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2011 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!


2011 Canada-Wide Science Fair:


Searching for Neuroprotectants in Natural Compound

Student: Adrian Howie

District/Region: Halifax Region

Event: 2011 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 10 - Citadel High School

The purpose of this project is to identify neuroprotectant compounds in potatoes that have potential to both reduce the damage caused by stroke and save lives.



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Sound Localization: The Shape of The Ear

Student: Alexander Sapp

District/Region: Halifax Region

Event: 2011 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 9 - Fountain Academy of the Sacred Heart

This project tests how the pinna relates to how humans can correctly localize if a sound comes from their front, or from behind them. It also tests how it is related to left vs right sound localization, and compares the necessity of the pinna in each.



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Le Sodium

Student: Benjamin Chisholm

District/Region: Conseil Scolaire Acadien

Event: 2011 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 8 - École acadienne de Truro

Dans se projet j'ai messure les differents montants de sodium dans les aliments deja prepare et les aliments cuit a la maison.



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Casiers vs tuyaux pour les homards

Student: Brandon Doucette

District/Region: Conseil Scolaire Acadien

Event: 2011 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 9 - École secondaire de Par-en-Bas

Mon projet sert à déterminer quelle méthode est le mieux pour tenir des homards vivants et en bonne santé, des tuyaux ou des casiers à homards. Pendant six semaines, j'ai testé les même homards dans des tuyaux puis d'autres dans des casiers quelques fois pour voir leurs taux de protéines de sang et leur état de santé.



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LBS - A Turn For The Better

Student: Brandon Fillmore

District/Region: Chignecto Region

Event: 2011 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 9 - Bible Hill Junior High School

The Lateral Balance System is a system I invented to fit a major need that I seen in cars...balance. The L.B.S. system uses hydraulics to put extra pressure on the shock towards the outside of the corner while reducing it on the inside as you turn the wheel.



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Pensez-y le potentiel de l'entraînement virtuel

Student: Chantal Surette

District/Region: Conseil Scolaire Acadien

Event: 2011 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 10 - École secondaire de Clare

L'entraînement virtuel c'est une technique qui est souvent utilisé par des psychologues de sports quand ils entrainent les athlètes, particulièrement quand c'est des centièmes d'une seconde ou des dixièmes d'un pouce qui sépare les gagnants par les perdants.



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La Viabilité d'Utiliser Le Pouvoir Solaire Chez Moi

Student: Creighton Jewkes

District/Region: Strait District

Event: 2011 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 8 - St. Andrew Junior School

J'ai évalué le site physique et j'ai fait une analyse financière afin de déterminer la viabilité des panneaux solaires chez moi. En utilisant Google SketchUp et Google Earth, j'ai fait un modèle de ma maison pour trouver le potentiel solaire. Cette étude comprend une exploration de la première VilleSolaire du Canada, et les initiatives canadiennes et mondiales sur l'énergie solaire.



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Stimulate Your Brain

Student: Nathan Murtha & Douglas Sheppard

District/Region: Halifax Region

Event: 2011 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 12 - Millwood High School

The purpose of our research is to determine if stimulation increases someone's flow logic. We split the test subjects into two groups; stimulated and unstimulated. The stimulated group received a ball to squeeze, while the unstimulated group served as a control.



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Apple Aroma: Enhancement of Apple Volatile Production Using Precursor Treatments

Student: Ellen Song

District/Region: Annapolis Valley Region

Event: 2011 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 11 - Horton High School

In this project, the production and characterization of apple volatiles were investigated by chemical and sensory studies. Apples were exposed to specific precursor solutions of alcohols, acids and aldehydes.



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For Better or For Worse: A Relationship Between Equine Conformation and Lameness

Student: Emma Bush

District/Region: Chignecto Region

Event: 2011 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 9 - North Colchester High School

My hypothesis stated: The poorer the conformation (how a horse is put together) that a horse has, the higher the risks of developing lameness (disability of movement). My purpose was to discover if equine lameness is related to conformational defects.



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SAVE YOUR SEASHELLS - SAVE THE ENVIRONMENT

Student: Gavin Raddall

District/Region: South Shore District

Event: 2011 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 9 - South Queens Junior High School

Six million used, lead-acid batteries containing sulfuric acid are disposed of each year in Canada. This experiment demonstrates how to neutralize the pH of this acid in an environmentally-friendly manner using clam or oyster shells. This is a cost-effective way to reduce the toxic waste in our environment.



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Smart Slime

Student: Hanah DeGrutchy

District/Region: Strait District

Event: 2011 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 12 - Dr. John Hugh Gillis Regional School

Two mazes were designed for an experiment involving the slime mold Physarum polycephalum to discover if it has intelligence.



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Aromatherapy: Think Fast!

Student: Hanna Longard

District/Region: South Shore District

Event: 2011 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 10 - Bayview Community School

This project is an experiment to investigate how aromatherapy can affect a person's reaction time. Grapefruit was used as the source of aromatherapy.



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Emergency Measures Access Plans; E-MAP

Student: Hannah Gillis

District/Region: Strait District

Event: 2011 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 10 - Chedabucto Education Centre - Guysborough Academy

I developed two computer programs as well as a search-able database that would allow the public to upload their building floor plans, so Emergency Measures Organizations could access this key information.



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A Time for Change

Student: Hannah Martin

District/Region: Chignecto Region

Event: 2011 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 8 - North Colchester High School

My project is a study that I performed on the health of students in the community of Tatamagouche. I created surveys that Elementary students, grades 4-6 participated in, with questions that covered four main areas of health (physical activity, screen time, nutrition, and sleep).



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REZ DIET

Student: John Stevens & Tanis Sylliboy

District/Region: Mi'kmaq First Nations

Event: 2011 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 12 - Eskasoni High School

This project focuses on the diet of First Nation People today compared to that of pre-European contact. After European contact the Mi'kmaq lifestyle changed. We were curious as to how this new lifestyle has affected our people.



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Sissonne: The relation between knee angle and impact force

Student: Julia Sarty

District/Region: Halifax Region

Event: 2011 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 8 - Gorsebrook Junior High School

In this project, I explore the possible relation between the impact force and bend angle of the knee during the landing of a sissonne, a ballet jump that starts from two feet and lands on one. Young, non-professional, female dancers were asked to jump on a force plate with varying angles of the knee as they land. Force data was recorded from a force plate and knee angles were analyzed from videos taken of the jumps.



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Spotting the Difference

Student: Kathleen Orrell

District/Region: Cape Breton-Victoria Region

Event: 2011 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 12 - Riverview High School

Non-native lady beetles have arrived in North America through accidental and intentional introductions (Wheeler, 1990; Obrycki & Kring, 1996). The plight of several non-native lady beetles is suggested to have been caused by the establishment of non-native species (Hoebeke & Wheeler, 1996). In this study, non-native lady beetles were found in higher abundance in undisturbed habitats. This suggests that non-native lady beetles do well where native plants dominate; this poses a particular threat to native lady beetles.



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Les algues: l'avenir de l'essence

Student: Keegan O'Connell

District/Region: Tri-County District

Event: 2011 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 9 - Yarmouth Junior High School

My project is about algae and if it can be grown in a home environment to make your own biodiesel or biofuel.



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Better Home Heating and Generator Systems

Student: Kelsey Keddy

District/Region: Halifax Region

Event: 2011 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 11 - Halifax Grammar School

Using a 27 foot long dual inner pipe system, this invention allows for the recuperation of lost heat from home generator systems. As the exhaust passes through the inner pipe, water is pushed through 3 water jackets extracting the heat as it follows throughout the system.



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Liberation Determination

Student: Kendra MacCuspic

District/Region: Cape Breton-Victoria Region

Event: 2011 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 12 - Baddeck Academy School

With three more Canadians being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis every day, it's important that society work hard towards searching for a cure. The Liberation Treatment has been found to be a possible solution to alleviating some Multiple Sclerosis symptoms. However, with Multiple Sclerosis being a progressive disease, it is important that the symptoms be treated early in the diagnosis.



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Noises Beware; My Decibel Meter is Listening!!

Student: Kirsten Ernst

District/Region: South Shore District

Event: 2011 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 9 - Bayview Community School

Did you know that a normal classroom should only be 35 decibels? My project investigated classroom noise levels; using a dBA meter (for recording noises anywhere). Classrooms ranged between 40 to sometimes 100+decibels!!



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Sounds Good to Me

Student: Liz Furness

District/Region: Annapolis Valley Region

Event: 2011 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 9 - Berwick and District School

My project, Sounds Good to Me, is about microphones, and the variables that affect the quality of sound they record. I explored the 5 main types of microphones; dynamic microphones, condenser microphones, ribbon microphones, piezoelectric microphones and carbon microphones. To further understand how microphones work, I built a condenser microphone. I chose to do this project because I love music, and wanted to learn about the science behind it.



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Extreme Immobilization

Student: Megan Smith & Charlotte Donaldson

District/Region: Chignecto Region

Event: 2011 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 11 - Hants East Rural High School

While participating in the National Lifeguarding Course, it was realized that children requiring spinal rescues in aquatic situations, do not receive adequate immobilization. Due to structural flaws in the standard spinal board, immobilization is only effective on adult sized bodies. A template board was created with an improved design, and tested at a pool facility.



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Moulin à Vent Solaire

Student: Melanie Renn

District/Region: Tri-County District

Event: 2011 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 9 - Yarmouth Junior High School

The intention of my project was to design and develop a structure that generates energy by utilizing two renewable energy sources independently, solar and wind power. The windmill exists in the center of a pyramid which has numerous solar panels at a 45 degree angle mounted on one side of the pyramid.



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Le Pouvoir Solaire

Student: Melissa Renn

District/Region: Tri-County District

Event: 2011 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 12 - Yarmouth Junior High School

The purpose of my project was to improve the design of a solar water heater by changing the shape of the galvanized sheet metal and using my own knowledge to create a new design. My innovation was that I compared the regular solar water heater to my parabolic solar water heater with the only variable being the shape of the galvanized sheet metal and it turns out that my design was more efficient.



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Accessible Exercise

Student: Milton King

District/Region: Chignecto Region

Event: 2011 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 12 - Oxford Regional High School

My project is a fitness vest and belt that simulates weight lifting through using elastic rubber bands. The bands are connected to a piece of chain which is connected to a metal ring. The metal rings are placed on the vest and belt. The rings on the vest are attached to each other with a shoelace that is laced on the inside of the vest and through a second belt to distribute the pressure presented by the shoelace. The resistance in the bands can also be modified by changing the length of them using the links in the chain.



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Evergreen Ever Gone? The Anti-cancer Properties of Oils from Evergreens

Student: Natalie Fisher

District/Region: Chignecto Region

Event: 2011 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 12 - South Colchester Academy

Discovering new treatments for cancer that are effective in killing and preventing cancerous growth would be of great importance. In this project, The essential oils from five evergreen trees were extracted. These oils were then tested to see if they have an effect on two lines of cancer cells. Eachevergreen tree was successful in killing the cancer cells, however the best was Red Spruce.



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Berry Nutritious

Student: Nichole Vandyk

District/Region: South Shore District

Event: 2011 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 9 - North Queens Rural High School

Have you ever wondered if your pet can eat the same things as you and receive the same health benefits? I created an all-natural, nutritious, value - added blueberry horse treat from blueberry pomace produced as a by-product at van Dyk Health Juice. Creating this value added product, pomace was modified and enhanced to produce a product with a higher market value.



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No Idle Matter

Student: Nolan Smith

District/Region: Cape Breton-Victoria Region

Event: 2011 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 8 - Malcolm Munroe Memorial Jr High School

This project compares the efficiency of roundabouts compared to traffic lights. A test was done to compare the wait time of 800 vehicles at a roundabout and an intersection with traffic lights. Safety, emissions and traffic flow were also observed.



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Automatic Fire Extinguisher

Student: Prathana Nathan

District/Region: Annapolis Valley Region

Event: 2011 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 9 - King's-Edgehill School

What this automatic fire extinguisher will do is, it senses smoke from a fire, it will turn to the direction of the fire and put it out automatically! There are five main components to this device: a smoke detector, a rotating device, a spraying device, an infrared sensor and an aerosol fire extinguisher. They all work together to extinguish the fire.



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The Truth to Youth

Student: Rumana Rafiq

District/Region: Chignecto Region

Event: 2011 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 9 - Truro Junior High School

A control group of mice, which have no selection procedures, and a selected line of mice, which are chosen based on reproductive longevity, were examined. Five mice from the control and selected line at 50 days and 18 months were taken to compare telomere length between each of the total 20 mice.



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Bigger Faster Stronger Sooner: The Effects of Creatine Monohydrate on Lobster Larvae

Student: Sarah MacCallum

District/Region: Chignecto Region

Event: 2011 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 11 - Pictou Academy - Dr. T. McCulloch School

This experiment examined stage IV lobster larvae to determine if the addition of creatine monohydrate to their diet would result in an above average increase to both body length and width, the data of which could be applied to lobster hatcheries. The results indicated the trend that creatine significantly increases the length and width in larvae after molting from average as well as speeding up the larvae's molting cycle.



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Study of Canard Configuration under Low Airspeed conditions and Its Applications

Student: Zorri Li

District/Region: Annapolis Valley Region

Event: 2011 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 12 - Horton High School

This project did a brief study on canard configuration, in order to find the factors that affect the minimum stalling speed which is significant to the performance of an aircraft. An ideal design was generated based on the results of the study, applied on a Boeing 777-200 model and tested with X-plane 9.67 program. The minimum stalling speed of the aircraft has been significantly lowered compare to the initial model under the same conditions.



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The Art of Deception

Student: Scott Peters

District/Region: Mi'kmaq First Nations

Event: 2011 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 11 - We'koqmaq First Nation Secondary School

In my project on the Art of Deception I concluded that my prediction in my hypothesis was correct in that the majority of my participants believed what I told them. I also found that those people who did not care either way just agreed that I was correct and only a few argued throughout my presentation until I told them I actually lied about the results.



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