For more than 50 years, Sudbury area grade 7 to 12 students have been exploring and discovering science through science projects and sharing their work through school, school board and regional science fairs.
Each year, students from local schools bring their science projects to the regional science fair to share the science experiments, studies and innovation projects that have taken weeks and, in some cases, even months to perfect.
For the second year in a row, the Sudbury Regional Science Fair (SRSF) was held online through the ProjectBoard portal.
Student projects were initially uploaded to the school board portals, and the winners of school board science fairs and a community science fair were selected to be part of the virtual regional science fair.
Professional scientists and engineers from the community judged the projects and through two rounds of judging selected the divisional and special award winners.
A select group of judges reviewed the top projects in the fair to choose the seven students that would attend the virtual Canada-Wide Science Fair from May 16-20.
This year’s virtual CWSF is being hosted by the city of Fredericton, and the organizers of the national fair plan to make the virtual event as engaging as possible with inspiration and events from the Fredericton community.
The seven students who will be participating in the Canada-Wide Science Fair are:
Kate Bouchard, Marymount Academy, for her project Go With the Flow — winner of 1st place Junior Physical Sciences, Laurentian University Dean of Science, Engineering and Architecture Award 1st Place, LU School of the Environment Award, OPG Engineering Award, OPG Energy Award, Bharti School of Engineering Award, NSERC Young Innovator Award, Best in Fair Award
Elliott Boyles, Marymount Academy, for her project Gris → Est-elle le Prix? — winner of 1st place Junior Life Sciences, Laurentian University Dean of Science, Engineering and Architecture Award 1st Place, Harquail School of Earth Sciences Award, FROSKR
Environmental Award, NSERC Youth Innovator Award
Maxine Maillet, Collège Notre Dame, L’effet du niveau de pH sur les cellules de joue — Winner of 1st place Senior Life Sciences, Biotechnology Award, Laurentian University Dean of Science,
Engineering and Architecture Award 1st Place
Jasmine Lauzon, Collège Notre Dame, Analyser la fabrication, les effets et le développement
des dépendances sur les électroniques — winner of 2nd place Senior Life Sciences, University of Ottawa Admission Scholarship
Dylan Nelson, St. Benedict Catholic Secondary School, Self hitting hammer — 2nd place Junior
Engineering, OPG Engineering Award
Maggie Polischuk, Marymount Academy, Eggcellent Eggshell All-Natural Dish Cleaner Experiment — winner of 2nd place Junior Physical Sciences
Summer Kelly, Marymount Academy, Are Phones Dirtier Than Toilets? — winner of 2nd place Junior Life Sciences, Science Writing Award, Student’s Choice Award
For its second year of an online regional fair, the SRSF successfully judged 27 projects and 33 participants from the Greater Sudbury region.
More than half of the projects were from Francophone students.
The projects, which showcased a variety of scientific initiatives, were judged by professional scientists from the local area, who always play an important role in the regional science fair. These individuals judged the projects for 13 divisional awards and 45 special awards.
The regional fair culminated with a virtual awards ceremony, broadcast on Facebook on Sunday April 10, when it was announced which students would represent our region at this year’s Canada-Wide Science Fair.
“The Sudbury Regional Science Fair Committee would like to congratulate all the participants and winners of the 2022 Sudbury Regional Science Fair,” said the press release.