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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Duncan Cran Elementary School have had their thinking caps on working on projects for the science fair, and today, they got to put their smarts on display for judges and the public to see.

Judges from the fire department, science students from North Peace Secondary School, parents, and retired teachers were among the judges who evaluated the projects.

The fair at the school was open for intermediate students, from grades 4 through 7, to participate in.

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Dan Davies is a sixth grade teacher at the school and organized the event this year, taking on the role for a first time after participating in the fair for more than a decade.

“This is the start, this is where they get that taste of science,” he said. “Some of the students, they put 150 per cent into it.”

Davies said all but one of his students chose to show their projects at the science fair. The kids get to choose their topics, which Davies said helps them be more passionate about their assignments.

Duncan Cran student Kaitlyn McLean shows off her science fair project on how to clean up oil spills. Photo by Montana Cumming
Duncan Cran student Kaitlyn McLean shows off her science fair project on how to clean up oil spills. Photo by Montana Cumming

“If they can choose a topic that’s exciting, they’re more likely to do a better job.” “We provide some guidance (…) but they pick it.”

Talking about students who found their love for science in these fairs and went on the excel in the field, Tennille Johnson is one that comes to mind for Davies.

Hailing from Charlie Lake Elementary School, she continually participated in the science fairs and eventually was awarded scholarships for her work in science throguh the school years. Johnson came back to Fort St. John after spending years studying medicine  at UBC — and now is finishing a practicum at the Fort St. John hospital.


The students who the judges pick as winners will go on to the Northern B.C. regional science fair, in Dawson Creek this April.

The judges choices will become known sometime next week.

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