College plays host to regional school science fair

Okanagan College will be charged with energy this weekend as young scientists put their projects to the test.

The 2011 North Okanagan/Shuswap Regional Science Fair will see students from all over the region taking part. The event, hosted by the Okanagan Science Centre, goes Saturday and Sunday at the Okanagan College, Kalamalka campus, in the cafeteria.

“The projects that the kids have come up with are amazing; they have worked very hard,” says Sandi Dixon, executive director of the Okanagan Science Centre. “There’ll be something for everyone at the Science Fair – from bottle rockets to cloning.”

Students will be competing to win prizes totalling up to $8,000. Judges will visit each project Saturday afternoon and the winners will be announced Sunday morning.

“The student with the top project from the North Okanagan/Shuswap Regional Science Fair will go to Toronto for the 50th annual Canada-Wide Science Fair in May, where they will compete for over $40,000 in scholarships,” says Dixon.

Students from Grades 4 to 12 will be showcasing their science projects at the fair and everyone is welcome to check out the stellar work they’ve done.  Bring the family and see some cool experiments.  Youth are encouraged to come out and get ideas for doing their own Science Fair project next year.

The fair will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

“Okanagan residents will be inspired by the students competing in the science fair,” said Dr. Moira Stilwell, Parliamentary Secretary for Industry, Research and Innovation to the Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation.

“We want to encourage young people to get excited about taking math and science, to discover that science is fun, and that a science education can lead to a variety of rewarding careers.”Okanagan College is accessible by the #6 College bus route on Saturdays or visitors can take advantage of free parking during the fair.

To learn more about the 2011 Regional Science Fair, or if you’d like to volunteer at the event, contact Jennifer Miles at the Okanagan Science Centre or visit: www.okscience.ca