A local science fair turned the gymnasium of Duncan Cran Elementary School in Fort St. John into a hive of scientific experiments on Wednesday afternoon.
Students from around the city gathered to have their projects inspected. The 11 winners from Grades 4 to 6 would go on to compete in the Regional Science Fair in Dawson Creek after Spring Break.
All of the contestants worked on their projects in class and were required to show how they’ve followed the scientific method.
“I have a degree in biology myself, so I like to stay in touch with the science end of things at the school level,” said organizer and teacher Allison Finter. “I like to see kids that didn’t know that they were interested in science all of a sudden become interested in science.”
She said that a taste of success will often spur students on to try again and do better.
That’s the case with 11-year-old Kaiven Olson, who said he’d won gold at the regional level.
He’s hoping to get another one this year with his project on the absorptive qualities of rocks.
“It’s about three types of rocks: shale, sandstone and limestone, and I have two liquids, water and olive oil, and see which one absorbs the fastest,” explained Olson. “My conclusion was that it was sandstone that absorbed it the most. We tested it with the eyedropper.”
According to Finter, there’s a strong culture of science fairs in the Peace region, thanks in large part to teachers like Kevin Frankham, who took local students to national and even international science fairs, and was heavily involved in Youth Science Canada.
“I think it’s teachers like that who are keen to stay with it and continue to make it a part of what they do in the classroom that makes it an important part of our culture here in Fort St. John.”