Science Fair Students Awarded 31 Medals and $137,700 at National Canada-Wide Science Fair

    VANCOUVER, May 19 /CNW/ - Seventy-four students across British Columbia
and the Yukon won a total of 64 awards at this year's Canada-Wide Science Fair
held in Winnipeg, Manitoba, from May 9-17, 2009. Participating in a variety of
categories from earth and environmental sciences to engineering and
automotive, the students brought back 5 gold, 11 silver, 15 bronze, 15
honorable mentions, 13 special awards, and 65 scholarships for a total of
$137,700 in scholarships, awards and prize money.

    The Science Fair Foundation of BC is celebrating a record growth in the
number of student participants in its Science Fair Program due to the
Foundation's partnership with the BC Innovation Council (BCIC). Compared to
last year, there was a one-third general increase in science fair activity
resulting from the expansion of science fairs throughout all regions of BC.
More than 10,000 students are reached overall.

    BCIC also awards scholarships in each of the 14 science fair regions in
BC. "Congratulations to the BC and Yukon champions who are paving the way for
our future knowledge economy", said Dean Rockwell, CEO of BC Innovation
Council. "BCIC is committed to creating future science and technology
entrepreneurs for the province by inspiring their curiosity and imagination
through initiatives such as science fairs."

    Winners from the Canada-Wide Science Fair competition include:

    Steven Zhu's project, Fabulous Fiddleheads from the Greater Vancouver
    Regional Science Fair
        -  Involved researching the marketability of the fiddlehead as a
           commonly-consumed vegetable.

    David Lister's project, Electricity from the Waste Heat of an Engine from
    the Yukon/Stikine Regional Science Fair
        -  Examined whether the waste heat of a small engine can be used to
           create a useable electricity using Peltier modules and if this
           method could be applied to vehicles to replace alternators.

    Perri Tutelman's project, Cancer-Killing Combinations from the Greater
    Vancouver Regional Science Fair
        -  Introduced a novel treatment to breast cancer by combining
           medicinal herbs with standard treatments.

    Chadi Saad-Roy's project, Le Neodyme: utile dans le transport? from the
    Vancouver Island Regional Science Fair
        -  Investigated the effects of friction and space between magnets.

    Chris Schoepp's project, You Can't Hear That? from the Fraser Valley
    Regional Science Fair
        -  Studied how age affects the ability of people to hear high
           frequency sounds.

    "Being able to participate in Science Fairs has definitely been a
highlight of my school year. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to meet
and learn from the science and technology community and my fellow peers," said
Claire Longcroft, Collingwood School. "This has been a positive learning
experience and Science Fairs have taught me to strive for excellence wherever
my life takes me."

    "British Columbians can support students to actively pursue science and
technology as a future career by participating in the PMC-Sierra Science Fair
Fun Run on Sunday, May 31, 2009", said Patti Leigh, Executive Director of the
Science Fair Foundation of BC. The Fun Run is the largest timed 5K race in BC
and is one of the technology industry's largest fundraising events. All
proceeds go to The Dr. Michael Smith Endowment Fund to support the promotion
and development of Science Fair Programs throughout BC. For more info, visit:

    British Columbia team at the 2009 Canada-Wide Science Fair in Winnipeg,

    About the Science Fair Foundation of BC

    The Science Fair Foundation supports science education through The
Science Fair Program to foster curiosity and build for the future. The Science
Fair Foundation of British Columbia (SFF BC) is a non-profit charitable
organization incorporated in February 1998 to support and promote science fair
activity in British Columbia. The Foundation is committed to ensuring ongoing
financial support in order to build a stronger and more visible Science Fair
Program throughout the province. To learn more about the Foundation, please

    About the BC Innovation Council

    The British Columbia Innovation Council (BCIC) is the lead organization
charged with advancing the commercialization of innovation in British
Columbia. BCIC is focused on accelerating the growth of our science and
technology communities and competitively positioning British Columbia in the
global science and technology economy in order to provide significant
employment opportunities and a high standard of living for British Columbians.
BCIC is a Crown agency of the Province of British Columbia. For more
information about BCIC, visit

For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Lin Kishore, Director, Marketing
and Communications, BC Innovation Council, (604) 602-5251, 1-800-665-7222,; Program Contact: Patti Leigh, Executive Director, Science
Fair Foundation of BC, (604) 602-5262, 1-800-665-7222,

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