Young scientists, get cracking

Organizers put out the call for East Kootenay Regional Science Fair

  • Jan. 21, 2016 10:00 a.m.
The East Kootenay Regional Science Fair is open to students from around the region

The East Kootenay Regional Science Fair is open to students from around the region

Trevor Crawley

Calling all young scientific minds in the area—the annual East Kootenay Regional Science Fair is fast approaching and organizers are encouraging all students from kindergarten to Grade 12 to participate.

Hosted by the College of the Rockies, the fair will go down on Friday and Saturday, March 4-5, in the gymnasium. Last year, there were over 200 projects submitted that were eligible for hundreds of dollars in prizes and scholarships.

Anita Savage, one of the organizers on the East Kootenay Regional Science Fair Committee, says the fair is a great way for students to engage with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields.

“The Science Fair gives community kids the opportunity to exhibit their talent for science, which could take them to a Canada-wide science fair in Montreal,” said Savage.

Savage is referencing the Canada-Wide Science Fair, which will be hosted in Montreal and showcases the top scientific exhibits from across the country. The CWSF also includes $1 million in awards, prizes and scholarships.

For the East Kootenay Regional Science Fair, organizers decided on a theme of the science of sport and health.

“The science of sport and health is a bread theme that includes many disciplines within it,” said a EKRSF press release. “There is the study of exercise physiology including the human body and how it works when at rest or during athletic performance.

“Biomechanics takes a look at the anatomy of the human body and the effects of the external environment. Physical health, mental health, fitness, aging and nutrition play and extensive role in the science of sport.

It’s not just students who will be present at the science fair with their projects; there will be other exhibits from industry, government and community partners. Examples include the Blue Lakes Centre, Canadian Wildlife Federation, COTR Kinesiology Department, Pacific Sport Columbia Basin Group and more.

There will be a keynote speaker as well, which the EKRSF organizers will announce shortly.

The fair is open to students from around the region, including School District 5 (Cranbrook and the Elk Valley) and School District 6 (Kimberley and Columbia Valley). The competitive aspect of the fair is for students from Grade 6-12, while Grade 5 down to Kindergarten is non-competitive.

For more information, visit the EKRSF website at www.ekrsf.ca or go to their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/#!/ekscience.fair.