden site then Project Lab. (Here you can see quality projects published by the students competitive at various levels of student science research.)

Search the www for science project ideas. Check out the site under SFIden then Science Events then Science Events sign then click on the communication icon. There are lists of project ideas/resources here.

Search science 3. TV programs' web sites for ideas.

4. Search science magazines and periodicals for ideas.
Talk with friends and family about issues in your everyday life that might be researched with a
scientific approach.

Choosing the Approach (Type of Project)
There is not a single scientific method a scientist uses. However, one of the following approaches will help to organize your work as you develop and present your project research. Controlled Experiment, "Experimental Project"
This approach identifies and controls variables in experiments designed to collect scientific evidence.

Correlational Study, "Study"
This approach identifies variables, finds and identifies cause and effect relationships in the
natural environment. Data is analyzed for cause effect relationships. (It is not always possible for
the student to collect all the data in a study but the analysis and conclusions must belong to the
Gadget-Invention "Innovation"
This approach either modifies or designs a process or gadget to solve a technological
problem of how to do things better or more conveniently by applying known scientific
principles and skills to the problem.
Science Project Assignment
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Follow the Student Preparation Planner at Science Project Toolbox.
Marks will be given for the following progress points.
Project Proposal Approval 1. 10% (purpose: projects must have prior approval)
Due Date: Tuesday December 1, revision check Monday December 7, 1989.
This includes completion of the following forms to guide you into a successful start with your project:
Project Proposal Form 1.1 (purpose: safety and ethics check)
Adult Supervisor Form 1.2 (purpose: adult S &E supervision)
Rough Data Research 10-20% 1 (purpose: progress check)
Due Date: January--, 1999 (first day of the second term)
Students will do a 5min. presentation of their research success and or failures to date.
2. Class Presentation 40% (purpose: developing presentation skills)
Students will present their projects at a class project fair. There will be peer and teacher evaluations.
Student preparation for this presentation will include the following:
A well organized 5-7 min talk about your project
A visual display of graphics, graphs, videos, . . . and demonstrations. (This presentation should be
planned, practiced, and polished at home or with friends. If you have a partner share the presentation
equally. Check out the www SCIfair site for help
1. Written Report 20% (Purpose: validation check )
(Two copies are required if the project goes to a fair, one for me the other for the fair.)
Due Date: Friday March12, 1999
Standard Title Page is required (make a table as follows: Contents, along with the corresponding pages.
Reporting: Follow the outline for formal science reports. Make sure your procedure is well outlined so another person can clearly trace your steps to check out reliability and accuracy of the project. Dated Daily Journal: This is an anecdotal record of your successes and failures during the development phase. Background: This section represents general information on the topic but no specifics,
experimental results or design features. Forms: Original signed Project Proposal 1.1 and Supervisor
Forms 1.2 or the overall mark is devalued by 40% Bibliography: Bibliography goes at the very end of the report. It lists encyclopedia articles, books, magazines, journal articles, pamphlets, Internet or other sources like resource persons used in the development of the project. Put these in alphabetical order by
last name of the author.

1. Public Presentation up to 20% bonus for competitive presentations at science fairs.
Central Kings Science Fair Dates: March 23-25 1999
Annapolis Valley Regional Science Fair @CK Dates: April 6-9, 1999
Canada Wide Science Fair @ Edmonton AB Dates May 16-23, 1999
Science Project Assignment
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Canada-wide Participant

Taylor Adams is by no means conventional. After two days of interviews in February 2000, the 17-year-old from St. John’s, Nfld., won
one of 30 of that year’s Canadian Merit Scholarship’s national awards, and it was easy to see why. While at Holy Heart of Mary Regional
High School, Adams played on the volleyball team, belonged to three choirs and the string orchestra, and was heavily involved in peer
counselling. She participated in science fairs, including the 1999 Canada-Wide Science Fair in Edmonton, and she had an 88-percent
average. Adams also volunteered through her church, and was in the Newfoundland Symphony Youth Choir. Thanks to her scholarship, she’s now studying at Simon Fraser University in
British Columbia and hopes to become a psychologist, helping young women with eating disorders and other challenges.



Canada Gazette

899610273RR0001 CANADA WIDE SCIENCE FAIR 99 - charitable Status lifted.

Jonathan Sick: Techniques in Astrophotography

1999 Science Fair, Grade 7
Astrophtography is a powerful research tool used by professional astronomers. There are many different
techniques that these images can be acquired through. This experiment has investigated the usefulness of
photographic techniques such as Colour and Black and White, as well as digital techniques like Stacking,
Unsharp Mask and Tri-Colour. By using these techniques I have found that I could create high quality
astrophotographs using amateur equipment.

Calgary Youth Science Fair 2000:
Top Junior Project
Alberta Energy Company Travel Scholarship
Gold Medal sponsored by Anadarko
Canada-Wide Science Fair 1999 in Edmonton, Alberta
Gold Medal for Junior Physical Sciences

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