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2010 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!


2010 Canada-Wide Science Fair:


Arctic-Ceuticals

Student: Adrian Howie

District/Region: Halifax Region

Event: 2010 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 11 - Citadel High School

The purpose of this project is to identify bioactive compounds from various species of arctic algae that can benefit human health.



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l'Appareil orque - une nouvelle façon de capter l'énergie dans les vagues

Student: Chantal Surette

District/Region: Conseil Scolaire Acadien

Event: 2010 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 9 - École secondaire de Clare

Pour exploiter l'énergie dans les vagues, les appareils de colonne d'eau oscillantes présume le besoin de turbine bi-directionelle et en consequences les divers appareils proposer ce limite a une type de turbine avec une variation.



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Seed Freeze

Student: Alex Smith

District/Region: Chignecto Region

Event: 2010 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 8 - Bible Hill Junior High School

Seed Freeze is a scientific experiment that examines the effect of moisture and freezing temperatures on the germination of different plant seeds.



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Seeing Red: The Science Behind Colour in Marketing

Student: Briony Merritt

District/Region: Halifax Region

Event: 2010 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 9 - Oxford School

This study focuses on the physical and psychological effect of colour use within marketing.



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SWN: a multi-purpose scripting language

Student: Tim Cooper

District/Region: Annapolis Valley Region

Event: 2010 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 11 - Horton High School

Every programmer knows that for each job they do, a different programming language may be required, as each language is designed specifically for a specific task.



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The Spill On Dawn

Student: Roman Koszucki

District/Region: Annapolis Valley Region

Event: 2010 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 7 - Wolfville Junior High.

This project investigated how well dish detergents, in particular Dawn, are at removing oil from bird's feathers. Feathers were weighed, dipped in oil, washed, rinsed, dried and reweighed.



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Is Kindness Contagious?

Student: Hanna Longard

District/Region: South Shore District

Event: 2010 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 8 - Bayview Community School

My project is a behavioral science experiment to investigate how people are affected by gratitude.



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Can Different Swimming Strokes Affect Your Heart?

Student: Kirsten Ernst

District/Region: South Shore District

Event: 2010 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 8 - Bayview Community School

This project demonstrates the effects of different swimming strokes on your heart rate and speed.



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Can Stress Bring Out the Best?

Student: Elise Tessier

District/Region: Annapolis Valley Region

Event: 2010 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 12 - West Kings District High School

In this project, spinach was grown under different light intensities and durations to determine if bioactive compounds can be enhanced in an environmentally friendly manner without compromising the crop yield.



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Up in the Air - VOC Production by Phytoplankton

Student: Alex Mann

District/Region: South Shore District

Event: 2010 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 8 - Centre Consolidated School

Very little is understood about the relationship between phytoplankton and the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) they produce. It has been reported that the quantity and type of VOCs varies from species to species, although other variables likely play a role. This relationship was studied in the laboratory as well as through analyzed field samples.



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Complaining About Training

Student: Hannah Martin

District/Region: Chignecto Region

Event: 2010 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 7 - North Colchester High School

This project focused on creating a counter balance appliance that takes the weight of a 13 kilogram snare drum off the user's abdominal area in order to reduce lower back pain.



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Knock Out: The Momentum of Kickboxers Punches

Student: Robert Barrett

District/Region: Cape Breton-Victoria Region

Event: 2010 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 10 - Riverview High School

For this project I designed and built an adaptation of ballistic pendulum that could withstand and measure the momentum of kick boxers' punches.



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Lumière, Canettes et Couleur

Student: Lauren Doane

District/Region: Chignecto Region

Event: 2010 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 7 - Truro Junior High School

Mon projet examiné comment les couleurs et la superficie ont effectué la génération de la chaleur par la lumière. Des couleurs était comparées et les canettes ont donné la superficie supplémentaire nécessaire pour l'expérience. Un laboratoire a été construit pour complété les teste. Les résultats ont le potentiel d'aider les personne à chauffer leur maisons.



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Max VO2 vs. Resting Heart Rates

Student: Mitchell Hanna

District/Region: Cape Breton-Victoria Region

Event: 2010 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 10 - Riverview High School.

This project performs a study to see if there is a direct relationship between a person's max VO2 (the maximum volume of oxygen that can be consumed when exercising at a maximum capacity) and his/her resting heart rate.



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Planaria Regeneration and Memory

Student: Brandon Holland & Ryan Garland

District/Region: Halifax Region

Event: 2010 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 11 - Millwood High School.

We took planaria worms and taught them to live in the sunlight instead of the shade. After we taught them we cut them in half and let them regenerate back to 2 separate full worms, we then saw if the 2 worms remembered what we had taught the original worm.



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Take A Bow

Student: Colin Hooper

District/Region: Cape Breton-Victoria Region

Event: 2010 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 9 - Malcolm Munroe Memorial Jr High School

This project is based on finding the smallest and greatest resistances of five different types of boat bows, using a home-made water tank apparatus.



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Trash Talk

Student: Rosa Poirier-McKiggan & Laura Rigg

District/Region: Halifax Region

Event: 2010 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 9 - Ellenvale Junior High School

For our project, Trash Talk, we conducted a study on the disposal methods at Ellenvale Junior High school's lunch program. Our hypothesis was 20-40% of the garbage the students were throwing away was compostable/recyclable.



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A Radical Theory: Why Antioxidants May Not Always Be Good

Student: Kurtis Turnbull

District/Region: Chignecto Region

Event: 2010 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 12 - Pictou Academy-Dr. T. McCulloch School

Antioxidants are generally considered to be beneficial to cells because of their ability to impede the damaging effects of free radicals. However, recent studies have shown that free radicals, specifically reactive oxygen species (ROS), promote the differentiation of stem cells into somatic cells.



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Semantic Genie

Student: Alex Ianta

District/Region: Chignecto Region

Event: 2010 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 8 - West Pictou Consolidated School

In this project I wanted find out if Semantic Web technologies can be used to solve logic puzzles.



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Salty is Faulty

Student: Rumana Rafiq

District/Region: Chignecto Region

Event: 2010 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 8 - Truro Junior High School

The effects of rock salt on seeds, soil organisms, and soil bacteria were tested. Each test used the concentrations 0%, 1%, 3%, and 5% of salt.



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Let The 'D' Shine In

Student: Juliana Ali

District/Region: Chignecto Region

Event: 2010 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 8 - West Pictou Consolidated School

This study investigates if Pictou County residents get enough vitamin D. Data compiled from anonymous surveys from two school and blood tests concluded that people are vitamin D deficient and many were unaware of the benefits of this vitamin. This result mirrored a recent study done on vitamin D deficiencies in the Canadian population.



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C'est Courber: Mesurer l'indice de réfraction des solutions sucrées

Student: Kyle Lefort

District/Region: Cape Breton-Victoria Region

Event: 2010 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 9 - École NDA

L'objectif de cette expérience était de mesurer l'indice de réfraction des solutions sucrées et par conséquent prouver la loi de Snell. J'ai utilisé un laser et un prisme triangulaire faite en verre pour trouver l'indice de réfraction de quatre solutions avec des différentes concentrations de sucres. J'ai trouvé que le plus de sucre dans une solution, le plus grand l'indice de réfraction.



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Is Its Bark Worse Than Its Bite?

Student: Natalie Fisher

District/Region: Chignecto Region

Event: 2010 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 11 - South Colchester Academy

The essential oils of needles from evergreen trees native to Nova Scotia, were extracted and then tested against a gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria. Results were for the gram-negative bacteria (e-coli) the white pine worked to inhibit the bacteria. For the gram-positive bacteria (Staphylococcus) white pine, red spruce, white spruce, and Balsam fir work to inhibit the bacteria.



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The Pressure's On

Student: Emily Taylor

District/Region: Chignecto Region

Event: 2010 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 12 - South Colchester Academy

I performed a study on the effectiveness of pressure shocking versus temperature shocking to induce triploidy in four different experiments on Arctic charr (Salvelinus alpinus).



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Maximiser le potentiel d'énergie du moteur à combustion pétrolière

Student: Kelsey Keddy

District/Region: Conseil Scolaire Acadien

Event: 2010 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 10 - École du Carrefour

Mon projet de maximiser le potentiel d'énergie du moteur à combustion pétrolière consiste de mon invention d'un système de récupération de chaleur d'échappement. Le but de mon projet est de diminuer les émissions pour aider à ralentir le réchauffement de la planète.



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Carbon Counts

Student: Macall Robinson

District/Region: Annapolis Valley Region

Event: 2010 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 12 - Central Kings Rural High School

This project studied the effectiveness of dosing ethanol in a reef aquarium to increase the biomass of heterotrophic bacteria.



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L'Énergie du Vent

Student: Melissa Renn

District/Region: Tri-County District

Event: 2010 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 8 - Yarmouth Junior High School

Mon projet 'L'énergie du vent' démontre qu'un moulin à vent qui tourne verticalement peut être une alternative au commun horizontal moulin à vent et que c'est possible de produire de l'énergie en utilisant une ressource naturelle comme le vent qui protège l'environnement. Le moulin à vent a été essayé avec cinq différentes formes de lames pour déterminer qu'elle lame produit le plus d'électricité.



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Blanding's: A Species at Risk

Student: Travis Landry

District/Region: South Shore District

Event: 2010 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 9 - Bridgewater Junior-Senior High School

Emydoidea blandingii is a nationally endangered species at risk. This study examined four data sets related to efforts to find the Blanding's turtle in the Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve, including my trapping session at Flanders Meadow. There were no Blanding's caught. This is important because we have limited knowledge of the distribution of Blanding's in remote areas.



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Reengineering LED Traffic Lights to Prevent Snow or Ice Buildup?

Student: Maxwell Poole

District/Region: Tri-County District

Event: 2010 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 9 - Maple Grove Education Centre

The project tested if LED traffic lights could be reengineered with cost efficient heat energy to prevent snow or ice buildup.



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Comment Les Trains Maglev Traivaillent

Student: Ethan Minard

District/Region: Tri-County District

Event: 2010 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 7 - Yarmouth Junior High School

Moi je fais mon Projet sur les trains Maglev et comment ils travaillent. J'ai fait de la recherche sur comment ils suspendent en l'air, sa suspende utilisons les aimants. Le train ne touche pas la terre, alors il y a moins de résistance et le train peut aller aux vitesses vraiment rapide ça moyenne 300km a 500km par heure. J'ai aussi fait des expériences avec les aimants et les électro-aimants. Qui démontre comment construire un aimant et un électro-aimant, changer les pôle d'un électro-aimant, suspende un train Maglev et bouger un train Maglev.



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Is Personality related to Hand Gestures?

Student: Lauren Sylliboy

District/Region: Mi'kmaq First Nations

Event: 2010 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 12 - Eskasoni High School

The question is, is personality related to hand gestures? I surveyed several people with two questionnaires to determine what kind of personality the individual has an Extrovert or Introvert personality.



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Invisible Plough

Student: Riviera Marshall & Alitta Sylliboy

District/Region: Mi'kmaq First Nations

Event: 2010 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 12 & 11 - Eskasoni High School

Our project is about saving the environment and protecting it from damage from salt and trucks. It is a more safer way of melting ice/snow off the roads.



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Pine-ing Fir Hydrocarbons

Student: Chris Melchin

District/Region: Strait District

Event: 2010 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 8 - St. Andrew Junior School

I studied different methods of biomass conversion - pyrolysis, gasification, and wood pellets – and performed a test of chemical extraction of hydrocarbons.



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Achieving International CO2 Targets with a Bees Inspired OA & ANNs

Student: Arash Marzi

District/Region: Strait District

Event: 2010 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 11 - Dr. John Hugh Gillis Regional School

Due to sporadic climate change and global warming, there is an urgent need to reduce CO2 emission and nation's leaders' have signed international protocols with the intent to reduce their nation's carbon footprint. This study focuses on the application of the bees algorithm, embedded with an artificial neural network, to determine practical yearly reductions for minimizing oil, natural gas, and coal emissions in Canada's manufacturing sector based on the Copenhagen Targets for Canada for 2020.



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Fledglings and Fleas

Student: Ria Van der Linden

District/Region: Strait District

Event: 2010 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 11 - Chedabucto Education Centre-Guysborough Academy

The purpose of this project was to determine if ectoparasite loads (number of fleas) had an effect on the number of hatchlings that survived to fledge (leave the nest).



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Emergency Measure Access Plans (EMAP)

Student: Hannah Gillis

District/Region: Strait District

Event: 2010 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 9 - Chedabucto Education Centre-Guysborough Academy

Emergency Measure Access Plans (EMAP) is a web-page that I created to assist Emergency Measures Organizations in the event of an emergency. This web-page enables the public to upload their floor/building plans, which are accessible ONLY to the Emergency Measures Organizations.



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