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2009 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!


2009 Canada-Wide Science Fair:


A Bee Inspired Multi-Objective Optimization Algorithm For A Greener Tomorrow

Student: Arash Marzi

District/Region: Strait District

Event: 2009 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 10 - Dr. John Hugh Gillis Regional School

The application of a bees inspired algorithm to a reference system; in order to produce optimal solutions for the environmental/economic dispatch problem.



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A Healthy Alternative to Road Salt

Student: Peter Marshall

District/Region: Strait District

Event: 2009 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 12 - Dr. John Hugh Gillis Regional School

Salt is spread excessively on roads throughout Canada in winter. This causes damage to the surrounding environment.



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AIML Robots

Student: Alex Ianta

District/Region: Chignecto Region

Event: 2009 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 7 - West Pictou Consolidated School

In my AIML Robots project, I am exploring the opportunities to use Artificial Intelligence Markup Language technology, to build a 'chatterbot' designed to successfully promote, online by chatting with the visitor, a certain product or service.



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Antibacterial Properties of a Natural Remedy

Student: Nayani Jensen

District/Region: Halifax Region

Event: 2009 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 8 - St. Agnes School

In southern Asia, the stem of a vine known as Calumba Wood (Coscinium fenestratum) is boiled in water and resulting tonic is traditionally taken as a natural remedy for colds and flu's.



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Bow String Silencers

Student: Nathan Martin

District/Region: Chignecto Region

Event: 2009 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 7 - North Colchester High School

This project tested the effectiveness of seven bow string silencers (man made and natural).



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Brrr...It's Freezing

Student: Medford Lutz

District/Region: Annapolis Valley Region

Event: 2009 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 8 - Pine Ridge Middle School

Biodiesel is an environmentally friendly fuel source. Made from vegetable oil, biodiesel is becoming popular throughout the world.



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Can Thermal Energy in the Composting Process Heat an Alternate Water Source?

Student: Maxwell Poole

District/Region: Tri-County District

Event: 2009 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 8 - Maple Grove Education Centre

The project tested whether the thermal energy in the composting process could be used to heat an alternate water source.



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Cellular Distraction?

Student: Christine Ingham

District/Region: Chignecto Region

Event: 2009 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 7 - West Pictou Consolidated School

This project tested how reaction times varied, testing without a cell phone, with a cell phone and using a hands-free device with the cell phone.



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Citrus Fuels

Student: Steadman Evans

District/Region: South Shore District

Event: 2009 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 9 - Lunenburg Junior-Senior High School

The study and research of a possible new fuel source derived from the peels of citrus fruits.



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Cow Power

Student: Brandon Verboom

District/Region: Chignecto Region

Event: 2009 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 10 - South Colchester Academy

My project focused on the bio-gas production rate and methane concentration levels from differently aged manure samples.



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Creating an Online Computer Game

Student: Tim Cooper

District/Region: Annapolis Valley Region

Event: 2009 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 10 - Horton High School

The objective of this project was to create a multi-player, online version of Connect Four.



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Do You Remember?

Student: Najala Orrell

District/Region: Cape Breton-Victoria Region

Event: 2009 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 10 - Riverview High School

Fifty patients and support persons were tested after deciding to undergo total hip or knee replacement for severe arthritis.



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Do You See What Eye See? - Optical Illusions

Student: Kaylyn Bernard

District/Region: Mi'kmaq First Nations

Event: 2009 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 9 - We'koqmaq First Nation Secondary School

The purpose of my project was to really educate individuals about their 'eye dominance', and how important it is to know if you are left or right eyed.



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Energy From Mobility: Creating and Testing Kinetic Electrical Generators

Student: Greg Farrell

District/Region: Halifax Region

Event: 2009 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 9 - Gorsebrook Junior High School

The purpose of this innovation was to produce and store energy from the movement of walking.



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From CO2 Sink to Biofuel Inc.

Student: Adrian Howie

District/Region: Halifax Region

Event: 2009 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 10 - Citadel High School

This project looks at the effect of higher CO2 levels on the growth and lipid production of three species of phytoplankton.



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The Green Machine

Student: Hope Latta

District/Region: Annapolis Valley Region

Event: 2009 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 7 - King's-Edgehill School

A solar powered cooker was designed, built, and tested based on a parabolic dish reflector.



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How Clean is Too Clean?

Student: Benjamin Lynds

District/Region: Chignecto Region

Event: 2009 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 8 - Bible Hill Junior High School

To determine what effect different liquid laundry detergents and repeated washings have on the flame resistance of material that could be used to make children's sleepwear. Would flame resistance decrease more rapidly in some fabrics than others?



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Hydroharmonics

Student: Conrad Yiridoe

District/Region: Chignecto Region

Event: 2009 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 9 - Bible Hill Junior High School

I investigated: i) the effect of air column length in two different tubes each closed at one end with different liquids (water and canola oil) and two different solids (wood and paper), on resonant frequencies generated; and ii) used the data to calculate the speed of sound in the air columns of the tubes used, under home-designed experiments. Less dense solids generated lower frequencies.



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It's A Bug's Life

Student: Ria Van der Linden

District/Region: Strait District

Event: 2009 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 11 - Chedabucto Education Centre-Guysborough Academy

The purpose of this project was to determine whether Carrion Beetles have a preference for canopy versus ground level traps.



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It's All About The Moulting Cycle

Student: Nolan Symonds

District/Region: Tri-County District

Event: 2009 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 9 - Barrington Municipal High School

Countlessly I've heard the many wives tails of my fishing community. One that peaked my curiosity states that any lobster with a swollen, discoloured stomach signifies the lobster is starting or finishing the moulting process.



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La capsaïcine, mal sans point ou remède?

Student: Riley Troke-Barriault

District/Region: Conseil Scolaire Acadien

Event: 2009 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 10 - École Rose-des-Vents

J'ai examiné les réactions de quatre participants aux piments chauds avec des breuvages utilisés pour affaiblir la douleur causée par la capsaïcine, la substance trouvée dans les piments.



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Le bonheur du bruit: Quelles fréquences pour la croissance

Student: Roland Troke-Barriault

District/Region: Conseil Scolaire Acadien

Event: 2009 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 12 - École Rose-des-Vents

Pour voir l'effet des différents types de 'bruits colorés', j'ai examiné quatre types de plantes (les pois, les haricots, les radis et les trèfles) exposés à trois différents bruits colorés (le Bruit Blanc, Violet et Brownien). J'ai découvert que la plupart de plantes poussent mieux sous l'influence du Bruit Blanc, mais que le Bruit Violet était plus efficace pour faire pousser les radis.



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Mood and Mobility in Multiple Sclerosis

Student: Scott Peters

District/Region: Mi'kmaq First Nations

Event: 2009 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 9 - We'koqmaq First Nation Secondary School

The purpose of my science project is to see what the effect of a combination of a 1000mg dose of Vitamin D and 2 -600mg capsules of Omega 3, 6 and 9 [60% active ingredient] daily will have on the mood and mobility of 3 patients with Multiple sclerosis compared to a control person who does not have the disease.



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Ne vous stressez pas! / Don't Stress About It!

Student: Elise Tessier

District/Region: Conseil Scolaire Acadien

Event: 2009 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 11 - École Rose-des-Vents

L'objectif de cette expérience était d'évaluer l'effet de compost et de thé de compost sur la santé et les bactéries dans la rhizosphère des plantes de tomates et d'épinards stressées. Plusieurs mesures étaient enterprises pour déterminer la santé des plantes. Les résultats indiquent que le compost peut mieux combattre le stress.



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Noise Pollution - is there a solution?

Student: Kristy Doyle

District/Region: Annapolis Valley Region

Event: 2009 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 12 - West Kings District High School

My project tested 500 people, 250 male and 250 female to see if different levels of sound can effect the ability of the prefrontal lobe to retain information into the short term memory.



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Observe N' Absorb

Student: Erin McCarthy

District/Region: South Shore District

Event: 2009 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 8 - North Queens Rural High School

During the reconstruction of North Queens School, there was an oil spill, which caused many problems. This was due the soil under the spill letting so much oil pass through and absorbing little. This gave me my topic. What soil absorbs oil the best? This was the question investigated by this project. It tests how 4 different oils are absorbed by 5 different oils.



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The Pedal Pumper

Student: Isaac Longard

District/Region: South Shore District

Event: 2009 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 10 - Park View Education Centre

This project includes the design and construction of a pedal powered water pump. It was economically constructed with previously used materials. An extensive study of its advantages over hand pumping was conducted.



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Photo-Carbo-Synthesis and Energy Storage

Student: Cody Googoo

District/Region: Mi'kmaq First Nations

Event: 2009 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 11 - We'koqmaq First Nation Secondary School

My project photo-carbo-synthesis & energy storage is about photosynthesis, carbon dioxide, light energy, and how do plants store the energy at night or very dry hot weather.



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Plugging Into The Sun

Student: Juliana Ali

District/Region: Chignecto Region

Event: 2009 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 7 - West Pictou Consolidated School

The goal of this experiment was to see if photovoltaic panels are a viable source of renewable energy. Data from two solar panels were collected.



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Pool Protection System

Student: Nicholas Lynch

District/Region: Chignecto Region

Event: 2009 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 9 - Truro Junior High School

The aim of my project was to construct a way to help save the lives of people that fall into pools.



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Sugar: Sickly Sweet

Student: Kathryn Wagner

District/Region: South Shore District

Event: 2009 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 8 - Bayview Community School

My project discusses why the human body requires sugar, and the difference between good and bad sugars.



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Tea As An Aid In Neuronal Growth

Student: Joseph McNeil

District/Region: Strait District

Event: 2009 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 12 - Richmond Academy

My project, Tea as an Aid in Neuronal Growth, is looking for chemicals commonly found in tea that may aid or increase the growth of vertebrate nervous system cells.



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The Mow Pod

Student: Todd Mercer

District/Region: Cape Breton-Victoria Region

Event: 2009 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 12 - Riverview High School

The Mow-Pod is an apparatus which has been created to ease the dangerous physical effects of lawn mowing!



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The Displacement of Copper Ions by Aluminum in Copper Solutions

Student: Emily Jingyi Chua

District/Region: Halifax Region

Event: 2009 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 10 - Sacred Heart School of Halifax

Based on the activity series, copper ions from different copper solutions [CuCl2, Cu(NO3)2, and CuSO4] were attempted to be displaced using aluminum metal.



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The Musical Memory

Student: Isaac Adams

District/Region: Halifax Region

Event: 2009 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 11 - Halifax West High School

The Musical Memory is an experiment that focuses on the effects of the music of J.S. Bach on the retention rate of individual’s ages 15 through 18.



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The Paper Pellet Press

Student: Christian Muise

District/Region: Tri-County District

Event: 2009 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 9 - Yarmouth Junior High School

Recent shortages in wood stove pellets, and decreased markets for discarded paper raised the question; can discarded paper be made into wood stove pellets?



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The Secret Life of Spice

Student: Natalie Fisher

District/Region: Chignecto Region

Event: 2009 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 10 - South Colchester Academy

This project studied the effects of antimicrobial properties. Two spices were tested, (Paprika, and Oregano), to find if they could inhibit the growth of either a gram-negative bacteria, or a gram-positive bacteria.



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Under the Cellular Influence

Student: Kathleen Orrell

District/Region: Cape Breton-Victoria Region

Event: 2009 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 10 - Riverview High School

Driving time is increasingly viewed as 'unproductive time,' and is used as an opportunity for accomplishing other tasks, such as talking on a hand-held cellular telephone.



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What Kind of Mind do You Have?

Student: Gabriel Smith

District/Region: Halifax Region

Event: 2009 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 9 - Ellenvale Junior High School

What Kind of Mind Do You Have? is a project designed to find out more about motivation. By giving surveys to ninety-five people and cataloging the results, I was able to find what motivated people the most.



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Winds of Change

Student: Alyssa Moss

District/Region: Cape Breton-Victoria Region

Event: 2009 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 11 - Riverview High School

This project is an experiment that tested which house shape is the most wind resistant structure.



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