Local Science Fairs: Get Involved, eh!
While today’s post is not so much on SEO, it may be apparent to our readers that in fact, it’s more about “community” and the next generation – many of which I learned yesterday, will be running things here in Canada soon! And to that end, I say KUDOS kids!
Here in the Hamilton, Ont area, we are very fortunate to have a Science Fair, called “the Bay Area Science and Engineering Fair” with over 50 years of providing a forum for our students in the Hamilton/Halton area to develop their scientific skills and prepare for national and international competition.
The BASEF exists, they say “to encourage and reward interest in science, engineering and technology…” and let me tell you, they are absolutely correct. And let me explain why that is. Some of your may know that I sit on our local Hamilton Chamber of Commerce Science & Technology & Innovation committee…and as a part of that task, was my recent decision to try to “up” our image within our local community – and specifically with this Science Fair. After much work by a top level member of the BASEF organization, George Geczy, a well known local software professional, and his able presentation skills at the committee table, the Chamber then offered up an Award for $500 for three of the top judged Projects at the Fair. I and another committee member were appointed as judges for the Fair and the whole day yesterday was spent up at our Mohawk Collge the BASEF venue judging. And what a day that was!
I believe I was told that there were over 230 projects to view and match to our Chamber criteria for our Awards, which were to find and award “for deserving projects with potential commercial applications (in any division) for students from Hamilton focused on improving our local environment, communities or quality of life.” And that’s what we did yesterday. We walked and read and then scored and then walked and read and scored….over and over and at NO TIME did I feel that any of the projects – whether on our short list or not – were anything but outstanding! I learned much and found many ideas that to be frank, I wished I’d a thought of, eh!
Some of the projects related to news items from the past year, including how to sop-up oil in the ocean to how to protect buildings from earthquakes via experiments in foundations and rebar qualitie etc etc. They were very spot-on, but then so were some of the ideas on how worms might cut our cities recyling costs and how airplanes might fly cheaper with simple wing redesigns. As we’ve not yet announced our winners as that will be tomorrow, I can’t offer up notice here on which three we chose and why…I would like to offer this note.
That as the BASEF was open to anyone from grade 7 through 12, it’s apparent as you walk and then talk to the Project creator that many of them are very very “into” their science. When asked, they offered that yes, they may have gotten the inspriration for their own Project from the news, or a class discussion or a personal expereince from a friend or relative – no matter….they loved what they brought to the table. And I will add this…that this kind of passion, in students in their teens spells great things for our future.
You see, these are the children who will quite soon, own and run our businesses, our community and as that ‘next generation’ they will be the ones we want – the exact ones, that I think will surely help our whole Hamilton based science and technology community. Innovation? It’s what I saw hundreds of times yesterday, and it’s what I am so glad will “be” a part of Hamilton’s future, eh!
So get involved in your own community’s Science Fair would be the take-away from this blog piece, eh! If you’re here reading this, then your involved in some form with business or science or technolgy….and you should think about partnering somehow with your own community Science Fair…be a sponsor and help, or be a volunteer and help….or be a judge if you’ve the time or at the least go to the Fair to see what comes out of our childrens minds!
So a BIG BIG congrats to all the BASEF team for putting on this terrific show – and to the students who entered same! Well done all!
The presentation for all of the winners was just Saturday past, and I thought that I’d update this with our Hamilton Chamber of Commerce Innovation Three Award Winners here –
- First Prize ($250.00 CDN): Matthew McGuire for his “Air Powered Engines” from Ancaster.
- Second Prize ($150.00 CDN): Sarah Alderson and Noah Linton for their “THWAC-Tilting Head Wheelchair Control” from Waterdown.
- Third Prize ($100.00 CDN): Kevin Samardzic for “Oil Spill Absorbancy” from Oakville!
A big congrats to these elementary school students for their innovation in creating what we judged as the most deserving projects with potential commercial applications! Kudos kids!Google