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CWSF 2015 - Fredericton, New Brunswick

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Margaret - I am a grade 10 student from Wolfville, Nova Scotia. I have participated in science fairs since the age of 8 because I love to experiment. Through a previous project, I developed an ergonomically fitted conducting baton inspired by my father, who is a professor of music. I play piano, trumpet, and sing. I am a member of many ensembles at school, Acadia University, the Nova Scotia Youth Wind Ensemble, and the Annapolis Valley Honour Choir. My pastimes include reading, math, and music. Growing up near the Bay of Fundy introduced me to the amazing extent of the tides, and the parents of my good friend are both involved in developing tidal energy, which helped to inspire this project. Through further investigation, my partner and I hope to improve our prototype so it can eventually be implemented in the Bay of Fundy, and we have been contacted by the Acadia Tidal Energy Institute about the use of our project to teach students about tidal energy. To any future science fair participants, I advise you to choose a subject you are passionate about; you are more likely to succeed at something you enjoy.
Nathan - My name is Nathan McNally. I am currently in grade 10 at Northeast Kings Education Centre in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia. Music is a big part of my life. I play trumpet, French horn, piano and I sing. I also enjoy acting, soccer and the outdoors, especially canoeing and camping. In my free time, you can find me building things and playing around with new ideas. Living in the Annapolis Valley, the enormous power of the close by Bay of Fundy is extremely evident. To harness the power of the Bay of Fundy would provide all of Nova Scotia with clean renewable power and huge economic potential. This is part of the inspiration for the project. We hope to patent our technology and potentially develop it further. If doing a science fair project, I would suggest writing everything down, and talking to someone who has been to the nationals to find out what is important. Have fun and strive towards your dreams. In the future I plan to study engineering and work on developing emerging technology. I have a lifetime’s worth of ideas to pursue in the future to make the world a better place.

Margaret Hopkins, Nathan McNally

Tidal Potential: Harnessing the Power of the Tides
Region:Annapolis Valley
City:Wolfville, NS
School:Horton High School, Northeast Kings Education Centre
Abstract:This project investigates the possibility of using in-stream, vertical axis, drag-based turbines to harness the abundant energy of the tides. Through this project, a prototype tidal turbine was developed using multiple tests. A design was innovated that displays many positive attributes for running in a tidal situation. This technology could be used to harvest energy from tides all over the world.

Awards Value
Renewable Energy Award
Sponsor: Ontario Power Generation
Excellence Award - Intermediate
Silver Medal
Sponsor: Youth Science Canada
Western University Scholarship
Silver Medallist - $2000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: Western University
$2 000.00
Total$2 750.00