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Aquifer recover and bio-binding projects win at regional Science Fair

How does aquifer recovery work? What is bio-binding? Johnathon Butler, Stirling Senior Public School, and Justin Whitaker, Moira Secondary School, know the answers. They are the creators of two award-winning projects at the Quinte Regional Science & Technology Fair.

The 51st Annual Quinte Regional Science and Technology Fair (QRSTF) took place at Loyalist College in Belleville, Saturday, March 27, 2010. Approximately 200 colourful, well researched projects were on display from Grade 4 to 12 students from schools throughout Hastings and Prince Edward counties. Students competed for awards in several categories as they made presentations to 90 volunteer judges. The judges spoke with students to learn about the project prior to coming up with an evaluation. As part of the judging process every student received a written list of comments on how to improve future projects.

Numerous  other volunteers helped out behind the scenes Patron and Major sponsors provided funds to help send five finalists to the Canada Wide Science Fair, www.cwsf2010.ca, while other sponsors supplied prizes in the form of cash, trophies and, new for this year, a telescope.

The most endearing part of the QRSTF is the enthusiasm of the students. As soon as they are asked about their projects they enthusiastically explain their theories, results and every step along the way.

Pat Findlay, QRSTF Chief Judge said, “As always, I am impressed by the calibre of the projects and the technical excellence shown. The students this year maintained and often exceeded the past levels. It is the sheer brilliance of the work and the chance to meet so many wonderful students that keeps me coming back. Amazing work by all!”

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.

Allan Nursall of the Discovery Channel put on an excellent presentation on various science concepts and later was the master of ceremonies at the awards ceremony.

For Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, the best in grade winners this year were:

  • Kurtis Wright, Grade 6, Bayside Public School, for his project Go Wash Your Hands
  • Jonathon Butler, Grade 8, Stirling Senior Public School, for his project Aquifer Recovery
  • Justin Whitaker, Grade 9 – 12, Moira Secondary School, for his project Bio-Binding: A Microbial Precipit-Action

Congratulations to Jonathon Butler and Justin Whitaker who were selected as finalists to compete in the Canada Wide Science Fair scheduled for May, 2010 in Peterborough, Ontario. Their expenses will be paid for the 8-day event, a value of approximately $1,600.

For more information about the QRSTF or Canada Wide Science Fair, contact:

  • Publicity Chairs Scott Berry sberry@hpedsb.on.ca or Jo-Anne Peckham jpeckham@hpedsb.on.ca
  • QRSTF Co-Chairs Randy Votary rvotary@hpedsblon.ca   or Chris Spencer
Last updated: March 29, 2010 at 9:58 am