Monday, 11 March 2013

Quinte Regional Science Fair 2013

Quinte Regional Science and Technology Fair


QRSTF 2013
Quinte Regional Science Fair 2013
April 6, 2013 - Loyalist College
Come join in and bring a project..... support our local young scientists
Public Viewing is from 11-4 

The 54th Annual Quinte Regional Science and Technology Fair was held at Loyalist College in Belleville, Saturday, April 6th, 2013 from 9:00 to 5:00 p.m. About 135 colourful, well researched projects from all over Hastings and Prince Edward Counties and from grades 4 to 12 were on display. About 180 students took part. During the fair, students competed for honours and awards in many categories as they made presentations to the judges.

Over 110 judges worked very hard during the day to both evaluate and encourage the students. As part of the judging process every student received a written list of comments on how they might improve their future projects.

Besides the judges, there were many people operating behind the scenes, all on a volunteer basis, to help the fair run smoothly. Our Patron and Major Sponsors provided funds to help send our five qualifiers to the Canada Wide Science Fair (, while our remaining Sponsors supplied prizes in the forms of cash, trophies and this year an operating telescope. This fair is truly a community effort. Representing The QRSTF this year at the Canada Wide Fair to be held in Lethbridge, Alberta in May are, Teresa Decola from Bayside Secondary School, Govind Pasharodi from Moira Secondary School, Aaron Morrison from Albert College, Brandan Ranjith from Albert College and Aysar Younes from Albert College. They will be accompanied by delegates/chaperones Scott Berry, and Jane Moodey.

However, the central and most endearing part of this event is the enthusiasm of the students. As soon as you ask them about their projects, it is like turning on a tap as all kinds of information comes forth. 30 of our great communicators won special prizes in a draw during the Awards Ceremony.

On the following pages, are listed the first place winners in each group of five to seven projects and the Specialty Award Winners including the Canada Wide Science Fair Awards. There is a new award this year. (The Purdue Pharmaceuticals Medical Award)

Pat Findlay, Chief Judge of the Quinte Regional Science and Technology Fair said, ‘‘Probably the most enjoyable part of this for me, and the reason that I keep coming back year after year, is to see the fascinating work performed by these young scientists and inventors. And, let’s make no mistakes about it, for the vast majority their work is every bit as rigorous as that of professionals in the field; it is only the scope and topic that is different. They won’t have the background yet, but they have the mindset, and with that, the background and skills will come. Case in point --- where I work, there are engineering and computer science grads working today who are prior QRSTF competitors. Now THAT is amazing!’’

Left to right: Kiwanis Club of Belleville- Ed Hawman, Govind Pisharodi, Aysar Younes, Brandan Ranjith, Aaron Morrison, Theresa Decola,
Scott Berry and Jane Moodey (delegates to CWSF-not in picture)

Throughout the morning, students were interviewed extensively during the first round of judging. First, Second, Third and Honourable Mentions, were awarded to each group of five to eight projects.    A second round of judging was used to determine the best in each grade, specialty awards and the Canada Wide Science Fair awards.

This year the participants got to view the many programs Loyalist has to offer and tour many of the facilities.

The best in grade winners this year were:

Grade 4: (4101) H2O - Health to Others by  Hudson MacDonald
 From Quinte Homeschoolers

Grade 5: (5108) Pulp to Product  by Erin Rendell  from Queen Victoria

Grade 6: (6204) Solar Water Heater (Sand Vs Antifreeze) by
 Aiden Haddad from Holy Rosary Catholic Elementary School

Grade 7:  (7201) Magic Rain by  Caleb Dawson
 School: Quinte Homeschoolers

Grade 8: (8401) Efficiency Endeavor by Joseph Dawson from Quinte Homeschoolers

Grades 9-10: (9301) Fire, Cease-fire by Govind Pisharodi School: Moira SS

The Canada Wide Science Fair Awards are of note because they include an all expenses paid trip to Alberta in Lethbridge for 7 days (May), a value of approximately $1700. This year it is held at the University of Lethbridge

 At the Canada Wide Science Fair they compete for almost one million dollars in awards. They will be given tours, workshops and demonstrates on science.
It is the 52nd Canada Wide Science Fair and it will be held in Lethbridge Alberta   in May

The Canada-Wide Science Fair (CWSF) is the premier event of the YSC National Science Fair Program and is jointly presented by YSC, the national governing body for science fairs, and a local Host Committee comprised of professors, research scientists, members of the business community, science educators, and graduate students.

Each year, some 450 top young scientists in grades 7-12 are chosen from approximately 25,000 competitors at over one hundred regional science and technology fairs across the country. These elite participants compete in nine divisions and three age categories for medals and other prizes worth almost one million dollars. Judges include top scientists and industry experts.

Youth Science Canada (YSC) is the country's oldest and largest non- profit, charitable organization supporting the development of young scientists through project-based and experiential science programs delivered by over 100 affiliated regional organizations in every province and territory.

How is the Fair run? The CWSF week includes project setup, judging, scientific and cultural activities, social events, banquets, and tours, including visits to local museums, university and industry research labs, and wildlife conservation areas. The week culminates in a spectacular awards ceremony.

 Over 1,000 participants attend the fair, including Canadian students, international students, parents, teachers and industry and government representatives. Directly participating in CWSF 2013 will be:

          480+   grade 7-12 students and 300 adults from across Canada, including parents, teachers and industry and government representatives
          Students from other countries will attend to view the Canadian projects.


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