Winter-themed projects take the cake at EK science fair

Two Fernie students won big at the East Kootenay Regional Science Fair for projects on black ice and frost.

Guest judge Mayor Wayne Stetski

Guest judge Mayor Wayne Stetski

Students from all over the region gathered at the College of the Rockies last weekend for the annual East Kootenay Regional Science Fair.

Held on Friday, March 1 and Saturday, March 2, the fair had 219 students participating, presenting 169 projects and representing 11 schools.

On Friday, Gordon Terrace Elementary had the most students participating. On Saturday, Kootenay Orchards Elementary had the most participants.

Special prizes and scholarships were awarded on Saturday, the first time the science fair has been held on a weekend.

“There were probably 400 or 500 people that went through the fair (Saturday) if one counts the siblings and parents and others who were free to come on a Saturday whereas they would not on a weekday,” said Daphne Kelgard, one of the organizers of the event.

“We all have such a wonderful time because the kids are so enthusiastic and excited about science.”

Four students were named Grand Award winners and will go on to the Canada Wide Science Fair, which will be held in Lethbridge in May. Two of those students were from The Fernie Academy – Rosaele Tremblay and Madalon Burnett – and two were home schooled — Chad Temple and Caroline Forest.

Overall, Rosaele won six awards for her project, “Black Ice Vehicle Detector”, Madalon took home five awards for her project “Frost Buster”, and Chad and Caroline were given four awards for “Burning Water”.

Congratulations to everyone who put in lots of hard work to participate in the Science Fair.

Here is a list of the winners:

Grand Award winners and finalists for the Canada Wide Science Fair in Lethbridge in May (sponsored

by Teck Coal, BC Hydro and the

Science Fair Foundation of B.C

• Chad Temple and Caroline Forest (home school) for “Burning Water”

• Rosaele Tremblay (The Fernie Academy) for “Black Ice Vehicle Detector”

• Madalon Burnett (The Fernie Academy) for “Frost Buster”

Quantum Award (most promising young scientist in Grades 4 to 6) (trophy and keeper):

• Tate Brown and Nicholas Gagne (T.M. Roberts Elementary) for “Do All Rockets Have The Same Result On Launch?”

Al Applteton Award ($100 cash):

• Jason Prince (The Fernie Academy) for “The Ten Second Rule”

Association of Professional

Engineering& Geoscientists of BC Award (trophy, $100 cash):

• Rosaele Tremblay (The Fernie Academy) for “Black Ice Vehicle Detector”

BC Agriculture in the Classroom Award ($75 cash):

• Quinn Lowes (Gordon Terrace Elementary) for “Pigs”

BC Hydro Power Smart Award

($100 cash):

• Anja Kuijt (Isabella Dicken Elementary) for “Solar Sun”

BC Innovation Council Award ($100 cash for student; $100 for teacher):

• Gillian Craig (The Fernie Academy) for “A Sunny Solution”

BC Science Teachers’ Award

($100 cash):

• Chad Temple and Caroline Forest (home school) for “Burning Water”

BCIC Young Innovator Award


• Chad Temple and Caroline Forest (home school) for “Burning Water”

Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC & Yukon Award (wall plaque):

• Sienna Longo and Bridget Hardy (The Fernie Academy) for “Cardiovascular Disease”

• Lucas Hayes and Wyatt Prince (Steeples Elementary) for “Does Playing Video Games Affect Heart Rate?”

The Michael Crooks Physics Award ($75 cash):

• Madalon Burnett (The Fernie Academy) for “Frost Buster”


(trophy and $100 cash):

• Eva Sombrowski (The Fernie Academy) for “Don’t Get Burnt”

Best Wildlife Project

(antler trophy and $50 cash):

• Kyra Stanley (Gordon Terrace Elementary) for “Leopard Frogs”

Water Science Award

(plaque and $100 cash):

• Keziah Brouwer (Gordon Terrace Elementary) for “Fish and Joseph Creek”

Water Cooperation Award

(plaque and $100 cash):

• Keanu Chan (St Mary’s Catholic Independent) for “What is better for water conservation, bath or shower?”

Aboriginal Student Award

(wall plaque and $50 cash):

• Nicholas Gagne (TM Roberts Elementary) for “Do All Rockets Have The Same Result On Launch?”

Best Project with an Aboriginal Theme (wall plaque for $50 cash):

• Cypher Fluegel (Kootenay Orchards Elementary) for “Cryptozoology – The Sasquatch – Science and Legend”

BC Innovation Scholarship Award ($,2000 scholarship):

• Madalon Burnett (The Fernie Academy) for “Frost Buster”

BC Hydro Scholarship Nomination (nomination for a $2,000 scholarship):

• Rosaele Tremblay (The Fernie Academy) for “Black Ice Vehicle Detector”

College of the Rockies Young Scientist Award ($300 scholarship):

• Rosaele Tremblay (The Fernie Academy) for “Black Ice Vehicle Detector”

Madalon Burnett (The Fernie Academy) for “Frost Buster”

Best of Fair (trophy):

• Rosaele Tremblay (The Fernie Academy) for “Black Ice Vehicle Detector”

School with the Most Competitive Students

(trophy and $100 cash prize):

• Gordon Terrace Elementary

School with the Most Noncompetitive Students (trophy and $100 cash prize):

• Kootenay Orchards Elementary

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