423 Project(s) Selected
Radiation Safety of the District
State Budget Educational Institution No 1164  -  Moscow, Moscow
      
Virtual Science Fair - Foreign Project Award
Summa Cum Laude  Award - $50.00 
 
Abstract: Measurement of radiation in the district nearby the school, mapping and analysis of these data.
Project Number: 7825
Grades: K-3   Earth/Energy/Environmental
 
Comments:  Please consider extension of practical output in your next (ongoing) work in addition to your educational activities among students of elder grades.
Outstanding example of what a VSF project could be! The Project Into page did not provide the software and hardware used. Check out the video!

 
Graffiti Removal
Calgary Science School  -  Calgary, Alberta
      
Primary Fluid Systems
Summa Cum Laude  Award - $400.00 
 
Abstract: Graffiti costs our cities millions of dollars to remove every year, ruining our neighborhoods, schools, and public buildings. The current methods cities use are very inefficient and costly. I tested 4 different chemicals and their effectiveness on removing graffiti (red, yellow, and black sharpies and spray paint) from siding, wood, and metal.
Project Number: 7530
Grades: 7-9   Chemistry
 
Comments:  This project solves some very real issues - I hope that you bring these results to your city council as many cities deal with vandalism problems. Very creative and unique web site design, impressive graphics! Extremely relevant and project has practical applications all over the world. (Recently, a tourist put graffiti on an Egyptian monument – and it can’t be removed!) Appreciated exploring the chemistry of paint/markers and materials used for removal. Would be interesting to also explore the environmental, health & safety aspects of each removal method if you continue with the project. Great work!
Useful work.

 
The Fook: Monitored Eating
Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute  -  Toronto, Ontario
      
Lockheed Martin Canada
Summa Cum Laude  Award - $400.00
Transport Canada Award - $250.00 
 
Abstract: Fook is customized circuitry aiming to combat a fundamental issue of difficulty in weight management: eating too rapidly. It monitors the rate at which its user is consuming food. By stalling a user’s rate of consumption, the Fook allows the hypothalamus to properly recognize postprandial increases in peptide YY and glucagon-like peptide and reduction in levels of ghrelin.
Project Number: 7854
Grades: 10-12   Engineering/ComputerScience
 
Comments:  Links from Construction page to prototype images don't work. Be careful "trail" instead of "trial" a number of times. Interesting, innovative, well thought out and well executed project. Maybe you could have provided participants with larger quantities of pasta and tested who consumed least in 20 minutes rather than fullness.

 
Do You Hear What I Hear?
St. Augustine Catholic Elementary School  -  Dundas, Ontario
      
Primary Fluid Systems
Summa Cum Laude  Award - $100.00
Transport Canada Award - $75.00 
 
Abstract: When most people hear their own voice on a recording, they say, "Do I really sound like that?" Hearing specialists and other scientists agree that most people hear a different voice inside their head, compared to the voice that other people hear. Our anatomy usually causes us to hear a difference between our "inside" and "outside" voice. The purpose of this study was to discover if the degree of this difference is the same from person to person. The primary question for this study was, "When people hear their voices in their own mind, and then on a recording, is the difference in sound they perceive the same from person to person?" The hypothesis is that if the way we hear our own voice is affected by the structures of the ear, head and throat, and because people's bodies are not exactly the same as one another, then the degree of difference that people experience when hearing their "inside" and "outside" voices will not be the same. When you hear your own voice, you are actually hearing two layers of sound. That is because when you speak, sound reaches your ears in two ways. One layer of sounds is carried in the air to your cochlea through your external ear. The other way we hear is through the vibrations that are made in our skull, vocal cords and other structures in the head. When we hear our voice on a recording, the "inside" voice is missing, which makes it sound different to us. The procedure was to have a number of people record their voices and then listen to it. They were then asked to use software to adjust the pitch to match the voice they hear inside their head. All participants were tested in a quiet room using the same computer hardware and software. They were asked to record the same phrase - "This is my voice." Twenty-seven people of different ages and genders were tested. The results were then plotted onto graphs so that they could be compared and interpreted. The results of this study showed that people do not seem to experience the same degree of difference between their inside and outside voices. The results show no clear pattern according to age, gender, and the number of people who felt their voice was too high was equal to the number of people who felt it was too low. The hypothesis was correct.
Project Number: 7852
Grades: 4-6   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  Claire has chosen a very interesting topic for her science fair project. Her project is interesting and well organized. Claire has followed the scientific method. I liked the 'Can you hear the difference?' section with the voices of the different people. This is a relevant topic and possibly could be used for further research.
Very good project. I could not hear the difference, maybe just old age on my part. A good example for future VSF participants.

 
Largest & Purest Crystals
Ventura Park Public School  -  Thornhill, Ontario
      
Lockheed Martin Canada
Summa Cum Laude  Award - $100.00
Transport Canada Award - $25.00 
 
Abstract: Crystals are formed through recrystallization process when a hot mixture solution cools down resulting in desired product slowly appearing as crystals separated from unwanted products. But in a given time, which temperature condition will grow the largest and purest crystals when different impurities such as sand, red chili pepper powder or food coloring are added?
Project Number: 7328
Grades: K-3   Chemistry
 
Comments:  Excellent use of images! Live links to external websites are not allowed. This website is an example of a great VSF project website except for the live links.

 
Portable Elemental Analysis System
Notre Dame College School  -  Welland, Ontario
      
Primary Fluid Systems
Summa Cum Laude  Award - $400.00
Transport Canada Award - $250.00 
 
Abstract: In order to detect and quantify the presence of heavy metal contamination in soil and plastics, a novel hollow cathode lamp (using a low-pressure discharge excited by both RF and DC energy) was constructed where the sample is the cathode. Sputtered material is excited and light is emitted at each element’s analytical line (a wavelength unique to a particular element). Calibration was accomplished with samples of known contaminant concentration and data was graphed to reveal a logarithmic relationship between a signal-to-reference ratio and concentration. The lamp was then incorporated into a complete system in which a microcontroller controls gas pressure using a proportional-integral-derivative (PID) control algorithm, collects data from the spectrometer, and displays results on an LCD. Soil assays were performed on contaminated sites and comparison made to available assays. Plastic samples, included toys, were tested with some found to exceed the established safe-level of 90 ppm.
Project Number: 7780
Grades: 10-12   Physics/Astronomy/Mathematics
 
Comments:  Very impressive and elegant project from development of prototype, to generation of results from toys and known contaminated sites, to esthetic of web site. Congratulations !

 
Rock the Rock
Branton Junior High School  -  Calgary, Alberta
      
Saskatchewan Ministry of the Economy
Summa Cum Laude  Award - $400.00 
 
Abstract: My project was conceived to prove the hypothesis that multi-frequency acoustic signal can yield better results in improving fluid flow through porous medium than any single frequency influence. The theoretic work is based on several studies of acoustic influence aiming to enhance the fluid flow thus improving production in oil and gas wells.
Project Number: 7973
Grades: 7-9   Earth/Energy/Environmental
 
Comments:  Very well designed web page – unique and easy to follow. Complex concepts summarized concisely, excellent graphics and explanation of physics behind the concepts. Video and pictures were very well done!

 
The Science of Perpetual Motion
Didsbury High School  -  Didsbury, Alberta
      
Saskatchewan Ministry of the Economy
Summa Cum Laude  Award - $400.00 
 
Abstract: I built, and tested 3 different types of perpetual motion machines to see for myself if it was really impossible to achieve perpetual motion. I designed a capillary bowl, a permanent magnet motor, and an over unity machine. I was unable to create a machine that ran forever. However I still believe it might be possible; for all the things I did try, there are many more things that I did not try.
Project Number: 7819
Grades: 10-12   Physics/Astronomy/Mathematics
 
Comments:  
Next time use video formats and associated coding so that the video will display on more browsers. View in IE in order to see video which is very good!

 
Polar Bear Protection
Aden Bowman Collegiate  -  Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
      
SaskTel
Summa Cum Laude  Award - $400.00 
 
Abstract: Polar Bears (Ursus maritimus) are classified as vulnerable by IUCN, but there is disagreement about whether this assessment is accurate or if polar bear populations are declining. In assessing the stability of polar bear populations and strategies for their protection, at minimum the following factors need to be addressed: climate change, habitat loss, pollution and indigenous perspectives.
Project Number: 7541
Grades: 10-12   Earth/Energy/Environmental
 
Comments:  Another comprehensive website, similar in scope to what you did last year. You had some very interesting interactive elements. I think the find the missing polar bear would be a hit with kids (nice use of Photoshop?). As with your project from last year, your first hand experience allowed you to provide spectacular images of your own. Even little details like how you formatted your references with hanging indents shows why your project stands out amongst all the rest. Your information is very current (the assessing risk section has information from this year!). I hope to hear more about your Kick Start Change initiative. You aren’t just about academic facts; clearly you live what you believe in.

 
A New Dawn?
St. Augustine Catholic Elementary School  -  Dundas, Ontario
      
Primary Fluid Systems
Summa Cum Laude  Award - $100.00 
 
Abstract: It’s well known that Dawn dish soap is used to clean oiled birds. Inspired by a 'Chemistry Now' video on using Soy Lecithin to create a green method for dispersing oil spills, I then wanted to test whether adding Liquid Soy Lecithin to an existing plant based,100% non-carcinogenic green detergent would result in creating a green and effective cleaning solution that would work as well as Dawn.
Project Number: 7833
Grades: 4-6   Earth/Energy/Environmental
 
Comments:  This is an excellent project. It is very well organized, thought out and presented. This project follows the scientific method. It demonstrates a lot of hard work. Isabella’s knowledge of the topic is exceptional for someone so young. The interactive part of the project is interesting – loved the quizzes. The topic is thought provoking and has relevance to the real world.
A very good project! A outstanding example of a great VSF project website. WOW! I would prefer the Enter link did not open a new window, but I can see it has advantages with respect to the screen dimensions.

 
Sugar Intake
Calgary Science School  -  Calgary, Alberta
      
Lockheed Martin Canada
Summa Cum Laude  Award - $400.00 
 
Abstract: I am testing the glucose concentration level in 6 different types of drinks before and after adding an enzyme known as invertase. Out of the 6 drinks, I found that coke had the highest glucose concentration level due to the amount of sugar present inside the coke.
Project Number: 7195
Grades: 7-9   Chemistry
 
Comments:  Great use of methodology to determine the sugar levels in drinks. Very thorough research, excellent videos. Web site looks professional! Especially enjoyed the “Did you Know” component. Great job finding resources to help with the project. I wonder if other ingredients in the drinks interfere with the colour change on the glucose test strips? Would be interesting to find out.
I like the videos! Bit of a problem with navigation - when in Data Collection the other menu items were not live.

 
Is Artificial Food Coloring Bad?
EBUS Academy  -  Vancouver, British Columbia
      
Lockheed Martin Canada
Summa Cum Laude  Award - $100.00
Transport Canada Award - $25.00 
 
Abstract: Is artificial food coloring bad for you? Food coloring has been linked to many health related problems ranging from allergies to cancer. We will show the effect food coloring has on living plants to test if food coloring is bad for all living creatures.
Project Number: 7538
Grades: K-3   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  Project exceeds expectations for grade level. Good use of photographs! I like the detailed diagrams.

 
Solar Robotics
Calgary Science School  -  Calgary, Alberta
      
Primary Fluid Systems
Summa Cum Laude  Award - $400.00
Transport Canada Award - $150.00 
 
Abstract: I am planning to create a solar tracking system by using Arduino and other components.
Project Number: 7193
Grades: 7-9   Engineering/ComputerScience
 
Comments:  Programming is a difficult skill, it seems that you learned a lot about it and accomplished something useful at the same time. So impressive that the student tried to create his own code. Very advanced work. Identification of variables is such an important part of research. Excellent use of photos to show progression of project.
Photographs, video and much more! Extensive use of photographs and video!

 
The Automatic Cereal Dispenser
St Ignatius of Loyola Roman Catholic Secondary School   -  Oakville, Ontario
      
University of Regina - Faculty of Science
Summa Cum Laude  Award - $400.00 
 
Abstract: This project outlines the research and development into The Automated Cereal Dispenser [ACD]. Its goal is to save time and also to help people with diminished physical or mental capacities (e.g. Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, old age, injury, hospital stay). The ACD achieves this goal by providing timely and appropriate nutrition on demand or on a timer. LEGO Robotics was used as a rapid prototyping platform. The device consists of over 1500 parts implementing structural and mechanical engineering, pneumatics, robotics, refrigeration, computer science and ergonomics. Three innovations were developed: automation, a light sensor-based balance, and an on-table food transport system. Our research into human habits indicates that the ACD can save in excess of 117 days per healthy lifetime.
Project Number: 7843
Grades: 10-12   Engineering/ComputerScience
 
Comments:  Original, innovative, and entrepreneurial project ! Well thought out and executed. Very impressive supporting technical documentation.
Download word and pdf documents not the best method to present information in the Virtual Science Fair. CAD Design image appears to be a dead link. But so much good about this website that one flaw will be ignored.

 
Controlling the Mind!
Calgary Science School  -  Calgary, Alberta
      
University of Regina - Faculty of Science
Summa Cum Laude  Award - $400.00 
 
Abstract: My study examines how positive, negative, and “punishment” reinforcement effect students’ learning. The experimentation included math tests completed by the students before and after receiving these different types of reinforcement. In the end, my experiment produced confusing results, and so after analyzing what went wrong, I used my research to find that positive reinforcement is best.
Project Number: 7135
Grades: 7-9   Biology
 
Comments:  Nicely done in taking the unexpected results and using them as a learning experience. Excellent website! Student did a great job of recognizing variables that were not controlled, to be addressed in future experiments. This is a critical aspect of the scientific process.
Good use of images and video. Good effort. I think you have really learned a lot about researching in this area. You will be much better able to design your next project to avoid some of the difficulties experienced this year. It is a difficult type of study to do. Keep up the good work and your studies in this important area.

 
Microalgae- Nutrient Waste Recovery
Calgary Science School  -  Calgary, Alberta
      
Saskatchewan Ministry of the Economy
Summa Cum Laude  Award - $400.00 
 
Abstract: Three problems have been troubling us for years: How to capture Co2, renewable energy and waste disposal but a single celled organism can solve these problems. Algae. Algae use photosynthesis to make their own food and algae can be turned into biofuels. The urine from animals gets soaked into the ground and can contaminate our water supply, but what if I could use this urine for something else. I could feed this to the algae. In my experiment I will be testing to see if the water-soluble fertilizer, lab culture medium or an artificial urine recipe with result in the highest cell densities of microalgae.
Project Number: 7535
Grades: 7-9   Biology
 
Comments:  Amazing work, you have studied your topic with an in depth understanding. Your experimentation is also very detailed - well done! Fantastic web site design – beautiful graphics. Very concise and relevant project definition. It is so wonderful to see the microscope images, the amount of data collected and thorough background research. All data presented very professionally – especially appreciated the section “if I could do the experiment again” and list of real world applications. Excellent!

 
Flip-Flops Flop
Mentor College  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Primary Fluid Systems
Summa Cum Laude  Award - $400.00 
 
Abstract: Can footwear be altered to reduce posture shifts and stride length? Participants walked on a treadmill for 10 minutes in each of four pairs of shoes. Postural shifts and stride length were measured. Straps on flip-flops reduced body shifts from 21.775cm to 16.196 cm and reduced steps/minute from 112.8 to 118.8. Straps on footwear can reduce postural shift and wear and tear on joints.
Project Number: 7871
Grades: 7-9   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  Website: Well-built website, uses several forms of media, layering is done effectively and creatively, excellent use of colour, text, diagrams, and photos. Easy to navigate, loads quickly. Tables and were extremely well done. Quiz was a nice touch and allowed some fun interaction for the user. Great attention to detail is evident in all aspects. Experiment: Clear objective, effectively uses the scientific method to investigate a useful scientific principle in an original way. Procedure clearly attempted to control all variables. Dependent variable was measured and analyzed accurately and was very detailed. Data was organized very well and successfully conveyed results. Student had a clear understanding of the topic and principles behind posture. Student successfully analyzed obtained results and displayed them effectively. Student was able to evaluate her own experimental flaws and was able to discuss future applications for what was discovered. objective, effectively uses the scientific method to investigate a useful scientific principle in an original way. Procedure clearly attempted to control all variables. Dependent variable was measured and analyzed accurately and was very detailed. Data was organized very well and successfully conveyed results. Student had a clear understanding of the topic and principles behind posture. Student successfully analyzed obtained results and displayed them effectively. Student was able to evaluate her own experimental flaws and was able to discuss future applications for what was discovered.
Excellent attention to detail – this project addressed a problem that we rarely think about, but will impact almost everyone at some point in time. Creative use of the mobile app, and emphasis on safety for the participants. It would be really interesting to evaluate other shoes, as mentioned (heels, perhaps runners), and compare men versus women, kids versus adults. Well done! Good image reference system. A video would have been a good addition, maybe even a video of the App in operation.

 
Hydrogen Production
Calgary Science School  -  Calgary , Alberta
      
University of Regina - Faculty of Science
Summa Cum Laude  Award - $400.00
Transport Canada Award - $150.00 
 
Abstract: A fuel that comes from the most abundant element on the universe, what could be better! An end to all fuel crises, and cheap energy for everyone! Hydrogen production has the potential to create this green future for us. 0 emissions, and the only by-product produced is water. By utilizing the potential of fuel cell, hydrogen when oxidizes can release large amounts of energy. The key to this future
Project Number: 7531
Grades: 7-9   Chemistry
 
Comments:  Well done, a relatively simple concept, done to an expert level! Excellent background research and well defined hypothesis. Advanced project setup and very professional display of results.
Significant Work. I don't see any mentor listed in your registration. Where did you do your work? Not the most entertaining website but very good solid and serious science.

 
Racing Free!!!
Calgary Science School  -  Calgary, Alberta
      
University of Regina - Faculty of Science
Summa Cum Laude  Award - $400.00 
 
Abstract: My project studied centrifugal and centripetal forces on a hot wheels car going around a simple loop. I tested what the minimum speed the car must be travelling at for it to complete one loop. I hypothesized that it needed to be going at 100 cm/sec. But, my results told me that it needed to be going at a minimum speed of 175 cm/sec. I hope you enjoy my website!
Project Number: 7151
Grades: 7-9   Physics/Astronomy/Mathematics
 
Comments:  A simple and repeatable experiment to find information which is new to you. Well done. Project seemed simple at first glance, but the “simplicity” allowed the student to control many important variables in the experiment. Executed extremely well!
Good use of video. I am not sure about the accuracy of the time measurement.

 
The Future of Nanomedicine
Selwyn House School  -  Westmount, Quebec
      
SaskTel
Summa Cum Laude  Award - $400.00 
 
Abstract: To improve the accuracy of medicine and medicine itself, scientists have turned to nanotechnology; controlling the smallest particles, molecules, and cells of our bodies, we face the prospect of drastically revolutionizing the medical field. Nanomedicine, the application of nanotechnology in the medical field, may well be the key to a healthy future for every citizen.
Project Number: 7491
Grades: 7-9   Biology
 
Comments:  Advanced topic, thoroughly researched. Site is well-organized and the quiz provides an interactive component. Well done! Great web site, very professional looking. Excellent writing skills throughout. Gorgeous graphics! Addition of the quiz was very creative and informative. Overall, a complex topic was condensed in a creative way to make it easily understood by the web site viewer.
Hard to find any faults in this project! Very good descriptive project. Good student made animation and quiz.

 
Mathematical Games 2013
Kwansei Gakuin High School  -  Nishinomiya, Hyogo
      
Virtual Science Fair - Foreign Project Award
Summa Cum Laude  Award - $100.00 
 
Abstract: We present new research on Combinatorial Games and Origami cup problem. We discovered new theorems on Chocolate Problems that are variants of the game of Nim. We also discovered some new origami cups. Some of the result s of this research have been published at some academic journals in 2012, and some of the results will be published in 2013.
Project Number: 7471
Grades: 10-12   Physics/Astronomy/Mathematics
 
Comments:  Excellent ... but incremental.

 
The Way Blood Works
Mentor College  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Lockheed Martin Canada
Summa Cum Laude  Award - $400.00 
 
Abstract: A thorough experiment investigating the major components of and within the human blood, and using it to peak at the side effects of specific haemolytic transfusion reactions. These reactions were tested by combining all major blood groups with O Positive, in order to find the agglutination (or clumping) levels, as well as how long it took for the reaction to occur, within different blood types. These results were thoroughly analyzed, and furthermore contrasted, using several books and other reliable resources, in order to come to a detailed conclusion on why and how these results came to be. Learning about several other blood disorders, as well as the immune system, heart, and relevant issues today, this experiment is sure to astonish you with its many practical applications, and knowledgeable foundation. -Sheel Shah; Student Participant & Contestant
Project Number: 7865
Grades: 7-9   Biology
 
Comments:  Website: Well-built website, uses several forms of media, layering is done effectively and creatively, excellent use of colour, text, diagrams, and photos. Opening page could be pre-zoomed out. Easy to navigate, loads quickly. Tables and graphs and use of slide show were extremely well done; numbering the tables and graphs may have helped differentiate between them more easily. Final test was a nice touch and allowed some fun interaction for the user. Great attention to detail is evident in all aspects. Experiment: Clear objective, effectively uses the scientific method to investigate a useful scientific issue in an original way. Procedure clearly attempted to control all variables. Dependent variable was measured and analyzed accurately and was very detailed. Data was organized very well and successfully conveyed results, using a variety of media. Student had a clear understanding of the topic and principles behind the properties of blood. Student was able to evaluate his own experimental flaws and was able to discuss future applications for what he discovered.
Beautiful graphics on web page! Very entertaining material, cleverly written. I LOVE that safety was a priority – so important for all science projects. Very thorough background research, and the quiz was very informative. Good work! Image references should be directly tied to image.

 
Synthesis & Analysis of Biodiesels
Kings Christian Collegiate  -  Oakville, Ontario
      
Lockheed Martin Canada
Magna Cum Laude  Award - $100.00 
 
Abstract: To compare Jatropha to other biodiesels, Canola oil and Jatropha oil were both used to synthesize biofuels. The two were tested against each other for their readiness to combust, and overall heat production. With these results the Jatropha was determined to be a more effective fuel replacement for traditional diesel fuel that Canola based biodiesel. The formation of the different biodiesels was effective and their properties relating to their combustion were tested.
Project Number: 7850
Grades: 10-12   Earth/Energy/Environmental
 
Comments:  The project is done with attention to detail and originality with good results. Useful application in today’s fuel consumption. Good jib on the webpage construction!
Interesting project. Very thoughtful analysis.

 
Wind Power
Lew Wallace STEM Academy  -  Gary, Indiana
      
University of Regina - Faculty of Science
Magna Cum Laude  Award - $40.00 
 
Abstract: Wind Power Introduction: The purpose of this experiment is to determine which type of blade will generate the most electricity. Hypothesis: The long-thin fan blade will work best to generate electricity. Procedure: 1. Begin by Collect the following materials: • 1 empty bottle • masking tape • ruler • 2 milk cartons • aluminum sheet • cardboard • a fan • generator • wire • a multimeter 2. Cut windmill blades from the Milk carton, aluminum sheet, and cardboard. 3. Assemble the generator, and solder wire to the generator 4. Measure 90 cm from the fan, and mark the floor with tape 5. Place the bottle at the 90cm mark, and mount the generator on top of the bottle. 6. Connect the multimeter to the wires from the generator 7. Attach blades to the generator and turn on the fan 8. Record 20 samples from the multmeter 9. Repeat steps 7 and 8 for each blade type Conclusion: The short-thin blade generated the most electricity.
Project Number: 7954
Grades: K-3   Earth/Energy/Environmental
 
Comments:  Congratulations participating in the virtual science fair. Excellent project that addresses an important environmental issue. Your pictures help to see how you collected your data and you did a great job collecting many readings.

 
Effect of Spice on Bacteria
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Saskatchewan Ministry of the Economy
Magna Cum Laude  Award - $100.00 
 
Abstract: Using my project, I will determine the effects of a variety of spices. By growing bacteria using Petri agar dishes, I will grow ecoli bacteria and then test these food-spoiling bacteria with spices, determining the spices effects on the now grown Ecoli bacteria.
Project Number: 7643
Grades: 7-9   Biology
 
Comments:  Great experiment. Very well researched. Excellent web presentation.
Excellent idea to study! Web site was very well presented, great pictures and graphs. Should be more specific with references, and use a font that’s a bit easier to read. Project was very thorough and done safely. Great job!

 
World of Cancer
Selwyn House School  -  Westmount, Quebec
      
Saskatchewan Ministry of the Economy
Magna Cum Laude  Award - $100.00 
 
Abstract: This project will introduce you to the world of Cancer. In this project I explain what cancer is, the causes, the effects and a page full of statistics
Project Number: 7661
Grades: 7-9   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  Great intro page outlining each part of website. Topic is very relevant and well-covered in an easy to understand way. Great use of slideshow for images. More Causes and More Effects link to the same page. White space at the bottom of pages. Research & picture references could be on different pages so no overlap. Great quiz to make the website interactive!
Great home page and images! Really enjoyed the animations, links and interactive quiz. Potentially complex topic condensed very concisely. Well done. Nice report. References well done.

 
"Fishing" for Fatty Acids
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Saskatchewan Ministry of the Economy
Magna Cum Laude  Award - $50.00 
 
Abstract: The abstract of my project is to measure the amount of omega-3 found in eggs, fish and supplements. I will then compare the amount of omega-3 found in each product to the amount claimed to be in each product. Finally, I will determine what type of omega-3 found in each product DHA/EPA or ALA
Project Number: 7321
Grades: 4-6   Biology
 
Comments:  Excellent project. It exceeds grade level expectations. The data compiled is very comprehensive. The variables are controlled, and you are able to clearly understand how the data supported your hypothesis. The web presentation is excellent.
Well done research on a timely topic.

 
Saving the World
Westdale Secondary School  -  Hamilton, Ontario
      
Lockheed Martin Canada
Magna Cum Laude  Award - $100.00 
 
Abstract: Streptococcus pneumoniae bacterial cell wall is isolated and purified. Cultured HEK293T cells are transfected with DNA to express human MARCO, TLR2 and CD14. Cells are treated with isolated cell wall. A luciferase reporter assay is conducted to measure relative luminescence to ultimately identify any unknown ligand present on S. pneumoniae cell wall binding to MARCO.
Project Number: 7659
Grades: 10-12   Biology
 
Comments:  

 
Dormir pour réussir ?
Les Scientifines  -  Montreal, Quebec
      
Lockheed Martin Canada
Magna Cum Laude  Award - $100.00 
 
Abstract: Ce projet traite de l'importance du sommeil chez les humains en général et plus particulièrement des effets d'un manque de sommeil sur les capacités cognitives auxquelles nous faisons appel pour effectuer des tâches comme lire, écrire, ou faire des calculs.
Project Number: 7847
Grades: 7-9   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  Site attirant. Sujet très intéressant. Éxperiences révélatrices. Félicitations pour votre dévouement à votre projet et du fait que vous êtes restées debout pendant une nuit complète. Vidéo géniale qui démontre la difficulté de rester debout ! Bonne analyse avec beaux graphiques. Bravo !
Great web site development – the video was very enjoyable! An important topic that many of us realize is an issue, but don’t realize how serious it could be – especially for driving or safety critical jobs. Agreed, it would have been nice to have more subjects and trials to obtain more data, but the project was well done with the data obtained. For future projects, I would be interested in comparing different age groups. Good work! Bravo les filles! Sujet intéressant qui pique notre curiosité. Petite vidéo très cute! Beau travail!

 
Think and Change Your Dreams
St. John's-Ravenscourt School  -  Winnipeg, Manitoba
      
Primary Fluid Systems
Magna Cum Laude  Award - $50.00 
 
Abstract: We are going to be trying to influence our dreams. We will pick a few topics and think about them constantly. After a few days, we think that the topics will get into our dreams. Our experiment will happen over the course of 9 days.
Project Number: 7773
Grades: 4-6   Biology
 
Comments:  I can tell you really put a lot of effort into this project!
Live links not allowed. Interesting.

 
Energy from the Deep
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
University of Regina - Faculty of Science
Magna Cum Laude  Award - $40.00 
 
Abstract: The purpose of my project is to find out if the depth of water affects wave speed. Wave speed affects the power of ocean waves as a good source of energy.
Project Number: 7781
Grades: K-3   Physics/Astronomy/Mathematics
 
Comments:  Excellent work. Relevant topic. Avoid live links please.

 
ASA and IBA on Drought Mung Beans
Home School  -  Markham, Ontario
      
Saskatchewan Ministry of the Econom
Magna Cum Laude  Award - $100.00 
 
Abstract: The experiment was conducted to determine if a combination of acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin) and indole-3-butryric acid would positively benefit the early growth of mung beans in drought conditions in both nutrient rich and poor soil analogues. Increase in growth was dubious in both but more pronounced in the second mixture, but increase in plant health and turgidity retention was evident, potentially increasing yields.
Project Number: 7949
Grades: 10-12   Earth/Energy/Environmental
 
Comments:  Interesting project. Terrific graphs ! Good that you considered cost in addition to potential benefits.

 
Nature's Remedies: Myth or Miracle?
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
SaskTel
Magna Cum Laude  Award - $50.00 
 
Abstract: The project abstract of my experiment is as follows. Firstly, to compare the effectiveness of natural antibiotics to conventional antibiotics. The natural antibiotics used in this experiment were Garlic, Goldenseal, Neem, Oil of Oregano, and Propolis. The conventional antibiotics used in this experiment were Amoxicillin and Erythromycin. Secondly, to compare the effectiveness of natural antifungals to conventional antifungals. The natural antifungals used in this experiment were Garlic, Goldenseal, Neem, Oil of Oregano, and Propolis. The conventional antifungals used in this experiment were Diflucan and Nystatin. Thirdly, to compare the effectiveness of the natural antibiotics to each other. In other words, to test whether certain natural antibiotics work better and are more effective than others. Also, to compare the effectiveness of the natural antifungals to each other. In other words, to see if certain antifungals are more effective and kill more fungi than others. Next, to test whether combining more than one natural antibiotic and whether combining natural plus conventional antibiotics works better than using natural or conventional antibiotics alone. Finally, to test whether combining more than one natural antifungal, and whether combining natural plus conventional antifungals works better than using natural or conventional antifungals alone.
Project Number: 7308
Grades: 4-6   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  The experiment is detailed, and well researched. The variables are well defined, and all your hypotheses have been answered effectively. Well presented project.
Did you have a mentor? Photographs of you working in the lab would be a nice addition.

 
Higher Quality? Better Taste?
Argyll Centre  -  Calgary, Alberta
      
Lockheed Martin Canada
Magna Cum Laude  Award - $100.00 
 
Abstract: There is limited research proving that organic produce is of better quality than conventional produce. This experiment correlates a blind taste test of organic vs. non-organic strawberries (first in Mexico picked that day; second in Calgary, shipped) with the readings of the strawberries on a refractometer. It is hypothesized that the organic strawberries will both taste better and score higher on the refractometer due to a higher concentration of nutrients and sugars.
Project Number: 7327
Grades: 7-9   Biology
 
Comments:  A very interesting experiment that is applicable with the current interest in organic foods. Great to use distilled water to calibrate refractometer and that you did 3 trials of measurements. You were very confident in explaining your process
Excellent project planning – important to have refractometer data to go along with qualitative taste tests. Great work in having a large number of subjects, blind taste tests and controlling variables. I’m wondering how the juice was obtained, and was it filtered? Would be helpful to have a navigation bar on the web site. Overall great project!

 
Drinks, Smell and Taste
St. John's-Ravenscourt School  -  Winnipeg, Manitoba
      
Lockheed Martin Canada
Magna Cum Laude  Award - $50.00 
 
Abstract: We will be giving people drinks with a blindfold and put a nose pin on them after we give them a drink we will ask them what they think the drink is. After we give them 5 different drinks we are going to take the nose pin off mix up the order of the drinks and give them the drinks and ask them what drink it is. We will repeat this 6 times each time with a different person.
Project Number: 7777
Grades: 4-6   Biology
 
Comments:  A nice site, Look to see how you can add more details to a project like this in the future!
Live links not allowed. Interesting.

 
Rotten Fruits
Home School  -  North York, Ontairo
      
University of Regina - Faculty of Science
Magna Cum Laude  Award - $40.00 
 
Abstract: I wanted to do this experiment so that people will know which fruits to eat first before it rots. In this experiment I used a Zip Block bag to keep the fruits organized, 3 tags labeled on the fruits so we know what fruit it is, and 3 pieces of oranges, apples, and blueberries to test out with. After the experiment, my result was that apples rotted the most than oranges and blueberries.
Project Number: 7334
Grades: K-3   Biology
 
Comments:  This project proposed an interesting research topic in daily life. This scientific inquiry through experiment is meaningful for lower graders in study of science. This project also provides data and analysis for the result.

 
Microwaved Liquids
Olympiads School  -  Toronto, Ontario
      
Lockheed Martin Canada
Magna Cum Laude  Award - $100.00 
 
Abstract:
Project Number: 7716
Grades: 7-9   Earth/Energy/Environmental
 
Comments:  
Web site is very appealing, with unique setup. Just be careful not to say you have ‘proven’ something based on one experiment. I would suggest using more plants, and for a longer time period – individual plants can be highly variable. Experiments on plants do not necessarily translate to human health. Sources cited may not be reliable – try to use peer reviewed articles rather than urban legends, YouTube, yahoo answers, etc. However, good choice on type of plant and data collected was presented extremely well!

 
Solar Water Disinfection
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Primary Fluid Systems
Magna Cum Laude  Award - $100.00 
 
Abstract: The purpose is to determine whether ultraviolet light can be used to decontaminate stream water in water bottles by measuring the amount of bacteria produced from exposure to an ultraviolet (UV) light bulb. Exposure to UV light decreased bacterial colony counts by about 2/3 when using a stream water source and by about 4/5 when using a filtered stream water source. Exposure to UV light for up to 60 hours did not completely eliminate bacterial colony counts. In comparison, boiled stream water and tap water produced almost no bacterial colonies.
Project Number: 7715
Grades: 7-9   Earth/Energy/Environmental
 
Comments:  Your project is very well done. The data is comprehensive and accurate. Excellent effort.
Excellent and very relevant topic for so many people. Well thought out experiment, well researched. Great work!

 
Crystal Clear
Westglen School  -  Didsbury, Alberta
      
Primary Fluid Systems
Magna Cum Laude  Award - $50.00 
 
Abstract: My project was trying to separate dirt from water using yarn. It took two days to complete. In the end the water was not drinkable.
Project Number: 7844
Grades: 4-6   Earth/Energy/Environmental
 
Comments:  
Careful with spelling "evapouration". Good use of images. Interesting. Well Done.

 
What About Wi-Fi?
South Island Distance Education School  -  Victoria, British Columbia
      
University of Regina - Faculty of Science
Magna Cum Laude  Award - $100.00 
 
Abstract: Wi-Fi has been reported to damage trees and have negative health effects on people. A Faraday cage was created and tested for the ability to shield Wi-Fi Signals. An Android Wi-Fi meter app was used to measure signal strength at partially shielded signals of -60dBm, -75dBm and full shielding at -100dBm. Seed germination was observed and growth was measured to determine if non-ionizing radiation from household Wi-Fi has an effect on radish seed growth.
Project Number: 7845
Grades: 7-9   Earth/Energy/Environmental
 
Comments:  
Wow – impressive looking web page! Very unique. Great referencing of images. I was impressed to see the use of two-tailed t-test, great presentation of results and evaluation of their meaning. I especially enjoyed the picture of Herman. Enjoyable project overall!

 
Don't Drink From The Bottle
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
University of Regina - Faculty of Science
Magna Cum Laude  Award - $50.00 
 
Abstract:
Project Number: 7685
Grades: 4-6   Chemistry
 
Comments:  The project is well planned and executed using the scientific method. An attractive and engaging site that uses project relevant graphics.
Nice project. Text with images a bit small.

 
Can there be Focused Sound?
Roberta Bondar Public School  -  Brampton, Ontario
      
Lockheed Martin Canada
Magna Cum Laude  Award - $50.00 
 
Abstract: This project was imagined after a boring experience at a shopping mall, where I had to wait for a long time to talk to a staff. This project intends to create a setup/assembly to broadcast advertising information in shopping isles, such that the users need not wait for the staff. Under this project, sound is forced to propagate in a straight pathway for a short distance of 5 to 10 feet, instead of its usual spherical path using series of wave guides and concave reflectors. After testing each of these configurations, the most effective configuration(s) shall be identified for implementation. All measurements will be done in decibels (dB).‬
Project Number: 7835
Grades: 4-6   Earth/Energy/Environmental
 
Comments:  
Interesting. Image citations needed.

 
Proton Therapy
Selwyn House School  -  Westmount, Quebec
      
University of Regina - Faculty of Science
Magna Cum Laude  Award - $100.00 
 
Abstract: I am doing a descriptive project on proton therapy, a type of external beam radiation therapy that has been proven to be more effective than conventional radiation therapy. I will describe how the process works, why it's so effective, the risks, the costs, and I will compare it with other types of external beam radiation.
Project Number: 7657
Grades: 7-9   Biology
 
Comments:  PIP Good, Links Good, Contrast Great, Citations & Bibliography weak, No interactivity. Great Research and Content, Great Topic.
Great topic, with a unique looking web site. Topic was well researched and well presented. References should be more detailed, but otherwise good job! Nice Report. Images should be Individually cited.

 
Un secret des plus logiques!
Les Scientifines  -  Montréal, Québec
      
SaskTel
Magna Cum Laude  Award - $100.00 
 
Abstract: Trouver des algorithmes impliquant un nombre minimal d'étapes afin de générer différents motifs sur un Cube Rubik.
Project Number: 7846
Grades: 10-12   Engineering/ComputerScience
 
Comments:  Beau site. Vidéos géniales. Problèmes difficiles ! Tu as probablement été très persévérante et déterminée pendant longtemps pour avoir réussi à résoudre ces problèmes. Félicitations d'avoir trouvé des algorithmes si proches d'algorithmes optimaux !
Belle idée de projet! Tu as sûrement passé beaucoup de temps à découvrir les algorithmes. Une future informaticienne sommeille peut-être en toi. Bravo!

 
Purification and Analysis of DNA
Calgary Science School  -  Calgary, Alberta
      
Lockheed Martin Canada
Magna Cum Laude  Award - $50.00
Transport Canada Award - $75.00 
 
Abstract: All living organisms contain genomic DNA. Genomic DNA encodes genes necessary for the vital functions of each organism. Besides genomic DNA, most bacteria contain multiple copies of a smaller circular extrachromosomal DNA called plasmid DNA.
Project Number: 7731
Grades: 4-6   Biology
 
Comments:  While you hypothesis is not properly formatted for your study, you do go into a quite a bit of depth with your study of DNA - well beyond what one would expect of someone in grade 6.
The images do not appear to be properly cited. No project info page. No indication on the source of the wonderful diagrams. Beautiful website. Do you have permission to use the images? Some appear to have a copyright symbol.

 
Costa Rica Wildlife
Selwyn House School  -  Westmount, Quebec
      
University of Regina - Faculty of Science
Magna Cum Laude  Award - $100.00 
 
Abstract: Costa Rica is a beautiful country filled with diverse wildlife. I had the chance to visit Costa Rica during my March Break. I will include several pictures from my trip that you will be able to see. I hope you enjoy!
Project Number: 7594
Grades: 7-9   Earth/Energy/Environmental
 
Comments:  Great topic, excellent pictures and interesting organization of website. Original photos from your trip are great and compliment the content well. Some pages have lot of space. Capuchin Monkey spelled incorrectly in menu. Bibliography format: last name, first name. Some pages need spacing in text to break it up.
Interesting research – I had never heard of this problem. Not much original content or experimentation, but the ideas are good and background is very well researched. Good job on sources. Web site is very well done! Very nice report. Not a good font.

 
Brushing With Bacteria
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Primary Fluid Systems
Magna Cum Laude  Award - $100.00 
 
Abstract: My project is to find out which product, between 3% hydrogen peroxide, mouth wash, and saltwater solution, will disinfect the toothbrush the best. Each of the subjects will brush with three toothbrushes for five days. After, dip a set of three toothbrushes into the fluids. After 2 minutes,swab onto the petri dishes and observe for 5 days.
Project Number: 7291
Grades: 7-9   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  Interesting quiz. Neat web presentation.
What an interesting, practical (and gross) experiment! Very creative. Would have been helpful to include some background research into the project purpose, to show why the experiment was being done, as well as more safety information about hydrogen peroxide. Could include some pictures in the hypothesis and purpose pages, and close-ups of bacteria. Could have identified variables that would impact results, compared to no cleaning at all or cleaning in a dishwasher; checking different types of toothpastes, different brushes, toothpaste sanitizers, etc. Maybe a future project could include where/how to store the toothbrush. Good work, very interesting! Quiz nice but would have been nice to provide a score.

 
Putting a Lid on Home Energy Costs2
Calgary Science School  -  Calgary, Alberta
      
Lockheed Martin Canada
Magna Cum Laude  Award - $100.00
VSF Conservation of Energy Award - $100.00 
 
Abstract: Have you ever wondered whether your roof affects your utility bills? I designed an experiment to determine which roofing material, colour and underlay combination is the optimal choice for Calgary. After thoroughly analyzing 24,000 observations here’s my advice: if you are building a new house or replacing your roof, choose light-coloured, rubber roofing and any standard underlay.
Project Number: 7118
Grades: 7-9   Earth/Energy/Environmental
 
Comments:  Nice effort in collecting and using a large amount of data.
Great job using previous judge’s comments to improve and expand your research. Excellent graphs! Impressed that you reached out to experts and several different companies. Excellent use of a data logger to collect a large amount of data – very real world, practical research. Good Project. Video much to large. If you cannot compress it more then break it up into several smaller files.

 
Aloe Vera and water purification 2
Argyll Centre  -  Calgary, Alberta
      
Primary Fluid Systems
Magna Cum Laude  Award - $100.00 
 
Abstract: My previous research revealed that aloe vera mucilage combined with a sand filter removed 99.3% of the turbidity in contaminated water. This project investigates the use of aloe vera mucilage and sand filter for the removal of harmful chemicals.
Project Number: 7325
Grades: 7-9   Earth/Energy/Environmental
 
Comments:  Really nice continuation of last year's research and nice that your background research is based on your won experience and research! That is a WOW factor on this project. strong scientific vocabulary strong presentation of the scientific method Your work is gaining momentum as you are recognized at CAWST and Uof C for your research. We look forward to seeing your next steps: results of a combined prickly pear/ aloe experiment or what impact your research might have on removing lead soil using your water removal system.
Fantastic project! Great partnership with Ryerson. Very advanced, and incredibly practical application in so many areas. Would be helpful for some readers to explain what an ICP is, how it works, and to have a navigation bar on the web site. Would have been interesting to see more replicates, although ICP is a very costly analysis. I’m curious if this would work for mercury as well, as mercury poisoning is a problem around many African gold mines. Very impressive work! Video worked on Mac with Safari and also Chrome on PC but there seemed be an issue with navigation on back arrow on purification part 2 page.

 
Cooking with the Sun
Calgary Science School  -  Calgary, Alberta
      
Primary Fluid Systems
Magna Cum Laude  Award - $100.00 
 
Abstract: In my experiment, I am testing which Solar Cooker out of the Box Cooker, Parabolic Cooker, and Panel Cooker produce the highest temperature when a pot of water is placed in the center. The Solar Cooker that produced the highest temperature was the Panel Cooker.
Project Number: 7439
Grades: 7-9   Earth/Energy/Environmental
 
Comments:  I really liked how you measured the heat gain per unit area - a great way to test these different models. This would be a very practical concept for those with low income and those who want to conserve energy – important to optimize the variables you tested to make it as quick and convenient as possible. Great job on “questions for the expert”. Extremely thorough in identifying what you would do next time and sources of error – excellent work!

 
The Average Emotion
Miss Edgar's and Miss Cramp's School  -  Westmount, Quebec
      
Saskatchewan Ministry of the Economy
Magna Cum Laude  Award - $100.00 
 
Abstract: This projects seeks to identify how class average affect girls ages 11 - 14 emotionally.
Project Number: 7667
Grades: 7-9   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  The enter page makes a fantastic first impression, but it doesn’t end there. The rest of the site is filled with pops of color and the rollover images in the nav bar are a nice touch. Great work!
Incredibly creative presentation of information and data on web page! Excellent topic to research, especially for students of this age. Great planning of project using a large group of subjects. Nicely done!

 
Do Sock Monsters Really Exist?
EBUS Academy  -  Vancouver, British Columbia
      
University of Regina - Faculty of Science
Magna Cum Laude  Award - $40.00 
 
Abstract: Is there such thing as a Sock Monster? Why are there so many missing socks after laundry is done? In this experiment we are going to for once and all find the mystery behind the missing socks in the laundry.
Project Number: 7539
Grades: K-3   Physics/Astronomy/Mathematics
 
Comments:  Creative topic. Good pictures and diagrams. Avoid live links please.

 
Don't Burn Up
Mentor College  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
SaskTel
Magna Cum Laude  Award - $100.00 
 
Abstract: This experiment is about finding out how effective sunscreen is against UV rays. The experiment will be conducted using UV beads and different SPF sunscreen. I want to do this experiment because of the dangers of UV rays. This is important because UV rays affect us every day. That is why I would like to educate children and adults about the dangers, effects and how to protect yourself from the har
Project Number: 7890
Grades: 7-9   Earth/Energy/Environmental
 
Comments:  Website: Well-built website, uses several forms of media, some layering is done, excellent use of colour, text, diagrams, and photos; figure descriptions for photos in observations would have enhanced their meaning. Easy to navigate, loads quickly. Table and graphs were well done. Experiment: Clear objective, effectively uses the scientific method to investigate a useful scientific issue. Procedure clearly attempted to control all variables. Dependent variable was measured and analyzed accurately and was very detailed. Data was organized very well and successfully conveyed results, using a variety of media. Student had a clear understanding of the topic and principles behind UV radiation and SPF in sunscreen. Student was able to evaluate his own experimental flaws and was able to discuss future applications for what he discovered.
What an interesting way of illustrating and testing SPF’s! Very creative and well done. Appreciated the evaluation of error sources and ideas for future projects. Project would be a good way to illustrate to kids the importance of wearing sunscreen, good work!

 
Organic Foods
Calgary Science School  -  Calgary, Alberta
      
Saskatchewan Ministry of the Economy
Magna Cum Laude  Award - $100.00 
 
Abstract: I tested which type of food, organic or in-organic, was better in taste, appearance, and nutritional value. In the end, organic food was better in taste, but I concluded that the results could be based on the different ingredients.
Project Number: 7207
Grades: 7-9   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  Good choice to focus on a variety of factors in the debate between organic and non-organic foods.
Interesting to look at different aspects of what makes organic “better”. However, taste is very subjective – would be beneficial to involve many people in evaluating products. Differences in taste and appearance may be due to factors other than organic or non-organic (especially fat and sugar content, different brands, etc.). Shelf life would have been an interesting concept to evaluate as well, especially for produce. Conclusions do not always match the observations, but overall an interesting project and well designed web site.

 
Cilia and Hair Follicle Precursors
Home School  -  Calgary, Alberta
      
Primary Fluid Systems
Magna Cum Laude  Award - $100.00 
 
Abstract: Despite the evidence of several population of stem cells interacting within the skin, establishing mechanisms of communication or interaction between different types of cells is known to be an essential step in developing therapeutic targets. This study supports that the mechanism for this signaling is through primary cilia, which are demonstrated to persist within adult hair follicles isolated from transgenic mice. Furthermore, the investigation demonstrates the presence of functional cilia in cultures of two distinct adult stem cells isolated within dermal niche, the epidermal stem cells and Skin Derived Precursors (SKPs). The investigation further answers that cilia can be used as a therapeutic target where PDGF-beta and LiCl makes a potent cocktail of dermal stem cell stimulant. This imparts novel insights suggesting cilia as a therapeutic target and a mediator of somatic stem cell signaling; a concept, which may be applicable to other endogenous precursors.
Project Number: 7277
Grades: 10-12   Biology
 
Comments:  

 
To Swim or not to Swim
Calgary Science School  -  Calgary, Alberta
      
Primary Fluid Systems
Magna Cum Laude  Award - $100.00 
 
Abstract: I chose this topic because I live on a community lake and I wonder which lake between Mckenzie Lake, Lake Chaparral, and Lake Sundance is cleaner. I also was curious about if population matters on a lake.
Project Number: 7202
Grades: 7-9   Biology
 
Comments:  You could have made a stronger connection as to how to use this information, but as a golfer this is great information to have!
Important information to have – appreciated the background information on man-made lakes. Would have been beneficial to include more information about how BOD and turbidity tests are done. Also, pollution in the lakes does not necessarily come from swimmers, but more likely surrounding runoff, pesticides, etc. Be careful not to rely too heavily on Wikipedia as a source, as it is not always reliable information. Overall, good work! Nice website.

 
A Touchy Subject
St. John's-Ravenscourt School  -  Winnipeg, Manitoba
      
University of Regina - Faculty of Science
Magna Cum Laude  Award - $50.00 
 
Abstract: We are going to see if the index finger is more sensitive than the other fingers on both hands. As well, we will check the sensitivity of the dominant hand to the non-dominant hand. Does age have an affect on the sensitivity of your fingers?
Project Number: 7798
Grades: 4-6   Biology
 
Comments:  You obviously put a lot of effort into this project. You have used the scientific method to conduct a well-planned experiment. Your project has a high degree of difficulty with respect to your age and the site is well-constructed.
Live links not allowed. Nice video and pictures.

 
Antibiotics Naturally
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Lockheed Martin Canada
Magna Cum Laude  Award - $50.00 
 
Abstract: The purpose of my project is to find out if the natural antibiotics garlic, tea tree oil, and oil of oregano are as good at killing bacteria as the synthetic antibiotic erythromicen.
Project Number: 7382
Grades: 4-6   Biology
 
Comments:  Your project exceeds grade level. The data is comprehensive and accurate. Excellent effort.
Good website and experiment.

 
You Are What You Eat
Calgary Science School  -  Calgary, Alberta
      
Saskatchewan Ministry of the Economy
Magna Cum Laude  Award - $100.00 
 
Abstract: We have always been told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But do you really know what’s lurking in those Eggo’s or Fruit Loops? Why would we eat something that contains chalk (such as found in one popular children’s cereal ingredient list)? Easy: the general population is uninformed. Or Are They? This was what I wanted to test, and here is what I found out: In a test given about 10 common foods, kids scored 40% of questions correct, teens scored 40%, and adults scored 68%. This showed that adults generally have the most knowledge about food, because they have been around longer. The next generation is still uninformed, and who knows what kind of ingredients will be used in the future? I hoped to have informed people, and caused them to look at the label before they buy to find out what something like dimethylpolyxilosane, a shampoo ingredient, is doing in my Chicken McNuggets...
Project Number: 7114
Grades: 7-9   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  Interesting project, I wonder if there is a connection between knowing the ingredient names with making healthier food choices.
Very important topic to investigate. It was surprising that teens had the same knowledge as the kids! I was a little confused about the foods chosen to investigate, since the home page emphasized breakfast foods. It might have been interesting to compare different breakfast cereals with fast food breakfasts. Also be careful not to put opinions in the background research (should be unbiased), and be careful not to oversimplify the chemistry. For example, TBHQ is derived from butane, but its properties are very, very different (but I wouldn’t want to eat either one!) Also, calcium carbonate is used in chalk, but it is also used in medicine for antacids, calcium supplements, and is found in dark green vegetables. Also watch out for Wikipedia as a source, as it is not always reliable. Interesting project! I enjoyed reading the results. Just because a food item in powder form flames up, does not mean it is necessarily harmful. Be careful about stating a certain substance can 'kill you". We are exposed to all sort of dangerous substance on a daily basis. The level of danger depends on the amount of the substance. You should have put a screen shot of your comic in your website. Live links in Bibiography not allowed. Graphs good. Good project.

 
Biodiesel-Biofueled by the Future
Calgary Science School  -  Calgary, Alberta
      
Primary Fluid Systems
Magna Cum Laude  Award - $100.00 
 
Abstract: I was testing out of the three biodiesels (canola oil, sunflower oil and corn oil), would produce the most watts/millilitre. The results were that canola oil gave off the most watts/millilitre.
Project Number: 7199
Grades: 7-9   Earth/Energy/Environmental
 
Comments:  This is a very complicated topic with some risk involved, but you managed to learn about biodiesel in a safe way. Well done
Excellent background research showing the chemistry of biodiesels. Logical hypothesis given this research. Would be interesting to explore why there was more variability in the results from sunflower and canola oils. Great pictures! Would be beneficial to include steps taken to ensure safe completion of the project – an important part of any research. Overall a very advanced experiment, good work! Good standard experiment.

 
Natural Catalyst in Aspirin
Kings Christian Collegiate  -  Oakville, Ontario
      
Primary Fluid Systems
Magna Cum Laude  Award - $100.00 
 
Abstract: Aspirin, a common household pain reliever, is synthesized from salicylic acid and acetic anhydride. The reaction is catalyzed by sulfuric acid; a dangerous chemical that causes harm and pain to the body upon any form of contact. This report outlines the attempt to replace sulfuric acid with a natural acid in the synthesis of aspirin and the analysis of the results using a spectrophotometer, an infrared spectrophotometer, a melting point apparatus and thin layer chromatography. Citric acid and pineapple juice (87% citric acid and 13% malic acid) were used as possible catalysts but only citric acid worked when used in a high concentration. The best of the pineapple juice sample (20mL of pineapple juice) yielded 5% aspirin. The best of the citric acid samples (1g of citric acid) yielded 97% of aspirin. The infrared spectrophotometer confirmed that when using the natural acids as a catalyst, the product yielded displays the same functional groups as aspirin. This further proved that using a natural catalyst for aspirin is possible. For it to work the natural acid used as a catalyst must either be a strong acid or be made in a strong concentration. Further experimentation with this project would involve concentrating pineapple juice so citric acid could be used in its natural fruit. This lab is a step forward for green chemistry and making aspirin into the ideal healing agent.
Project Number: 7893
Grades: 10-12   Chemistry
 
Comments:  Immense preparation and hard work are evident in this project. Experimental results are very well documented and the statistical analysis and graphs are remarkably done. Well-constructed webpage.
Interesting idea and project ! Your hard work is very evident. You have proved that "green" aspirin is possible ... I would be interested in the results of your future experiments.

 
Bioplastics: A Sustainable Future
Calgary Science School  -  Calgary, Alberta
      
SaskTel
Magna Cum Laude  Award - $100.00 
 
Abstract: I made various types of bioplastics with different raw material and additive combinations. I then tested their tensile strength and biodegradability. The starch glycerin and vinegar had the most tensile strength per millimeter squared. However, conventional plastics beat all of the bioplastics in tensile strength per millimeter squared. All of the bioplastics degraded to a certain degree but the bioplastics with agar and glycerin didn't degrade well.
Project Number: 7196
Grades: 7-9   Earth/Energy/Environmental
 
Comments:  I would like to see some specific examples of where bioplastics can be used. Great concept, and excellent job of recording qualitative observations. In addition to strength, appearance would ultimately be an important factor for consumers. Great work in evaluating compatibility.
The video "How to make starch bioplastics video" does not display.

 
Mixing Tires on a 4X4 RC Truck
Calgary Science School  -  Calgary, Alberta
      
University of Regina - Faculty of Science
Magna Cum Laude  Award - $100.00 
 
Abstract: I tested whether it matters where you place two different types of tires on a 4X4 RC truck. The two different types of tires I used were Pro-line Sand Paw tires and Traxxas Talon tires on the Traxxas Stampede 4X4. Then, I tested how long it took to get from point A to B. I found out that putting the tires with more traction in the back of the truck worked much better than putting the tires with more traction in the front of the vehicle.
Project Number: 7208
Grades: 7-9   Engineering/ComputerScience
 
Comments:  Interesting project do you think these treads would work on roads?
Great work on background research! Very thorough. Must have been a fun project! Pictures were great – would have been even better to include a video of some trials. I’m curious what led you to this project, if there was a real-world application of interest? Be careful not to rely on Wikipedia as a source, as it is not always reliable. Overall great job! Looks like a fun project!

 
K-27 Nuclear Submarine
Selwyn House School  -  Westmount, Quebec
      
Lockheed Martin Canada
Magna Cum Laude  Award - $100.00 
 
Abstract: Deliberately sunken in the Kara Sea, Russia due to its reactor malfunctions during the late Cold War, the K-27 contains nuclear waste that leak and can damage the fragile arctic environment at any second. A chain reaction of explosions could take place if the reactor comes into contact with sea water. It must be lifted, but how do you do it without breaking the wreck? How will Russia finance such a project?
Project Number: 7399
Grades: 7-9   Earth/Energy/Environmental
 
Comments:  Great website. Well-researched and easy to navigate. Excellent bibliography. Pages could be more consistent with placement of titles. There is a lot of space at bottom of pages. Overall, a well-done project.
Interesting research – I had never heard of this problem. Not much original content or experimentation, but the ideas are good and background is very well researched. Good job on sources. Web site is very well done! Although much of the content was not original, the sources were properly given.

 
Radiation from Granite Countertops?
Greystone Heights School  -  Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
      
Saskatchewan Ministry of the Economy
Magna Cum Laude  Award - $100.00 
 
Abstract: To build a Geiger counter to determine if Granite counter tops are radioactive and compare levels to ordinary objects in the house.
Project Number: 7897
Grades: 7-9   Physics/Astronomy/Mathematics
 
Comments:  
Unique topic! Interesting how the old watch showed much higher counts than everything else tested. Good animations on the web site. It would have been helpful to have more background information about the different types of radiation, possibly compare the granite to different types of rock (or even exposures during normal activities like airline travel), and indicate what exposure levels are considered safe by Health Canada. I hope your Mom is relieved, and that you’ll try to build your own Geiger counter next time! Remember not to have your external links live. Very useful topic considering all the granite in new homes.

 
Malathion + pH
Calgary Science School  -  Calgary, Alberta
      
Saskatchewan Ministry of the Economy
Magna Cum Laude  Award - $100.00 
 
Abstract: I was testing to see if malathion changes the pH of water. I found that the pH does change, but the pH does rise back up again.(Its complicated)
Project Number: 7187
Grades: 7-9   Earth/Energy/Environmental
 
Comments:  A good question both in terms of importance and worldly application. Site could have benefitted from more editing.
Very important concept to study. Would have been beneficial to have more background information about Malathion hazards Forans, and more references. I am a little concerned about the pH measurement, as test strips are not very accurate and a change of 1-2 pH units may not be significant with this test method. Web site could use more editing, but overall an interesting project – good work! Good video! Best to place each video on a separate page.

 
Rust and Metal
Calgary Science School  -  Calgary, Alberta
      
University of Regina - Faculty of Science
Magna Cum Laude  Award - $100.00 
 
Abstract: I was testing how much rust will different liquids, bleach, vinegar, freshwater, saltwater, produce. Through this result, my results were that the bleach produced the most rust.
Project Number: 7186
Grades: 7-9   Chemistry
 
Comments:  I love how you were able to relate the importance of your work by telling the story about the airplane
Interesting idea for a project – I had also heard about the seats detaching on airplanes. Qualitative observations are important, but there are some simple qualitative ways of measuring corrosion that could have been used as well. Good job on the web site and pictures! Qualitative observations are important, but there are some simple qualitative ways of measuring corrosion that could have been used as well. Good job on the web site and pictures!

 
Kinectricity
Calgary Science School  -  Calgary, Alberta
      
Lockheed Martin Canada
Magna Cum Laude  Award - $100.00 
 
Abstract: Have you ever wondered about the amount of energy wasted by our vehicles? The rapid industrialization in the past century has led to the distributing bi-product of global warming. These ominous predictions have led governments to support research, development and production of green energy. Everyone is looking for new ideas and innovations of sustainable energy production without harming the environment, and the traffic that moves along roads is an excellent source. Theoretically, there is so much wasted kinetic energy around us and if only we could find a way to change this into clean power. I have taken this challenge of trying to find a way to convert kinetic energy, specifically from road traffic, into electricity. To do so, I will be designing and building a working model showing the concept of the translation, rotational and vibrational movements of vehicles. In the end, I ended up creating a successful kinetic energy harvester. Check out my website for more details!
Project Number: 7122
Grades: 7-9   Earth/Energy/Environmental
 
Comments:  It is a shame that the peizo-electric portion did not work. Would you try this again?
The search energy may have been a good addition to the site but clicking on the search results resulted in a dead link. Very creative project with potential for real-life applications. Impressed that the student reached out to several experts. Thorough background research. Unfortunately the video could not be viewed. Otherwise great work! Very good project. Unfortunately the video is hosted on an external site. This is strictly not allowed. The link to the external site has been removed. Remember that even the reference section should not have live links. Good video and images. Nice drawings.

 
Greel Power
Mentor College  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Lockheed Martin Canada
Magna Cum Laude  Award - $100.00 
 
Abstract: Create electricity using grist mills and wind power to create hydrogen and power LEDs and an inverter to power a community in Africa.
Project Number: 7889
Grades: 7-9   Earth/Energy/Environmental
 
Comments:  Website: Well-built website, uses several forms of media, layering is done, excellent use of colour, text, diagrams, and photos, though figure descriptions for photos would be helpful. Easy to navigate, loads quickly; menu, however, could be reduced in size for easier readability. Tables and graphs were well done. Experiment: Clear objective, effectively uses the scientific method to investigate a useful scientific issue in an original way. Procedure clearly attempted to control all variables. Dependent variable was measured and analyzed accurately and was very detailed. Data was organized very well and successfully conveyed results, using a variety of media. Student had a clear understanding of the topic and principles behind gristmill renewable energy. Student was able to evaluate their own experimental flaws and was able to discuss future applications for what he discovered.
Very comprehensive project with a unique, attractive web site! All aspects of the project are very thorough, especially project setup, data analysis, photos, and even safety precautions. Great work! VSF fixed error in one image link (Problem).

 
De la chimie dans nos assiettes
Les Scientifines  -  Montreal, Quebec
      
University of Regina - Faculty of Science
Magna Cum Laude  Award - $100.00 
 
Abstract: La gastronomie moléculaire est un tout nouveau domaine de la science. Dailleurs, ce concept a été amené au début des années 1980 par le célèbre chimiste Hervé This et le physicien Nicholas Kurti. Pourtant, malgré l'intérêt de nombreux grands chefs pour ce domaine, très peu de gens connaissent ce qu'est réellement la gastronomie moléculaire. C'est en ayant comme mission de faire découvrir ce nouvel aspect de la science que j'explore l'utilité de la gastronomie moléculaire dans la vie de tous les jours.
Project Number: 7888
Grades: 10-12   Chemistry
 
Comments:  Très beau site. Sujet intéressant. Éxperiences révélatrices, bien éxecutées, et bien documentées. Vidéos géniales (composées de belles photos !). Tout l'effort que tu as investi dans ce projet est en évidence. Bravo !
Présentation attirante! Sujet original! Expériences accessibles car bien expliquées. Bravo, tu as fait du bon travail!

 
Biotricity - Microbial Fuel Cell
Calgary Science School  -  Calgary , Alberta
      
Primary Fluid Systems
Magna Cum Laude  Award - $100.00 
 
Abstract: The demand for fuel is increasing and as we know Non - Renewable resources are running out and are terrible for the environment. We are still looking into more effective ways of producing energy but never find a way in which it could be cost effective and environmentally friendly. By using a new discovery called a Microbial Fuel Cell, this issue could easily be resolved. A Microbial Fuel Cell harvests energy from waste to produce the energy. The microbial fuel cell which I have created will be a soil based, one chamber fuel cell. I tested three different mediums, top soil, animal waste and tailing pond mud.My project objective was to evaluate these three mediums and determine the one that is the most cost effective and generates the most energy.
Project Number: 7182
Grades: 7-9   Earth/Energy/Environmental
 
Comments:  I never knew you could make batteries out of waste. Do you think these could replace normal batteries?
Well designed web site, great job on pictures and graphs. Interesting concept! Great work reaching out to experts in the field and modifying the hypothesis after getting more information. It appears your video is hosted on an external site which is not allowed. The link to the external site has been removed.

 
Save Our Silver
Sathya Sai School  -  Toronto, Ontario
      
Primary Fluid Systems
Magna Cum Laude  Award - $50.00 
 
Abstract: My purpose is to find out if we can take stains off silver. If so how do we take it off?
Project Number: 7869
Grades: 4-6   Chemistry
 
Comments:  Jeshman showed complete understanding of his topic and made it an entertaining presentation for the audience while educating them on the Silver.
Well done. Half gallon?Half litre?

 
Toxicity of Marine Pollutants
Mentor College  -  Mississauga, Ontairo
      
SaskTel
Magna Cum Laude  Award - $100.00 
 
Abstract: During my experiment, I tested the toxicity of crude oil, heavy metal concentrate, pesticide, and trisodium phosphate using Daphnia (water fleas). These pollutants were tested for acute toxicity at 0.1%, 0.05%, and 0.02% concentrations. My experiment shows just how harmful the effects of marine pollutants are on aquatic life.
Project Number: 7867
Grades: 7-9   Biology
 
Comments:  Website: Well-built website, layering is done effectively and creatively, excellent use of colour, text, diagrams, and photos. Easy to navigate, loads quickly, with the exception of some photos. Tables and graphs were well done, though font could be larger. Great attention to detail is evident in all aspects. Experiment: Clear objective, effectively uses the scientific method to investigate a useful scientific principle in an original way. Procedure clearly attempted to control all variables. Dependent variable was measured and analyzed accurately and was very detailed. Data was organized very well and successfully conveyed results. Student had a clear understanding of the topic and principles behind the toxicity of marine pollutants. Student successfully analyzed obtained results and displayed them effectively. Student was able to evaluate her own experimental flaws and was able to discuss future applications for what was discovered.
Interesting project! Analysis of data, review of error sources and practical applications all very well presented. Good job!

 
Don't Eat Your Heart Out
Mentor College  -  Mississauga, Ontairo
      
Saskatchewan Ministry of the Economy
Magna Cum Laude  Award - $100.00 
 
Abstract: The problem my project addresses is the various causes of heart disease, for example atherosclerosis, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure leading to stroke and heart attack and the certain effective cures and treatments including angioplasty and coronary bypass surgery. In my project, I want to understand the flow rate of blood in “plaqued” arteries to solve one problem widely existent in the world: How heart disease can be stopped and cured easily. I fulfill this task by experimenting with various types of tubings representing veins and carefully monitoring volume accumulation and flow rate to perceive a conclusion to my question.
Project Number: 7866
Grades: 7-9   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  Website: Well-built website, and some layering done, good use of colour and text; perhaps more photos to illustrate different steps in the procedure and aid in explaining research. Somewhat easy to navigate, loads quickly; some headings in the navigation index, however, would highlight when hovered over, but were not meant to be clicked on. Tables and graphs were well done.Experiment: Clear objective, effectively uses the scientific method to investigate a useful scientific issue in an original way. Procedure clearly attempted to control all variables. Dependent variable was measured and analyzed accurately and was very detailed. Data was organized very well and successfully conveyed results, using a variety of media. Student had a clear understanding of the topic and principles behind cardiovascular disease. Student was able to evaluate his own experimental flaws and was able to discuss future applications for what he discovered.
Creative illustration and analysis of problems associated with heart disease. Experiment well thought out and variables well controlled. Some headings on navigation bar looked like they were meant to be clicked, but didn’t lead to anything. Otherwise web site very well designed, great graphs and illustrations!

 
Microwaving Food: Bad for Health?
Greystone Heights School  -  Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
      
Saskatchewan Ministry of the Economy
Magna Cum Laude  Award - $100.00 
 
Abstract: High temperature heating can turn unsaturated fats to trans fats according to a study. By microwaving unsaturated fats, it may be possible to turn unsaturated fats into trans fats. In the world right now, many people are very busy so they want to use something convenient. Microwave heating is convenient as it heats food much faster than conventional cooking but is microwaving food good for our bodies?
Project Number: 7892
Grades: 7-9   Chemistry
 
Comments:  
Excellent topic to study! This is something most of us do daily, but give little thought about it. Advanced chemistry project, impressive to work with the NRC. Web site could have given more detail about how a GC-FID works and what the chromatograms represent. Project very well done on all levels.

 
Walking on Water
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Saskatchewan Ministry of the Economy
Magna Cum Laude  Award - $50.00 
 
Abstract: Walking On water The purpose of my project is to find out how different substances and temperatures will effect the strength of the surface tension of water. I will do this by using a eye dropper to put water on a penny, I will count how many droplets the penny can hold with each different change in the water.
Project Number: 7370
Grades: 4-6   Engineering/ComputerScience
 
Comments:  The web page is visually very appealing. The purpose and hypothesis have been clearly stated. Good experiment.
Your conclusion could have been stated more clearly with reference to the hypothesis. Nice attempt to make the website engaging and interesting.

 
Daylight Savings: Energy Saver
Henry Hudson Elementary School  -  Vancouver, British Columbia
      
SaskTel
Magna Cum Laude  Award - $50.00 
 
Abstract: Daylight Saving Time was first proposed in the late 1700's in Europe to save energy. But is it a good idea for Vancouver, BC today?
Project Number: 7799
Grades: 4-6   Earth/Energy/Environmental
 
Comments:  
Interesting. Good citations.

 
Lemon Battery
Sathya Sai School  -  Toronto, Ontario
      
SaskTel
Magna Cum Laude  Award - $50.00 
 
Abstract: The purpose of this project is to get electricity from lemon. This is a lemon battery project, a very common project worldwide. I would like to observe it by myself. I have learnt to get the electricity from just 4 pieces of lemon with the help of nails and pennies.
Project Number: 7855
Grades: 4-6   Earth/Energy/Environmental
 
Comments:  She showed clear understanding of her topic, materials and was able to produce through examples the findings of the project. Student was also enthusiastic about topic.
Well done.

 
Building Musical Instruments
Pinetree Way Elementary School  -  Coquitlam, British Columbia
      
Saskatchewan Ministry of the Economy
Magna Cum Laude  Award - $50.00 
 
Abstract: The purpose is to see how design improves the performance of a musical instrument. The whole class is divided into small groups. Each group designs and makes a musical instrument with at least 5 variations of sound, concluding in making a familiar child's melody. Students are using common materials from home and hardware store bought materials. They learned to come to a common consensus in working together and assign various duties within their group. Some parts were completed in class and there was some collaboration and building time when groups worked together at home.We discovered that while the projects did produce a variety of sounds it was difficult to distinguish a distinct melody for all but a few.
Project Number: 7801
Grades: 4-6   Physics/Astronomy/Mathematics
 
Comments:  Superb use of photos and videos. Diagrams and construction steps are clear.
Nice drawings and videos.

 
Final Destination: The Real Story
Sir John A. Macdonald Collegiate Institute  -  Toronto, Ontario
      
SaskTel
Magna Cum Laude  Award - $100.00 
 
Abstract: It was always a mystery, an unanswered question. What happens after we die? We have extensively researched to provide the most accurate possibility of our fate, trying to understand not only how it happens but why. Through this, we have come to a conclusion. Our body goes through the many stages of decomposition as the blood in our systems are then unable to provide nutrients to our organs, which in turn die off and get eaten by various pathogens which are no longer blocked by our immune system and lymphatic system. In other words, we rot.
Project Number: 7760
Grades: 10-12   Biology
 
Comments:  Good project. Great homepage and drawings. (No experiment)

 
Paper Airplanes
Olympiads School  -  North York, Ontario
      
Saskatchewan Ministry of the Economy
Magna Cum Laude  Award - $50.00 
 
Abstract: Create website layout, then do experiments, record with Word, then copy+paste into Notepad++
Project Number: 7929
Grades: 4-6   Physics/Astronomy/Mathematics
 
Comments:  
Interesting

 
The Gleaner Cleaner
Avonlea School  -  Avonlea, Saskatchewan
      
Saskatchewan Ministry of the Economy
Magna Cum Laude  Award - $100.00 
 
Abstract:
Project Number: 7368
Grades: 10-12   Engineering/ComputerScience
 
Comments:  Interesting idea. Design and Discussion pages show all of the thought and effort that went into your prototype !
Looks like it needs a bit more work in order to work in a field.

 
Crystal Radio - Build a DIY
Calgary Science School  -  Calgary, Alberta
      
Primary Fluid Systems
Magna Cum Laude  Award - $100.00 
 
Abstract: This project is building a Crystal radio from scratch and seeing if I can measure the voltage running through it.
Project Number: 7104
Grades: 7-9   Earth/Energy/Environmental
 
Comments:  I don’t believe that you created a radio from a pile of wires and some components. This must have been a daunting task, but it looks like you learned a lot!
Fun project! I especially enjoyed the photos. If you continued, it would be an interesting experiment to change some variables and measure how they impact the voltage. Also be careful when using Wikipedia as a source – it can be a good starting point, but the information is not always reliable. Fun project. Good photos and video. One reference was a live link. More an engineering project than a scientific experiment. Well done!

 
Sorrel: The Natural Medicine
Kings Christian Collegiate  -  Oakville, Ontario
      
University of Regina - Faculty of Science
Magna Cum Laude  Award - $100.00 
 
Abstract: The purpose of this experiment is to investigate the properties of Hibiscus Sabdariffa, commonly known in Jamaica as Sorrel, by investigating the antibacterial properties, the mass/mass percent of the unknown acid, and the amount of Vitamin C in the extract.
Project Number: 7916
Grades: 10-12   Chemistry
 
Comments:  Natural products is the way to go especially with increasing harmful synthetic products. Experiment was very carefully done, results well presented and the webpage is attractive. Well done!
Beautiful site. Good project. Careful - text cut off in Observations section.

 
Numbers Back and Forth
St. John's-Ravenscourt School  -  Winnipeg, Manitoba
      
University of Regina - Faculty of Science
Magna Cum Laude  Award - $50.00 
 
Abstract: When doctors say that kids can only remember 3-4 numbers, do you get suspicious? Well we do, so out experiment is trying to see if doctors are actually right.
Project Number: 7747
Grades: 4-6   Biology
 
Comments:  The experimental design demonstrates understanding of the scientific method. The web site is attractive and engaging.
What have those darn Doctors been doing to children's brains? Good use of video.

 
Are Bubbles Always Round?
Pinetree Way Elementary School  -  Coquitlam, British Columbia
      
University of Regina - Faculty of Science
Magna Cum Laude  Award - $40.00 
 
Abstract: As a class we really enjoy playing with bubbles in our outside time. We wanted to explore if bubbles would change shape if we used different shaped bubble wands or are bubbles always round? We did a class survey with the question are bubbles always round. We then looked at different shaped wands and drew our predictions of what we thought the bubbles would look like. We each took a turn sharing our pictures and then we blew our bubbles using the different wands. We had to observe closely and draw what we saw. We discussed and looked at what we saw and redid our survey asking the same question. We discovered as a class that no matter what shape our bubble wands are they are always round. Another discovery we made was that although bubbles will always be round they can be different sizes.
Project Number: 7805
Grades: K-3   Biology
 
Comments:  Authentic inquiry. Great Images! Thorough procedure and documentation.

 
Could You Repeat That?
St. John's-Ravenscourt School  -  Winnipeg, Manitoba
      
Primary Fluid Systems
Magna Cum Laude  Award - $50.00 
 
Abstract: Our project is about short term memory. We tested on different age groups and genders to see the difference in their short term memory.
Project Number: 7743
Grades: 4-6   Biology
 
Comments:  You obviously put a lot of effort into this project. You have used the scientific method to conduct a well-planned experiment. The procedures were clearly described and addressed the hypothesis well. Your site is appealing, well-constructed and interesting.
Good use of video. How many subjects did you have in each age group?

 
Best Material for a Parachute
Pinetree Way Elementary School  -  Coquitlam, British Columbia
      
University of Regina - Faculty of Science
Magna Cum Laude  Award - $40.00 
 
Abstract: Students were trying to find out which material would make the best parachute. They first explored which shape would make the best parachute by testing out different shaped parachutes made of plastic garbage bags. Students came to the conclusion that the square and circular parachutes were the best shape. They determined this by how the parachutes fell to the ground. Then students tested square shaped parachutes that were made of different materials (satin, tissue paper, felt, construction paper, netting, light fabric and plastic). A group of students dropped the parachutes while others observed their falling speed. Students decided that the parachutes that fell the slowest, without flipping over made the best parachute. Most students chose the netting as the best material for a parachute as it was usually the last parachute to fall to the ground and it did not turn over just before it landed. They said that the parachutes made of lighter material worked the best.
Project Number: 7806
Grades: K-3   Physics/Astronomy/Mathematics
 
Comments:  Fun and interesting way to learn about gravity. Busy little scientists! Ideal project to include video. Colourful photos and background.

 
Differences of Heart Rates
St. John's-Ravenscourt School  -  Winnipeg, Manitoba
      
SaskTel
Magna Cum Laude  Award - $50.00 
 
Abstract: Taking a short nap and then doing all the activities which are: Walking and running on the treadmill and going up down the stairs. Then we will do the activities after we ate a heavy lunch and see if there is a difference. Eat a snack and drink water, then do the activities and see the difference. Next we will check the heart rate. We will do it with different ages and genders and see what happens
Project Number: 7745
Grades: 4-6   Biology
 
Comments:  You obviously put a lot of effort into this project. You have used the scientific method to conduct a well-planned experiment. You have a very clear hypothesis and good description of the method. Your site is well constructed and attractive.
Good use of video.

 
Absorption and Reflection of Light
Pinetree Way Elementary School  -  Coquitlam, British Columbia
      
University of Regina - Faculty of Science
Magna Cum Laude  Award - $50.00 
 
Abstract: The purpose of our experiment was to explore the relationship between color and solar energy absorption. We used 2 liter pop bottles and painted each one of the following colors: black, white, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. A same-colored balloon was attached to the top of the each bottle. The bottles/balloons were placed in the sun. Absorption was measured by order of balloon inflation. Most of us predicted that the darkest bottles/balloons would absorb the most, and thus show the greatest amount of inflation. During our experiment, the purple balloon was the first to inflate, followed by black, red, yellow, green and orange. The blue and white showed little to no inflation. After the experiment, some of us thought that perhaps warm colored balloons attracted more solar energy than cool colored balloons. Although the green balloon (cool) inflated before the orange balloon(warm), this could be due to the green bottle having more yellow tones than blue.
Project Number: 7802
Grades: 4-6   Physics/Astronomy/Mathematics
 
Comments:  Great recording of experiment results. Attractive colour scheme.
Nice drawings and videos.

 
Up, Up and Away
Selwyn House School  -  Westmount, Quebec
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: We are doing a comparison of several paper airplanes and which one flies the farthest. We will also be comparing the aerodynamics of each paper airplane to formulate a theory of which one is better.
Project Number: 7506
Grades: 7-9   Physics/Astronomy/Mathematics
 
Comments:  Great picture slideshow and images of your experiment. Easy to navigate site with a lot of original content. References do not need bullets and should have a space been each. Overall a very-well done project!
Good use of images.

 
Are We Alone?
Selwyn House School  -  Westmount, Quebec
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: Our project will be explaining the possibility of life on other planets in our solar system, and our universe. Also, we will be explaining the Drake equation, and the magnitude of what it represents.
Project Number: 7507
Grades: 7-9   Physics/Astronomy/Mathematics
 
Comments:  Website is full of excellent information. Good explanation of Drake Equation but it should be emphasized on page. Also, there is a ton of space at the bottom of that page. Put a space between each reference and remove the bullets. Overall a well-done project!
Quiz nice, but would have been better if it kept score.

 
Heart Smart
Pinetree Way Elementary School  -  Coquitlam, British Columbia
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: Within the unit on the Circulatory System, we studied heart health. We wanted to explore whether a student's amount of physical activity influenced the heart's ability to return to normal after strenuous exercise. We recorded each person's weekly physical activity (30 minutes =1), measured our resting heart rates, engaged in strenuous exercise (skipping) for 10 minutes, recorded their working heart rates, and then every two minutes measured their heart rates until their heartbeats returned to normal resting rates. Students considered variations for students with asthma, those unable to skip for long periods, student size, and student accuracy. In general, those students who participated in regular physical activity noted that their heart rates returned to normal quickly. We concluded that physical activity influenced the health of the heart (fitness). Those who exercised regularly took less time to get their heart rates to return to resting rate.
Project Number: 7800
Grades: 4-6   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  Excellent data collection and conclusion. Tables are easy to read.
Interesting study. Nice pictures and presentation of data. Nice pictures.

 
Measuring Glucose in Your Food
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: The purpose of this experiment is to determine how much glucose is in 4 different categories of foods. These are fruits, juices, processed foods, and miscellaneous.
Project Number: 7513
Grades: 7-9   Chemistry
 
Comments:  Project is appropriate for student's age and grade. This site is cohesive in design and the construction allows for a lot of interactivity.
Worked better in Chrome. Good quiz.

 
Fertilizer Timing
duPont Manual Science Fair  -  Louisville, Kentucky
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: This experiment tested five groups of chives plants, where each group got Miracle Grow All purpose fertilizer at different time intervals in order to possibly discover the best time for plants to be introduced to fertilizer. It was hypothesized that plants that were introduced to fertilizer after three weeks of growing time would have the have highest growth in height. All plants in this experiment began as seeds, and were grown in plastic cups . Thereafter all water given to the plants was based on the soils moisture level. Since fertilizer was introduced at different times, all plants were grown in top soil. Every three days over the course of the three months, each plant was checked with the soil moisture meter to determine how much water each plant needed to maintain the target moisture level. After the set growing period of three months was over, it was then realized that the majority of the plants had not sprouted. Out of one hundred fifty plants, only seventeen survived. After realizing that the initial goal of the research was no longer feasible, the search began for a reason to why most of the plants died. At the surface plants can seem fairly simple. In the most simplest form, plants need: water, light, soil, and correct growing temperatures. However, it is not that simple. Conclusively the big problem in this experiment cannot be determined for sure. Although, the problem is most likely a mixture of insufficient temperature, poor soil, and also dry soil.
Project Number: 7785
Grades: 10-12   Earth/Energy/Environmental
 
Comments:  Too bad so few chives grew ... maybe you were sent a bad batch of seeds ?

 
Fun in the Sun
Calgary Science School  -  Calgary, Alberta
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract:
Project Number: 7527
Grades: 7-9   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  It was a positive that you could see the ways to improve your experiment.

 
Light on the Move
Sathya Sai School  -  Toronto, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: To find out how does light travel.
Project Number: 7860
Grades: 4-6   Physics/Astronomy/Mathematics
 
Comments:  Student was well informed about topic and showed complete understanding of subject matter.
Well done.

 
The Works of a Hovercraft
Calgary Science School  -  Calgary, Alberta
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: My project is an engineer project. I will be checking to see how much load a hovercraft made out of household materials can carry. I will be looking for structural fatigue and the height of lift.
Project Number: 7533
Grades: 7-9   Engineering/ComputerScience
 
Comments:  t looks like you had a lot of fun doing this project. Is this an energy efficient way to move as compared with other common means such as driving?
A video would have been a nice addition.

 
How Habitat Affects Adaptations
Pinetree Way Elementary School  -  Coquitlam, British Columbia
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: The purpose of our class science project was to find how habitat affects how animals and plants adapt. Our class did not even realize that there were so many different types of habitats. We enjoyed learning about how an animal is able to adapt to their environment and why other animals could not live in a particular habitat. The class was divided into five groups. Each group was researching a different biome. Each group member had a different role to play in the research.
Project Number: 7804
Grades: 4-6   Biology
 
Comments:  Beautiful artwork. Good habitat descriptions. More work needed to answer research question.
Nice drawings.

 
Nuclear Conflict as of Generation Z
Aden Bowman Collegiate  -  Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: The purpose of this project is to view and study the effects of modern nuclear warheads and the capabilities for destruction they possess in modern day. We will discuss the effects on the natural environment, the human body, the science behind nuclear explosions and the difference between fission and fusion bombs. Finally we will discuss nuclear conflict in our current generation and whether today it is truly the bringer of doom or something slightly less apocalyptic?
Project Number: 7732
Grades: 10-12   Engineering/ComputerScience
 
Comments:  The only thing I can think of is looking at the stockpiles of other major players (UK, France, China) and possibly the lesser players (North Korea, Israel, India, Pakistan). How would a flare-up in the middle east or Pakistan/India play out? I think these are hotspots that are more likely to erupt. You sort of had an interactive element with the download to your computer program simulation. In the simulation, I think you should have formatted the output better (add commas to numbers) so that the results are easier to interpret. I know this is easy to do with VB.net, so it was a programming oversight.
Interesting project. Good job coding the simulation. It would have been interesting to see the statistics relating to different scenarios eg: North East vs. California vs. Eastern Canada. The program works and you did display screen shots which is good, video screen shots of the program in action would have been better. Visitors to your site are very unlikely to download and install the program.

 
Waves
Selwyn House School  -  Montreal, Quebec
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: In my project I will be explaining all you need to know about waves from Tsunamis and Rogues to How wave are formed and how to surf them
Project Number: 7542
Grades: 7-9   Earth/Energy/Environmental
 
Comments:  Interesting topic that has been well-researched. The website contains a lot of information for the public. Website is way too wide. Text placement should be consistent on each page. Terms in text should be linked to terminology page. All titles should be capitalized in menu. Overall a good project!
Images must be individually cited.

 
Run Your Feet Out
Miss Edgar's and Miss Cramp's School  -  Westmount , Quebec
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract:
Project Number: 7738
Grades: 7-9   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  Beautiful site girls! Even your background image gives the illusion of motion. It adds visual interest without overwhelming the user. Great job!

 
Eye Can See You!
St. John's-Ravenscourt School  -  Winnipeg, Manitoba
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: We will be testing different people of different ages to see how your age affects your eyesight.
Project Number: 7764
Grades: 4-6   Biology
 
Comments:  I can tell you really put a lot of effort into this project!
Perhaps it would be helpful to display your results in a table.

 
Can't Live Without Me!
Sathya Sai School  -  Toronto, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: The purpose of my experiment is to see how important earthworms are to the outside environment.
Project Number: 7859
Grades: 4-6   Earth/Energy/Environmental
 
Comments:  She showed clear understand and provided deep explanation on all aspects of the project.
Well done.

 
When Light Reflects
Sathya Sai School  -  Toronto, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: To find out, if the angle of incidence and the angle of reflection are the same for a mirror reflection, specular reflection and diffuse reflection.
Project Number: 7858
Grades: 4-6   Earth/Energy/Environmental
 
Comments:  Worked well to produce a project that was relevant and interesting for the audience.
Well done.

 
Reducing Impact of Extreme Weather
Pinetree Way Elementary School  -  Coquitlam, British Columbia
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: Students worked in groups of 3 or 4 and selected an extreme weather to study. They researched the topic well and reported on how their specific extreme weather is formed and what pre conditions need to exist for it to become extreme. They considered how humans can reduce the impact of their specific weather selection. For this they studied global warming trends and also looked at preventive measures to reduce the impact and how to deal with the aftermath. Some students went further by reporting on some infamous disasters, related to their weather, around the globe; they also presented some interesting facts.
Project Number: 7803
Grades: 4-6   Earth/Energy/Environmental
 
Comments:  Well-researched. Eye-catching images. More work needed for conclusion.
Nice drawings.

 
Warming Up The World
Calgary Science School  -  Calgary , Alberta
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: For my experiment, I will be testing different reactants (for hot ice) to determine which: -Reacts for a longer period of time -Reacts fastest - Is most reliable
Project Number: 7174
Grades: 7-9   Chemistry
 
Comments:  I have these hot packs and I love them! The old ones seem to die pretty fast, I hope that science can solve this problem one day.
Interesting.

 
Drinks With a Jolt
Calgary Science School  -  Calgary, Alberta
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: I chose this topic because there is a lot of advertisements on T.V about how sports drinks have Electrolytes. I thought about how they were talking about Electrolytes in Powerade, Gatorade and other sports drinks. I thought that the “Electro” in Electrolytes might really mean they might be electric. I researched it and they are, so I thought that would be a cool Science Fair topic. I will be testing each of the sports drinks for their conductivity of their Ions and Electrolytes.
Project Number: 7115
Grades: 7-9   Chemistry
 
Comments:  Clever way to test these power drinks, Do you think they will ever create sport-specific drinks?
Project fine, but the addition of media such as photographs and video would help.

 
What Fruit has the Most Electricity
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract:
Project Number: 7630
Grades: 4-6   Physics/Astronomy/Mathematics
 
Comments:  The use of variables was excellent and well controlled. The site is interesting, engaging and motivates a viewer to return.
Nice

 
Heated Frozen or Regular? Paintball
Calgary Science School  -  Calgary, Alberta
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: I will be testing the distance of how far each type of paintball will go. First I will make a big ruler along a road area to see where it would land and then shoot (8 each) of normal, hot and cold paintballs. I will use a vice to hold the gun still so it does not modify anything.
Project Number: 7100
Grades: 7-9   Physics/Astronomy/Mathematics
 
Comments:  I would have liked to see more research about how a paintball gun works to better understand your project
Science can be fun! I expect the cold ones would hurt more as well. Links to external sites should not be live, even in Reference section.

 
How Matter Changes Physical Form
Sathya Sai School  -  Toronto, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: The Purpose of this project is to determine how matter changes physical form at different temperatures.
Project Number: 7857
Grades: 4-6   Chemistry
 
Comments:  Student showed good understanding of the project and presented it very well. Worked with very unique materials to produce findings.
Well done.

 
Which Liquid has most Viscosity?
Sathya Sai School  -  Toronto, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: What I am doing for my Science Project is I am taking three liquids and pouring them into three different containers. There will be three different glasses of juice, three different glasses of tomato sauce, and three different glasses of oil. For an example I have pictures.
Project Number: 7856
Grades: 4-6   Chemistry
 
Comments:  Student made an elaborate project full of many materials and its affects with one another.
Well done.

 
CNC: Effective Antimicrobial Agents
Waterloo Collegiate Institute  -  Waterloo, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: Antibiotic resistant bacteria are a major health problem. Two types of nano-silver coated cellulose nanocrystals were synthesized, using NADH and polypyrrole (PPy) as the reducing agents. Their anti-microbial properties were tested on Escherichia coli. When compared to silver nanoparticles (AgNPs), the minimum concentrations required to kill bacteria (minimum bactericidal concentration) were 30x and 60x lower for CNC-Ag and CNC-PPy-Ag respectively.
Project Number: 7853
Grades: 10-12   Chemistry
 
Comments:  
Another very good project, but unfortunately the embedded You Tube video is not allowed. I have removed the link to You Tube.

 
Brush Brush Away
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: The purpose of my science fair project is to determine which dog brush is best for removing unwanted fur, to see if the expensive brushes do a better job than the inexpensive ones, and to try and design an even better dog brush.
Project Number: 7758
Grades: 4-6   Engineering/ComputerScience
 
Comments:  Excellent work. Interesting topic.
Looks like a money maker! It would have been helpful to include a video of the brush in action.

 
Temperature in The World Around Us
Selwyn House School  -  Westmount, Quebec
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: This project is about the role that temperature plays in the environment. It will display what temperature does to different things in the environment at hotter or colder temperatures. There will be various different objects mentioned in this project, such as batteries, plants, the molecular structure of different objects, and the human body.
Project Number: 7577
Grades: 7-9   Physics/Astronomy/Mathematics
 
Comments:  No project info or bibliography, good contrast, great imagery, great links, interactivity - Good Science - Great Research and Content, Great Site, Interactivity

 
The Little Egret
South Island Distance Education School  -  Romania, Cluj Napoca
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: This is a research project about the Little Egret.
Project Number: 7575
Grades: 4-6   Biology
 
Comments:  This project is a beautifully formatted website with lovely pictures. You certainly learned a lot about the Little Egret, a fascinating bird! In Ontario, I once saw a large flock of Cattle Egrets, a spectacular sight to see in a field. Once, I even saw a very lonely and probably lost in a storm Snowy Egret, a rare and memorable sight! Their stark white feathers jump out of any landscape. Your writing is almost identical to http://www.oiseaux-birds.com/card-little-egret.html, with only slight word changes and additions from the original. Next year, be careful that you check the rules for outside web links and allowed web authoring programs.
Live links not allowed.

 
The Heart Project.
St. John's-Ravenscourt School  -  Winnipeg, Manitoba
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: We have choose a question to answer using the scientific method. Our question is, How does an adult's heart rate compare to a child's heart rate when they exercise? we are going to the scientific method to figure the question out!
Project Number: 7752
Grades: 4-6   Biology
 
Comments:  The experimental design demonstrates understanding of the scientific method. The web site is attractive and engaging.
Be careful with spelling. Pictures add to the project.

 
Star White
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract:
Project Number: 7711
Grades: 7-9   Chemistry
 
Comments:  The values of relevant variables are accurately recorded. This site is appealing and the index page provides a menu of links to all parts of the site.
Useful project.

 
Changing Plant Habitats
Hope Lutheran Christian School  -  Port Coquitlam, British Columbia
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: Because of global warming plant habitats will change. Can water plants survive on land and can land plants survive in the water?
Project Number: 7705
Grades: 4-6   Biology
 
Comments:  
Several small video files is better than one large file. Software such as Camtesia Studio may be useful to reduce the file size of video. Nice Project

 
Work To The Beat
Avonlea School  -  Avonlea, Saskatchewan
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: We wondered if different tempos in a song would affect a person’s physical ability. So we tested subjects with four different tempos from no music to fast. Our conclusion has shown that everyone had different results and was affected differently. Most of the time the higher the tempo would enhance their performance but the highest tempo would go down because they couldn’t keep up with the beat.
Project Number: 7215
Grades: 7-9   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  

 
Arctic Acid
Calgary Science School  -  Calgary, Alberta
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: I am going to test the acidity of snow using litmus paper from four different locations: A city street, the Rocky Mountains, an open field, and Glenmore park, Calgary, Alberta. I found that the mountain, field, and wetland samples were acidic and the street was neutral.
Project Number: 7099
Grades: 7-9   Chemistry
 
Comments:  Great connection with pH and corrosion of cars.
Links to other pages didn't work when on Scientific Methodology page. Links to external sites should not be live, even in Reference section.

 
Structures
Calgary Science School  -  Calgary, Alberta
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: I was testing the strength of structures during different conditions. I was using a fan to represent wind and was shaking a box for earthquake. The structure that survived the longest used trusses and had foundations at all corners.
Project Number: 7116
Grades: 7-9   Engineering/ComputerScience
 
Comments:  I appreciate the scope of your project, but it my have benefitted from being a pick more focused.
Project fine, but the addition of media such as photographs and video would help.

 
Movement, Music or Nothing
Miss Edgar's and Miss Cramp's School  -  Westmount, Quebec
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: We tested if students memorize better with music on, movement or none of that.
Project Number: 7647
Grades: 7-9   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  Great job on your site girls! The pink banner on your index page adds a punch of color to your site. Keeping the same image on the rest of your pages while changing the color scheme to blue allowed for continuity while showcasing some of your Photoshop skills. Bravo!

 
Chose your font
Calgary Science School  -  Calgary, Alberta
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: I will be testing to find if different fonts in which words are written interfere with our brain’s cognition and reaction time. For every experiment I conduct, the fonts will change in hopes to find differing results. I timed how long it took each test subject to read out 21 nouns on a card, in different fonts.
Project Number: 7201
Grades: 7-9   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  I wonder if the reading tests would have been changed if the other fonts were read as often as something more common like Arial.
Interesting and something that website designers should pay attention to. Perhaps you could have had a couple of interactive online tests using different fonts.

 
Frightening
Calgary Science School  -  Calgary, Alberta
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: I am testing the reaction time of fear depending on age. For my testing I video taped my subjects and then took the video and played back the frames to see when the picture appeared and when the subjects reacted. I then put this into charts and qualitative data.
Project Number: 7198
Grades: 7-9   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  Nice integration of the additional programming in your project. Does many people having little to no reaction lead you to any other researchable questions?

 
Renewable Energy
Calgary Science School  -  Calgary, Alberta
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: I am testing the amount of volts created by a wind turbine and solar panel over the time period of 5-15 minutes. In the end wind turbine created more volts that the solar panel.
Project Number: 7194
Grades: 7-9   Earth/Energy/Environmental
 
Comments:  A good project that is in an industry that needs more environmental thinkers.
Seemed to have some display issues. Video played on PC but not on Mac.

 
Tee Time
Calgary Science School  -  Calgary, Alberta
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: My project is about a golf balls relationship between the height of bounce and its distance. I will be using a golf simulator in my project.
Project Number: 7192
Grades: 7-9   Physics/Astronomy/Mathematics
 
Comments:  You could have made a stronger connection as to how to use this information, but as a golfer this is great information to have!

 
SensationalScience-The Human Sensor
Calgary Science School  -  Calgary, Alberta
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract:
Project Number: 7105
Grades: 7-9   Biology
 
Comments:  I wonder if testing younger and older people would give you different results. Good testing, and amazing research
Nice project. All CAPS is not the best format for text. Live links in References not allowed. Video, audio, photographs and drawings would really add to your project.

 
Skates and Hollows
Calgary Science School  -  Calgary, Alberta
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: I was testing which skate hollow works best for stops and starts, tight turns, fast skating and gliding, and skates were sharpened to three hollows and 3 people completed those drills. 1/2" hollow for stops and starts, 1/2" for tight turns, 1/4" for fast skating and 1/2 for gliding.
Project Number: 7185
Grades: 7-9   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  Great project, I like that you chose something that you were interested in.
Close-up pictures of the skate blades would have been nice.

 
Which Fire, Is your Fire?
Calgary Science School  -  Calgary, Alberta
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: Summary, I will be testing 3 different fire structure types to find the length of time,and temperature, they burn at: Fire Structures: 1- log pile 2- log cabin 3- lean-to Based on the findings, I will recommend the most effective fire structure. After completing my experiments 3 times to average out the results, I can now recommend the Log Cabin fire structure, as the best fire with highest temperatures and longest times burned
Project Number: 7106
Grades: 7-9   Earth/Energy/Environmental
 
Comments:  Well structured and executed you have done well in this project.
Live links in References not allowed. Video, audio, more photographs and drawings would really add to your project.

 
Ringing Radio Radiation
Calgary Science School  -  Calgary, Alberta
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: This experiment was testing the amount of electromagnetic radiation exposed to a user from a cellphone in different locations. I hypothesized that the level of electromagnetic radiation a user is exposed to from a cellphone will be the highest in a basement rather than outdoors. After my testing, I found that my hypothesis was correct.
Project Number: 7152
Grades: 7-9   Physics/Astronomy/Mathematics
 
Comments:  Good breadth of research and a timely question.
Picture of Grid? Live links not allowed. Too bad you didn't find another way to present the audio/video show. Using iMovie you could have done the same thing as voice thread and not broken the rule of no external links.

 
Don't Pop My Bubble!
Calgary Science School  -  Calgary , Alberta
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: In this experiment, I wanted to know whether females valued their personal space more than males, so I conducted various tests to find out so. And I found out that it depends on the whether the female is confident or not. For example, a female who has more acne prone skin, as opposed to a female who has flawless skin, may not want people being so close to their face.
Project Number: 7177
Grades: 7-9   Biology
 
Comments:  Interesting question to test and certainly one that may have important consequences in a school setting.
A new topic for the VSF. Quite interesting.

 
Algae to Acids
Calgary Science School  -  Calgary, Alberta
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: Algae grown on rocks was placed in different acidic pH environments to see what would happen over the course of five days.
Project Number: 7176
Grades: 7-9   Earth/Energy/Environmental
 
Comments:  This project is a great opportunity to learn more about how our aquatic life responds to pollution
Live links not allowed.

 
Off The Grid
Calgary Science School  -  Calgary, Alberta
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: I was testing how absence Screen time effects us physically. I found that it effects us for the better.
Project Number: 7168
Grades: 7-9   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  This is a timely question and was well executed. How much TV do you watch since the experiment?
This project certainly has some flaws but may be good starting point for further study. I personally have been a "cable cutter" for over a year.

 
Eye Can Do It!
Calgary Science School  -  Calgary, Alberta
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: My engineering project tested which plate would help the visually impaired eat easier, the regular serving plate or the one I created. I tested four people and blind folded them so they couldn't see. My result was that the visually impaired plate I created is easier to eat off of rather than the regular serving plate. The visually impaired plate has edges and sections to keep the food on.
Project Number: 7162
Grades: 7-9   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  Good topic which shows a lot of empathy. Do the visually impaired use any specially made plates or utensils presently?
Interesting.

 
Placebo Effect
Calgary Science School  -  Calgary, Alberta
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: My project is about placebo effect and how it affects human reflex speed tests. I found out that the placebo will affect human reflex tests because my data shows that the placebo affect, affected the subjects the same way that the caffeine affected the other subjects.
Project Number: 7154
Grades: 7-9   Biology
 
Comments:  Very cool project, your subjects thinking you were testing one thing, while you tested another. Must have been confusing.
Interesting.

 
A Flash of Brilliance
Calgary Science School  -  Calgary, Alberta
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: In my project I was testing the effect of different chemicals (in different intensities) will effect how much bioluminescent algae will glow? I found that oil does not kill the algae and that pesticides and vinegar are tied for making the algae glow the least
Project Number: 7206
Grades: 7-9   Biology
 
Comments:  Neat project, I would have loved to have seen the glowing first hand!
This project begs for a video or at least more photographs.

 
Smells Like A Good Idea!
Miss Edgar's and Miss Cramp's School  -  Westmount, Quebec
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: The goal of this experiment was to see if smell had an effect on the average of test scores and how fast someone performs a task (folding paper cranes).
Project Number: 7676
Grades: 7-9   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  You girls worked very hard on your site. The rollover images in your nav bar added an aspect of fun to your pages and made your site stand out. You should be very proud of yourselves.
Interesting

 
Homosexuality, Nature or Nurtured?
Selwyn House School  -  Westmount, Quebec
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: We will be discussing what leads to homosexuality weather it is environmental or genetic. We will also discuss the history and the world views.
Project Number: 7501
Grades: 7-9   Biology
 
Comments:  Very thoroughly covered topic. A lot of spacing on right side of pages (below the menu bar), pictures should be captioned. Bullets / points are not needed in the bibliography.
Images not cited properly.

 
HIV/AIDS
Selwyn House School  -  Westmount, Quebec
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: This is a description of HIV/AIDS. It will include its symptoms, affects, and statistics of its worldwide footprint.
Project Number: 7500
Grades: 7-9   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  Great topic and thoroughly covered. Bar graph is lacking title and y-axis label. Justifying text would provide more alignment. Bullets not needed in bibliography.
Images not cited properly.

 
Gene Expression; A Process of Life
Selwyn House School  -  Westmount, Quebec
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: This website will describe each step of Gene Expression, what makes Gene Expression occur, and how Gene Expression affects the body
Project Number: 7498
Grades: 7-9   Biology
 
Comments:  Challenging topic for grade 8. Same font and text size would provide more professional look. Animations could aid in explaining concept.

 
Lasers
Calgary Science School  -  Calgary, Alberta
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: I am going to try and create a laser powerful enough to light a match
Project Number: 7132
Grades: 7-9   Engineering/ComputerScience
 
Comments:  It is important to know that even though your laser did not light a match, that you grew your understanding and that you now know what needs to happen to accomplish this.
Interesting.

 
Melting Chocolate
Selwyn House School  -  Westmount, Quebec
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: In our experiment, we will be melting chocolate to see which one will melt the fastest.
Project Number: 7487
Grades: 7-9   Chemistry
 
Comments:  Interesting experiment. What is the motivation for your project? This should be clearly outlined. Very well-organized website. More photos / video of your experiment would help support information on website.

 
Growing Crystals
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: The purpose of my project was to find out what temperature of water, hot, cold, or room temperature, would grow the most amount of crystals in a given time.
Project Number: 7481
Grades: 7-9   Chemistry
 
Comments:  The hypothesis is clearly stated and logical. The site is engaging with the appropriate use of photographs.

 
Electrolyte Challenge
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: The purpose of this project is to analyze common sports drinks for their electrolyte content and compare the results to the electrolyte content in common fruit juices.
Project Number: 7478
Grades: 7-9   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  A well planned and executed project with excellent real life applications. The site is visually appealing and interesting.

 
Can You Hear That?
Calgary Science School  -  Calgary, Alberta
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: This project is about the effect of a couple of common sounds on a person’s productivity. I will be testing various people’s productivity and how it is changed with different sounds like white noise and 16khz (the frequency that is emitted from florescent ballasts). The test will be a simple math quiz with 100 questions timed one minute. A group of people will be taking this quiz with a certain sound playing in the background. Results will be the three simple questions after taking the test.
Project Number: 7476
Grades: 7-9   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  So now that you know about some of the effects of noise on the brain, will it change the way you act in school? Headphones, etc?

 
Instrumental Instruments
Calgary Science School  -  Calgary, Alberta
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: I am testing that the different lengths in the instrument, the hole size, and the hole positioning changes the sound. I found out that the hole positioning affects the sound, and the length of the instrument. Also, the finger hole sizes makes a difference as well.
Project Number: 7140
Grades: 7-9   Engineering/ComputerScience
 
Comments:  Nicely done in tackling a problem directly
This project would have been ideal for video and audio components.

 
Food Tenderizers and Additives
Kings Christian Collegiate  -  Oakville, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: Beans are great source of protein and fiber. They are also inexpensive and are seen as a very important component of our diet. Beans are also very high in iron, folate, antioxidants and complex carbohydrates. There were two different fast ways of softening red kidney beans before eating that were evaluated in this experiment. These are (1) cooking red kidney beans with natural and chemical tenderizers and (2) soaking red kidney beans with the natural and chemical tenderizers for three and a half hours followed by cooking. The different tenderizers used were: Natural Corn Cob Ash (NCCA), Sodium Bicarbonate, Lime Juice, Apple Cider Vinegar, Pineapple Juice and Water. Adding the selected different tenderizers to the cooking water, the reduction in cooking time were as follows: NCCA gave a reduction time of 59%, Sodium Bicarbonate had a reduction time of 53%, Lime Juice reduced the cooking time by 29%, Pineapple Juice reduced time by 46% and Apple Cider Vinegar reduce the time by 37%. Soaking the red kidney beans in their respective tenderizers before cooking further reduced the time as follows: NCCA had a further 48% reduction, Sodium Bicarbonate gave 33%, Lime Juice had 30%, Pineapple Juice had a 13% reduction and Apple Cider Vinegar reduce cooking time further by 29%. Using the combination of soaking followed by cooking with the five selected tenderizers, NCCA is the number one tenderizer that softens red kidney beans the fastest, followed by Sodium Bicarbonate, Lime Juice, Apple Cider Vinegar and Pineapple Juice. NCCA is a very successful method in the reduction of boiling kidney beans. It is healthy, natural and organically produced. It is beneficial as well as time consuming to humans A table of foods containing the food preservative, Yellow 5 and 6 has also been compiled. This includes food for breakfast, condiments and snacks.
Project Number: 7905
Grades: 10-12   Chemistry
 
Comments:  This is a very good experimental topic for natural products especially those used in the developing countries. The webpage and the pictures are well presented. Well done!
Interesting project and results. Missing table 3 ? Relevance of Yellow 5 & 6 inclusion and discussion ?

 
Sweet Sweet Science
Calgary Science School  -  Calgary , Alberta
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: I am discovering whether white sugar or turbinado sugar (raw sugar) is healthier and which one people like better. I wanted to do this as my project because I figured that turbinado sugar is healthier and I wanted to prove it. I also love baking and I wanted to see if people would like turbinado sugar just as much as white sugar.
Project Number: 7446
Grades: 7-9   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  Simple and well researched, this is both a timely and well executed project.

 
Hepatitis C
Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute  -  Toronto, Ontairo
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract:
Project Number: 7686
Grades: 10-12   Biology
 
Comments:  

 
How Does Solar Cells output Vary
Sathya Sai School  -  Toronto, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: The purpose of this experiment is to find out if the solar cell output varies with the light intensity (volts).
Project Number: 7861
Grades: 4-6   Earth/Energy/Environmental
 
Comments:  Had deep understanding of the researched subject was confident in explaining his findings.
Well done.

 
Effective Ways Cleaning Oil Spills
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: I will get five to ten different chemicals or materials and test each one on cleaning oil spills. i will get a bowl and put diesel oil in it and place each material their, recording it. I will check on a microscope to see how pure or clean the water is after using the chemicals or method.
Project Number: 7641
Grades: 7-9   Earth/Energy/Environmental
 
Comments:  The experiments are well controlled and detailed. Good presentation.
Images not the best way to display text on a website

 
Fill 'Em Up
Miss Edgar's and Miss Cramp's School  -  Westmount , Quebec
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: Calculated lung capacity between four different groups.
Project Number: 7654
Grades: 7-9   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  Your site is a great example of how simple can be beautiful if it is done right. I love the colors!

 
What is Huntington Disease?
Selwyn House School  -  Westmount, Quebec
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: In this project we hope to inform the public about Huntington disease and its causes and effects, what progress has been made to cure it, and the genetic process that causes a person to posses this disease.
Project Number: 7503
Grades: 7-9   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  Interviews go above and beyond! Audio would have been great to have included. Project information should be formatted consistently with other pages. References should be in alphabetical order by author "last name, first name"
Images not cited properly.

 
Brush Away You Smile?
Miss Edgar's and Miss Cramp's School  -  Westmount, Quebec
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: The purpose of our experiment was to determine whether a range of commercially available toothpastes are better at removing plaque then our control (baking soda)
Project Number: 7648
Grades: 7-9   Biology
 
Comments:  Love your banner! Your site is color coordinated and you made good use of titles and subtitles to break up the information. Great job!

 
Make It and Break It
Miss Edgar's and Miss Cramp's School  -  Westmount, Quebec
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: Building and breaking bridges of different designs.
Project Number: 7649
Grades: 7-9   Engineering/ComputerScience
 
Comments:  Your enter page make a very nice first impression and your choice to link the enter button to the background information page was a nice touch. Your section on why you chose the topic makes for an interesting introduction to your site. Good work!

 
Watt's the Difference?
Miss Edgar's and Miss Cramp's School  -  Westmount, Quebec
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: The purpose of our experiments were to prove the benefits of LEDs versus other light sources.
Project Number: 7650
Grades: 7-9   Engineering/ComputerScience
 
Comments:  Outstanding work girls! Your enter page is very creative. Using the same font as your banner ties it in to the rest of the site.

 
Green Insulation
Miss Edgar's and Miss Cramp's School  -  Westmount, Quebec
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: This project sought to determine if water bottles could serve as a viable alternative for common insulators.
Project Number: 7651
Grades: 7-9   Earth/Energy/Environmental
 
Comments:  Love the earthy tones you used for your site, they really reflect the topic of your project. The enter page makes a strong first impression.

 
Mindful Eating Saves Calories
Miss Edgar's and Miss Cramp's School  -  Westmount, Quebec
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: This science fair investigation was conducted with the purpose of determining if subjects concentrating on their food will reduce the amount of calories they consume. We hypothesized that if you concentrate on your food while eating than you will eat a smaller quantity of food (take in less calories) and you will eat a slower pace then if you eat while being distracted
Project Number: 7677
Grades: 7-9   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  Your site is simple, yet colorful and fun. The images relate to your topic and add visual interest to your pages. Very good work girls!

 
Notebooks and Noise
Miss Edgar's and Miss Cramp's School  -  Westmount, Quebec
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: The purpose of my experiment is to determine the effects of different levels of ambient noise on student testings and performance.
Project Number: 7653
Grades: 7-9   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  Great work Marissa! Consistent use of color, titles and headings make for a good-looking site. Everything is well organized, legible, and I like your choice of font.

 
"Levee" Me Alone!
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: The purpose of this project is to determine the effect of various levee designs on the capability to withstand waterflow.
Project Number: 7740
Grades: 7-9   Earth/Energy/Environmental
 
Comments:  A well planned and executed project with excellent real life applications. The construction of the site is well planned and laid out in an aesthetically pleasing manner.

 
Global Warming
Selwyn House School  -  Montreal, Quebec
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract:
Project Number: 7658
Grades: 7-9   Earth/Energy/Environmental
 
Comments:  Good site, Good research and complete, relevant topic, no interactivity, The content is complete, the ideas and range of topics is great. Lacks a little flow, sometimes seems sporadic

 
Reaching for the Starch
Western Canada High School  -  Calgary, Alberta
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: This project is trying to find an alternative source of starch in order to produce ethanol which can be an alternative source of fuel.
Project Number: 7660
Grades: 10-12   Chemistry
 
Comments:  Attractive site. Good project

 
The Power of Suggestion
Miss Edgar's and Miss Cramp's School  -  Westmount, Quebec
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: The purpose of our investigation is to examine the placebo effect on girls between the ages of 6 and 10 years old.
Project Number: 7664
Grades: 7-9   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  You paid attention to all the little details, making your site really stand out. Great work!

 
How Fear Impacts Blood Pressure
Miss Edgar's and Miss Cramp's School  -  Westmount, Quebec
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: We conducted an experiment to see if fear had an impact in young children's blood pressure depending on there age. To do this we utilized a blood pressure monitor and a haunted house. We also used test subjects from 3 different age categories (4,6,8)
Project Number: 7665
Grades: 7-9   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  The enter page of your site creates a great first impression and is very fitting for your topic. Your background image even looks like blood cells! Good work!

 
Turning to Motor Learning!
Miss Edgar's and Miss Cramp's School  -  Westmount, Quebec
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: Our project was to test motor learning ability throughout three different age groups using a robotic arm. Our project consisted of two different measurement variables: movement duration and movement curvature. The purpose was to see which age group had the best motor learning skills.
Project Number: 7666
Grades: 7-9   Biology
 
Comments:  Love the colors of your site! Using vibrant background image is a nice way to add color while keeping the content areas simple and clean. Fantastic work!
Video would help.

 
Frequency in a Pendulum
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: My project was designed to determine the factors that affect the frequency of a pendulum. I built and tested a simple pendulum with two factors: the length of the string, and the weight of the bob. I also succeeded in accurately identifying the pendulum positions and measuring time between swings with equipment available at home.
Project Number: 7642
Grades: 7-9   Physics/Astronomy/Mathematics
 
Comments:  The project has been very well researched and presented.

 
A Lost Opportunity
Miss Edgar's and Miss Cramp's School  -  Westmount, Quebec
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: The purpose of our experiment was to see whether girls or boys followed instructions better, and if encouragement or discouragement affected their results
Project Number: 7652
Grades: 7-9   Biology
 
Comments:  What an interesting topic you chose! Your project was fun to read. Good work!

 
Beep Test Scores
Miss Edgar's and Miss Cramp's School  -  Westmount, Quebec
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: The purpose of this experiment is to determine if grade eight students at ECS have a better physical performance, if they have a low or high beep test score.
Project Number: 7827
Grades: 7-9   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  Fantastic work! You were exceptionally organized behind the scenes and your site presents very well. Your use of alignment and color made your pages appear neat, organized, and your content very easy to read. Bravo!

 
Beans in Growth
Home School  -  North York, Ontairo
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: I wanted to do this experiment because lots of Asian people like to use beans to make vegetables and eat them, but if it will take a long time for the beans to grow, Asian people won’t get to eat as much as they wanted. In my experiment, I tested out which kind of beans grow the fastest in glass cups with water, using green beans, soy beans and red beans. I predicted that soy beans will grow the most in five days because they started pretty big. In the five days, I tested which beans would grow the fastest by putting some beans into each glass, filling each glass with the same amount of water and observing which one would grow the fastest. The first two experiments failed because I added too much water and I kept on forgetting to change the water every day. The third experiment succeeded because I added the right amount of water and changed the water often. As a result, I discovered that the green beans grew the most and does not have a lot needs such as sunlight, temperature and water compared to the soy beans and red beans.
Project Number: 7333
Grades: 4-6   Biology
 
Comments:  : this project suggested a meaningful topic in industry and food. The research report provides data and analysis from three different experiments.
A good learning experience!

 
Video Game Violence
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: My project is about Violent Video Games. I did this project because people worldwide suffer from video game violence. My apparatus is video game console, game controllers, T.V., and Imaginary Scenario form. My hypothesis is people will be more violent after playing a violent video game. I will test seven people and get them to play for 30 minutes.
Project Number: 7386
Grades: 4-6   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  Your project is creative, original and well formatted. Excellent effort.
More details on the measuring device used to measure "violence" would have been helpful.

 
Theory of Noetics
Westglen School  -  Didsbury, Alberta
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract:
Project Number: 7841
Grades: 7-9   Earth/Energy/Environmental
 
Comments:  

 
Reimagining Nuclear Propulsion
South Island Distance Education School  -  Victoria, British Columbia
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: The purpose of this project is to establish the viability of nuclear pulse propulsion for transportation of large prefabricated structures to Earth's orbit; mainly, for the construction of a self-sustaining space station. Nuclear pulse propulsion's efficiency in comparison to modern chemical propulsion, the possible dangers of nuclear pulse propulsion, and other important aspects of pulse propulsion are addressed.
Project Number: 7834
Grades: 10-12   Physics/Astronomy/Mathematics
 
Comments:  This is a very well written and researched project on a fascinating topic. The authors presented the ideas thoroughly and carefully. An important topic that was missed was a discussion of launch and ascent safety. A launch failure with this technology would be catastrophic for the immediate surroundings, rendering it all but useless for at least a decade. Similarly, if the vehicle went out of control during ascent, and exploded in the lower atmosphere or impacted anywhere near a populated area, then mass causalities would be expected. Launch failures will always occur, especially during the testing and development phase. The consequences of these failures are nightmarish enough that this technology will likely never be pursued. Dr. D.R. Ballantyne, Assistant Professor, Center for Relativistic Astrophysics, School of Physics, Georgia Institute of Technology

 
Ouch! That Burns
Miss Edgar's and Miss Cramp's School  -  Westmount, Quebec
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract:
Project Number: 7831
Grades: 7-9   Chemistry
 
Comments:  The color choices and images you chose for your site fit your topic to a tee!

 
Food. How long is too long?
Selwyn House School  -  Westmount, Quebec
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: In this project the plan is to take bread a sterile food and chicken a pre-infected food and put them in three different environments. A counter(control) a fridge, and a freezer. On the first day and once a week after that I will swap all six samples. The bacteria on the swabs will be incubated on a blood ague plate, this will be done to see at what rate the food is spoiling.
Project Number: 7405
Grades: 7-9   Biology
 
Comments:  Interesting topic and well-developed experiment procedure. Great pictures of your own experiment. Basket of food and petri dishes on each page don't have relevance to being on every page. Most pages have space at the bottom that should be filled. Some spelling errors.

 
Blades Of Glory
Calgary Science School  -  Calgary, Alberta
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: I am testing two different types of skate sharpening's to see which skates would go farther with the different type of sharpening. I tested 5/8's skate sharpening and 90/75 flat bottom "v" skate sharpening. The 5/8's skate sharpening was the most consistent of sharpenings.
Project Number: 7143
Grades: 7-9   Physics/Astronomy/Mathematics
 
Comments:  I like how you take the skater and human factors out of your testing by building your rig. I would have liked to have seen more information as to how you built this.
Nice project. Good photographs. Video would have been nice. Chart missing labels.

 
Multitasking
Calgary Science School  -  Calgary, Alberta
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: I chose multitasking because I wanted to know if multitasking would affect your ability to perform different tasks. At the end of this project, my experiment told me that my hypothesis was correct. That gender does not affect your ability to multitask. However my research says otherwise.
Project Number: 7128
Grades: 7-9   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  Interesting study, I would have thought women are better at this too, just goes to show you what media can do to us!
Interesting. More images and video would help.

 
Hypoestes Hypothesis
Calgary Science School  -  Calgary, Alberta
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: In this project I tested to see how different amounts of caffeine would affect the growth of a hypoestes plant. I wanted to relate my data back to the effect caffeine may have on people.
Project Number: 7247
Grades: 7-9   Biology
 
Comments:  I like how you explained the reasons for your odd results. Neat study!

 
Sights, Lights & Sounds of Tokyo
EBUS Academy  -  Nanaimo, British Columbia
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: What we see and hear in the city of Tokyo. I will be videoing and showing what Tokyo is about. I will also be taking pictures of the big city. I am going to record the many sounds that Tokyo has. Not only is the city busy but it is bright. I will be taking videos of how bright Tokyo is in the night.
Project Number: 7276
Grades: 4-6   Earth/Energy/Environmental
 
Comments:  Wonderful pictures and personalized description of sites. The sights and sounds of Tokyo are great. Now, I want to visit Tokyo!

 
Why Eat It?
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: The purpose of my project is to find out why humans buy what they buy and eat what they eat. Lately there has been a problem with obesity, and I want to prove if humans look at the ingredients. Or if they look at the colour of the box or how the food looks, and how the food tastes.
Project Number: 7280
Grades: 7-9   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  

 
Variations of the Magnetic Field
Selwyn House School  -  Westmount, Quebec
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: Our website will contain an insight view on electromagnetism and how an electric current can increase a magnets magnetic field. we will be performing an experiment in order to prove the increase in magnetic strength.
Project Number: 7401
Grades: 7-9   Physics/Astronomy/Mathematics
 
Comments:  Interesting experiment. What is the practical use of the results? A lot of space at bottom and right. Great images, would support website better if all were captioned. Font size should be consistent on one page.
Interesting

 
The Labyrinth of Rodents
Selwyn House School  -  Montreal, Quebec
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: In this experiment we will see which rodent (Hamster vs. Mouse) will be able to get closest to the food, or which one can get closer if they don't make it to the end.
Project Number: 7403
Grades: 7-9   Biology
 
Comments:  Interesting topic with well-designed experiment. Excellent diagram of maze and photo to support diagram. A lot of pages have empty space and text could be better aligned / justified.
Hands on work. Small sample.

 
The Nature of Cell Lifespans
Old Scona Academic High School  -  Edmonton, Alberta
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: This project describes the way that cells live and die in humans as well as other organisms. In our research, we have accumulated information in regards to its discovery, its processes at the molecular and genetic level, as well as it's function in humans and other species. Many animals go through this process of cellular division and eventually death, but until relatively recently we were unaware of the causes of senescence, also known as cellular death. Our goal in researching about how and why we die was to be able to get a better understanding about how we, as well as other organisms, live. about how we, as well as other organisms, live.
Project Number: 7864
Grades: 10-12   Biology
 
Comments:  Attractive website. Interesting subject !
Nice Movie

 
Aeroponics
Calgary Science School  -  Calgary, Alberta
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: I was attempting to see whether or not Jade plants grow best in aeroponics or soil. After completing my experiment I concluded that if Jade has enough air roots they'll be able to thrive in aeroponics.
Project Number: 7146
Grades: 7-9   Biology
 
Comments:  This project is a great opportunity to learn more about space travel
Interesting.

 
Which Water is Better?
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: I did my project to find out which water {well water, bottled water, filtered water, and tap water} is healthier. I am testing the pH, hardness, pesticides, etc.
Project Number: 7320
Grades: 4-6   Earth/Energy/Environmental
 
Comments:  The experiment is well controlled and detailed. Good presentation.
Good news!

 
Hunt for Hidden Sugar
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: I did this project because lots of people in the world are getting this disease called diabetes. I want to stop this disease. So what I did was I tested foods that have sugar and the ones that don't. I did this by using strips called diatix. Now I make juices and then put them in cups. The ones that are too sugary I will put cinnamon, garlic, ginger and other stuff that will reduce the sugar. When I test the food I will dip the diatix then the diatix and then will change color and record the amount of sugar.
Project Number: 7371
Grades: 4-6   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  Your project shows excellent resourcefulness, and excellent research and creativity with the experiments. Great effort.
Eating less sugar is likely a good idea.

 
An Athletic Revolution
Calgary Science School  -  Calgary, Alberta
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: This science project was performed to investigate the effect of mind over matter (Placebo Effect) on an athlete’s performance. The experiment I will be conducting will see how pre-conditioning the mind of an athlete affect their performance. I have taken 10 grade 8 boys and 10 grade 8 girls, all of excellent athletic ability, and will test to see if a placebo will have an effect on them. Research has proven if an athlete is told that something will affect his or her performance, either negatively or positively, it can tighten or loosen muscles, tense or relax the body and negatively or positively affect breathing.
Project Number: 7124
Grades: 7-9   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  I like how you explained many of the other factors that could have impacted some of your results
Interesting. Images and video would help.

 
Dangerous Sports
Selwyn House School  -  Westmount, Quebec
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: I will talk about the different dangerous sports kids could play (for each gender.) This will help parent know which sports are not that dangerous and some that they will not even realize that their kids are in danger.
Project Number: 7394
Grades: 7-9   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  Great website and a very relevant topic. Well-researched and easy to navigate the information presented. Some grammatical errors. Pictures could be more consistently placed from page to page. Bibliography references should be ordered by "last name, first name". Overall, a great project!
Timely topic. Nice website.

 
Coilguns Death By Magnet?
Selwyn House School  -  Montreal, Quebec
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: in todays world guns are powered by gunpowder but what if a new type of gun rose above the rest. A gun that would be powered by electricity instead of fuel or gunpowder reducing its impact on the environment and its system would leave no traces when firing other than the projectile itself. A dream? No an emerging technology: the Coil-gun.
Project Number: 7395
Grades: 7-9   Engineering/ComputerScience
 
Comments:  A very high-tech, attention-grabbing website. There are some great images and diagrams but you need to take the content further. What is the use of a coil gun? Are there uses we have not thought of yet? Your bibliography needs the dates of the websites and should be more than just two sources and Wikipedia. Alphabetically order your references by author last name.
No Project Info page.

 
Save Our Wildlife
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: I did my project to find out which soap works most effectively, how buoyant the feathers are after soaked with the detergent, and how safe they are on a seagull's feathers. I dipped one of the eight feathers in oil and in one of these detergents. I did this 4 times with the different detergents and then repeated it with another 4 feathers.Before and after I did the experiment I weighed each feather. After I soaked the feathers I determined how buoyant each feather was.
Project Number: 7373
Grades: 4-6   Earth/Energy/Environmental
 
Comments:  Your project relates to our daily lives. Purpose hypothesis and conclusion were clear and precise. Neat presentation.
I think in your conclusion you confuse your purpose and hypothesis. Nice pictures.

 
Pump Action
Calgary Science School  -  Calgary, Alberta
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: My project is about how raising a pressure on a pump affects the flow rate.
Project Number: 7172
Grades: 7-9   Engineering/ComputerScience
 
Comments:  Your interest in the project is evident throughout and good to see some modeling of with real world applications.
Check spelling 'gong'.

 
Caffeine and Typing Speed
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: My project is about Caffeine and Typing Speed. I did this project to find out how caffeine can affect typing speed. I need a computer, coffee,stopwatch or a timer and a person who can drink coffee. My hypothesis is caffeine will affect the typing speed. I will divide the words typed by minute. I will test 3 people. I will use a stopwatch,coffee,non caffeine beverage and a person that can drink coffee. Me and my family will have to wait forty five minutes after drinking coffee.
Project Number: 7381
Grades: 4-6   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  The experiment should have been repeated more number of times. Neat presentation.
You make a number of statements in your conclusion that are not based on you experiment.

 
Egg Defense
Avonlea School  -  Avonlea, Saskatchewan
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract:
Project Number: 7357
Grades: 10-12   Chemistry
 
Comments:  Solves real problem ! Over what period were results obtained? Would have loved to see an egg drop in a series of photos or video.
Good useful project. Likely a video of the device in action would have been nice.

 
Musical Mystery of the Brain
Calgary Science School  -  Calgary, Alberta
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: For my project I will get five people to take a two minute math test while music is plying to determine if music is good while you are working and if so what kind of music? Because I'm interested in how Music affects the mind and how does it help you concentrate.
Project Number: 7130
Grades: 7-9   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  I have seen this experiment before and have always wondered if the music preference of the participant has an effect on test taking while listening to music.
Interesting.

 
Under Pressure
Calgary Science School  -  Calgary, Alberta
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: I tested how well students can write a math test under pressure, like stress, and one not under stress. I tested them with a ten question math test where the equations were hard to do and incomplete. I also used multiple fonts and sizes. I gave them one minute to complete this. After that I tested them with a simple math test with one minute to complete and graphing the results.
Project Number: 7149
Grades: 7-9   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  A very appropriate topic. Has it helped you on your own tests?
Interesting

 
Read It View It Write It
Avonlea School  -  Avonlea, Saskatchewan
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract:
Project Number: 7349
Grades: 10-12   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  Important subject.
Nice project and website. Could have included the test and a bit of the video to add more to your website.

 
Face Off
Avonlea School  -  Avonlea, Saskatchewan
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract:
Project Number: 7348
Grades: 10-12   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  Hard to read ... should have faded background for more contrast with text. Are teeth molds good proxies for human teeth? More trials for each force-mouthguard configuration? Great video.
I hope the catcher was wearing a helmet and mouth guard! Video is nice to see! This is good project for the VSF.

 
Which Car Will Go the Fastest?
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: What will make the car go the farthest? I made three cars and tested them to find out which of my cars would go the farthest. I made three cars. One out of wood, one out of Gatorade bottle, and the last one out of cardboard. I put a wooden plank stacked on blocks at 15 degrees with 2 blocks, and went up by 2 block till they were all out. I tested each car to see which one would go the farthest
Project Number: 7378
Grades: 4-6   Physics/Astronomy/Mathematics
 
Comments:   It is a creative project. The conclusions are clear and accurate. The web presentation is good with appropriate use of graphs and pictures.
Nice experiment!

 
Birthday or Deathday!
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract:
Project Number: 7379
Grades: 4-6   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  
Interesting

 
Solar Water Panels
Lew Wallace STEM Academy  -  Gary, Indiana
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: Our school does not have hot water in the shop area. We need hot water in this area so that students will be able to wash their hands after working. We’ve decided to build a solar water heater to determine if we can make our own hot water, and whether or not it will be hot enough. We will test both copper tubing and plastic tubing to discover the best choice.
Project Number: 7970
Grades: 10-12   Engineering/ComputerScience
 
Comments:  Excellent job. The project description was clear and the pictures made it very easy to follow the procedure. Your experiment has important implications for solar energy. Your data look convincing and they support your conclusions. However, it would have been better to repeat your experiment at least 3x for each condition. Also I would like to know why you thought copper tubing would have done better.

 
Multitâche = efficacité ?
Les Scientifines  -  Montreal, Quebec
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate
VSF French Language Award - $50.00 
 
Abstract: Notre sujet porte sur les capacités des individus à exécuter plusieurs tâches en même temps, ce que l'on désigne par l'expression ''être multitâche''.
Project Number: 7848
Grades: 10-12   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  Site attirant. Sujet original et très intéressant. Éxperiences révélatrices, bien éxecutées, et bien documentées. Bonne analyse avec beaux graphiques. Résultats intéressants ! Bravo !
Très bonne idée de projet! Expérimentation solide! Graphiques présentent bien les résultats qui sont surprenants mais très bien expliqués. Il serait vraiment intéressant de pousser plus loin le projet...

 
Fingers vs. Shoes
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: The purpose of my project is to determine is if running with running shoes is better than running with five fingers. I will determine this in 4 different ways:Speed,Distance,Resistance,Muscle Size
Project Number: 7319
Grades: 4-6   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  Interesting project. Variables were well controlled. Method was very detailed and easy to follow. Information was very detailed and showed good knowledge of the subject. The web presentation is very neat with excellent graphs.
Interesting!

 
Which Fruit has the most Vitamin C?
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: For this project, I will be testing these fruits: pomegranates, grapes, pears, and apples, to find out which one has the most Vitamin C. :)
Project Number: 7419
Grades: 4-6   Chemistry
 
Comments:   Data is presented in a meaningful format including charts and graphs. This site is attractive, uses relevant graphics and has effective use of white space.
Nice photographs.

 
The Secret Effects of Energy Drinks
Selwyn House School  -  Westmount, Quebec
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: Our project is about what ingredients are in energy drinks and what effect they have on humans. Also we will describe the controversy of advertising
Project Number: 7406
Grades: 7-9   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  Great topic to choose to inform your peers. Excellent use of pictures to support your content. Text of menu is very small, a lot of space at the bottom of some pages, spelling errors, font should be consistent throughout, bibliography references should be alphabetically ordered.

 
Detergent Dilemma
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: I did this experiment to find out what detergent is best. I used four detergent named Purex, Sunlight, Tide, and Greatvalue. I put six stains named fruit, fruit punch, chocolate, coffee, ketchup, and motor oil. I washed the pieces of cloth in four different detergents.
Project Number: 7310
Grades: 4-6   Chemistry
 
Comments:  Simple project, but a very neat presentation.
Nice project.

 
Myth or Fact?
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: My project is about Vitamin C and if Vitamin C can reduce cold symptoms. I will make a questionnaire and get 12 sick people to fill out the survey.Using these surveys as my Observations I will be able to tell if Vitamin C can help reduce cold symptoms.
Project Number: 7311
Grades: 4-6   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  The experiments are well controlled and detailed. Good presentation.
I think the jury is still out on the effectiveness of Vitamin C in relieving cold symptoms.

 
Drain It!
Citadel Middle School  -  Coquitlam, British Columbia
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: A hydroelectric generator that is placed in your gutter to power simple appliances during a power outage. This is a small scale model of what I truly wish to accomplish, which is to install this our city’s sewer drains to generate electricity through the constant movement of sewer water. This innovation will allow our rainy Vancouver to flourish with the use of hydroelectricity.
Project Number: 7944
Grades: 7-9   Earth/Energy/Environmental
 
Comments:  
Very Interesting.

 
Electroplating
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississagua , Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: Electroplating is actually used to give any metal object a better look and protection
Project Number: 7312
Grades: 4-6   Chemistry
 
Comments:  A simple experiment for the grade level. The web presentation is neat.
Looks like a fun activity. Nice pictures.

 
The Creation of Biodiesel
A.B. Lucas Secondary School  -  London, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: This experiment examined the most efficient way to make biodiesel, and the effects that the use of various catalysts had on this efficiency. We used two different catalysts (sodium hydroxide and potassium hydroxide) in two separate trials.
Project Number: 7935
Grades: 10-12   Chemistry
 
Comments:  Interesting subject. As discussed, insufficient trials. No photo attribution ?

 
Why Don't Older People See a Doctor
Lew Wallace STEM Academy  -  Gary, Indiana
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: One issue of increasing concern today is the increased number of older individuals who don’t have adequate health care. I prepared a survey to ask older adults about going to the doctor. I then asked adults in my community to completer the form and return it to me. I had each person complete an implied consent form at the same time that they took the survey. I collected all of the surveys and compiled data in an Excel file. I found that the main factor that seems to determine if a person sees the doctor regularly is insurance. People who have no insurance don’t go to the doctor.
Project Number: 7956
Grades: 10-12   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  Excellent project that addresses an important public health issue. Impressive at getting the number of people to participate and share personal information and having the range of ages and ethnicity represented. RE: graphs. Check labels for accuracy. E.g., Effect of Age x-axis “age in decades” should say age in years unless you survey people ranging in age from 200 to 600 years; Comfort graph: % of people – highest value should be 100% and it is not clear what is being graphed.

 
The Pressure is On!!
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: It is an astounding fact that approximately 3% of kids today have high blood pressure. Blood pressure is the pressure the blood applies against the blood vessel walls as the heart pumps. The pressure increases when the heart contracts and pushes blood into the vessels and lowers when the heart relaxes. The ideal blood pressure for adults is approximately 120/80. However, for children, there is no one ideal blood pressure reading because blood pressure changes as the child grows. Did you know that kids can have high blood pressure too, even as infants? My project was designed to test whether a child’s blood pressure was dependant on his or her age. In addition, I wanted to test how excess stress impacted their blood pressure. I proved that a child’s blood pressure does increase with stress however when comparing children of the same age, I noted that other factors, such as diet, could also impact their blood pressure rate.
Project Number: 7317
Grades: 4-6   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  The web presentation is very neat. The experiment is simple but purpose is not very clear.
I think your projects from past years were better.

 
Please be QUIET!
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: For my project, I am trying to determine which group will get distracted by the music the easiest and the fastest. The age groups are 6-9, 10-13, and 14+. I further divided these into groups by gender, girl and boy.
Project Number: 7305
Grades: 4-6   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  
I think your previous projects were much better!

 
Analysis of Efficiency of Antacids
Kings Christian Collegiate  -  Oakville, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: The purpose of this project was to determine the efficiency of commercial and natural antacids by titration, to establish the optimal amounts of natural antacids by calculation, and to investigate the mechanism of action of antacids through research. The antacids are substances that relief the stomach pain caused by stomach acid, HCl, through neutralization reaction with its basic property. Each antacid, a base substance, reacts with HCl solution to create water, salt, and gas in some cases. The commercial antacids, Sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO3) and Milk of magnesia (Mg(OH)2), and natural antacids, Diluted NCCA of pH 9.5, Almond milk, Skim milk, Papaya juice and Turmeric powder, were used for this experiment. Commercial antacids were observed to neutralize the most mol HCl, most percentage of mol HCl, and were observed to be the most efficient. Milk of magnesia had the highest percentage of mol and most mol HCl neutralized out of all antacids, and was the most efficient among the solution antacids. Also, the Skim milk had the highest efficiency, neutralized most mol HCL, and neutralized most percentage of mol HCl among the natural antacids. The ratio between the efficiency of different antacids with one another calculated how much more quantity the natural antacids would be required in order to have the same effect as the commercial antacids, which could be very use full in individual’s daily life.
Project Number: 7902
Grades: 10-12   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  Experiment was well done and the results are well presented. Detailed research and analysis are evident on the project. Webpage well presented.
Good project. Interesting results. Tables of results would have been helpful. Formatting issues (haphazard wrapping of text).

 
Commercial vs. Custom
Mentor College  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: My experiment is about how different blade designs and sizes, can affect the output of a wind turbine. I would like to do this experiment, because it will help to develop new ways to maximize power outputs of different wind turbines, and also help blade designers test their different designs, before they are put into commercial use.
Project Number: 7896
Grades: 7-9   Earth/Energy/Environmental
 
Comments:  Website: Well built website, uses media well, layering is done effectively and creatively, good use of diagrams and photos to explain materials and procedure. Background made reading information difficult; font size needs to be larger and formatted over a placeholder to read more easily. Easy to navigate, loads slowly at times however. Tables and graphs were good. Experiment: Clear objective, effectively uses the scientific method to investigate a useful scientific issue in an original way. Procedure clearly attempted to control all variables. Dependent variable was measured and analyzed accurately and was detailed. Data was organized very well and successfully conveyed results. Student had a clear understanding of the topic and principles behind wind turbines. Student was able to evaluate his own experimental flaws and was able to discuss future applications for what he discovered.

 
Soda Struck
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga , Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: Soft drinks are the beverage of choice for millions of North Americans. They are easily accessible, tasty, and inexpensive. Once thought of as guiltless refreshment, soft drinks are now coming under examination for their contributions to the development of heart disease, type two diabetes, and other chronic conditions. The increase in soft drink consumption among adolescents is raising concern about the health effects of soft drinks. Sugar-containing soft drinks can be cariogenic and their low pH can cause erosion in teeth. Erosion of teeth is by-enlarge significantly more harmful than tooth decay, and causes unnecessary tooth hyper-sensitivity. In addition, studies have shown that that fructose can cause changes in the brain that triggers overeating. In addition, there are serious concerns about the effect of soft drinks on building bone and keeping it strong and healthy. I tested five different sodas: Dr. pepper, coke, diet coke, sprite, and mountain dew.
Project Number: 7324
Grades: 7-9   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  The experiment is well done in great detail. Simple experiment.

 
The Bacterial Terminators
Mentor College  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: To investigate if bio-based cheap anti-bacterial chemicals are stronger than sanitizers
Project Number: 7894
Grades: 7-9   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  Website: Well-built website, uses several forms of media, layering is done effectively and creatively, excellent use of colour, text, diagrams, and photos. Easy to navigate, loads quickly; hovering over menu items, however, sometimes altered image of the menu. Graph was well done; perhaps a table of results could have been helpful. Quiz was a nice touch and allowed some fun interaction for the user. Great attention to detail is evident. Experiment: Clear objective, effectively uses the scientific method to investigate a useful scientific issue. Procedure clearly attempted to control all variables. Dependent variable was measured and analyzed accurately and was very detailed. Data was organized very well and successfully conveyed results. Student had a clear understanding of the topic and principles behind antibacterial sanitizers. Student was able to evaluate his own experimental flaws and was able to discuss future applications for what he discovered.

 
A Biofilm Breakthrough
Bishop Ryan Secondary School  -  Hamilton, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: Abstract In this investigation, poly sodium acrylate was analyzed to observe its effect on the growth of antibiotic resistant bacteria. If this problem is resolved by inhibiting bacteria growth, the hydrogel has proven its ability to treat various health infections, stop superbugs, and prevents the bacteria from developing antibiotic resistance again. Based on the research conducted, E. coli app
Project Number: 7906
Grades: 10-12   Biology
 
Comments:  Interesting idea. How were you able to identify and count the colonies of these bacteria so precisely, given the source was random surfaces ?

 
How Materials Affect Air Resistance
Sathya Sai School  -  Toronto, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: To figure out if a paper, a handkerchief and plastic bag parachute tested indoors and outdoors, will affect the amount of air resistance they have.
Project Number: 7870
Grades: 4-6   Physics/Astronomy/Mathematics
 
Comments:  Selected a topic that was very relatable yet kept it simple for the audience, increasing the complexity in small increments, ensuring it was not too much for the audience.
Well done.

 
Stretching Springs
Citadel Middle School  -  Port Coquitlam, British Columbia
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: This project attempts to derive mathematical equations, as well as experimental data, to describe how a spring moves in two-dimensional space.
Project Number: 7941
Grades: 7-9   Physics/Astronomy/Mathematics
 
Comments:  

 
How do Insulations affect Heat Loss
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: I did this project to find out which insulation cools down the fastest. First I have three cups, one with three layers of insulation, one with one layer of insulation, and one with no insulation. Then I put 110 F water in each cup equally and then put the cup in 78 F room temperature. Next, I wait 15 minutes 4 times, then wait 30 minutes once, and finally wait an hour between measurements. I then repeat this procedure in the refrigerator. The refrigerator's temperature is 48 F. Then I repeat this procedure by a big fan on its lowest setting. The room temperature for this experiment is the same temperature as the first experiment.
Project Number: 7926
Grades: 4-6   Physics/Astronomy/Mathematics
 
Comments:  Your project is appropriate for your grade level and the purpose is clear. The font size used on the web pages is too large. Try to reduce it next time.
Interesting

 
An "Apple" While you Study
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: To determine if listening to music while one studies affects his or her ability to memorize facts. My method goes as follows: 1. Seat the student in a room. 2. Give instructions (explain the purpose of the experiment) to the student and set up the room. 3. Administer test without music. a) Hand out the study sheet (facts to memorize), facing down, to the student. b) Ask student to turn over his or her study sheet. c) Start stopwatch for 40 seconds. d) The student now has 40 seconds to memorize the study sheet. e) After 40 seconds ask the student to turn over their study sheet. f) Collect the study sheet from the student and hand out the questionnaire. g) Start stopwatch for 30 seconds and tell the student to start filling out the questionnaire. h) After 30 seconds ask the student to stop writing and turn over the questionnaire. i) Collect the questionnaire. 4. Repeat steps 2-3 with music. 5. Repeat steps 3 and 4, 9 more times, completing the test with 5 boys and 5 girls.
Project Number: 7301
Grades: 4-6   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  You project is imaginative. The hypothesis is clearly stated, and the variables are controlled. The presentation is neat.
Good project. Better turn down that music!

 
Hand Sanitizer or Soap?
Lew Wallace STEM Academy  -  Gary , Indiana
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: We’re trying to see how fast our heart rate is without doing exercise, and doing exercise. We got the Resting EKG electrode stuck them to our arms. Next we put the red, black, and green cords onto our upper arm and wrists. After that we ran in place for 1 minute. We repeated the EKG after the subject did exercise. The average increase for our group was 10 beats per minute. Half of the students increased by 20 beats per minute and half did not increase at all. The students who had no increase were probably not working as hard at exercising as the others. We found out that when we do exercise our heart rate increases if we work hard.
Project Number: 7958
Grades: 7-9   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  Congratulations participating in the virtual science fair. Excellent project. Since you made many measurements it would help to see all the data presented in graph or table format. How did you determine that the colonies were fungus? How did you ensure that everyone used the same procedure to clean their hands?
Seems to be an image missing on the first page.

 
Does Acid Prevent Oxidation?
Lew Wallace STEM Academy  -  Gary, Indiana
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: Many cooks try to prevent oxidation and browning of fruit and the practice of pouring a small amount of lemon juice over apples to keep them white has been passed down for generations. I wondered if vinegar would work as well. Then I dip two apple slices into the neutralized vinegar, and two into the plain vinegar, and do the same with the lemon juice. When they have all been coated in the vinegar and lemon juice let the apples sit out for 3 days with two apple slices that were left untreated for the control to see if they brown. Each day I photographed the apple slices and I used Adobe Photoshop to convert them to black and white. I compared the pixel concentration of each slice by taking 5 readings from each slice using a program Image J from the NIH and available free on the internet. I then averaged the readings and graphed the results. The neutralized lemon juice worked best to prevent oxidation and browning of the apple so I discovered that acid is not the factor preventing oxidation. I believe that the Vitamin C in the juice prevents the oxidation.
Project Number: 7963
Grades: 7-9   Biology
 
Comments:  Congratulations on an excellent project. I was a little confused about how to interpret “pixel density”. I would have thought pixel density would increase with increasing oxidation -- i.e., as the apple got darker. I need more explanation to understand how you concluded from your data that the neutralized lemon juice treatment was most effective in preventing browning

 
Organic vs. Inorganic
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: My project is called 'Organic vs. Inorganic.' The purpose of my project is to find out if organic and inorganic food tastes different, which one more people prefer and if people can tell the difference between them. My hypothesis is that people will taste a difference and more people will prefer the taste of inorganic food instead of organic food. For my experiment I will get some people to try organic and inorganic milk, yogurt, and cheese and ask them a few questions such as
Project Number: 7297
Grades: 4-6   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  Web presentation is neat.
Good attempt at scientific method.

 
Knees Hurt? Lose Weight
Lew Wallace STEM Academy  -  Gary, Indiana
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: The more you weigh, the more stress you put on your knees. For my first experiment I first weighed the person and then I had the person walk and then run across the pressure sensor. I compared these results to a modeling experiment I did. In the modeling experiment I use metal beams from a vex robotics kit to make a limb. Then I added 51g weights and measured the force. As weight increases, force increases. In my experiment for every 51g the slope increased by 5 Newton, however when I measured the force exerted walking and running it was clear that a small weight gain results in a large increase in force. Twelve pounds added weigh results in approximately 100 N of additional force. This shows that additional weight contributes to force on the joint and will affect comfort. To improve knee comfort people need to lose weight.
Project Number: 7962
Grades: 7-9   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  Excellent project that addresses an important public health issue. The abstract was informative. The project description was clear and the data support your conclusions. The pictures are helpful in understanding about your “model joint”. I would like to know the age /gender of your experimental subjects and how you selected them.

 
Crystals "Natures Jewels"
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: hot water and salt saturated solution will produce crystals of different shape, size and clarity
Project Number: 7298
Grades: 4-6   Chemistry
 
Comments:  Good project and a neat presentation. Adding some pictures would have improved the presentation.
You mention taking pictures but I don't see any. Pictures would have been a good addition.

 
Effect of Sunlight on Yellow Leaves
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: My science project is about the effect of sunlight on yellow leaves. I wanted to observe if the yellow leaves of a fully grown plant would turn green if left in sunlight for a period of time. I observed the plant for 13 days. I wanted to find out if the yellow leaves would turn green with the effect of sunlight.
Project Number: 7300
Grades: 4-6   Earth/Energy/Environmental
 
Comments:  The purpose of the experiment is not very clear. Web presentation is neat.
Hypothesis needs more detail. Stationary images better than scrolling images

 
Mind Tools for Memory Use
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract:
Project Number: 7299
Grades: 4-6   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  You project is imaginative. The hypothesis is clearly stated, and the variables are controlled. The presentation is neat.
Very interesting. Of course a larger sample is needed but this is a good start. You may be interested in the book "Moonwalking with Einstein".

 
Which Metal Corrodes the Fastest?
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: I did this project to see which metal corrodes the fastest. The metals I am using in this project are zinc, copper, steel, aluminum, and silver. I am going to emerge these metals in two different water solutions. The water solutions are distilled water and a high salt water solution.
Project Number: 7302
Grades: 4-6   Chemistry
 
Comments:  The observations in the distilled water are not clearly mentioned.
Your observation table needs headings. Pictures would help.

 
Vitamin C - Don't Destroy Me!
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: I did this project to see if cooking foods with Vitamin C for a long period will decrease the vitamin level because Vitamin C is essential for our body every day. Cooking foods for a long time can destroy Vitamin C. So, when we eat that food, we can't get the Vitamin C in it. This experiment is to show how long should foods with Vitamin C be cooked for so that the Vitamin C doesn't get destroyed. That way, we get our Vitamin C every day. I will extract the juice and cook it over a stove. Then, using an iodine indicator, I will put drops of it in the cooked juice to indicate if the vitamin level went down. If it juice becomes darker against uncooked juice of the same fruit with the iodine indicator in it, it shows that the vitamin level went down and the Vitamin C was destroyed.
Project Number: 7303
Grades: 4-6   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  The project has been well presented.The web presentation is neat.
Pictures would be a nice addition to your project.

 
Cigarette Smoking
Selwyn House School  -  Westmount, Quebec
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Laude  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: My website will try and encourage of all ages to stop smoking. My website will tell you how smoking can affect yourself, others around you, and the environment. The website will also have statistics, facts, and a list of symptoms/diseases smoking can cause.
Project Number: 7409
Grades: 7-9   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  Great website! Well-organized and easy to navigate. The quiz is a nice addition to make the site more interactive. Overall a great project!

 
Through Thick and Thin
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract:
Project Number: 7610
Grades: 4-6   Physics/Astronomy/Mathematics
 
Comments:  The use of tables and graphs was meaningful and well presented. This site is attractive, well laid out, and has consistent design and format.
Interesting

 
Hydroponic Gardening
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontairo
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract:
Project Number: 7588
Grades: 4-6   Earth/Energy/Environmental
 
Comments:  The hypothesis is clearly stated and logical. The site has consistent design and format.
Photographs of experiment would help.

 
Music Effect Athlete Performance
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: To figure out whether music effects an athlete's performance.
Project Number: 7587
Grades: 4-6   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  The use of sample sizes and trials was well thought out and aided in ensuring accuracy. The site navigation is accurate and intuitive.
Interesting

 
How Much Protein in Every Day Food
Sherwood Heights School  -  Brampton, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: This project is about finding how much protein is in a certain food.
Project Number: 7586
Grades: 4-6   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  The hypothesis was well written and logical The text of the site is broken into accurate units and uses white space effectively.
Photographs of experiment would help.

 
Which Toothpaste Works Best?
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract:
Project Number: 7611
Grades: 4-6   Chemistry
 
Comments:  Excellent use of variables which were well described and presented. This site's links clearly indicate the content of the target page.
Photographs of experiment would help.

 
Which Pea Grow Fast?
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga , Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract:
Project Number: 7612
Grades: 4-6   Earth/Energy/Environmental
 
Comments:  The procedures used were very clear and well described. The site is aesthetically pleasing and engaging.
Photographs of experiment would help.

 
Soft and Hard Water
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract:
Project Number: 7602
Grades: 4-6   Physics/Astronomy/Mathematics
 
Comments:  The topic was well researched with a good experiment design. The site navigation is accurate and intuitive.
Interesting

 
Helping Canadians Live Better
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: To find out whether canola oil, olive oil, butter, mustard oil, or coconut oil has the most saturated fat and is therefore the unhealthiest for you.
Project Number: 7589
Grades: 4-6   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  The project has a high degree of difficulty with respect to the age of the student.The site is well-constructed, engaging, and allows for some interactivity.
Interesting

 
Four Elements
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract:
Project Number: 7755
Grades: 4-6   Biology
 
Comments:  The conclusion is logical and follows from the data. The index page provides a link to each page of the web site.
Which elements?

 
Egg Floatation!
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract:
Project Number: 7631
Grades: 4-6   Biology
 
Comments:  There was a clear hypothesis and a concise description of the procedure. The site navigation is easy to understand and intuitive.
Photographs of experiment would help.

 
Red Bull
Avonlea School  -  Avonlea, Saskatchewan
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract:
Project Number: 7335
Grades: 10-12   Chemistry
 
Comments:  Interesting idea and results. I would have liked to see times with and without energy drinks too.
Image missing on first page.

 
Are You Right or Left Eyed?
St. John's-Ravenscourt School  -  Winnipeg, Manitoba
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: We will to prove that out of four right handed and four left handed people that half of them are the opposite eye than hand and the other half is the same hand as eye. We will test this by getting the eight people and seeing if this is true. We will test if they are right or left eyed. We will split them by four left handed and four right handed people.
Project Number: 7763
Grades: 4-6   Biology
 
Comments:  Good job. Try to explore your experiment a little deeper next time. It will make your website more interesting!
Interesting.

 
Fly By
Avonlea School  -  Avonlea, Saskatchewan
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract:
Project Number: 7351
Grades: 7-9   Engineering/ComputerScience
 
Comments:  

 
Brain Development of Autism
Home School  -  Ottawa, Ontairo
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: I will be explaining the developmental differences between an Autistic and Non-Autistic brain
Project Number: 7330
Grades: 7-9   Biology
 
Comments:  

 
Which Batteries Last The Longest
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract:
Project Number: 7597
Grades: 4-6   Physics/Astronomy/Mathematics
 
Comments:  The procedures were clearly described and addressed the hypothesis well. The site is appealing, well-constructed and interesting.
Interesting

 
Soggy Popcorn
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga , Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: The effect of moisture on popcorn
Project Number: 7598
Grades: 4-6   Chemistry
 
Comments:  There was a very clear hypothesis and good description of the procedure. The site is well constructed and attractive.
Interesting

 
Passive Transport
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract:
Project Number: 7590
Grades: 7-9   Earth/Energy/Environmental
 
Comments:  
I can't seem to find your measurements.

 
What is in Nail Polish?
Home School  -  Ottawa, Ontairo
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: Explaining the chemical make up of nail polish.
Project Number: 7332
Grades: 4-6   Chemistry
 
Comments:  
A very basic experiment may have been a better choice. Be careful with spelling.

 
Health Risks of Marijuana
Selwyn House School  -  Westmount, Quebec
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: My project will help familiarize you with Health risks of marijuana. In my project you will see some shocking information about marijuana, and some studies on potential long and short term effects that can harm your body.
Project Number: 7595
Grades: 7-9   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  Interesting and relevant topic that comes up a great deal in the news. Well-covered, especially genetic component. Spelling errors, a lot of space on some pages, font could be larger, some text is aligned while some is centred, references should be alphabetically ordered.

 
Crash Test Dummies
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract:
Project Number: 7596
Grades: 4-6   Chemistry
 
Comments:  The hypothesis was clear and the design of the experiment showed good research. This site makes good use of white space.
Photographs of experiment would help.

 
Amazing Race
Avonlea School  -  Avonlea, Saskatchewan
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract:
Project Number: 7354
Grades: 7-9   Engineering/ComputerScience
 
Comments:  

 
Pumped Up Runners!
Calgary Science School  -  Calgary, Alberta
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: I tested the runners on Red Bull, Gatorade, Water, and Coke and they ran 1km.Red Bull made the runners run faster about 10 seconds compared to the no consumption test. Powerade made people run 10 seconds faster than the no consumption test. Dr.Pepper made runners run faster about 15 seconds compared to running with the no consumption test. The weather had an affect on my experiment because some days it would be cold outside and some days it would be hot.
Project Number: 7178
Grades: 7-9   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  It was ambitious to attempt to address more than one variable. How did you manage to manipulate the weather?
Good Project except for the Voice Thread issue. All the project files must be located on the VSF server so services such as Voice Thread and You Tube are not allowed.

 
Running on Air
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: Running on Air is a project that shows the need of an alternative for gasoline-HYDROGEN.
Project Number: 7391
Grades: 4-6   Earth/Energy/Environmental
 
Comments:  Great insights into the use of hydrogen in fuel cells for the future. The site is attractive and each link clearly indicates the content of the target page.
Interesting

 
Feeling HOT HOT HOT!
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: My purpose is to find out what causes the earth to have different seasons.My hypothesis is that Canada has different seasons because of its location on earth.I plan to have a stationary candle four replicas of earth around it on a different axis.This will demonstrate why we have different seasons.
Project Number: 7393
Grades: 4-6   Earth/Energy/Environmental
 
Comments:  Project is not to grade level expectations.
Interesting

 
Nantucket... A Disappearing Island
Selwyn House School  -  Westmount, Quebec
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: This project is all about beach erosion and how it affects Nantucket island. I will look into the science behind beach erosion and where it occurs, then I will focus more on how it affects Nantucket
Project Number: 7402
Grades: 7-9   Earth/Energy/Environmental
 
Comments:  Well-researched and relevant topic. Great photos but some text runs onto some of them. "Research" is spelled wrong on bibliography page. Overall a well-done website!

 
Microwaved Water and Plants
Calgary Science School  -  Calgary, Alberta
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: For my project I am looking at the effect of microwaved water on plants. I will be looking for growth and appearance.
Project Number: 7190
Grades: 7-9   Biology
 
Comments:  A well considered question that many people are curious about. Can we make the link to microwaved foods as well?

 
Heart Rate and Video Games
Calgary Science School  -  Calgary, Alberta
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: My science fair is on video games and how it effects heart rate. I tested 5 people on four games; sport, dancing, racing and a platform game were all used in my tests. In conclusion I found that the more the subjects move the higher their heart rate rose.
Project Number: 7189
Grades: 7-9   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  A solid project but one that probably did not provide you with any surprises.

 
Which AIrsoft Pistol Works Best?
Calgary Science School  -  Calgary, Alberta
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: I tested 3 pistols (C11, C311, and M9A1) the C11 shot and average of 245.4 FPS, the C311 shot at 185 fps, and the M9A1 shot at 302.4. The best overall grouping was the M9A1 with a grouping of 5cm. The best gun for the cost was the C11 because it shot decently and cost less than $100.
Project Number: 7150
Grades: 7-9   Physics/Astronomy/Mathematics
 
Comments:  Well done on integrating your interests into science fair. If money is no object which gun would you go with?
Movies files 223mb and 103mb far too large.

 
Psychology of an Electoral Campaign
Selwyn House School  -  Westmount, Quebec
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: This project will inform voters on the psychology behind an electoral campaign. It will teach people how campaign managers and politicians think about running a campaign.
Project Number: 7408
Grades: 7-9   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  Excellent website, colour choice and organization of content. Easy to navigate. Some text of references runs off the page and text could be justified on other pages for better alignment.

 
Math Mania
Calgary Science School  -  Calgary, Alberta
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: I was testing how video games affect performance on a multiplication test compared to other activities. I found out that it does help, however board games helps on a multiplication test more that video games.
Project Number: 7183
Grades: 7-9   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  Well researched and important question to answer. Nice to see my love of board games has some advantages.
Live links not allowed. All project files must be hosted on the VSF server.

 
The Amazing Almost Alive SeaMonkeys
Calgary Science School  -  Calgary, Alberta
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: Growing sea monkeys/brine shrimp and testing growing conditions. I’ve always liked marine biology. And as a kid I once had a tank of those Sea Monkeys. And through the years it intrigued me how they survived in the packets. I really wanted to know more, so this was a great opportunity.
Project Number: 7410
Grades: 7-9   Biology
 
Comments:  Valid questions about the adaptability of bring shrimp, but the testing and results could be more clearly presented.

 
How Clean Is Your Water?
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract:
Project Number: 7412
Grades: 4-6   Chemistry
 
Comments:  The has a high degree of difficulty with respect to the age of the student.The site is appealing and the home page provides an accurate link to each page.
Website text a bit hard to read easily.

 
Laser Tripwire Security System
Calgary Science School  -  Calgary, Alberta
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: What I’m doing for my project is building a laser tripwire security system with an Arduino UnoR3 and testing it by taking the system and plugging it into my computer and running a bunch of sketches to see if it works.
Project Number: 7214
Grades: 7-9   Engineering/ComputerScience
 
Comments:  After completing a programming project, I am curious as to whether you like programming more or less as it seems to be a very daunting project with all of the sketches you show.

 
Lemon Concentration
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract:
Project Number: 7413
Grades: 4-6   Earth/Energy/Environmental
 
Comments:  The use and control of variables is well thought out. This site is concise and the design and format are consistent.
Photographs would help.

 
Germs
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract:
Project Number: 7389
Grades: 4-6   Biology
 
Comments:  The procedures and results were clearly presented and easy to understand. The navigation was accurate and intuitive. The links are located on the left side of the page.
Photographs help.

 
Brine to Beverage
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: In this project of two of the most commonly used substances, salt and water, I will be trying to remove the salt from saltwater, giving us another way to make clean, fresh water.
Project Number: 7417
Grades: 4-6   Earth/Energy/Environmental
 
Comments:  The project is well planned and executed using the scientific method. An attractive and engaging site that uses project relevant graphics and is easy to navigate.
Website text a bit hard to read easily.

 
DC Motors
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: I'll be making DC motors Out of 9V batteries and D celled batteries. I will also be testing how long and how fast different types of motors work.
Project Number: 7418
Grades: 4-6   Physics/Astronomy/Mathematics
 
Comments:  There is evidence that research has been done on the subject. The navigation buttons are on the left side of the page.
Photographs would help.

 
High on Caffeine
Calgary Science School  -  Calgary, Alberta
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: My project is on caffeinated and non- caffeinated drinks and I wanted to see which one will improve your typing speed on the computer.
Project Number: 7167
Grades: 7-9   Engineering/ComputerScience
 
Comments:  Nicely done in showing that there may be some times when caffeine is useful. How would you now separate the effects of taurine and caffeine?
Live links not allowed.

 
Hockey Goalie vs. Hockey Player
Calgary Science School  -  Calgary, Alberta
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: I am testing what is a harder position in hockey, goalie or player. I am testing it with heart rate. The goalie was harder than the player
Project Number: 7166
Grades: 7-9   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  Great project, I like that you chose something that you were interested in.
Interesting.

 
Pain Tolerance
Calgary Science School  -  Calgary, Alberta
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: In my test, I tested which gender of teens has a higher pain tolerance. Through my testing I discovered that the girls had a higher pain tolerance than the boys.
Project Number: 7165
Grades: 7-9   Biology
 
Comments:  your research and your experiment were not directly related, but it is a good concept and good experimental design
Interesting.

 
Rollercoasters and Loops
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: I was testing to see what kind of weight would work better going on a rollercoaster loop.
Project Number: 7425
Grades: 4-6   Physics/Astronomy/Mathematics
 
Comments:  The use of variables and control of variables is well thought out. The navigation is clear and the page titles accurately reflect content.
Photographs would help.

 
Age, Taste Buds and Cooking Styles
Calgary Science School  -  Calgary, Alberta
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: My project is about taste buds and how different styles of cooking and age effect taste. In my experiment I found out that it is an opinion. Different styles of cooking can definitely effect taste buts it's your opinion if it's good or bad.
Project Number: 7159
Grades: 7-9   Biology
 
Comments:  Your project has a valid question and good testing procedures.
Interesting.

 
Music and Athletics
Calgary Science School  -  Calgary, Alberta
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: I Conducted an experiment on Music and its effect on Athletic Performance depending on the Genre. I will be Playing Classical, Pop, Country and a Controlled Test. I will be putting 25 students through a 4 Step Circuit, each Physical exercise will be performed for a minute long, The Exercises will be Push-ups, Sit-ups, Jumping jacks, and bur-pies. I found that Pop music worked the best.
Project Number: 7158
Grades: 7-9   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  Good decision making shown in removing specific subjects who seemed to be trying to influence the results.
Interesting.

 
Just Feed It
Calgary Science School  -  Calgary, Alberta
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: For my project I made a pet food feeder that is pet operated and would not use any electricity. My first design failed because I didn't realize that if my platform were on top of a piece of foam, only one side would sink if you stood on it. My second design worked pretty well after I made two more adjustments, which were; elastic bands, which pulled the other end of the lever down, and a stand.
Project Number: 7157
Grades: 7-9   Engineering/ComputerScience
 
Comments:  Interesting project, it would have been nice to have seen a functioning model of your work. It does solve a problem, but why would you choose a mechanical design rather than an electronic or computerized design?
Interesting.

 
Rock and Dissolve
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract:
Project Number: 7426
Grades: 4-6   Chemistry
 
Comments:  The hypothesis is clearly stated and logical. Each page contains a link to the home page.
Scrolling text not a good idea.

 
Light up the Mold!
Calgary Science School  -  Calgary, Alberta
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: I am tested how mold grows on bread in different types of lighting (Incandescent and Fluorescent). My experiment did not work because no mold grew through out the whole week.
Project Number: 7180
Grades: 7-9   Physics/Astronomy/Mathematics
 
Comments:  Interesting study, now I know how to keep mold off my bread
Interesting.

 
Submarines
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: To see if submarines need fins and if fins stabilize submarines
Project Number: 7377
Grades: 4-6   Engineering/ComputerScience
 
Comments:  The hypothesis was well written and logical. The site has appropriate graphics and uses white space effectively.
A bit of a mix-up here.

 
Lack of Sleep
St. John's-Ravenscourt School  -  Winnipeg, Manitoba
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract:
Project Number: 7753
Grades: 4-6   Biology
 
Comments:  Your project relates to our daily lives and follows the steps of the scientific method.
Interesting.

 
Is Your Window Right?
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: In my project, I used a CD case to test what kind of real-life window would work best at preserving heat during the winter.
Project Number: 7372
Grades: 4-6   Earth/Energy/Environmental
 
Comments:  Useful information that is well organized and presented as to how to effectively insulate a house. The site is attractive and has a consistent design and format.
Provide references for images.

 
Color and the Human Body
St. John's-Ravenscourt School  -  Winnipeg, Manitoba
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: Can what color we see affect the human body.
Project Number: 7750
Grades: 4-6   Biology
 
Comments:  The experimental design demonstrates understanding of the scientific method. The web site is attractive and engaging.
Live links not allowed. Interesting.

 
How Soda Changes Heart Rate
St. John's-Ravenscourt School  -  Winnipeg, Manitoba
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: In our experiment I will be testing if soda can change your heart rate.We plan on doing this of course by drinking soda.That is our experiment.
Project Number: 7749
Grades: 4-6   Biology
 
Comments:  Your project relates to our daily lives and follows the steps of the scientific method.
Live links not allowed. Video link did not work.

 
Exercising the Heart
St. John's-Ravenscourt School  -  Winnipeg, Manitoba
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: Our project is about does exercising make heart rate faster and what exercises make your heart beat the most.
Project Number: 7748
Grades: 4-6   Biology
 
Comments:  Your experimental design followed steps of the scientific method.
Live links not allowed. Very good video, fun to watch!

 
Exercising heart
St. John's-Ravenscourt School  -  Winnipeg, Manitoba
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: The mystery that we are solving is does the heart rate in people who exercise take longer or shorter to return to resting heart rate. The way that we are going to solve this is to get a bunch of test subjects 5 from each gender, we take some people that exercise and the ones who don't. We get their resting heart rate then they run up and down the stairs.
Project Number: 7744
Grades: 4-6   Biology
 
Comments:  Your experimental design followed steps of the scientific method.
A few website problems with this project.

 
How Light Travels.
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: My project is called that I think that light travels in a straight line. I used two pieces of cardboard with a hole in the center, and used a flash light in a dark room to see if the light hits the wall in a straight line.
Project Number: 7374
Grades: 4-6   Physics/Astronomy/Mathematics
 
Comments:  No data to support your experiment.
Photographs would be a nice addition to your project.

 
Which Battery Lasts The Longest
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract:
Project Number: 7710
Grades: 7-9   Chemistry
 
Comments:  The hypothesis is clearly stated and logical. The graphics of the site are well suited to the topic and the navigation is clear.

 
The Big Meltdown!
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: My project is called "The Big Melt Down". The purpose of my project is to see which mineral will be the most effective on ice. I predict that out of salt, De-icer, sand, and sugar; salt and De-icer will have a tie. People say that they put De-icer on their Pattern-Concrete and salt on the driveways because De-icer is just more gentle than salt. I'm going to find out if this is true.
Project Number: 7375
Grades: 4-6   Earth/Energy/Environmental
 
Comments:  Observations are not very detailed.
Photographs would be a nice addition to your project.

 
The New Fuel
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: To discover an alternative source of oil that will produce the same amount of heat energy as petroleum, but is more eco-friendly.
Project Number: 7376
Grades: 4-6   Earth/Energy/Environmental
 
Comments:  The experimental design demonstrates the potential for understanding new fuels and the advantages and disadvantages of alternate fuels. The site is well constructed, appealing and has consistent design and format.
Photographs would be a nice addition to your project.

 
Best Solar Still for H2O
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: The purpose of the project is to find out which homemade Solar Still can distill water best.
Project Number: 7390
Grades: 4-6   Earth/Energy/Environmental
 
Comments:  Very interesting and accurate research on creating effective solar stills that can benefit the developing worlds. This site is interesting and has pages that effectively utilize anchor links.
Photographs help.

 
The Point of a Parabola
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga , Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: The purpose of my project is to find out if a focused signal is better than a signal that is spread over a wide area.
Project Number: 7289
Grades: 7-9   Engineering/ComputerScience
 
Comments:  You have a creative experiment. The web presentation is very neat. The research on the topic was well presented.
Photographs would help your project.

 
Distract Me
Calgary Science School  -  Calgary , Alberta
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: I tested the attention span of different ages of people. I tested this with 2 different age groups. The people were in a room with distractions around the room. Distractions like people playing a game, a TV show playing, etc. Then make them look at a certain object. I timed how long it took them to look away from the object or get distracted. My results were that the younger people (The nine year olds) had a better attention span then the older people (The 13 year olds).
Project Number: 7197
Grades: 7-9   Biology
 
Comments:  

 
Gaming on Student's Math Marks
Calgary Science School  -  Calgary, Alberta
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: My project is about gaming on student's marks. After having them game (action, board and sport) for all 15, 30 and 1 hour, I will have them do a test composed of multiplication, division subtraction and addition.
Project Number: 7210
Grades: 7-9   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  You obviously chose a topic that you cared about and did a good job in trying to control for the effect that the length of playtime may have.

 
The Magic of Miriculin
Calgary Science School  -  Calgary, Alberta
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: in my project I tested the extent of miriculin on humans which showed to be drastic and I also wanted to see if age had any factor which showed very in sufficient
Project Number: 7209
Grades: 7-9   Biology
 
Comments:  Interesting experiment. I have not seen anyone work with this material before.

 
Fall Time
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: I did this project to find out the viscosity of different liquids. I needed 800mL cylinder, 3 different of shampoo, water, syrup, baby oil, cooking oil. I dropped the marble in the cylinder for every single liquid and calculated the time taken by the marble to travel to the bottom of the cylinder.
Project Number: 7380
Grades: 4-6   Chemistry
 
Comments:  A simple experiment. Neat presentation.
Watch spelling "Information"

 
Science Fair: Colour and Memory
Calgary Science School  -  Calgary, Alberta
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: I had four sets of words and in the first day a group of people will get one of the four colours with word set 1, then a different colour on word set 2, word set 3, and word set 1. Day two I will do the same thing but with a different group of grade 8 students. I did this 5 times (1 error) and test all the groups making sure every word set was seen with all four colours. I put the coloured word set projected on the smart board and showed the groups of people the words for a measured amount of time. Then after 30 seconds stopped showing them the words and I will give them the same measured amount of time to write down the words they remember. Then I counted how many correct words from the seen set are written down on their paper. My question was: Out of the colours red, blue, green and black, which colour does the brain best remember? Is there a colour that the brain best remembers?
Project Number: 7205
Grades: 7-9   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  Well thought out question with direct application to the life of a student.

 
Light the Way
Calgary Science School  -  Calgary, Alberta
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: I am doing a project on glow sticks and the chemicals inside them. I will be looking at how the inside chemicals of some glow sticks react to the outside chemicals of different glow sticks.
Project Number: 7204
Grades: 7-9   Chemistry
 
Comments:  You accomplished what you set out to do, but did not really challenge yourself.

 
Which Metal Conducts Heat Best?
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: In my project I will need 8 glasses, 3 kinds of metal, fridge, and a pitcher. the purpose of this experiment is to find out what metal conducts heat best. I got 4 glasses with warm water and 4 glasses with cold water. I will make pairs (one warm and one cold) and put them together but not touching. I will make three bridges per metal with rods. then I will record the temperatures every five minutes for thirty minutes.
Project Number: 7383
Grades: 4-6   Physics/Astronomy/Mathematics
 
Comments:  Project is not to grade level expectations.
Menu colours poor for visibility.

 
Can you see the Vitamin C?
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: My project is about testing how much vitamin C is in each juice. I will be using the juices fruit punch, orange, and grape fruit. To do this you need to use iodine. To know which one has the most you must make a mixture of iodine and a tablespoon of cornstarch. It should then look a dark blue color.
Project Number: 7384
Grades: 4-6   Chemistry
 
Comments:  The purpose of the experiment is not very clear. Web presentation is neat.
Interesting.

 
How Powerful is my Electromagnet?
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: My project is going to test how powerful an electromagnet is when powered by a AA cell battery. If that doesn't work, I'm going to use the normal required D cell battery. I searched how to do it easily as possible because I need it quick. I will need an iron bolt, wire, batteries, and magnets. I will wrap the wire around the iron bolt and connect the wire to the battery and see how many magnets it can hold.
Project Number: 7385
Grades: 4-6   Physics/Astronomy/Mathematics
 
Comments:  
Moving title etc. are not a good idea on a website.

 
A Quaky Clean Up
Calgary Science School  -  Calgary, Alberta
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: I have taken down feathers and created booms to see if I can adsorb oil. I tested how much oil a boom could adsorb and the best test was 1 cup of oil. It proved to be very effective and economical.
Project Number: 7108
Grades: 7-9   Earth/Energy/Environmental
 
Comments:  Good to know that people still care about our environment - I hope that we can avoid issues with oil spills, but nice to know that clean up is possible.
Interesting idea. There is a problem with the Gallery.

 
How Much Energy is in a Vegetable?
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: I will make a circuit with wires, 2 conductors, and a multimeter. I will measure the number of volts the vegetable produces.
Project Number: 7387
Grades: 7-9   Chemistry
 
Comments:  The conclusion is logical and follows from the data. The web site is well laid out and constructed with a cohesive flow.

 
Balancing Act
St. John's-Ravenscourt School  -  Winnipeg, Manitoba
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: In our project we are seeing what people can balance on and how long. We learned that the ear does most of our balancing so when we balance we are going to lean our heads. We are also going to time how long we can do it for.
Project Number: 7754
Grades: 4-6   Biology
 
Comments:  Your experiment was creative and the experimental design followed steps of the scientific method.
Nice location to do science project!

 
Anxiety
Calgary Science School  -  Calgary, Alberta
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: I experimented Test Anxiety. I chose 13 students and took their marks on tests. Using my anxiety relieving methods I conducted experiments and compared the test results. My tests are based on the assumption that students already feel anxiety and I was trying to help relieve it to improve students test marks. Breathing was consistently the most effective method followed by exercise, music then the non-modified test.
Project Number: 7213
Grades: 7-9   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  Nice choice in projects and in methods to test. Do you use any of these methods yourself now?

 
The Cellphone Project
Avonlea School  -  Avonlea , Saskatchewan
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: This project is about how moderate cellphone use affects a person's performance in both academic and physical tests.
Project Number: 7222
Grades: 7-9   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  

 
Heart Rates
Lew Wallace STEM Academy  -  Gary, Indiana
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: For our studies of people's heart rates, we used an EKG sensor to determine who had the highest heart rate. We tested DeJion to see how his heart rate before he ran. We put 2 electrodes on his right arm and put one electrode on his left arm. Then had him run in place for 1 minute then tested hi to see if his heart rate had change. We repeated these steps with LaCeyia to see if his heart rate had increase or decreaseDeJion had a higher heart rate than LaCeyia and the reason why is because he has more anger than LaCeyia. We also learned how to use the sensors and how to make graphs in Excel as part of this project..
Project Number: 7969
Grades: 10-12   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  Congratulations on a great effort. Very interesting hypothesis – linking heart rate to personality (more “aggressive = higher heart rate”.) It would be good to explain how you came to this conclusion, i.e. what is the physiological basis. Do you think it matters that you compared a male and female? Regarding your methods, the choice for electrode placement is unclear. EKG leads are usually put 1 on each arm and 1 on the leg. Your Graph axes need labels (e.g., what are the units of the x-axis). You conclude that DeJion had a higher heart rate (before running) but your text and the blue bar show 2beats?/3sec for DeJion and 3beats/3sec for LaCeyia. This looks like LaCeyia had a higher heart rate.
Student Ka'Ja White's name appears on 2 projects which is not allowed. Same Abstract as 7968. Register in 10-12 but says 7-9 on project.

 
Introduction to Oil
Selwyn House School  -  Montreal, Quebec
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract:
Project Number: 7564
Grades: 7-9   Earth/Energy/Environmental
 
Comments:  Good PIP, Great Contrast, all links work and images flow, missing citations and bibliography - Good research, relevant topic.

 
Solar Energy
Selwyn House School  -  Westmount, Quebec
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract:
Project Number: 7560
Grades: 7-9   Chemistry
 
Comments:  No Pip, Basic bibliography, good contrast, interactivity quiz, Extensive and relevant research
Image sources?

 
Is limb Regeneration Possible?
Selwyn House School  -  Montreal, Quebec
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: I researched limb regeneration in many different ways. I researched the different form of limb regeneration and how some living organisms do it and how and which they use to regenerate their limbs.
Project Number: 7559
Grades: 7-9   Biology
 
Comments:  Good site, Good level research, relevant topic, no interactivity, Lacks some depth. A lot of technical vocabulary, not fully explained
Image sources?

 
Drink lots, run fast?
Calgary Science School  -  Calgary, Alberta
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract:
Project Number: 7175
Grades: 7-9   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  Well done in choosing an experiment whose results will be directly applicable to you.
Interesting.

 
Uncovering Hidden Sugars in Foods.
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: In this project I am testing the glucose level of different foods and substances before and after adding an enzyme called "invertase". I am going to add the invertase and overtime note the increase of glucose in each substance.
Project Number: 7546
Grades: 4-6   Chemistry
 
Comments:  The design is aesthetically inviting and consistent.
Interesting

 
Coat Insulation
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: To find out which coat insulation is better (Wool, fur, and cotton).
Project Number: 7545
Grades: 4-6   Chemistry
 
Comments:  The procedures and results were clearly presented and easy to understand. Each page on the site contains a link to the home page.
Photographs of experiment would help.

 
Determining Most Common Personality
duPont Manual Science Fair  -  Louisville, Kentucky
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: The purpose of this project is to determine the validity of gender roles. Based on gender roles, the starting hypothesis for this experiment is that extrovert thinkers are more common among young (defined as 30 and under) males than young females, while introvert thinkers are more common among elderly (defined as over 50) male than elderly female. Extrovert thinkers are defined as people with an “E” and “T” in their personality types, while introvert thinkers are defined as people with an “I” and “T” in their personality types. The data for this experiment was collected through a survey that asked participants for their age, gender, and personality type. The results showed that females over the age of 50 were shown to have a strong tendency to be introvert thinkers in contrast to their younger counterparts with extrovert thinker personality types. This is shown by the P value of 0.00001. While males under the age of 30 were shown to have a strong tendency to be extrovert thinks unlike their older counterpart with introvert thinker personality types shown by the P value of 0.0057. Therefore, the hypothesis was partly supported that there was a higher tendency for extrovert thinkers to be more common among young males than young females, while introvert thinkers were more common among elderly female than elderly males.
Project Number: 7828
Grades: 10-12   Biology
 
Comments:  Using a random social media distributed survey, how did you get exactly 8 males & 8 female in each age category (except 7 males >74) ?
Quite Interesting, but not a very engaging website presentation.

 
Corrosion On Different Metals
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract:
Project Number: 7836
Grades: 4-6   Chemistry
 
Comments:  The date is correctly analyzed. The site is engaging and provides for some interactivity.
Interesting.

 
Testing The Toothpaste
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: The purpose of my project was to check how much paste has been removed from the egg.
Project Number: 7293
Grades: 7-9   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  

 
Move it with Sound
Avonlea School  -  Avonlea, Saskatchewan
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: My project was based on how when speakers are cranked to the max volume it makes a house vibrate so I decided that I would test which sound would make the biggest vibrations I used the sub-woofer on the speaker to make the vibrations cause it was the part of the stereo that had the biggest boom when I played the two sounds. So I began testing the two sounds to see which one would make a die move t
Project Number: 7220
Grades: 7-9   Physics/Astronomy/Mathematics
 
Comments:  

 
Body Temperature:Muscles at Work!
Lew Wallace STEM Academy  -  Gary, Indiana
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: For our studies of people's heart rates, we used an EKG sensor to determine who had the highest heart rate. We tested DeJion to see how his heart rate before he ran. We put 2 electrodes on his right arm and put one electrode on his left arm. Then had him run in place for 1 minute then tested hi to see if his heart rate had change. We repeated these steps with LaCeyia to see if her heart rate had increased or decreased. DeJion had a higher heart rate than LaCeyia and the reason why is because he has more anger than LaCeyia.
Project Number: 7968
Grades: 10-12   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  Congratulations on a great effort and studying an important problem. Please accept the following constructive comments. The first sentence of the abstract is unclear. Regarding methods: where was the temperature probe placed ? The measurements were repeated 3x for each person. Did they rest between trials? Or did they drink water between trials? For the data, it is not clear if you are giving only one result per person or are reporting the mean. The conclusion that people with more body fat had a greater temperature change is interesting but you don’t give any data to support this. Did you weigh each person? If you did weigh each person, this would not tell you how much fat each person had. This would be interesting to follow up on.
Register in 10-12 but says 7-9 on project??Same Abstract as 7969

 
Energy Boost
Avonlea School  -  Avonlea, Saskatchewan
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: Which drink (Gatorade, PowerAde, Coke, Water or Chocolate Milk) will replenish your energy after a workout? We can conclude that the Gatorade worked the best. We tested 8 people on which drinks refilled our energy. We made them run back and forth. Then we gave them 1½ cups of a drink, and then we made them run again. We timed them both runs to see if their times improved or decreased.
Project Number: 7223
Grades: 7-9   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  

 
Alternative Sources for Paper Fiber
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: In my project, I will test to see which types of fiber makes the best paper, using either recycled paper and plant fibers such as leaf, grass, and stem fiber.
Project Number: 7524
Grades: 7-9   Earth/Energy/Environmental
 
Comments:  Excellent project topic with practical applications for the future. The site is attractive, engaging and well formatted with consistency throughout.
Hard to read text on background image.

 
Vanishing Plastic!
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: My project goal is to make natural plastic and compare it with petroleum plastic between the decomposition of shape, size and weight.
Project Number: 7521
Grades: 7-9   Earth/Energy/Environmental
 
Comments:  The data is correctly analyzed with easy to understand results. This site contains plenty of white space and the links clearly indicate the content of each page.

 
Batteries that Makes Cents
Sherwood Heights School  -  mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: I will be making a mini-battery. I will be testing if the amount of coins added to the pile in the battery affected the amount of voltage produced and how.
Project Number: 7519
Grades: 7-9   Earth/Energy/Environmental
 
Comments:  Data is analyzed correctly with clear results that are easy to understand. The navigation of this site is clear and there is a consistent design throughout.

 
Which Type of Water is the Hardest?
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: The purpose of my experiment is to determine the hardness levels of the following types of water: distilled water, bottled mineral water, tap water, rainwater, and pond water.
Project Number: 7516
Grades: 7-9   Earth/Energy/Environmental
 
Comments:  Data is presented in a meaningful format including charts and graphs. The design of the site is attractive and consistent. .

 
What Light do Plants Grow Better in
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: This project is to test which light will grow better in either artificial colour light, artificial white light, or natural light.
Project Number: 7514
Grades: 7-9   Biology
 
Comments:  The project is well planned and executed using the scientific method. The site is visually appealing and uses relevant graphics.

 
Want Font?
Avonlea School  -  Avonlea , Saskatchewan
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: Do font types affect how well kids remember a story? We tested 12 kids and gave each the same story in a different font. We thought that the kids would remember the crazy font better. In the results normal and handwriting both got the same results with 3 getting 85% and one 100%. With the crazy font one got 43% and the rest 85%. We conclude that kids can remember handwriting and normal font best.
Project Number: 7226
Grades: 7-9   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  

 
Onions Make You Cry Chilled Or Warm
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: My project is to examine if the amount of eye irritation that occurs from peeling onions is affected when you chill or warm the onion. Also, to investigate if different types of onions produce the same results.
Project Number: 7512
Grades: 7-9   Chemistry
 
Comments:  The conclusion is logical and follows from the data. The site is attractive and has a consistent design and format.

 
Sticky Situation
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: The project's purpose is to see if temperature have an effect on the adherence of tapes.
Project Number: 7511
Grades: 7-9   Chemistry
 
Comments:  The hypothesis is clearly stated and logical. The site is well constructed and uses white space effectively.
Simple, interesting.

 
Crazy Paintball Variables
Calgary Science School  -  Calgary, Alberta
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: I tested the different variables of a paintball by shooting it at a target and recording the velocity and accuracy of the different variables.
Project Number: 7534
Grades: 7-9   Physics/Astronomy/Mathematics
 
Comments:  Paintball is an up and coming sport with many brands. I wonder if scientific tests have been done to speak about the quality of the equipment or if it is all limited to user reviews.

 
Going With The Beat
St. John's-Ravenscourt School  -  Winnipeg, Manitoba
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: We are trying to find out which activity between two likely choices, fear or exercise, makes the most drastic change in your heart rate. We predict that the most drastic change in your heart rate will be exercise. For the exercise experiment, we will use a treadmill. For the fear experiment, we will use a twenty minute short scary video on YouTube.
Project Number: 7770
Grades: 4-6   Biology
 
Comments:  Your site was nice to look through. A very thorough job!
Live links not allowed. Interesting.

 
Mood Flash
Mentor College  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: My experiment is to see if weather would affect a persons mood.
Project Number: 7895
Grades: 7-9   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  Website: Well-built website, some layering is done, excellent use of colour; more photos and diagrams to explain research and procedure would be helpful; smaller font size would make for easier readability. Easy to navigate, loads quickly. Table and graphs were ok; table and figure legends would have helped explain the data. Experiment: Clear objective, uses the scientific method to investigate a useful scientific issue. Procedure clearly attempted to control all variables. Qualitative nature and subjectivity of the dependent variable made it difficult to accurately analyze results; a larger sample size and percentage analysis would have helped. Data was still organized well and conveyed results. Student had an understanding of the topic and principles behind mood and weather. Student was able to evaluate his own experimental flaws and was able to discuss future applications for what he discovered.

 
E. Coli on Frequently used bottles
duPont Manual Science Fair  -  Louisville, Kentucky
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: This experiment was done for the purpose of finding the growth of E Coli in frequently used water bottles. Because some water bottles can contain E. Coli, this tested the possibility of E. Coli growing to a dangerous amount. The initial E. Coli that was put into the water bottles did form multiple colonies but there weren’t enough to cause alarm. For this experiment the E. Coli strain K12 was used. Three different groups of water bottle, containing 30 bottles in each, were used for experimentation to see how the bacteria grow in different situations. One sample had plain water, another had water with a mixture of saliva, and the final sample had more K12 than the rest. After some time the water samples from each of the bottles were collected and taken out to count the amount of E. Coli colonies in each. Approximately 5ml of water from the samples were placed into petri dishes for counting the amount of colonies that came from their original sample. After the colonies were counted, an ANOVA test was done to test if there was any significance in the experiment. The results from the ANOVA test showed that there was no significance. There was a minute growth in the E. Coli from each of the samples. The results did not support the hypothesis and were insignificant.
Project Number: 7904
Grades: 10-12   Chemistry
 
Comments:  

 
Functional Fixedness in Language
duPont Manual Science Fair  -  Louisville, Kentucky
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: This study aims to explore the unknown world of functional fixedness in the context of English language and syntax. By studying functional fixedness in language, one can further understand the underlying reasons and development of functional fixedness in human beings.
Project Number: 7914
Grades: 10-12   Biology
 
Comments:  
The PowerPoint Speaking note were essential to understanding the project, but they did not appear in some browsers and it took some adjustments for them to work even in IE.

 
Controlling Powdery Mildew
duPont Manual Science Fair  -  Louisville, Kentucky
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: Powdery Mildew is a fungal disease that can affect many different plants. It is a disease that can be easily identified by the white spots on either the plant’s leaves or stem. Powdery Mildew is a problem that many people have faced, such as farmers, or even your ordinary gardener. People have tried to find different methods on solving this problem. Some people use the common method, fungicide, but others have used their own methods like mouthwash. With all these methods, no one really knows with one is the best one. This experiment will allow us guidance on with of these methods are the best. This study is done by having 3 groups, one using fungicide, one using mouthwash, and a control group. Each of the groups will experience the Powdery Mildew in their growth and each of the methods would be applied. After conducting this experiment, the results suggest that the best method was mouthwash. The mean of the infected area of the mouthwash, 0.667 cm, was less compared to the mean of the infected area of the fungicide, 0.733 cm. With this in mind, the hypothesis was not support with the data given.
Project Number: 7915
Grades: 10-12   Biology
 
Comments:  
This project would have been ideal for photographs.

 
Effect of Music on Keying Speed
duPont Manual Science Fair  -  Louisville, Kentucky
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract:
Project Number: 7939
Grades: 10-12   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  
No Project Info Page.

 
Getting Ahead of Sleep
Olympiads School  -  Toronto, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract:
Project Number: 7947
Grades: 7-9   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  

 
File Manager
duPont Manual Science Fair  -  Louisville, Kentucky
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: File Manager addresses the problem of managing the file system of one's computer. This problem is an important one as it is vital for a clean and efficient work environment needed for the proper use of computers. With good file management finding a specific file does not take a lot of time, while if it was all in one location it would take some time to locate the file. This breaks the work flow, which is something that in a school and work environment is something one should avoid. This application will solve this issue by providing an automated system to manage your files in an organized fashion.
Project Number: 7786
Grades: 10-12   Engineering/ComputerScience
 
Comments:  
Spelling FileManger Screen shots, simulations needed.

 
Simulation of Stochastic Algorithm
duPont Manual Science Fair  -  Louisville, Kentucky
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract:
Project Number: 7948
Grades: 10-12   Engineering/ComputerScience
 
Comments:  Great idea. Missing results, PowerPoint, any graphical representation of simulation.
Looks like a live link to Google docs - PowerPoint. Project would have been great for video and photographs.

 
Exercise and your Breath!
St. John's-Ravenscourt School  -  Winnipeg, Manitoba
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: I plan on checking to see how many breaths someone takes in one minute after they exercise. I will measure their breaths for one minute before they exercise and then have them skip rope for 2 minutes. Then I will count how many breaths they take in the one minute right after they skipped.
Project Number: 7779
Grades: 4-6   Biology
 
Comments:  Good job. Try to explore your experiment a little deeper next time. It will make your website more interesting!
Live links not allowed. Interesting.

 
Water around the world
Selwyn House School  -  Westmount, Québec
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract:
Project Number: 7569
Grades: 7-9   Earth/Energy/Environmental
 
Comments:  PIP Good, Links Good, Contrast OK. Citations weak/none & Bibliography weak, No interactivity, Good content, well researched, should focus more on the solutions to water depletion problem.
Some display issues.

 
Tongue Twister
St. John's-Ravenscourt School  -  Winnipeg, Manitoba
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: In this project we are trying to prove that different parts of the tongue will react differently to the same food.We will prove this by dulling down a hard candy with water then place it on different parts of our tongue and see how it tastes.Since it is sour we will see what it tastes like just on sweet,umami,salty and bitter taste buds. We will try it with different hard candies to see the different tastes.
Project Number: 7771
Grades: 4-6   Biology
 
Comments:  Your site was nice to look through. It’s obvious you enjoyed this project!
Live links not allowed. Interesting.

 
Do Gamers Have a Faster Reaction
Miss Edgar's and Miss Cramp's School  -  Westmount, Quebec
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: The goal of our project was to find out whether teenage video-gamer girls, that play video-games for more than 7 hours a week, have a faster reaction than girls that do not play video-games. We had to tests, that included catching a meter stick and an online test. We have concluded, through our tests, that teenage video-gamer girls do have a faster reaction than teenage non video-gamer girls.
Project Number: 7729
Grades: 7-9   Engineering/ComputerScience
 
Comments:  Your site is simple and clean, with all of the colors drawn straight from the background image. It looks coordinated and beautiful!

 
The Brain and Caffeine
St. John's-Ravenscourt School  -  Winnipeg, Manitoba
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: Our project is on caffeine and the effects of it on the brain. The idea of the project is to see what happens to you after you consume caffeine. We are going to give several people, including ourselves, different drinks with caffeine in it and see how they react. We predict that each person will have different reactions to this substance. We are trying to prove that your brain functions differently with the influence of caffeine.
Project Number: 7769
Grades: 4-6   Biology
 
Comments:  I can tell you really put a lot of effort into this project!
Live links not allowed. Looks like fun.

 
Meat Blaster
St. John's-Ravenscourt School  -  Winnipeg, Manitoba
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: In our project we are taking a Three pieces of Steak(Steak=Stomach) and then putting three different kinds of pop on each piece of steak then we are letting the steak sit for two days then we will see what pop rotes your stomach the most.
Project Number: 7768
Grades: 4-6   Biology
 
Comments:  A nice site, Look to see how you can add more details to a project like this in the future!
Live links not allowed. Pictures add to the project.

 
Keep Your Teeth Clean
St. John's-Ravenscourt School  -  Winnipeg, Manitoba
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: What we are doing is using a bottle with a cap to see if food will dissolve faster chewed up. We will smash up one hard food. The other will be regular. We will see which one dissolves faster. That is our project for Virtual Science Fair
Project Number: 7767
Grades: 4-6   Biology
 
Comments:  Very well organized. Solid work!
Interesting

 
3G vs 4G
Lew Wallace STEM Academy  -  Gary, Indiana
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: It is said that 4G is better than 3G so I am going to do a project. To really see if 4G is better than 3G phones. People always say that 4G is better but I am going to find out when I test the two phones. I am going to test the two phones to find out the truth. I first send a message from a 4G phone to a 3G phone then I switched and send a message to a 3G phone from a 4G phone. The phones used were Galaxy s3 which is 4G and an I-phone which is 3G. The G4 is better because it can hold more information such as contacts, pictures, and music. Text messages also come in faster than 3G phones. When I sent a message from the 3G phone to the 4G it came in quicker than when I sent a message from the 4G phone to the 3G phone.
Project Number: 7964
Grades: 7-9   Engineering/ComputerScience
 
Comments:  Congratulations on participating in the virtual science fair. The question you ask has important implications for cell phone marketing. The presentation would be improved if you explained how you measured the time and the units should be specified (I assume seconds). It is great that you repeated the measurements. Did both phones use the same carrier (ATT, Sprint, T-mobile, Cricket?). Does it matter that the phones are different models (Galaxy vs I phone?)

 
Space Time and Matter
Selwyn House School  -  Westmount, Quebec
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract:
Project Number: 7558
Grades: 7-9   Physics/Astronomy/Mathematics
 
Comments:  No PIP, No bibliography, good contrast, good imagery - Content good, Research good. Could use a little greater depth. Emphasis on historical perspectives.
Image sources?

 
Heart Rate, CO2 and Exercise
Lew Wallace STEM Academy  -  Gary, Indiana
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: Our experiments are looking at how heart rate and breathing are affected by exercise. We did two sets of experiments, one to look at the amount of carbon dioxide in our breath and another to see how heart rate changes with exercise. The heart rate increases and the amount of carbon dioxide in each breath increases. The heart pumps faster to move glucose and oxygen to the muscles and to remove the carbon dioxide. More carbon dioxide is released from the lungs and exchanged for oxygen.
Project Number: 7965
Grades: 7-9   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  Congratulations participating in the virtual science fair. It would be good to have more description about the physiology that you think underlies your experiments. There are no data so there is no way to judge whether your hypotheses were supported. For exp1, you hypothesize that Jasmine’s heart rate will increase the most because she is the most hyper. It is not clear how this is connected to exercise.

 
Shredding Paper
Calgary Science School  -  Calgary, Alberta
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: I am testing on which materials other than metal are best at cutting through pieces of paper. So what I am testing is that, I will be testing three materials (plastic used by the tips of forks, wood used by toothpicks, and aluminum, which is basically toothpicks with their tips cut off and replaced with aluminum foil). And then there would be nails to represent metal. However, only wood worked while the other materials were not sharp enough. And my model for the experiment was not built to hold these heavy nails. Why would I had metal as part of test? Even though metal is not the main point of the test, I originally hoped that the best material of the original three would get to compete with metal, but since there was problems, I gave up on that plan. It seems though, I could've improve the shredder, by stuffing in news papers into the roll so it won't easily move side to side, instead it stays still. Plastic failed because it wasn't sharp enough and that it didn't have to same kind of support structure wood and aluminum got, and aluminum foil failed because although I had these toothpicks wrapped inside them to keep the structure well, the tips that were made of aluminum just got squished into flatness.
Project Number: 7153
Grades: 7-9   Engineering/ComputerScience
 
Comments:  Nice to see you taking on a complicated and ambitious build.
Interesting.

 
How Do Crystals Form?
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: To see how crystals form with different temperature solutions
Project Number: 7737
Grades: 4-6   Physics/Astronomy/Mathematics
 
Comments:  The values of relevant variables are accurately recorded. This site is interesting and the navigation is clear and understandable.
Photographs of experiment would help.

 
Strongest Hand?
Lew Wallace STEM Academy  -  Gary, Indiana
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: For our studies of people's heart rates, we used an EKG sensor to determine who had the highest heart rate. We tested DeJion to see how his heart rate before he ran. We put 2 electrodes on his right arm and put one electrode on his left arm. Then had him run in place for 1 minute then tested hi to see if his heart rate had change. We repeated these steps with LaCeyia to see if her heart rate had increased or decreased. DeJion had a higher heart rate than LaCeyia and the reason why is because he has more anger than LaCeyia.
Project Number: 7967
Grades: 10-12   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  Excellent job. The abstract got my attention. The project description is clear and the data support the conclusions. The results are interesting. It would be good to add some information about why you thought right hands would be stronger. Does it matter if the person is right or left handed? Why would athletes have stronger left hands? What kind of sport(s)? What is the gender of each of your subjects

 
The Effect of Video Games
Selwyn House School  -  Westmount, Quebec
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: In this project I will explain how video games affect your senses. I will see if video games weaken or strengthen your senses.
Project Number: 7505
Grades: 7-9   Chemistry
 
Comments:  Interesting and relevant topic. Content is good but needs to be organized & formatted differently. Difficult to read text over background, and bibliography is missing dates. Width is too big.

 
Tell with Smell
St. John's-Ravenscourt School  -  Winnipeg, Manitoba
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: We are trying to find out if you can tell a food just by it's smell. We will test different people with different foods/liquids. We think that the foods/liquids with the stronger smells will be more noticeable.
Project Number: 7772
Grades: 4-6   Biology
 
Comments:  Good effort. Try to be more detailed in the future.
Live links not allowed. Interesting.

 
Materials vs. Magnetism
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract:
Project Number: 7698
Grades: 4-6   Physics/Astronomy/Mathematics
 
Comments:  The procedures are clearly described and address the hypothesis. The site is well-constructed, attractive, and utilizes relevant graphics.
Website a bit too busy.

 
How Diabetes is an Epidemic
Selwyn House School  -  Westmount, Quebec
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: In my project, it talks about and explains how Diabetes is an epidemic. What leads to it, its consequences, what types,etc. Diabetes is all over the world and in this project it talks about the population who's affected by this disease and why it goes up every year.
Project Number: 7508
Grades: 7-9   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  Great topic that is very relevant to current issues. Well-covered but more could be discussed about genetics of condition. Homepage should have some text / an intro. Black text is hard to read on blue background. Two references are only URLS.

 
Which Bread Creates Fungus Fastest
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: I'm going to find out either bread with preservatives or bread without preservatives creates fungus faster.
Project Number: 7451
Grades: 4-6   Chemistry
 
Comments:  The hypothesis is clearly stated. The index page provided a link to each page of the site.
Photographs would help.

 
T.V. Time!
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: The purpose of my project is to see if watching T.V. affects you while doing your homework. However, I will see if doing homework is better without T.V. I will get my test subjects to take a test without T.V. and then make them do it again but with the loud distracting T.V. Then see if the results are better with T.V. or without T.V.
Project Number: 7444
Grades: 7-9   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  

 
Does Colour Affect Memory?
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontairo
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: My project is to see if people can remember more words in color or more words in black and white. I will test people by giving them 1 minute to remember the words in color first. Then I give them two minutes to write down all the words they remember on a piece of paper. I am going to do the same thing again for the words in black and white.I will test 24 people.
Project Number: 7443
Grades: 7-9   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  

 
Brain Meets Skull, Man Meets Trauma
Selwyn House School  -  Westmount, Quebec
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: In this project, we will be discussing concussions and the effects. We will also talk about the stories of athletes who have suffered from serious concussions in which some could have been fatal. In our project we will also be talking about the advancements hockey brands (like Reebok, CCM, Bauer, etc) are making in their helmets to help prevent concussions or reduce the rate of them, these helmets are also being made in American Football.
Project Number: 7442
Grades: 7-9   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  Very current and relevant topic. Well-covered in content and specific examples of athletes who have had concussions. A lot of space at bottom of "What is a concussion?" & "Results" & "Athlete Ranking", one image does not load on "Surveys", athlete spelled wrong in menu bar, images should be captioned, new format needed for bibliography (due to overlapping and should be alphabetical by source.
Image missing.

 
Aidan's Amazing Reaction Time Test
Calgary Science School  -  Calgary, Alberta
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: My project is on reaction time. I tested people with a ruler and they caught it. My results showed that in the middle of the day you have the best RT and in the morning you had the worst
Project Number: 7256
Grades: 7-9   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  Good test though you would have benefitted from more test subjects.

 
Magnetic Levitation Movement
Calgary Science School  -  Calgary, Alberta
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract:
Project Number: 7257
Grades: 7-9   Engineering/ComputerScience
 
Comments:  Well done in staying with the projects and making improvements even if you never ultimately achieved your initial vision.

 
A Pavlovian Response?
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract:
Project Number: 7713
Grades: 7-9   Chemistry
 
Comments:  The procedure is concisely described and easy to follow. The site navigation is clear and intuitive.

 
Rust Resistance
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract:
Project Number: 7703
Grades: 4-6   Chemistry
 
Comments:  Incomplete.
Photographs of experiment would help.

 
Butter Side Toast
Sherwood Heights School  -  mississauga, Ontairo
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract:
Project Number: 7456
Grades: 4-6   Physics/Astronomy/Mathematics
 
Comments:  The hypothesis is clearly stated. The navigation links are located on the left hand side of the page and accurately labeled.
Interesting

 
Shaped Wings
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract:
Project Number: 7699
Grades: 4-6   Physics/Astronomy/Mathematics
 
Comments:  The experimental design demonstrates understanding of scientific methods.The web site is attractive and engaging.
Nice

 
Flower Power
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract:
Project Number: 7458
Grades: 4-6   Chemistry
 
Comments:  The use of variables and control of variables is understood. Links correctly indicate the content of each target page.
Photographs would help.

 
The Solar Light
Avonlea School  -  Avonlea, Saskatchewan
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: Our project is trying to figure out which light bulb gives off more heat to a solar panel.
Project Number: 7260
Grades: 7-9   Earth/Energy/Environmental
 
Comments:  

 
How Deep Sea Creatures Survive
Selwyn House School  -  Westmount, Quebec
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: We will study how deep sea creatures have adapted to the harsh conditions of the deep sea, And we will identify two creatures and their adaptations.
Project Number: 7681
Grades: 7-9   Biology
 
Comments:  Good PIP, Basic Bibliography, good contrast, all links and image load and flow - Good research, little low on depth of research

 
Inattentional Blindness: Now You Se
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: My science fair project is on the science of inattentional blindness. Inattentional blindness is the science of not being able to see something even though it is right in front of you. Based on this thesis, I would like to prove if inattentional blindness if inattentional blindness occurs. I want to see if it affects age, and gender. Also I would like to know that if the brain is subjected to multiple stimuli, inattentional blindness will occur. I will test everyone by showing a video and a couple of sentences. I will see if they see what I want them to see.
Project Number: 7286
Grades: 7-9   Biology
 
Comments:  Good Experiment. Logical conclusion based on the results.

 
I Question IQ Tests
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: The primary objective of my project is to find out if an IQ (Intelligence Quotient) test really is a good measure of a person's intelligence. During this experiment, I plan to answer many questions such as: Are Men Smarter Than Women?, Does Age Reflect on Intelligence?, and Is Intelligence Hereditary?
Project Number: 7288
Grades: 7-9   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  A very interesting project. Very well researched. Well displayed and presented.

 
Homemade vs Store Bought Lights
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: To see if a homemade light bulb is better than a store bought light bulb.
Project Number: 7292
Grades: 7-9   Earth/Energy/Environmental
 
Comments:  

 
Organisms in Your Milk
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract:
Project Number: 7741
Grades: 7-9   Biology
 
Comments:  The use and control of variables is understood. The site is interesting and uses topic appropriate graphics.

 
Optimizing Solar Energy
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: My project is to find out, if a solar cells angle affects the amount of energy is generated. During my project I will also find out which angle will conduct the most energy, and when the most energy is conducted. I think a 45 degree angle will conduct the most energy, I will also be testing 90,67,32, and 0 degree angles.
Project Number: 7294
Grades: 7-9   Earth/Energy/Environmental
 
Comments:  The experiments are well controlled and detailed. Good presentation.

 
Decomposition of Plastic Bags
Miss Edgar's and Miss Cramp's School  -  Westmount, Quebec
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract:
Project Number: 7656
Grades: 7-9   Earth/Energy/Environmental
 
Comments:  My apologies! The comment for 7656 should read: Maddie, your site is minimalistic yet you made good use of the different shades of green adds visual interest. Good job.
Photographs please.

 
Which Liquid Makes Rust Faster?
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract:
Project Number: 7635
Grades: 4-6   Chemistry
 
Comments:  The conclusion was logical, clear and followed the data and hypothesis. The index page a menu of links to all parts of the site.
Nice

 
How Fast Is Your Computer?
Home School  -  New Providence, Iowa
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: I will be testing different computers to see how fast they are.
Project Number: 7634
Grades: 4-6   Engineering/ComputerScience
 
Comments:  
Live links not allowed.

 
Something to Drink?
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract:
Project Number: 7700
Grades: 4-6   Biology
 
Comments:  The data is presented in a meaningful format including charts and graphs. Each page contains a link to the index page.
Photographs of experiment would help.

 
The Effects of Exercise
Calgary Science School  -  Calgary, Alberta
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: I was testing if different exercise times increase you multiplication test times and score, my results have came in and told me the 15 minute exercise test and the 60 minute exercise test did the best
Project Number: 7170
Grades: 7-9   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  Studies have agreed with your results, which just goes to show that sometimes the science in right, no matter who does it!
Interesting.

 
Vitamin E and the aging process
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract:
Project Number: 7633
Grades: 4-6   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  The data was presented in an excellent way with a variety of tables and graphs. The site is appealing, interesting and contains a lot of white space.
Nice

 
Acid Rain
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: My project is to test the effect of acid on seed germination. I will soak black beans in different concentrations of Vinegar, and then put them in potting soil. I will observe their growth over a period of two weeks.
Project Number: 7281
Grades: 7-9   Earth/Energy/Environmental
 
Comments:  The web presentation is very neat. The experiment is simple but well presented.

 
Montreal vs NYC Bridges and Tunnels
Selwyn House School  -  Westmount, Quebec
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: My website is about Montreal vs. New York City bridges and tunnels. I will state facts about the bridges and tunnels of both cities. Then I will compare and contrast the bridges and tunnels of both cities. At the end I will summarize my project and state which city has better conditions for bridges and tunnels.
Project Number: 7504
Grades: 7-9   Engineering/ComputerScience
 
Comments:  Very relevant and interesting topic. Your content is vast and should be summarized in some way to make it clearer to the reader. A comparison table would be helpful. Bibliography is only URLs.
Select a link?Images not cited properly.

 
Rest is Best
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: My project is going to test if sleep really improves school work. I will test three volunteers, and put them to sleep at 12:00 on one night, then when they wake up, I will test them. The next day, I will test them and record their marks. After a few more days, I will put them to sleep at 8:00, then test them the next day again, and see if their marks improved.
Project Number: 7282
Grades: 7-9   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  The web presentation is very neat. The experiment is simple but well presented.

 
Music on the Mind
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: Music on the Mind: Everybody loves music. Whether you like hip-hop and rap or jazz and classic. But do you know what effect music on your mind? Do you know if music helps your body or does it decrease your concentration? Is it better to listen to music while working on your homework or running laps? Or is it bad for you, and actually decreases your performance? Does it affect males or females more? These are all questions that will be covered in my experiment.
Project Number: 7283
Grades: 7-9   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  Observations are not very detailed.
A heading in Method section incorrect.

 
Eyes or Ears
Avonlea School  -  Avonlea, Saskatchewan
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: For our science fair we decided to see if people can memorize better by seeing or hearing. To test this we took students in grade 7-9 to a quiet room and tested there seeing and hearing.
Project Number: 7233
Grades: 7-9   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  

 
Air Pollution
Selwyn House School  -  Westmount, Quebec
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: My project is about air pollution and how it affects us.
Project Number: 7490
Grades: 7-9   Earth/Energy/Environmental
 
Comments:  Excellent topic that the public should know more about. More info could be given on illnesses caused by air pollution. Some spelling / grammar errors. Some of the pages have a lot of space (on the right and bottom). Bibliography does not have author names / website names.
Fun? Facts Bibliography quite good.

 
With or Without
Avonlea School  -  Avonlea, Saskatchewan
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: For our project we tested if boys could average better on a test than girls with or without music.
Project Number: 7236
Grades: 7-9   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  

 
Walking in Circles
Avonlea School  -  Avonlea, Saskatchewan
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: Our science fair project is called “Walking in Circles” and is based on our hypothesis (if the distraction level is high then age and gender affects the ability to walk in a straight line while blindfolded). We tested 24 students twice, once with distractions (music) then without distractions. The students we chose were a girl and boy from each grade. We did this to see if age, gender matters.
Project Number: 7237
Grades: 7-9   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  

 
Soil Erosion
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: To find out which type of soil coverings prevents the most soil erosion.
Project Number: 7452
Grades: 4-6   Earth/Energy/Environmental
 
Comments:  The procedures are clearly described and address the hypothesis. The index page provides an accurate menu to links for the site.
Photographs would help.

 
Rock and Roll!
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: In my project, I will construct a boat with bilge keels to determine if bilge keels cease the rocking of boats.
Project Number: 7482
Grades: 7-9   Engineering/ComputerScience
 
Comments:  The project is well planned and executed using the scientific method. The site is appealing and allows for a lot of interactivity. It also motivates the viewer to return.
Popups and cursor effects detract from project.

 
4 Wheel Lightning
Calgary Science School  -  Calgary, Alberta
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: I was testing what shape would allow my car to go the fastest. Throughout my research I found that the Octagon was the fastest.
Project Number: 7173
Grades: 7-9   Engineering/ComputerScience
 
Comments:  A simple and effective build which showed some significant results. Now, how do you make it more applicable to the real world?
Interesting.

 
Can Water Float On Water?
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: My project is to see the minimum amount of salt that is used to get salt water and fresh water not to mix.
Project Number: 7480
Grades: 7-9   Earth/Energy/Environmental
 
Comments:  The hypothesis is clearly stated and logical. \the site is engaging and attractive.

 
Race Your Marbles
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract:
Project Number: 7479
Grades: 7-9   Chemistry
 
Comments:  The hypothesis is clearly stated and logical. The site is appealing and has a consistent format.

 
Smells Impact On Brain Cognition
Calgary Science School  -  Calgary, Alberta
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: My project is about how different smells impact/affect brain cognition. I have always been interested in how the human mind operates and what affects it. In my experiment, the test subjects complete a written math test. I will compare and analyze the data collected from each test. By doing so, I can see which scents had a negative or positive effect on the test results (or the brain cognitive ability) which in turn will allow me to answer whether different scents do in fact impact brain cognition. The results were as follows: 62.5% average for the first test where no smell was administered, 85% average for the Lavender test, 85% average for the Mint?Eucalyptus test, 97.5% average for the Lemon test, and 67.5% average for the Balsam Fir test. Overall, the lemon scent improved the test subjects brain cognition the most. 100% of the tests with a smell administered improved brain function.
Project Number: 7246
Grades: 7-9   Biology
 
Comments:  Interesting test - I have heard that smell is closely linked to memory, I wonder if having a scented classroom for learning might help too.

 
Mixing Lights to Make Colours
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: I am mixing the primary colours of light together with flashlights and seeing the outcome.
Project Number: 7477
Grades: 7-9   Engineering/ComputerScience
 
Comments:  The experimental design demonstrates understanding of scientific methods. The site is well presented with format and design being consistent in relation to the topic.

 
Rooftop Gardens
Sherwood Heights School  -  Mississauga, Ontario
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: Purpose- Rooftop gardens lower the maximum surface temperatures on roofs, but does this translate into changes in the internal temperature of the rooms in the building? Can a rooftop garden help conserve energy and lower your energy bill by keeping the internal temperature cooler on hot sunny days? The purpose of my project is to find out if rooftop gardens can change the internal temperature of the rooms in a building.
Project Number: 7475
Grades: 7-9   Earth/Energy/Environmental
 
Comments:  The data is correctly analyzed. The site is attractive with plenty of white space that allows for a cohesive flow of the project.
Annoying dialog boxes pop up.

 
Wind Power at Different Height's
Calgary Science School  -  Calgary, Alberta
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: How much power does a wind turbine produce at different heights? and is it more consistent as it gets higher? Yes both of these are true it does produce more consistent power as it gets higher.
Project Number: 7252
Grades: 7-9   Earth/Energy/Environmental
 
Comments:  Nice idea with definite real world application possibilities, but your analysis and conclusion are incomplete.

 
To Eat, or Not to Eat
Calgary Science School  -  Calgary, Alberta
      
Virtual Science Fair
Cum Honore  Award - Merit Certificate 
 
Abstract: I am testing, How a persons patience/self control varies with age I will be using the well known “Marshmallow Test.” This test is conducted by placing a test subject in a distraction free room with one marshmallow (or other treat). Once the test subject is seated they are left with the promise of another marshmallow after 15 minutes of not eating the first one, I will be repeating this process 5 times with each individual until they diced to drop out. The main manipulated variable is the age of my test subjects, after they have tested I will take the average of the results for each age group. I have decided to do this test because behavioral science has recently sparked and interest in me and I thought this would be a great way to see a little of that world.
Project Number: 7253
Grades: 7-9   Health/Sport
 
Comments:  Nicely done in replicating the lifestyle effects on the marshmallow test.