Local kids advance to nationwide science fair

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Photo: The winners of the regional science fair include: (L-R) – Meagan Haugen-Koechl, Victoria Rea, Dylan Kassian, Kevala van Volkenburg, and Sarah Gullason. They get a free trip to Peterborough to compete in the nationwide science fair – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.ca

 

By Christine Rumleskie

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Five local kids will be packing up their science experiments and travelling to Ontario to compete in the Canada-wide science fair.

Hundreds of students competed in the regional science fair on Tuesday for the chance to advance to Peterborough for the nationwide competition.

The five winners include Meagan Haugen-Koechl, Victoria Rea, Dylan Kassian, Kevala van Volkenburg, and Sarah Gullason.

Gullason is homeschooled and in Grade 8. He project is called ‘Stop the Drop’ and uses diapers to save water when growing plants.

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She then grew plants in three pots – one full of dirt, the other with dirt and polymers, and the other with solely polymers.

The idea got her a free trip to compete against kids from across Canada, which also gives her the opportunity to qualify for the International Science Fair.

Superintendent of School District 60, Larry Espe says he’s very proud of the students in the district.

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Espe says it’s important to support the kids through these science fairs, adding the kids are already part of the solution to the world’s environmental problems.

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