Six students from the Central Okanagan competed in the highest level science fair competition in Canada which took place in Toronto last week.
Two of the Okanagan’s top young student scientists won awards for their science experiment presentations at the competition.
The event puts 1,000 competitors aged 13 to 18 up against each other to compete for medals, cash awards, scholarships and other prizes worth $1 million.
Gordon Minaker, a student at Mount Boucherie Secondary, won a total of $2,300 in scholarship and bursary awards for his presentation about cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Minaker’s premise was that the incident rate of a bystander knowing CPR during a cardiac arrest is known to be low potentially contributing to deaths. Minaker’s study shows that many people trained in CPR have a low confidence and misconceptions that may cause a hestitation to use CPR. It suggested that public education is needed to improve the confidence and ability of members of the public to manage a cardiac arrest effectively.
For his efforts, Minaker received an excellence award bronze medal from Youth Science Canada ($300), a $1,000 entrance scholarship to University of Ottawa and a $1,000 entrance scholarship to the University of Western Ontario.
Lucas Zeer-Wanklyn and Christopher Papke, students at Kelowna Secondary, also shared $2,300 in scholarship and award prizes for their presentation of how the brain alters the perception of time.
The two students designed four tests that changed activity in different lobes of the brain, as participants performed the tests and estimated how long they thought each test was, illustrating the premise for the experiment about the brain and perception of time.
The other participating students in the science competition were Allison Brown (Glenmore Middle School), Jacquelyn Draper (KLO Middle) and Austin Hogg (Summerland Middle School).
While in Toronto, the students also had the chance to tour around the CN Tower and the Art Gallery of Ontario.