BETA in Competition

Science Fair

Science fair has been an eventful journey of learning. Here’s a recap.

We started off with a proposal, to make sure we started on the right track. We had to describe what we were going to do with the topic we picked, if it was going to be a study, experiment, or innovation project, and elaborate on the structure of our project from beginning to end. We were told not to present our science fair in a regular tri-fold poster and be more creative with our presentation.

Study: A project that is an analysis of data and facts used from natural, social, biological, or health sciences.

Experiment: the undertaking of an investigation to test a scientific hypothesis with the experimental method.

Innovation: the development and evaluation of devices, models, theories, inventions.

We all picked an area of study that hopefully interested us. We got our scimatics teacher Ms. Neumann to approve our proposal, and we built upon our project from there on.

Our first checkup seemed to be a somewhat stressful deadline for some people. Juggling IDS homework and science fair homework was challenging, and many relied on winter break to catch up. Some of us were pushed behind on IDS by science fair. We all were working on our creative ways to present our science fair, some of us were still researching.

When we finally presented our science fair projects, it was interesting to see the variety of design and thought that people had put into their project. Some people kept it digital, and some people brought live models. Each project had different many different perspectives on a specific issue or topic. Everyone had a unique idea about a particular subject and did a great job of incorporating their scientific reasoning. Particularly meaningful projects were recommended to continue to the regional science fair contest.

Some people did better than others, but we all can personally learn something from this experience, whether it be time management, creative design skills, or scientific thought. There were a variety of projects, and they all were unique in their own way. Ranging from stall tests, to mosquito repellant, to a new form of chess design, to hovercrafts. It was interesting to see all the projects laid out.

B.C. Skills Canada

There has been a new field trip announced. It is called B.C. Skills Canada. At first, only those who wanted to go could go, but the field trip has been made available to the entire class.

This unique ADST project is a form a contest that multiple schools will participate in. There were a variety of competitions to choose such as cardboard boat racing or wind turbine building. There will be a gold, silver, and bronze medal awarded. Our class voted to enrol in spaghetti bridge building and wind turbine designing contests.

Students either got to chose to design a wind turbine out of included construction substances as efficient as possible to generate power or build a bridge made of brittle spaghetti sticks as light as possible to hold a 1 kg weight for at least 60 seconds. Both sound like fun, but there seemed to be much more people who wanted to do the more straightforward spaghetti building contest.

This project is meant to test the cooperation and teamwork of our group as a whole, while also assessing our ability to create prototypes, drafts, and reports.

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