The Spiritwood High School Science Dept. Held a very successful Junior Science Fair Friday, April 12, with many exhibits set up in the gymnasium.
A panel of eighteen judges spent the morning viewing the exhibits, interviewing the scientists and trying to determine which two projects in each grade level – seven, eight and nine – would be awarded the prizes.
The gym was open to the public for the afternoon for viewing. Visitors included students from both Rivier and Hartley Clark, as well as a number of students who were bussed in from Kisikohk School at Witchekan Lake First Nation; and parents, other family members and friends.
Projects were many and varied, ranging from demonstrations to experiments and displays. For example, several projects aimed to determine which .22 shell was the best one to acquire for hunting, a pair of students made glass from sugar, one team tied to make fuel out of wood pellets, another made crystal fudge, yet another tried to display the density of pop.
There were many more.
The project deemed to the overall top project was entitled “Gerbil Aromatherapy”, where Teigan Knot and Taylor Olson tried to measure the difference in activity of a gerbil when exposed to various aromatherapy substances. They were also the #1 project among the Grade Nines.
The top Grade 8 project was judged the second overall project. Randy Pomedli and Ben Willick got props from the judges because they started their project a couple of weeks before the assignment was actually given, and they had plans to continue their trials even after the Science Fair was over.
The two built a “contraption” from which they were hoping to create enough fuel from wood in order to power their quads. They hadn’t met with success by the time of the Science Fair, but the process of inquiry and experimentation was enough to convince the judges.
Brett Reddekopp and Nick Anderson placed second in the Grade Nine group with their entertaining demonstration of “Non-Newtonian Fluids.”
Second Place in Grade Eight went to Lane Cote and Morgan Nielsen-Clark, whose experiments determined that Winchester was probably the best .22 calibre shell to purchase for hunting small game.
Shynelle Watson was first in Grade Seven for her demonstration and experiments with hockey stick flex. Tyra Goller and Jadelyn Tiringer were second for their work with Popcorn.
The Science Fair was organized by teachers Ryan Hackl and Kori Boskill.
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