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TBCS students take part in regional science fair

Written on April 15th, 2009

Student selected to attend Canada Wide Science Fair

Several students at Thunder Bay Christian School (TBCS) participated in this year’s Northwestern Ontario Regional Science Fair, bringing back to the school awards and positive feedback from the event.

TBCS sent eight Grade 6 and four Grade 8 students to the regional science fair, held at Thunder Bay’s Lakehead University April 3-5.

Grade 8 student Blake Grootenboer received the special honour of being one of three students from the region invited to attend the Canada Wide Science Fair, which will be in Winnipeg this May.

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“For a student from your school to be chosen as one of those three, that’s pretty fabulous,” says principal Bea Hayen.

Blake also received the Lakehead University Book Awards and Thunder Bay Agricultural Awareness Award for his project titled “What Makes Calves Grow?” His project compared the results for calves one to six weeks old drinking whole milk compared to milk replacer.

“It was very interesting to show Thunder Bay, whoever came there, how actually this kind of project worked out,” says Blake, who lives on a dairy farm.

Blake says to him, doing well doesn’t make a difference; it was the process of creating the project and talking with the judges that he enjoys. He says he is looking forward to being challenged by the judges at the national science fair and taking part in the other activities scheduled.

Hayen says the regional science fair was a fun day and learning experience for the students. The students benefit from interacting with students from other schools and being out in the community, she says.

“It gives exposure for our school to the broader community,” says Hayen, noting when students do well at the regional science fair it is also validation for the school.

This year the students had the opportunity to choose a research-based project or science experiment, so students could research something already of interest.

“Doing a science fair project in itself helps the student learn to focus on setting up an inquiry method and all the academic things that go with having to follow certain procedures,” says Hayen.

Participating students and their projects included:

  • Leah Hutchinson: “Diabetes and Dialysis”
  • Anna Kamerman: “Fabric: Fact or Fiction” – received best in junior engineering & computers
  • Frank Hawkins: “Apophis Hypothesis”
  • Julia Himanen: “Wicking Ability”
  • Noah Knight: “Maglev Trains”
  • Leah Drost: “A.L.S.- The Who and Why”
  • Ryan Fieldhouse: “To Cross or not to Cross” – rated in the top three for the beginner’s division
  • Rachel Kamerman: “Bio-De-What?”
  • Mariah Dykstra: “Sleepwalking”
  • Jessie Kajorinne: “The Big Squeeze on Acne”
  • Lyndsay Breukelman: “Hungry for Smokes”