Students qualify for regional science fair finals in March

Several students from Stettler Elementary School have qualified for the Central Alberta Regional Science Fair in Red Deer a the end of this month.

Explaining the experiment – Alexandra Zitaruk and Alissia Henderson explain the reasoning and implementation of their experiment to a visiting student during the Science Fair on Feb. 25. Their project was one of the eight awarded by school.

Explaining the experiment – Alexandra Zitaruk and Alissia Henderson explain the reasoning and implementation of their experiment to a visiting student during the Science Fair on Feb. 25. Their project was one of the eight awarded by school.

Several students from Stettler Elementary School have qualified for the Central Alberta Regional Science Fair in Red Deer a the end of this month.

Several great projects were demonstrated by 60 members of SES Grade-5 Science Fair Club at the 10th annual Science Fair on Feb. 19 with the top eight projects advancing to the regional fair at Bower Place Mall on March 26 and 27.

“They will compete against the best science fair projects across central Alberta in the grade-5-6 category,” said Rob Howell, who teaches Grade-5 science.

“Stettler Elementary School has had excellent results at CARSF in the past, including a first-place finish in 2008.”

Many of the projects focused on ways to protect the environment while others covered a wide range of science topics that the students wanted to study over 11 weeks leading up the local science fair.

Here’s a rundown of the top eight winners who advance to the regional finals:

David Wiebe and Paul Du Toit finished first for Water Watts. This project had a model which showed how hydroelectricity is produced, with flowing water turning turbines which produced 3.5 volts of electricity. The project tested the difference in the level of power produced with varying number of blades attached to a turbine. It focused on having an environmentally-friendly way to produce electricity.

Alex Geddes and Hunter Paulson placed second for Dogs and Bacteria.

This project tested four different breeds for their saliva’s ability to affect bacterial growth in a petri dish.

The mastiff breed was the most effective, but all breeds were close in terms of inhibiting bacterial growth.

Roam Thorsteinsson was third for How Waves are Made.

Brandon Reinkober and Edward Kim placed fourth for Hydroelectricity Test.

Axel Bergstrom and Tyson McLean finished fifth for “Which Disinfectant Cleans the Best?”

Ally Zitaruk and Alyssa Henderson were sixth for Germ Busters.

Aanelle Lynhan and Sophie Shepherd were seventh for Animal Bacteria.

Laura Smith and Alina Hotte ranked eighth for Hyperbeans.