Students from across Toronto showcased their innovative science projects at the annual Toronto Science Fair. This year, the fair was held on 1 April 2017 in the Humanities building at the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus (UTSC).

Gold medal recipients from Marc Garneau will advance to CWSF. Photo: Russell Ijaya

Marc Garneau CI sent ten projects to the Toronto Science Fair. Of these ten, three teams received a bronze medal, two received a silver, and one received a gold and qualified for the Canada-Wide Science Fair (CWSF). These projects were selected from Grade 9 students for whom it was mandatory to complete, as well as some Grade 10 and 11 students who participated optionally. The students were given advice on improving their projects and displays by their supervising science teachers in preparation for the fair.

Competitors prepared by researching their topics in-depth and putting together an overall display and presentation that summarized their findings. Students were required to drop their displays off prior to the actual event, to reduce hassle for administration.

Participants were separated into three age groups: Grade 7 and 8 (junior), Grade 9 and 10 (intermediate), and Grade 11 and 12 (senior). Projects were then classified as one of three categories: Study, Experiment, or Innovation. Studies are in-depth analyses of accessible information, while experiments are hands-on testing, and innovations are tangible projects that solve real-world problems. There are also many subject categories at the Toronto Science Fair, ranging from Health Science to Physical Sciences.

In between judging and the awards ceremony, the participants also had the opportunity to attend some workshops at the nearby Centennial College Morningside Campus. Workshops included a DNA extraction lab as well as a lesson on 3-D printing.

A competitor, Hanlin Cheng said, “It was a great experience just getting to show the work we did and learn about other projects participating! It was nice to see the variety of projects at the fair.” Along with partner Abirami Sivakanthan, Hanlin developed a 3-D printed plasma scalpel aimed to prevent infections that many women in third-world countries face during childbirth.

After all judging had concluded, a professor of geology at UTSC presented a lecture about the history and formation of rocks. Following the lecture, there was time allotted for family, friends, and the public to come enjoy the fair.

Awards were presented based on the age category, with bronze, silver, and gold medals being distributed. Projects from Marc Garneau were very successful; Grade 9 students Grace Xiong and Edward Shen even qualified for the CWSF. The CWSF will take place from 14 May to 20 May in Regina, Saskatchewan. The results are as follows:

Caryn Qian and Russell Ijaya: Bronze, Intermediate

Adil Haider and Jason Cai: Bronze, Intermediate

Arani Kulamurugan: Bronze, Senior

Rohan Batchu: Silver, Intermediate

Abirami Sivakanthan and Hanlin Cheng: Silver, Intermediate

Grace Xiong and Edward Shen: Gold, Intermediate, qualified for CWSF

The team at Marc Garneau hopes to continue their success in the coming years as well. The Reckoner congratulates all participants on their performance, and wishes the team competing at the CWSF the best of luck.