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Close to 200 students compete at annual science & engineering fair

Event Date: Apr 01, 2023

One hundred and ninety-three students from 25 Catholic elementary schools will compete at the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board’s 40th Annual System Science and Engineering Fair at Bishop Ryan Catholic Secondary School on Saturday, April 1, 2023. The fair was rescheduled from March 4th after a winter storm postponed the event. One hundred and seventeen exhibits – 74 junior and 43 intermediate – will be on display to the public starting at 12:45 p.m.

Some of the projects deal with complex matters, such as “Mechanical Circuitry” and “Using Infrared Light to Detect Microbials,” while others focus on timely and trending topics, such as “Functioning Innovative Smart Home” and “What substances can melt snow and/or ice the fastest.” Others again, like “Elephant Toothpaste” and “C.A.T.S. Cat-Activated Temperature Sensor” are just plain fun.

All are relevant, says System Science and Engineering Fair Co-chairperson Marc Trotta.

“Participating in Science Fair is a wonderful opportunity for students to think critically, analyze a problem and apply this knowledge to the world around them,” he explains. “Our goal is to encourage the pursuit of excellence in the learning of science and technology.”

There’s no shortage of topics, adds SSEF Co-Chairperson Maria Trotta, noting that science is everywhere. “Science drives the technological advancements that surround us. Each new advancement builds on those that came before it.”

“The combination of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics will produce the great thinkers of this generation,” she says. “As God unravels this wondrous creation to us, it will be those who marvel in its beauty that will transform the world.”

The annual system science fair was established four decades ago as an opportunity for students to apply their knowledge and skills in science in a fun, creative and challenging way. The fair has grown in popularity over the years to reflect technological advances, growing interest in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) related careers, and increased awareness of and concern for the environment, says Assistant Superintendent of Education Sandra Scime.

Science projects can be undertaken in one of six categories: Biotechnology, Earth and Environmental Science, Engineering, Life Sciences, Mathematics and Computer Science, and Physical Science.

“Some are typical in their exploration while others are more creative and involve deeper study and inquiry,” says Scime. The common denominator: “They give students the tools to problem solve.”

As well as vying for bronze, silver and gold medals at this weekend’s fair, students have a chance to win a BASEF and Environmental Award.

“My hope for this year’s student exhibitors is that they will capture the passion of science and engineering that leads to new research and the discoveries of tomorrow,” says Scime.

The science and engineering fair will begin with project judging in the gym from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Student viewing takes place from 12:20-12:45 p.m., followed by public viewing from 12:45-1:45 p.m. The fair will conclude with an awards ceremony at 2:00 p.m. Bishop Ryan Catholic Secondary School is located at 1824 Rymal Road East, Hamilton, L0R 1P0.

Close to 200 students compete at annual science & engineering fair
Close to 200 students compete at annual science & engineering fair
Close to 200 students compete at annual science & engineering fair