Finalists from the Rideau St. Lawrence Science Fair Clark Bains, Prutha Patel, Monis Sayyid and Jack Sloan came home from CWSF Regina 2017 to a rousing welcome from families and well-wishers at the Ottawa Airport on Sunday May 21 after competing with approximately 450 other young finalists from Grades 7 to 12 for Excellence and other awards totalling $1 million dollars. The all-expense paid trip included participating in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) activities, sharing their projects with the public and well-organized trips to see sites and learn about the host province, Saskatchewan, and its people.
Clark Bains of Carleton Place High School brings home an Intermediate Bronze Medal for Excellence and a $1000 Scholarship to Western University for his project: The Breaking Point: Increasing Circuit Efficiency and Reducing Heat. Clark investigated the effect of current frequency on the production of heat in a wire. Jack Sloan and Monis Sayyid of Brockville Collegiate Institute each take home a Junior Bronze Medal for Excellence and a $1000 Scholarship to Western University for their project: Learn the Burn. Jack and Monis discovered that stain-guard and water-guard products increase the flammability of upholstery fabrics which increases the risk of injury in a fire.
Besides the benefits from all the activities that were presented, finalists all agreed that making friends with other finalists who “like to do the same things” and “have the same drive and expectations for their futures” was the best personal outcome of this experience. The Rideau St. Lawrence Science Fair Committee encourages all youth in Lanark, Leeds and Grenville to think about beginning research on a topic that interests them for our local Rideau St. Lawrence Science Fair to be held next spring. They too could win an all-expense paid trip to CWSF 2018.