PRSD students compete in Peace Country Regional Science Fair

PRSD students compete in Peace Country Regional Science Fair

On March 14 and 15, 2014 85 students from 17 schools in the region competed in the annual Peace Country Regional Science Fair (PCRSF). The annual two day event showcases and celebrates student work in the area of scientific research from school communities in the Peace Country.

The annual fair received a face lift this year and was a huge success says Jonathan Pittman, President PCRSF.

“This year we added the banquet, dance, enhanced the awards ceremony, extended the public viewing hours and brought in special guests and various exhibitors” says Pittman. “We are very excited to where the fair has come and where it will go in the future. The goal has always been to include as many schools and students possible so that we can celebrate and showcase the amazing student talent in the region.”

Peace River School Division students from Hines Creek Composite, Dixonville School and T.A. Norris Middle School represented their schools and the division well with a wide range of interesting science projects.

Arianna Loogman’s thought provoking project “How does telling someone that a food or drink is healthy or unhealthy affect the taste?” received a gold medal, Hines Creek Composite students Cody Nehring and Nolan Bjornson’s technological advanced “I-phone Microscope” project received a silver medal and Amy Kos from TA Norris Middle School’s innovative project “Geo-thermal/Hydro Energy received a bronze medal. Amy also won the ATCO special award for the best electricity related project in the fair. PRSD congratulates students from all schools for their great work and participation in the fair.

In addition to the viewing of student work, Telus Science in Motion was on site with a planetarium, various reptiles were on display and the man who invented the first Canadian orbiting telescope provided the keynote and a special information session for educators.  Jaymie Matthews, Astrophysicist at the University of British Columbia says he was happy for the invite and hopes to come back next year.

“As a student I benefited tremendously from being involved in science fairs and I am happy to do the same for the students of today” says Matthews. Matthews noted that a project at the PCRSCF relating to the moon and the effect it has on human behaviour was very similar to a project he submitted as student.

Students were honored at the awards ceremony at River City Cinema followed by a photo shoot and escorted to the banquet and dance at the Belle Petroleum Center in a limousine. The fair was open for public viewing on Saturday along with a presentation by Jaymie Matthews.

Byron Schamehorn, PCRSF committee member and TA Norris Middle School educator extends gratitude for everyone that helped make the fair such a big success.

“We are incredibly proud of all the students for their awesome work and are very thankful for the overwhelming support of 37 local judges, our special guests and exhibitors, Jaymie Matthews  and the generous sponsors of the event” says Schamehorn. “The enthusiasm and support shown by countless individuals and groups are the reason for such a successful event. On behalf of the committee, we thank you all very much.”

Top right: Cole Sorensen, Dixonville School
Bottom left: Amy Kos, TA Norris Middle School
Bottom right: Cody Nehring and Nolan Bjornson, Hines Creek Composite School

View more photos of the fair and all PRSD participating students on our facebook album.