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2012 Canada Wide Science Fair Winners: (From left) Luke Baxter, Keltie Murdoch, Jocelyn Tanton and Rosaele Tremblay. Murdoch is currently representing Canada at the Taiwan International Science Fair. - Photo submitted
2012 Canada Wide Science Fair Winners: (From left) Luke Baxter, Keltie Murdoch, Jocelyn Tanton and Rosaele Tremblay. Murdoch is currently representing Canada at the Taiwan International Science Fair.
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Anyone who has participated in a science fair, regardless of the age they were at, remembers their project down to the finest detail.

If you are a parent of a child from kindergarten to grade 12, you have an opportunity to give them the same kind of great memory. On March 1 and 2, the East Kootenay Science Fair will be taking place at the College of the Rockies gymnasium. On March 1, the Regional Skills BC competition will be happening in conjunction with the fair, showcasing welding, carpentry, cabinet making and automotive service technician skills.

Anita Savage, science teacher and East Kootenay Science Fair Committee treasurer, summed up what makes an event like this so special for students.

“The learning outcome for a science fair project involves planning, thinking, putting together a project, and participating in discussions with the judges,” said Savage. “It involves all aspects a teacher would want for a student.”

This year’s fair revolves around the theme of “Water Cooperation” in keeping with the UN International Year of Water Cooperation. This international organization has noted that “...water is critical for sustainable development, including environmental integrity and the eradication of poverty and hunger, and is indispensable for human health and well-being.”

For students interested in the science fair, projects they could look at include water use, water waste, sharing of water, water conservation, pollution, water and global warming and a host of other ideas involving water cooperation that participants can come up with on their own.

But time is running out to register for the science fair. Students must be registered by February 15 and of course, they should already be started on a project by that time.

After choosing a project idea there are a few steps potential participants should do to ensure a good showing at the fair:

• Research the topic, finding as much about the topic as possible. Remember to keep a record of where the information was found and keep a file with ideas in it.

• Decide whether the idea is an experiment, study or innovation and be sure to check the criteria for these areas.

• Design the project following the design sheets provided and make sure all the materials needed are on hand.

• Do the project, recording and analyzing the data.

• Write a project report.

• Construct a display that will draw attention to the project and give all the necessary information.

• Prepare an oral presentation for the judges or anyone who requires explanation of your project.

If these steps are followed, the student scientist in your family stands a good chance at winning a prize at the competitive level of the fair, or producing a work they can be proud of in the non-competitive level.

Participants can register by February 15 at the East Kootenay Science Fair Web site at www. ekrsf.ca. That site also provides all the information needed to produce a science project that your child will remember throughout their lives.

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