Science filled the gym at North Grenville District High School with its annual Grade 6 and 8 Rotary Science Fair. The Fair was started four years ago by Grade eight teacher, Matt Wilson, to get students excited about science. “I’ve done science fairs at all the schools I’ve taught at,” Matt says. “It’s an important part of getting kids interested in science. The Kemptville Rotary Club are the name sponsors for the Fair.
From the enthusiasm and excitement that radiated from the gym, it looked like it certainly did the trick. One hundred and sixty eager students participated in the fair, with 109 projects on display. Categories included technology, physics, biology, engineering, chemistry, human studies, and product analysis. Students studied everything from the effects of sleep and dog training, to electric cars and infectious diseases. The projects were judged by both community volunteers and senior student judges.
“Thank all you guys who did a wonderful job with your projects,” Matt told the seven and eights during the awards ceremony in the cafeteria.
Medals were given out for the first, second, and third place winners in each category, as well as certificates for those who received an honourable mention. There were also several special awards sponsored by various community groups, including the Jim Wrong Engineering/Mechanics Award, the George Fisher Animal Husbandry/Health Award, the Ferguson Forest Centre Naturalist/Environmental Award, the Russ Mosher Computer/Technology Award, the North Grenville Community Service Council Best Visual Display Award, and, finally, the Rotary Club of Kemptville Best in Show.
The Best in Show Award was chosen out of all the first-place winners in each category. This year, the honour fell to thirteen-year-old Sophie Healey, for her project on the different ways people perceive time. She found that half of people feel that they move through time, while the other half feels like time moves through them. “It’s something I have been interested in for a while,” she says. “Ever since I heard something about it on the radio.”
Sophie says she really enjoys science class and doing experiments on how humans perceive and experience things. She felt very honoured to be recognized as the Best in Show, and couldn’t keep the smile off her face. “I wasn’t expecting it,” she said, holding her trophy. “I was pretty shocked and excited.”