Dylan Peil

Dylan Peil

Budding local scientists win big at regional science fair

The 2015 regional student science fair featured 86 projects from almost 100 participants from across the Kootenay Boundary.

In just two years, Nicholas Paun and Dylan Peil have racked up numerous awards for their innovations in science and have twice qualified to represent the West Kootenay/Boundary at the Canada-wide science Fair.

Jane Matheson with her display on vitamin C.

Ivie Lock‐Luttmer, a 2015 grand prize regional fair winner, is closing that gap, having won three individual awards as well as qualifying to travel to the national fair this year.

The 2015 regional student science fair sponsored by KAST last Saturday at L.V. Rogers Secondary School, featured 86 projects from almost 100 participants from across the Kootenay Boundary and included students from the Kootenay Lake and Kootenay‐Columbia school districts.

Paun, in Grade 11 at Mount Sentinel in South Slocan, entered his second edition Chemlogic: A Logic Programming Chemistry System and won the BCIC Young Innovator scholarship ($2,000), a Selkirk College scholarship ($500), and gold in the senior innovation division. He will travel to Fredericton, NB for the Canada‐wide Science Fair from May 14‐16.

Dylan Peil

Peil, in Grade 8 at Trafalgar Middle School, designed and prototyped a solar concentrator using a satellite dish covered with mirrors. His efforts netted him the Nelson Hydro Award ($100), Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC Award ($100), a Selkirk College scholarship ($200) and gold in the junior innovation division. He too will be traveling to Fredericton in May.

Lock‐Luttmer, in Grade 7 at Trafalgar, won gold in the junior research division for her research on dead zones. She also won the BC Nature Award ($100), the W.E. Coates Award ($200) and will be joining Paun and Peil for the Canada‐wide fair.

This year’s regional science fair was a success for many others as well, with eight other students winning individual awards and 63 students winning gold, silver or bronze in the research, experiment or innovation categories.

Schools represented at the fair included Trafalgar Middle, Mount Sentinel Secondary, South Nelson Elementary; Blewett Elementary; and Wildflower; Nelson Christian Community School; St. Joseph School; and HeritageChristian Online School.

KAST is providing $2,275 in funding to assist the students with travel to Fredericton for the 2015 Canada‐wide science fair. Hundreds of the country’s brightest young scientific minds will attend this year’s event, competing for medals, cash awards, scholarships and other prizes worth approximately $1 million.