Science students off to nationals

Top seven advance to Canada-Wide Science Fair at McGill University in Montreal May 15

Arlo Watts

Arlo Watts

The Vancouver Island Regional Science Fair saw 150 students from Grade 4 through Grade 12 present their projects at the University of Victoria on Monday.

Nattan Telmer of Arbutus Middle School finished first for designing a system to charge a phone in the wilderness with thermoelectric generators. Second place went to Odessa Grimard, for her project using termites as a nutrient source for refugees, and Mt. Doug Secondary student Alexander Krawciw finished third for creating a simpler, more efficient and less expensive way to make graphene using laser reduction.

Bjorn Svorkdal of Glenlyon Norfolk finished fourth for using fish waste for plant nutrients while fifth went to Claremont Secondary’s Nicolas Degrigo  for his cooling glove, which rapidly cools the core body temperature for physical benefits.

GNS student Eli M Ramraj was sixth for his study of the mnemonic functions of the brain in relation to the memory palace.

Seventh went Colette Reimer of St. Margaret’s school for her project which designed a system to vaporize fuel outside of an engine to allow the engine to run longer on the same amount of fuel.

The top seven advance to the Canada-Wide Science Fair at McGill University in Montreal May 15 where they join 500 students from across the country for a week of competition and science education.