Young scientists prepare for annual Science Fair

Budding scientists are getting ready to showcase their experiments in the 53rd Annual Quinte Regional Science and Technology Fair (QRSTF).

Date: Saturday, March 31, 2012
Location: Loyalist College, Wallbridge-Loyalist Road, Belleville
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Public viewing will be from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. This will allow the judges to spend quality time with the participants.
Award ceremony: 4:00 p.m. in the Automotive Centre

The QRSTF is one of the oldest annual science fairs in Canada. This year over 200 students will be presenting over 150 projects.

According to the planning committee chairperson, this event has strong roots in the Quinte region.

"It is always exciting to see what the students have created, studied or developed. Science is and has always been alive in the Quinte area. Our QRSTF participants have also done very well on the national science stage. In 2010 Justin Whitaker won $48,500 dollars in prizes and scholarships. Now student at the University of Ottawa he is giving back this year by participating as a judge. Other alumni returning as judges and volunteers, as well. Five-time Quinte Regional and Canada Wide winner Arjun Yogeswaran is also returning as a judge during his doctoral studies in robotic engineering," remarked Scott Berry, the Committee Chair.

This year 27 schools are participating, including public, private, Catholic and Christian schools and homeschoolers. For the first time students in Grade 2 and 3 will be showcasing their projects.

Our award ceremony will begin at 4:00 pm in the Automotive Centre. This year we have more than 30 special awards. (more than we have had in years). There will be the handing out of the trophies, plaques and cash prizes. There are many excellent prizes including passes to the Cinema, a chance to win a telescope from the Astronomical Society of Quinte and a $1000 scholarship from the University of Ottawa. The 5 students selected to go to the 2012 Canada Wide Science Fair at the University of Prince Edward Island will be chosen as well. This is an all expenses trip to Charlottetown to compete on the national science stage, tour, and share science with others from all across this country.

Please come out and see this great event and support the great science that goes on in our community.

We would like to thank all our sponsors and especially Loyalist College and the Kiwanis of Belleville for their on-going support.

8:00 – 8:45 a.m. Students setup their projects
8:45 – 9:00 a.m. Safety check
9:00 – 11:00 a.m. First round of special awards judging
11:00 a.m. Awards are handed out
11:00 -11:20 a.m. Lunch
11:20 – 11:30 a.m. Proceed to the Automotive Centre
11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – Science Magic Show in the Automotive Centre
12:00 – 3:30 p.m. Public viewing
3:30 -3:50 p.m. Students pack-up
4:00 p.m. Awards ceremony in the Automotive Centre

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, [email protected]

Last updated: March 26, 2012 at 8:24 am
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