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CWSF 2018 - Ottawa, Ontario

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Matthew - Hi, I`m Matthew McParland, a grade 12 student at St. Joseph-Scollard Hall CSS from North Bay, Ontario. I have a passion for STEM with a drive for innovation. Over the past year, I have had the opportunity to attend the SHAD enrichment program and Hack the North. Moreover, I am a member of my school’s science club, band, vocal ensemble, and I help lead my school’s choir. Some of my hobbies include singing, playing the trombone, hiking, ice fishing, and kayaking. I will be pursuing a degree in Civil Engineering this upcoming September to fulfill my love for math and physics, as well as my passion for geography. This science fair project was inspired by the idea “how much iron is too much?” My partner and I plan on further exploring how different iron concentrations affect the mobility of Drosophila Melanogaster. My advice for future student is to have fun with their project by choosing to explore something that they are passionate about.
Stephanie - My name is Stephanie Wu and I am a Grade 12 student from St. Joseph Scollard Hall CSS from North Bay, Ontario. I plan on going to the University of Western Ontario next year to study Medical Science (BMSc). I am a member of my school’s science club, band and drumline where I play the alto saxophone and bass drum. I am heavily involved with music and have my Grade 10 Certificate from the Royal Conservatory of Music and I am currently pursuing a diploma in the A.R.C.T level with piano. My partner and I wondered if the concentrations of minerals in supplements or vitamins may be incorrect which could be damaging to the human body. We then decided to test iron concentrations in particular with Drosophila Melanogaster. In the future, we plan on performing a tap test which would give us information on the locomotive response of iron concentrations in their diet. My advice to anyone who is interested in doing science fair is to choose a topic that interests you and to not doubt your ideas as they could be interesting approaches to study. Science is all about exploration!

Matthew McParland, Stephanie Wu

Iron Concentrations on Drosophila Birth Rates and Longevity
Region:North Bay
City:North Bay, ON
School:St. Joseph-Scollard Hall
Abstract:Varying iron concentrations in diets may have different effects. The number of Drosophila births and their lifespan were each tracked to find the optimal concentration of iron consumed. The high concentration of iron (1.00 mM) had statistically significant fewer births than the control group (0.00 mM). Iron concentrations had no significance to longevity.