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Science fair for young talents

CNC
Added On April 16, 2018

Some of Canada's brightest young minds show off their talents and skills this weekend at a science fair.

 
Let's take a look.
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH): EVAN DUGGAN, CNC correspondent
"CNC World is here at the 36th annual Greater Vancouver Regional Science Fair. It's a gathering of Vancouver's brightest young minds who are here showcasing their best scientific ideas."
 
More than 300 students from local secondary schools bring over 200 projects to the fair.
 
Although they are all teenagers, the works are considered master-level. 
 
Joyce Qi, a grade 7 student, shows us how quickly microwaves can kill bacteria. 
 
She got the idea from an unpleasant experience, accidentally eating contaminated food at a restaurant. 
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH):JOYCE QI, Student
"I had a stomach flu for like a week, so that was like really interesting, and I was at home, and I was wondering what project should I do? And what is the little criminals that caused my stomach flu." 
 
And Qi has found justice on her own. 
 
After working on the project for a month, she managed to kill the test bacteria in the microwave within five seconds.
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH):JOYCE QI, Student
"Probably I'll know more about how to exactly to count the different colonies on the petri dishes, and also learn that the different type of bacteria effects the results of my experiment."
 
Instead of killing bacteria, Rebecca Baron decides to put them into better use.
 
She brought in a project showing how genetically-modified bacteria can be used to detoxify indoor air with filtration systems. 
 
After spending two years on the project, she thinks the science fair is a perfect opportunity to showcase her work.  
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH): REBECCA BARON, Student
"I've always had an interest in science ever since I was a very young kid, and I just love presenting my project and my work. Just being here surrounded by very interesting people and getting to know all the different projects is definitely a reason I love going to science fair." 
 
All the projects at the fair will run through a contest. 
 
A panel of industrial and academic experts will evaluate the works and award the winners.
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH): JESSICA ZHANG, Science fair chair
"We give out over 50,000 dollars in awards every year from scholarships, to special awards, to student experiences in different laboratories around UBC and other science and research organizations that sponsor us."