Baking soda plus vinegar equals volcano. Baking soda plus water and suspended material equals stalactites and stalagmites. And every question you’ve ever had about copper plating, camouflage, avalanches, drag and counterfeit money, answered.
Recently the young scientists at Myrtle Philip Elementary School put their cerebrums in high gear and competed for best research, demonstration and experiment in the Myrtle Philip science fair.
There were three winners in each of the three categories from Grades 4, 5 and 6, as well as gold, silver and bronze medals in Grades 7 and 8. And the winners are:
For best Grade 4 research project, Sarita Cabrera and Rachelle Palkovsky; the best demonstration project was Jamie Raffan’s and Jeremy Rowlands’ optical illusions; and the best experiment was copper plating by Samantha Loh.
The best Grade 5 research project was bridges by Geoff Bate and Charlie Calladine; best demonstration was by Matthew Dekraker for optical illusions; and the best experiment was Jessica Runkel’s "does water flow up?"
The Grade 6 best research project was a three-way tie: Mickey Burgess and Christine Inniger on pandas, Jeffrey Davies and Alex Browne-Munz for robotics and Richard Combs’ lenses; the best demonstration was by James Crowe for glaciers; and the best experiments were conducted by Zoe Brown for light, Michael Messeguer for drag and taste by Jay Milstein.
The best Grade 7, science fair results were: gold for Mark Mosher and Chris Smith for cryobiology, silver for Blair Richmond and Grady Widess for measuring time, bronze to Jesse Villanueva and Andrew Smythe for cell phones and an honourable mention to Marli Anderson and Alicia Monro for plants and music.
The Grade 8 winners were: Roxy Beswetherick and Sonya Schaap for chlorine and swimsuits, Rhett Vernon-Jarvis for snow removal, Kim Fenwick for mold and an honourable mention goes to Kyle Cuthwell and Erik Holm for cleaning products.