PRSD students compete in Peace Country Regional Science Fair

PRSD students compete in Peace Country Regional Science Fair

Students from across the Peace Country showcased their scientific talent on March 26 and 27, 2015 during the annual Peace Country Regional Science Fair (PCRSF). A total of 65 projects were on display at the Belle Petroleum Centre from 13 schools in the region.

“These students are our employers of the future, the movers and shakers of our next generation” says PCRSF

 President Jon Pittman. “This event provides students in the north the opportunity to showcase their talents and compete on a national level. We are very grateful for the incredible support of businesses, organizations and community members who are coming on board to support it”

New to the fair this year is “The Bear Cave” a Dragon’s Den type event where students apply to have their innovative and marketable idea pitched before a panel of local dignitaries. The winners receive cash prizes, a VIP dinner at the Belle Petroleum Centre with the panel and a trip to Edmonton to the Technology, Entrepreneur and Company Development Conference on April 29, 2015. Grande Prairie Regional College is sponsoring the trip where the winners will be mentioned at the conference award ceremony.

Also a part of the PCRSF events this year were professional development sessions and demonstrations for teachers, reptiles on display and entertainment by Illusionist Justin Morris.

Peace River School Division (PRSD) students from Hines Creek Composite (HCC), Menno Simons (MSS) and T.A. Norris Middle (TAN) schools represented their schools and the division well with a wide range of interesting science projects.

HCC student Erica Stark’s project “Swimming in Petroleum Plastic” received a silver medal, TAN student Ethan Chupka won a silver medal for his project “Can you improve your wifi signal using a parabolic reflector”, Mia Davis, TAN student’s project “A Profile of a Litterbug” also received a silver medal and receiving the ATCO special award for the best electricity related project in the fair was awarded to TAN student Amy Kos for her “Geo-thermal Power Plant” project.

PRSD congratulates students from all schools for their great work and participation in the fair.
“Congratulations to all students who competed in the regional fair this year” says PRSD Board Chair Darren Kuester. “We are proud of you for the time, work and enthusiasm you have put forth in your projects – you are all winners.”

Byron Schamehorn, PCRSF committee member and TAN educator extends gratitude to everyone that helped make the fair such a big success.

“On behalf of the committee, I would like to share our pride in the work of the students and gratitude to the support of over forty local judges, our special guests and exhibitors and the generous sponsors of the fair” says Schamehorn. “The support of the region really makes a difference for these kids. It provides them with a creative outlet, opportunities to share, network and provides 

them with a means to take their science talents to new heights. We are very grateful for the support of countless individuals and groups who through their support, make a difference and provide students these awesome opportunities.”

Platinum Sponsors:

Shell Canada
Richardson Pioneer
Alberta Government

Gold Sponsors:
Belle Petroleum Centre
Sawridge Inn and Conference Centre
Tim Hortons

Silver Sponsors:
Northern Air Charter
No Frills
River City Cinema
Wild Rose Guest Ranch
Town of Peace River
Genome Alberta
Rock and Bowl
Town of Fox Creek
YL Country
DJ Kent Schumaker
Mackenzie County
Air Liquide

Photo descriptions:
Top right: TA Norris Middle School student Ethan describes his project to a PCRSF judge
Middle left: HCC student Erica Stark proudly poses by her project 
Middle right: MSS students participating in the fair pose for a group photo
Bottom right: TAN student Amy Kos jumps for joy after the awards ceremony