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Brockville Collegiate Institute Students Win Best of Fair at 2016 Rideau-St. Lawrence Science Fair

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By Mark Calder

(Brockville) – Bushra Khadra and Caitlin Shaver were excited – but also surprised.

The pair of Grade 9 students from Brockville Collegiate Institute (BCI) never thought they would win Best of Fair Friday at the 2016 Rideau-St. Lawrence Science Fair . Along with that prestigious honour, the two took home an Intermediate Physical Science Award (first place), and the Intermediate Chemistry Award, and also won an all-expenses paid trip next month to the Canada-Wide Science Fair in Montreal.

“It feels really nerve-wracking but at the same time fun and exciting,” said Khadra of the win. “We didn’t think we would do that well. We kind of expected to get third or fourth place, but not first.”

Their experiment, entitled Can You See the Light? tested how different dilutions of corn syrup – and the sucralose molecules in it – bent or “rotated” light. The pair proved their hypothesis that the higher the concentration of corn syrup the greater the angle of rotation of light passing through it.

Judges chose the project because of the thoroughness of the girls' study and the innovative way the two were able to set up the experiment – using things such as a Blackberry tablet, Lazy Susan and an Xbox Kinect to make the project work in lieu of some very expensive lab equipment, said Dr. Ambrose Au, one of the judges at the fair.

The two will be joined at the national fair by Prutha Patel, another BCI student. The intermediate student won second place overall with her experiment Vitamin C: C is for Captured. She was interested in whether vitamin C was lost in the boiling process. She was able to prove that the vitamin C leaked out of boiled carrots during cooking, causing a waste of vital nutrients when leftover water is poured down the drain.

Patel won the George Woods Award for Best Junior Project, the Junior Chemistry Award, the Junior Life Science Award, the Ingredion Food Science Award, a Junior Chemistry Project Award (first place) and the Junior Chemistry Award.

Two Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) schools that fielded large teams at the fair were rewarded for their participation. North Grenville District High School’s intermediate team won the Elementary School Achievement Award, and Carleton Place High School (CPHS) won the Secondary School Achievement Award.

Other UCDSB winners of note, their projects and prizes were:

1.) Clark Bains, CPHS, Defying Gravity: Rideau St. Lawrence Science Fair Euclid Award, Intermediate Physical Science Award (second place), Intermediate Engineering Award, and the Computer Science Award

2.) Sarah Jones and Emilee Harrison, BCI, Aquaponics vs. Soil Gardening : Junior Environmental Science Award (first place), Horticultural Award, Best of Fair (fourth place), and Plant Growth Chemistry Award.

3.) Izzy Carriere and Brendan Ly, CPHS, A New Factor in Depression: People’s Choice Award, and the Intermediate Health and Wellness Award.

 Posted April 11, 2016






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