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Six Halifax students to compete in Canada-wide science fair

A room full of scientific project displays being judged.

Six students who participated in the Halifax Sci-Tech Expo (Halifax’s regional science fair) at Saint Mary’s University on Friday, March 31 were selected to attend the Canada-Wide Science Fair next month in Regina, SK.

Om Agarwal (grade 9, Oxford School), Julia Sampson and Emily Rafuse (both grade 9, Elizabeth Sutherland School), Anisha Rajaselvam (grade 8, Sacred Heart High School), Janani Venkat, (grade 8, Bedford Academy), and Finley Nakatsu (grade 7, Madeline Symonds Middle School) will attend the national science fair and take part in a full week of activities including tours, displays, judging of their projects and the final awards ceremony.

Over 70 students participated in the Halifax Sci-Tech Expo. These students, in grades 7 to 10, displayed 60 science projects in a wide range of science and technology disciplines. In addition to the six grand prize awards of selection to the national fair (valued at a total of $12,000), close to thirty percent of the participants received awards including Medals of Excellence, cash prizes totaling over $1000, and two university entrance scholarships (valued at a total of $3500).

The HSTE Association partners with the Saint Mary's University Faculty of Science to host, run, and provide this science fair opportunity for Halifax students – but it can only happen with the generous ongoing sponsorship of other universities, businesses, and organizations to provide the awards and scholarships and to send the six students to the national science fair. Other major sponsors of HSTE 2017 were Halifax Regional School Board, Dalhousie University, Maritimes and Northeast Pipeline, Natural Forces, and East Coast Credit Union.

The Canada-Wide Science Fair will take place May 15 to 20 at the Conexus Art Centre in Regina, Saskatchewan.