The West Kootenay Regional Science fair is taking place today (Saturday

Hundreds attend West Kootenay Regional Science Fair

Students from across the area, from Kindergarten to Grade 12, are participating in the event taking place in Nelson.

Brains on tables, bridges being destroyed, electrical shocks, and even different uses for cola were all being investigated today as the West Kootenay Regional Science Fair takes place at L.V. Rogers Secondary.

Students (Kindergarten to Grade 12) from Rock Creek to Creston and Nakusp down to the border are invited to attend the event. This year, judges had to examine more than 85 entries.

“In each grade, there are three categories — experiment, research and innovation — so in each grade there’s opportunities for winning a medal,” explained Daphne Van Alstine, one of the co-chairs of the fair.

More than 30 volunteer judges are involved in assessing the projects. Winner will be announced later today.

“The judges are the people who get up early in the morning, come and we can’t do it without them. Some of the judges were as nervous as the kids,” said  Van Alstine.

Along with the exhibit was a demonstration of the dangers of electricity, put on by Nelson Hydro. Students had the chance to see how electricity can travel through objects, including humans, thanks to a miniature display.

Also part of the showcase was the annual bridge building competition.

“You buy a kit, it costs you $5 and you need to build a bridge using 100 popsicle sticks and only the glue they give you,” explained Ann McDonnell, the other chair of the event.

“Then they put a hydraulic lift on it until it breaks. It will not survive.”

The bridge which can withstand the most pressure is declared the winner.

Just Posted

10 RDCK incumbents seek re-election

Most rural directors want another term

Slocan Valley added to communities on flooding evac alert

Kootenay Lake is expected to reach flooding level in Nelson by Friday

Police searching for Nelson man

Brent Mickelson hasn’t been heard from since February

UPDATED: Hwy 3 west of Creston remains closed due to mudslide

A detour is available on the Kootenay Lake Ferry, but commuters could see wait times

Local police recognized for work

Eight officers were honoured for removing impaired drivers

VIDEO: Canadian Forces help flood-ravaged Grand Forks residents heal

Sgt. Bradley Lowes says the military is used to dealing with traumatic times

Chilliwack Chiefs make history with first RBC Cup win

In front of a huge and noisy crowd, the Chiefs claimed their first-ever national junior A title.

UPDATED: Majority of flood evacuees in Kootenay-Boundary allowed to return home

Officials hope to have all 3,000 people back in their homes by Monday night

B.C. Lions bring back 6-time all-star offensive lineman Jovan Olafioye

He was acquired by the Montreal Alouettes last year.

Whitecaps rally for 2-2 draw with FC Dallas

Vancouver climbed out of a two-nil hole to tie FC Dallas 2-2

B.C. VIEWS: Making sense of climate policy

Flood and fire predictions have poor track record so far

Chilliwack Chiefs moving on to RBC Cup final after thrilling win over Ottawa

Kaden Pickering scored the winning goal in the 3rd period as Chilliwack won their semi-final 3-2.

VIDEO: As floodwaters recede, crews assess the damage to Grand Forks’ downtown

More than four dozen firefighters and building inspectors came out to help

Wellington Dukes pull off epic upset of Wenatchee at RBC Cup

The Dukes are off to the championship game after downing the Wild 2-1 Saturday at Prospera Centre.

Most Read