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2008 Student Showcase

These award-winning Science Fair projects were developed by Nova Scotia students who took part in the regional Team Nova Scotia Showcase and the national Canada-Wide Science Fair. We hope they'll give you some inspiration for your own project!


2008 Canada-Wide Science Fair:


Sinking the CO2

Student: Adrian Howie

District/Region: Halifax Region

Event: 2008 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Adrian is a grade 9 student at Saint Agnes Junior High School, and his project 'Sinking the CO2' was used to measure the CO2 sequestration of five species of algae. At his Regional Science Fair, Adrian won an Award in Mathematics, an Award in Biology, and an Award for Excellence.



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Life or Death! Will the Snowmobile Float?

Student: Leah Smith & Chantal Sheaves

District/Region: Halifax Region

Event: 2008 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Chantal and Leah are both grade 9 students at Sackville Heights Junior High School. Their project is called 'La Vie ou la Mort! Est-ce que la Motoneige va Flotter?' – 'Life or Death! Will the Snowmobile Float?'



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Tracking the Sun

Student: Florent Herbinger

District/Region: Halifax Region

Event: 2008 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Florent is a grade 8 student at Brookside Junior High School. His project, 'Tracking the Sun', was to design a functioning robotic solar panel that swivels to face the sun.



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Biomining

Student: Amie MacDonald & Emma McBoyle

District/Region: Halifax Region

Event: 2008 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Amie and Emma are both grade 10 students at Dartmouth High School. Their project, 'Biomining', was an investigation into the antimicrobial properties of fungi, lichens and common seasonings.



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Clean Energy from Scrap Tire Combustion

Student: Darren Rodenhizer

District/Region: South Shore District

Event: 2008 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Darren is a grade 12 student at Park View Education Centre. His project, 'Clean Energy from Scrap Tire Combustion', was to discover a way to produce clean energy by burning scrap tires. At his Regional Science Fair, Darren won a 100 dollar APENS Engineering Award.



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The Fat in Your Fries

Student: Sarah Mack

District/Region: South Shore District

Event: 2008 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Sarah is a student at Centre Consolidated School and she did her project on 'The Fat in Your Fries'. At her Regional Science Fair, Sarah won the Gold metal, Peer choice Award, and Best of Fair Award.



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Some Like It Hot!

Student: Graham Mann

District/Region: South Shore District

Event: 2008 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Graham is a grade 10 student at Park View Education Centre. His project, 'Some Like It Hot! Thermoelectric Generation Using Waste Heat from a Car Engine' explored the potential for converting waste heat from a combustion engine into useful electrical energy. At his Regional Science Fair, Graham won an APENS Engineering Award as well as a Peer Choice Award.



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Ocular Trauma

Student: Adam Mertens

District/Region: South Shore District

Event: 2008 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Adam is a student at New Germany Rural High School and his project investigated 'Ocular trauma'. At his Regional Science Fair, Adam won a SSRSF Merit Award.



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Compost Project

Student: Elise Tessier

District/Region: Conseil Scolaire Acadien

Event: 2008 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Elise is a student at École Rose-des-vents and her project 'Le compost améliore la santé des pommiers et réduit l'infestation des acarie (compost improves apple seeling health and reduces two spotted spider mite infestation)' investigated how compost affects apple seedling health. At her Regional Science Fair, Elise won a Gold Medal.



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Ocean Currents

Student: Bonita LeBlanc

District/Region: Conseil Scolaire Acadien

Event: 2008 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Bonita is a student at École Carrefour du Grand-Havre and her project, 'Les Courants Océaniques (Ocean Currents)', investigated oceanic currents.



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L'énergie dans les vaques

Student: Chantal Surette

District/Region: Conseil Scolaire Acadien

Event: 2008 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Chantal is a student at Stella Maris School. Chantal's project 'L'énergie dans les vaques - La source renouvelable sans impact?' investigated and compared four renewable energy sources available in Nova Scotia.



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Yeast Metabolism

Student: Janelle Languille

District/Region: Chignecto Region

Event: 2008 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Janelle is a student at Northumberland Regional High School and her project investigated 'Yeast Metabolism under Aerobic and Anaerobic Conditions'.



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How has English Vocabulary Changed over Time?

Student: James Harris

District/Region: Chignecto Region

Event: 2008 Canada-Wide Science Fair

James is a student at West Pictou Consolidated School and his project investigated How has English Vocabulary Changed over Time? At his Regional Science Fair, James won the Award for the Most Original Grade 8 Project as well as 3rd place overall. GOLD MEDAL WINNER!!



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Gear Up for the Environment

Student: Alissa Ali

District/Region: Chignecto Region

Event: 2008 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Alissa is a student at Northumberland Regional High School and she did her project, 'Gear Up for the Environment', on peak oil and global warming in our environment. At her Regional Science Fair, Alissa won second place overall.



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Excel at Statistics

Student: Thomas Moss

District/Region: Chignecto Region

Event: 2008 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Thomas is a student at North Colchester High School and his project, 'Excel at Statistics', investigated his own new method of statistical analysis using Microsoft Excel.



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The Better Browser

Student: Johnathan MacNeil

District/Region: Cape Breton-Victoria Region

Event: 2008 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Johnathan is a student at Sydney Academy and his project is called 'The Better Browser'. At his Regional Science Fair, Johnathan won a Silver Medal.



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The Return of the Alter-Leg

Student: Michael MacIsaac & Todd Mercer

District/Region: Cape Breton-Victoria Region

Event: 2008 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Michael and Todd are students at Riverview High School and they invented an alternative for crutches called 'The Alter-Leg', which won several awards at the 2007 Canada-Wide Science Fair. 'The Return of the Alter-Leg' is a new and improved version that has been proven to heal a broken leg faster than the usual cast and crutches.



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Seeing Science

Student: Alyssa Moss

District/Region: Cape Breton-Victoria Region

Event: 2008 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Alyssa is a student at Riverview High School and her project was called 'Seeing Science'. At her Regional Science Fair, Alyssa won a Communicating Science Award, a Math Application Award, and a Gold Medal in the Intermediate Division.



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Camellia Sinensis as an Aid in Regenerative Nerve Therapy

Student: Joseph McNeil

District/Region: Strait District

Event: 2008 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Joseph is a student at Richmond Academy and his project, 'Camellia Sinensis as an Aid in Regenerative Nerve Therapy', investigated the effects of tea chemicals on regenerative nerve therapy.



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W.C.A.R.: Wireless Controllable Autonomous Robot

Student: Arash Marzi

District/Region: Strait District

Event: 2008 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Arash is a student at Dr. John Hugh Gillis Regional High School and he did his project, 'W.C.A.R.: Wireless Controllable Autonomous Robot', on wireless robots. At his Regional Science Fair, Arash placed Second overall while taking Gold in Intermediate Biotechnology, Engineering and Computer Science as well as a Science Process Award from NSERC.



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Turn Down the Heat

Student: Adam Hinchey

District/Region: Strait District

Event: 2008 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Adam is a student at Dr. John Hugh Gillis Regional High School and his project, 'Turn Down the Heat', investigated global warming and how to mitigate its effects.



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All Packed Up

Student: Virginia Georgallas

District/Region: Strait District

Event: 2008 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Virginia is a student at Dr. John Gillis Regional High School and her project is called 'All Packed Up'. At her Regional Science Fair, Virginia won 4th place overall, a Science Process Award for an Intermediate Experiment from NSERC, a St. Francis Xavier Physics Department prize, and a Gold Medal in Intermediate Physical & Mathematical Science.



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Straight Cut, One Cut, Two Cut, Which is the Best Christmas Tree Cut?

Student: Hughstin Grimshaw-Surette

District/Region: Tri-County District

Event: 2008 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Hughstin is a student at Maple Grove Education Center and his project, 'Straight Cut, One Cut, Two Cut, Which is the Best Christmas Tree Cut?' investigated different ways to cut a Christmas Tree.



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Does the Angle of your Ankle Affect the Propulsion of your Flutter Kick?

Student: Maxwell Poole

District/Region: Tri-County District

Event: 2008 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Maxwell is a student at Maple Grove Education Center and his project, 'Does the Angle of your Ankle Affect the Propulsion of your Flutter Kick?' investigated the angle of an ankle during the flutter kick. At his Regional Science Fair, Maxwell won first place in the Junior Division as well as Honorable Mention.



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Polar Ice: Electric Fields and the Effects on Ice

Student: Rebecca Bigelow

District/Region: Chignecto Region

Event: 2008 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Rebecca is a student at South Colchester Academy and her project, 'Polar Ice: Electric Fields and the Effects on Ice', investigated the effects of electric fields on ice.



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The Upright Silo Deicer

Student: Sheldon & Emily Vissers

District/Region: Chignecto Region

Event: 2008 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Sheldon and Emily are students at Hants East Rural High School and they invented a device called 'The Upright Silo Deicer'.



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Lingering Herbicides

Student: Amber MacLean-Hawes & Rebecca O'Connell

District/Region: Chignecto Region

Event: 2008 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Amber and Rebecca are students at South Colchester Academy and their project, 'Lingering Herbicides', investigated herbicides. At their Regional Science Fair, Amber and Rebecca took Gold in Intermediate Environmental Science, and an award for excellent visual display.



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An Investigation into Chaos Theory

Student: Christopher Harlow

District/Region: Annapolis Valley Region

Event: 2008 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Christopher is a student at Kings Edgehill School and his project was called 'An Investigation into Chaos Theory'.



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Subway Productivity Time Study

Student: Nicole Palmer

District/Region: Annapolis Valley Region

Event: 2008 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Nicole is a student at West Kings District High School and her project investigated the productivity of Subway sandwich preparation. At her Regional Science Fair, Nicole won a Gold medal in Mathematics and Computer Science, and best Mathematics and Computer Science project.



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The Unseen Benefactors

Student: Macall Robinson

District/Region: Annapolis Valley Region

Event: 2008 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Macall is a student at West Kings District High School and he did his project, 'The Unseen Benefactors', on the symbiotic relationship with coral and adinoflagellate algae called zooanthellae.



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Alysha Light 24

Student: Alysha Legge-Wood

District/Region: Annapolis Valley Region

Event: 2008 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Alysha is a student at Hantsport School. Her project, 'Alysha Light 24', was to create heat using only renewable energy and mainly recycled materials.



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Northern Lights

Student: Gavin Cremo & Kaylyn Bernard

District/Region: Mi'kmaq First Nations

Event: 2008 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Gavin and Kaylyn are students at Waycobah First Nation Secondary School and they did their project on 'Northern Lights'.



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The Socio-Thermology of the Mi'kmaq Sweat Lodge

Student: William Meuse

District/Region: Mi'kmaq First Nations

Event: 2008 Canada-Wide Science Fair

William is a student at Waycobah First Nation Secondary School and his project, 'The Socio-Thermology of the Mi'kmaq Sweat Lodge', investigated all the aspects of heat transfer in the Mi'kmaq sweat lodge in order to come to an understanding of why these temperatures have created such a spiritual experience for Mi'kmaq people.



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