Shown is Ryley Bailey, 10, son of Chad Bailey and Janine Cook of Vanderhoof. He made a homemade thermometer for the science fair. (Aman Parhar/Omineca Express)

Science fair helps young minds satisfy their curiosity

100 projects were on display at Evelyn Dickson Elementary

Evelyn Dickson Elementary School held a science fair on Feb. 5. Over 100 projects were displayed during the fair.

Mark Gauthier, principal of the school said, “It’s interesting because the kids get excited about it and they have some questions and they want answers and science fairs give them the opportunity to experiment and play and have fun. A lot of it is building things and having a hands on which is really fun. Instead of just sitting in front of a class and learning about electricity – they have a chance to actually do this.”

Aman Parhar
Editor, Vanderhoof Omineca Express

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Shown is Tyson Miller, 10, son of Ken Miller and Erin McLeod of Vanderhoof. For his science project he made an Oobleck. “Oobleck is when you put your finger in softly it will sink and when you put your finger in hard, it will turn into a solid. Basically goes from a liquid to a solid. I found my research on One observation was that if I lay it out on the table and it is hard, it will shatter.” (Aman Parhar/Omineca Express)

Rachel Brooks, 11. Her project was titled Holey Groovy Boards. “I am interested in knowing if I can reduce cupping in boards. Cupping is a real problem for lumber mills and since there are a lot of mills in our region I thought this experiment might help them find ways to improve their lumber by reduced cupping. I thought of two ways I could do this, by cutting grooves or drilling holes.” In her conclusion she found that deeper holes cause less cupping than grooves. (Aman Parhar/Omineca Express)

Chaylean Alexis, 11, daughter of Jason Alexis of the Saik’uz First Nations community. “I did a research project on oil spills. I wanted to know how we have been treating our planet. We haven’t been treating it really good at all. From 1980 to 1985 we have 393 tonnes of oil spill into the sea and from 2010 to 2016 it was 65 tonnes. But we are getting better at not spilling. For my future project I am going to try and find something I can do to find a way to help the animals that suffer.” (Aman Parhar/Omineca Express)

Tom Lupton, left and Bill Dobbs, right, were judges at the science fair. “We have gone through four now and they have been excellent. Very well displayed. They have been showing fairly decent knowledge of the work they have been doing. The ones we have been doing so far are all grade 6,” said Tom Lupton. “I think that there is a number of things that kids learn that they can apply to their lives day-to-day. If they have a curiosity about something and they know how to properly answer the questions they are curious about - they are much more likely to come up with accurate results. So I feel that there is a tremendous value there,” said Dobbs. (Aman Parhar/Omineca Express)

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