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Fort Richmond students shine at science symposium

Manitoba Schools Science Symposium grand prize-winning students who will go to the Canada-Wide Science Fair: (from left) Justin Lin (St. John’s-Ravenscourt), Abdullah Rashid (Van Walleghem), Talha Suboor (Fort Richmond), Rhyz Abella, Jaquayne Mighty (Red River Valley Junior Academy), Maitry Mistry (Acadia), Derek Yin, Himanshu Sharma and Prasansa Subedi, all from Fort Richmond Collegiate.

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Manitoba Schools Science Symposium grand prize-winning students who will go to the Canada-Wide Science Fair: (from left) Justin Lin (St. John’s-Ravenscourt), Abdullah Rashid (Van Walleghem), Talha Suboor (Fort Richmond), Rhyz Abella, Jaquayne Mighty (Red River Valley Junior Academy), Maitry Mistry (Acadia), Derek Yin, Himanshu Sharma and Prasansa Subedi, all from Fort Richmond Collegiate.

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The next scientific inquiry at Fort Richmond Collegiate may be to discover how so many award-winning scientific minds are being honed there.

Of the nine top winners at the Manitoba Schools Science Symposium (MSSS) on Sunday at the University of Manitoba, four were from the grades 10-12 public high school in Fort Garry.

The nine students will represent Manitoba at the Canada-Wide Science Fair on May 11-16 in Fredericton, N.B.

“Fort Richmond Collegiate is very, very enthusiastic about science and we have a bunch of science activities that really engage our students in science,” said an elated Prasansa Subedi, a Grade 10 student who was selected for her project called “The in-vitro glycemic response of various oat-lines.”

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The next scientific inquiry at Fort Richmond Collegiate may be to discover how so many award-winning scientific minds are being honed there.

Of the nine top winners at the Manitoba Schools Science Symposium (MSSS) on Sunday at the University of Manitoba, four were from the grades 10-12 public high school in Fort Garry.

The nine students will represent Manitoba at the Canada-Wide Science Fair on May 11-16 in Fredericton, N.B.

"Fort Richmond Collegiate is very, very enthusiastic about science and we have a bunch of science activities that really engage our students in science," said an elated Prasansa Subedi, a Grade 10 student who was selected for her project called "The in-vitro glycemic response of various oat-lines."

"One of the main reasons, someone who contributes so much to our science, is Ms. Kathleen Crang. She inspires and motivates us to do these science fairs and she was our main co-ordinator for this event."

The MSSS attracted 458 students in grades 4-12 from 65 Manitoba schools who presented 356 projects. A total of $30,000 in prize money as well as plaques and medals were awarded to winning students.

"This is the actually the most we’ve ever sent (to the Canada-Wide event). We received additional sponsorship from Doctors Manitoba and that’s what has allowed us to send additional students," said Alastair Komus, the chairman of Manitoba’s national science fair committee and an MSSS board member. "Our students are going to be able to meet students from all across Canada, so it will be a great cultural experience as well as getting the opportunity to visit the University of New Brunswick, its facilities, professors, and there will be speakers such as former astronaut Bob Thirsk and current astronaut Jeremy Hansen."

Prasansa said participating in the science fair has changed her future plans.

"Before this project for the science fair, I was planning on going into medicine. But after finishing this project, just the environment and how much I’ve been inspired by my mentors was overwhelming, so now I’m inspired to go on different path to nutritional research," said Prasansa, whose project investigated the effect of certain oat products on the diet of people living with diabetes.

"I can’t believe I’m going to nationals. I’m so excited to be sharing my work with other people and other scientists who can appreciate my work and so I can get feedback and learn from other comments from experts."

Talha Suboor, in Grade 11 at Fort Richmond, said the fifth time was the charm for him at this year’s MSSS event as he earned his first trip to nationals.

"It’s just an amazing opportunity," Talha, 16, said.

He said the inspiration for his project, "Ultrasound Flaw Detection in Underground Power Cables," was the power outages that occurred in the city during the late winter and early spring months.

"I found out that the way Manitoba Hydro currently finds errors in power cables is time-consuming so I tried to find a better way to do it," said Talha. "I found out that I could find these errors quicker and more effectively with the use of sound waves."

Fort Richmond Grade 10 students Himanshu Sharma, 15, and Derek Yin, 16, partnered for their project, called "Raspberry Pi Smartphone Controlled Garage Door System and Home Automation Concept."

"I was locked out of my house for a good hour a while ago and I started thinking about how can I get into my house more efficiently, and reliability was the other factor," Derek said.

Himanshu said it took the duo about three months to complete their project.

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Updated on Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 7:34 PM CDT: adds story on symposium; moves winners to fact box

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