Jr. High Science Fair at PAA
Feb 14, 2014
PAA’s second annual Science Fair took place on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at the CUC gym in Lacombe, Alberta. Junior High students from Chinook Winds Adventist Academy in Calgary travelled to participate along with sponsoring teachers Cindy Mayo, Mark Bedford, Melissa Brown, and Vice-Principal David Elias. More than 50 students competed for prizes.
Preparing their projects in advance, each student contributor was required to follow a rigorous rubric and presentation guide, demonstrating learning through an originally designed experiment. The submitted research projects – including multiple variables, hypotheses, and conclusions – addressed such topics as the relationship between video games and player heart rates, the impact of electricity on a potato, and the connection between physics and PVC pipe length in generating and tuning musical notes.
PAA’s Biology, Chemistry, and Physics teachers judged all entries alongside Rod Jamieson, the school’s Vice-Principal. The science program at PAA, coordinated by Landon Sayler, Chelsea Lamming, and Michelle Reyes, is very strong. Students are encouraged to engage with concepts through hands-on learning and active scientific experimentation. Innovation and creativity combined with attention to ethics and detail, such as what was displayed in the 2014 Science Fair contestants, is a welcome addition to the classrooms of PAA.
The two first-place prizes were awarded to CWAA students Shawn Cliffe (grade 7) and Isabel Dodds (grade 8). Cliffe investigated radish seedling growth rates with moderated soil temperatures and Dodds’ work was an involved study of the link between body language displays and personality. Each project involved a logbook, a research paper, and an exhibit board highlighting procedures followed and conclusions found. Scoring higher than any other student or project, Cliffe and Dodds both received a Samsung Galaxy tablet courtesy of PAA.
Isabelle Ison (grade 7), Cheyanne Romeo (grade 8), and Claudette Banaag (grade 9) were awarded iPod shuffles for Second Place, Honourable Mention, and a creative tribute entitled the Ig Nobel Prize. Last year, PAA awarded significant scholarships to students for the highest scoring science projects.
Each of the judges commented on the quality of work, and the improvement in academic rigour over last year’s submissions. Every presentation was enjoyed and the students did well in responding to the judges’ questions.
PAA’s Student Association provided lunch under the direction of PAA teachers Kathryn Egolf, Sharline Fernandez, and Kristy Grovet.
The now annual event is targeted toward any student in grades 7-9 attending an Adventist school in Alberta or any Adventist student who may be attending another school in Alberta.