For the second year in a row, Samara Green and Anaya Permanand came up with one of the best overall projects at the Northern Manitoba Regional Science Fair and won the opportunity to represent their school district on a national stage.
During this year’s regional competition in The Pas, which ran April 12-13, the Grade 8 students from École Riverside School impressed judges with their project that asked the question “Is It Possible to Repurpose Slag from the Nickel Mining Industry?”
Green and Permanand hypothesized that this byproduct left over from nickel smelting could be used to fill potholes, make sandpaper-like material and help agricultural production.
Because of their extensive research, the pair won the chance to present their findings alongside 498 other young scientists at the 2019 Canada-Wide Science Fair (CWSF), which is taking place in Fredericton, New Brunswick May 15-17.
Green and Permanand are veterans heading into this competition, since they competed in the 2018 CWSF in Ottawa based on the strength of their project that studied music’s affects on heart rate and blood pressure.
However, the Riverside duo isn’t the only local science team that is getting the chance to represent the School District of Mystery Lake (SDML) at a national level.
Burntwood School students Allie Thevenot and Chelsey Andrews also earned this opportunity through showcasing their project “EMF Exposed!” which tested whether or not electromagnetic fields weakens a person’s hand strength.
SDML students in general made a strong showing at the regional competition in The Pas, with 22 total submissions and plenty of first-place finishes in various age categories.
These included a “Best in Show” designation for Grade 5 Westwood student Michelle Coleman for her project titled “Water Filters: Finding Clean Water.”