Science fair is creating a buzz

Pictured, from left, Jason Marshall, Chair of United Counties Science Fair Organizing Committee, Brianna Broughan, one of this year's regional competitors and Mackenzie Van Loon, bronze winner at the Canada wide science fair 2014. (Cornwall Newswatch/Randi Belec)

Randi Belec

CORNWALL – The United Counties Science Fair Organizing Committee held a science fair open house at Cornwall Square today (Jan. 31). During the four hour event there were several students as well as organizers promoting the regional science fair.

Jason Marshall, chairman for the United Counties Science Fair Organizing Committee, hopes to encourage students to participate in this year’s regional science fair for a chance to go to the Canada wide science fair in Fredericton, New Brunswick. It’s an all-expenses paid trip. This year is the 40th anniversary of the local science fair competition.

“We’re here to promote the fair, get the word out that the fair is coming up” says Marshall.

The science fair is open to all students from grades six to 12. Students participating, depending on their grade, could put as much as a month of preparation for these competitions. The science fair is geared to encourage students to explore the many science fields, as well as develop critical thinking and deductive reasoning skills.

“If they make it to the Canada wide science fair they are already winners,” says Marshall “I think of the Canada wide science fair as half a cultural experience as well as a science competition.”

Mackenzie Van Loon, last year’s bronze winner at the Canada event, as well as Brianna Brougham, a regional competitor for this year were at the open house this morning. Both girls, in grade 11, are very excited for the even with high hopes of traveling to the Canada wide science fair.

The submission date is set for March 6, 2015 and the science fair will be held on April 11, 2015 at St. Lawrence Secondary School.

For more information contact Jason Marshall at chair@ucsci.org

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