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CWSF 2012 - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

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I am a grade 9 student in Northern British Columbia. I have a passion for skiing and playing the piano. Skiing is my physical release and piano is my stress release. My life has revolved around science fair since grade 1. I have always been encouraged to ask questions about topics that interest me. In grade 4 I wanted to open my own bakery, so for a project I created 20 new flavors of dog biscuits by changing only one ingredient to limit my variables. I scientifically tested the biscuits on all the neighborhood dogs. The following year, I did a psychological study on the marketing of my biscuits by creating an ad campaign. I learned how colors and pictures influenced people's choice. In grade 6 I became interested in bees when I heard of worldwide declines. That year I inventoried local pollinators, and the following year, I did a statistical study of the size of pollen collected by local bumblebees. This has led me into wanting to know the nutritional levels of pollen. Over the past year I have collected pollen and determined the protein level. Further investigations would be to break the protein into amino acids.

Meagan Haugen-Koechl

Feeding the Bees:A Seasonal Protein Analysis for Bumblebees of the Peace
Region:Northern British Columbia
City:Charlie Lake, BC
School:Charlie Lake Elementary
Abstract:Bumblebees are disappearing along with honeybees. In my study, I collected pollen used by bumblebees from May to October. I measured the amount of relative protein in the pollen using a protein assay procedure. Introduced and native plants were compared for protein content to determine if bees lost native plants, would they be able to survive on introduced plants.

Awards Value
Excellence Award - Intermediate
Silver Medal
Sponsor: Youth Science Canada
Western University Scholarship
Silver Medallist - $2000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: Western University
$2 000.00
Total$2 700.00