We are very proud of our Science Fair team. Each year, team members are chosen for their innovation. This year`s members are especially notable for their thoughtfulness and they desire to apply science to their own areas of passion in ways that honour the Lord.
Emily and Maggie won honourable mention at the York Region Science & Technology Fair (YRSTF) at York University. They wanted to find a way to make paint dry more slowly so they could make more beautiful pictures. They tested different additives in the spirit of the first paint inventors.
Joshua wanted to find out what foods were the healthiest. He mixed different food types in soil and used worm wastes to grow tulips. He found that vegetables caused the greatest tulip growth and the healthiest worms. Joshua used this knowledge to propose a strategy to reduce world hunger.
Benjamin designed a fire starter log using maple wood, with vent holes dipped in oil. He tested different stuffings (dried leaves and needles) to find the most effective combination. This log is an effective alternative to store bought fire starter logs that release harmful chemicals into our homes. Benjamin was asked if his log was for sale.
Waverly studied Synesthesia, the association of numbers with colours. She found that girls have a higher rate of Synesthesia than boys. Waverly proposed strategies that use Synesthesia to help students learn math facts.
Matthew studied nicotine addiction in mice. He found that when mice were given the choice between water and water mixed with nicotine, those who lived `Mouse Park` with other mice and toys to play with drank much less nicotine water than those who lived alone. Matthew proposed changes to the current protocols of “jail and isolation“ for people who are imprisoned for drug related crimes.
Halle designed an affordable shelter for people who are living on the streets, who have difficulty with homeless shelters. She used paper board columns and plastic sheets and found them to be much more durable and effective than the cardboard boxes that many people currently use.
We are incredibly proud of our team, not just for their scientific innovation and thoroughness but also for their character and desire to honour the Lord with their studies.