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CWSF 2018 - Ottawa, Ontario

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My name is Bruce Porter. I am a grade 7 finalist from Golden Horn Elementary School in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. In the winter I do Biathlon. I am participating in the 2018 South Slave Arctic Winter Games for Biathlon. In the Summer, I paddle with Flatwater Yukon. I am very excited to be going to the CWSF! I enjoy making interesting science fair projects that investigate things that are not commonly thought about.In 2016 I made an interactive "glowing" project about how heat affects glow sticks. I won Students Choice award for that project at the Regional Science Fair. This year, my project investigates paw preferences of dogs. I love doing fun things with my dog such as agility and nose work. That is where my inspiration came from. If I can have fun with my dog whilst making an award winning project, I'm in! To further investigate, I decided to test 9 more dogs so I could get more accurate and interesting results. I have also done way more research to fully understand the topic. I highly suggest putting lots of effort into a science fair project because you never know where it could take you!

Bruce Porter

South Paw — Examining Paw Preference in Dogs and Connections to Human Handedness
Region:Yukon Stikine
City:Whitehorse , YT
School:Golden Horn Elementary
Abstract:For years scientists believed humans were the only species to have hand preferences. Scientists overlooked the possibility that other species might too. In this project, I find out if dogs have paw preferences using 4 tests observing which paw is used first. I researched connections between paw preference and behaviour in dogs. I investigated how humans’ preferences are decided and compare humans to dogs.

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