Every year at this time some brilliant area science students, who have participated in the annual Bay Area Science and Engineering Fair (BASEF) in March are selected to participate in national and international science fairs. This year, 20 elite students representing Hamilton, Halton Region, Haldimand, Norfolk and Brant Counties, and Six Nations competed at these prestigious fairs, with their trips funded by awards they won at BASEF. It was the best year ever for BASEF at the Canada-Wide Science Fair (CWSF).
Sixteen competitors brought home 11 awards: one gold medal, three silver medals, six bronze medals and one Challenge Award. CWSF was held May 11 to May 18 in Lethbridge, In addition four kids from the region got to attend the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix Arizona as part of “Team Canada.”
Award winners from Canada-wide Science Fair:
Catharine Bowman of Dundas Grade 9, St. Mary Secondary School, Hamilton won a Gold Medal, a $700 cash award a $4000 scholarship and a Blackberry Playbook for her project: Just the Right Light – An Investigation Using Bright/Dark Illumination Principles. The same project garnered Catherine the Discovery Challenge Award and an additional $750 as the top project in each of the seven Fair categories Three students won silver medals carrying a $300 cash award, plus a $2000 scholarship.
Jason Fan of Hamilton (Grade 12, Westdale Secondary School, Hamilton for the project Savng the World – One Ligand at a Time: Novel Streptococcus pneumoniae Ligand. (A ligand is kind of a molecule folks)
Alex Tomala of Hamilton Grade 10, Cardinal Newman Secondary School, Stoney Creek: his project – MIPE: Microprocessor with Integrated Programmable Execution Units.
Graham Bohm of Dundas a Grade 8er at St. Augustine Catholic Elementary School, Dundas won for his project – Evading Erosion: Which Plants Are Effective at Controlling Shoreline Erosion? There were two bronze medal winners, each receiving a $100 cash award, plus a $1000 scholarship.
Caroline Mahut of Burlington of Grade 8, Rolling Meadows Public School, Burlington won for her project: Ground effect Aircraft: Is it a more energy efficient way to travel?
Theo Willows of Burlington Grade 7, John William Boich Public School, Burlington was a winner for his project: At last a Proper Controller