BC Students Win International Awards in Taiwan!



    VANCOUVER, Feb. 29 /CNW/ - Kimmie Gulevich, a Grade 10 student from
Dr. Kearney Junior Secondary School in Fort St. John, and Brian Le, a Grade 12
student from Kelly Road Secondary School in Prince George have returned big
winners from the Taiwan International Science Fair, held February 16th to 23rd
in Taipei, Taiwan.
    Ms. Gulevich's work entitled 'Biodiesel: Does it Make Cents?' was awarded
third place in the Environmental Science category. Her project studied the
practicality of biodiesel by researching the argument of food versus fuel,
comparing the energy efficiencies of biodiesel, and petroleum diesel and
studying the effect of temperature on biodiesel. Mr. Le's work entitled 'Blood
Brain Barrier Breached' was awarded third place in the Medicine and Health
Science category. His project investigated whether SVCT2 is an effective and
safe protein to attach to certain brain tumour treatments and bypass the Blood
Brain Barrier.
    The students were accompanied by Mr. Kevin Frankham, a teacher at Bert
Ambrose Elementary School in Fort St. John. The students were selected to
participate based on their science fair project work, their effective
communication skills and their ambassadorial qualities. Mr. Frankham was
chosen as the educator because of his broad teaching experience and his many
years of enthusiastic support of the science fair program and its educational
benefits for students.
    While in Taiwan, Kimmie and Brian home-stayed with a local family which
provided both a wonderful ambassadorial opportunity as well as a unique and
incredible cultural experience. The International component of the competition
included entries from Canada, Hong Kong, Iran, Korea, Kuwait, Mexico, Namibia,
New Zealand, Philippines, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa,
Thailand, United Arab Emirates and United States.
    As Mr. Frankham says, 'It has been an amazing experience for all of us.
We have seen some interesting sites and had a chance for wonderful cultural
and scientific exchanges with people from many countries. It has been a
memorable experience.' This is the fifteenth year that British Columbian
students have attended the Taiwan International Science Fair as part of an
international science fair exchange program set up by the Science Fair
Foundation of British Columbia. The Science Fair Foundation of British
Columbia is supported by the Ministry of Small Business and Economic
Development.
    'Through scientific research, Science Fair participants are able to gain
important life and job skills which help reveal where new career opportunities
exist' said Patti Leigh, Executive Director, Science Fair Foundation of BC.
'Science fairs allow students to stretch their imaginations and intellect, and
they also provide a chance for young scientists to network with their peers
and with potential mentors.'

    British Columbia regional science fairs are supported by the Science Fair
Foundation of British Columbia, a non-profit organization whose vision is to
sustain and enhance the science culture of the youth of British Columbia.





For further information:

For further information: Patti Leigh, (604) 443-7557,
pleigh@sciencefairfoundationbc.ca

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