WHITEHORSE— For three decades, students from across the Yukon and Stikine region of B.C. have gathered to present their scientific explorations. This year’s action will take place at Yukon College on Saturday, February 18.
The 10 schools represented include Holy Family, St. Elias in Haines Junction, Takhini Elementary, Christ the King, Del Van Gorder in Faro, Jack Hulland, Whitehorse Elementary, Home Educators, Kluane in Destruction Bay, and F.H. Collins.
The 76 projects on display were chosen from among 300 projects at individual school fairs to advance to this regional competition.
Though the event features entries from grades four through 12, students from grade seven to 12 will compete for the chance to move on to the Canada-Wide Science Festival in Regina this spring.
Three Yukoners will move on to that fair. This year, they will be accompanied by teacher delegates Melissa Halpenny from Whitehorse Elementary, and Julia Ward from Jack Hulland.
At last year’s national fair in Montreal, Rémie Cherepak, a grade seven student from Christ the King Elementary School, won a bronze medal and a $500 award for her project, which investigated the negative impacts of commonly used vehicle fluids on plant growth.
The public is welcome to attend a viewing of this year’s fair at the Yukon College gym from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., followed by a public science show from 1 p.m. to 1:25 p.m. The awards ceremony follows in the gym from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m.
Visit the Science Adventures website for more information on science fairs and science fun in the Yukon: www.scienceadventures.ca
Please note that judges are still needed for the fair. If you have a science background, please register at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/yukonsciencefairjudges2017