Three young ladies are headed to Lethbridge, Alberta to compete in a Canada-wide science fair after taking top honours at the St. James-Assiniboia School Division’s 47th annual divisional science fair at George Waters Middle School April 3.
Ilsa Chaytor (Grade 8, École Golden Gate School), Megan Peeler (Grade 7, École Golden Gate School), and Katelyn Waldner (Grade 8, Lincoln Middle School) will take their projects on an all-expenses paid trip to the national fair (May 11-18), where they will compete for a share of almost $1-million in cash prizes, grants, and scholarships.
Chaytor said she kept her cool upon hearing she’d won, but did permit herself a high-five with schoolmate and fellow winner Peeler, who was her neighbour at the fair.
"You don’t want to do something crazy when you’re in front of all those people," said Chaytor, adding her parents were "very happy" and her brother executed a fist-pump.
Jason Braun, chair of the divisional science fair committee and wearer of a multi-coloured lab coat, said 160 Grades 1-12 students from 23 schools took part in the divisional fair.
Braun said more important than the topic chosen for a project is the skill to question something, and then, through experiment and skeptical data analysis, resolve the question.
"That inquiry skill will help them not only in sciences, but across the board." The projects, judged by 50 people from the community, were the cream of the crop chosen from fairs held earlier in the school year at individual schools.
Only students in Grade 7 or higher were eligible to go to the national fair.