Simcoe County Students Competing This Week At National Science Fair

The Country Wide Science Fair in New Brunswick showcases inspiring projects

Seven Simcoe County students are showing off at a national science fair in New Brunswick.

The following students are among 466 finalists at the Canada-Wide Science Fair.

STAND OPEN
Ava Fischer (13 years old) Pretty River Academy – Collingwood
This experiment explored the effects of expansive postures on confidence scores. 154 participants were put in two groups: a control and one that practiced expansive postures following device use. Expansive postures following screen use could help us to thrive and integrate technology in our lives.

NORTHERN NEW-TRITION
Emma Palmer (13 years old) Pretty River Academy – Collingwood
This experiment investigated ways to grow a medicinal plant to fight diabetes in Northern Canada to address the incredibly high rates of diabetes and provide a fresh vegetable grown inside the home. This project discovered that an Asian plant, Gynura Procumbens, fertilized with eggshell tea, thrives in the short daylight hours of Northern Canada, cost-efficiently and conveniently, to effectively promote health in northern communities.

PUCKSENSE
Jaden Balasuriya (13 years old) Mountain View P.S. – Collingwood
Pucksense is an Innovation developed to improve the shot accuracy of hockey players by advancing traditional practice methods. The device is an application connected to sensors throughout your hockey net monitored by your smartphone via bluetooth. It tells you where to shoot just as a defender or goalie would. It also stores your past scores of practice sessions for you to improve off them.

COMPARING THE EFFECTS OF AEROBICALLY DECOMPOSED WASTE ON PLANT DEVELOPMENT
Emily Goodson (15 years old) and Nikki van Schaik (14 years old) Bear Creek S.S. – Barrie
This project explores the effects of composts on plant productivity. Experimentation was conducted to determine which method of composting benefits plants most: vermicompost, rolling compost or box compost. The purpose of this project was to discover a method to improve the efficiency of agriculture while minimizing environmental impacts. Implementing compost reduces food waste, reduces carbon emissions, helps meet global food demand and improves agricultural efficiency.

AUTOMATING THE DETECTION AND PROBABILITY OF WILDFIRESRohan Mehta (14 years old) Collingwood Collegiate Institute – Collingwood
An autonomous technology was developed to be installed at regular intervals in forests. Multiple sensors collect data through a micro controller; this data is sent to a central server using radio transmission. The data is analyzed through a series of calculations to extrapolate the probability of a wildfire. Micro surveillance greatly limits the damage caused by detecting an active forest fire during its early stages.

WAR GAMES: A STATISTICAL ANALYSIS OF THE CARD GAME WAR
Alex Pavlik (16 years old) Barrie North Collegiate Institute – Barrie
This project studies the children’s card game called “War”. Using a self-written computer program this study analyzes the probabilities around how long games last. This research discovers previously unidentified patterns. The method used in this research is a perfect demonstration of the processes used by professional researchers.