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CWSF 2016 - Montreal, Quebec

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Finn - This is my first time at CWSF. I live in the Rocky Mountains and I like fishing and mountain biking. I'm not sure yet what I want to do when I finish high school, but it will probably involve the great outdoors. My project partner and I got the inspiration for the project from a magazine he receives every month. I know he might be doing a follow-up project, but I am moving to BC, so I will probably pursue a different project next year. Any students thinking about doing a project, just remember no idea is a bad idea! It might not take you to the CWSF but it doesn't have to. The point is not to win, but to learn. I'm not saying winning is a bad thing, but if you don't win, don't be disappointed - just think of it as a great big learning experience.
Matthias - I am in Grade 7 at Lawrence Grassi Middle School (LGMS) in Canmore, AB. I really like doing things that are hands-on, like building and drawing. I also love reading and playing board games. I’ve been to the regional science fair three times and this is my first time going to nationals. I am really interested in renewable energies. My partner and I got inspired to do our current project, “Algatricity”, because we thought making electricity from plants was pretty cool. Further research on “Algatricity” would probably be designing a algae fuel cell that could produce more power. Could this form of electricity - algae electricity - become a major electrical producer rivaling that of coal? Since doing a science fair project is a lot of work, my advice to students thinking about participating is to chose a topic that really interests you.

Finn Manktelow, Matthias Gasser

Region:Canadian Rockies
City:Canmore, AB
School:Lawrence Grassi Middle School
Abstract:The purpose of this project is to see if algae can produce electricity. There were two phases to this project: Phase 1 (which was conducted during the regional science fair) and Phase 2 (which had a more controlled environment). Phase 1 showed that in fact algae could produce electricity. Phase 2 produced no greater voltage between the algae and the control.

Awards Value
Excellence Award - Junior
Bronze Medal
Sponsor: Youth Science Canada
Western University Scholarship
Bronze Medallist - $1000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: Western University
$1 000.00
Total$1 000.00