Experience Canada-Wide Success at National Science Fair
secondary school students have some new hardware to display after an impressive
showing at the Canada Wide Science Fair (CWSF) in May. Three students from
Grimsby Secondary and one student from Laura Secord Secondary made the trip to
Fredericton, New Brunswick to take part in the Fair.
Doyle’s project entitled “Experiments in Collective Robotics,” earned him a
$1,000 scholarship to Western University, a Bronze Medal and the Intermediate
Challenge Award. Doyle’s project investigated whether a collective advantage
exists in a group of primitive robots due to stigmergy. “In other words, I
investigated whether the work completed by two robots could be more than twice
the work of one,” said Doyle, Grade 9.
Grimsby student Lucas Penny devoted his work to Alzheimer’s research. Hi
project, “Rhomboid Protease 4 mRNA Expression in a Mouse Model of Alzheimer’s
Disease.” With his work, Penny earned a bronze medal in the intermediate
division and a $1,000 scholarship to Western University.
Holly Philbrick earned her trip to the CWSF on the strength of her work “Clarifying
the Function of Vitamin E.” Philbrick, a Grade 12 student, earned a bronze
medal in the senior division and $1,000 entrance scholarships to the University
of Ottawa and Western University.
Grimsby Secondary student Ben Friesen’s project “Improving Crypto: A Novel
Smartphone Based Entropy Generator,” earned him the Oracle Academy Award for
outstanding project in the systems software category and a $5,000 cash award. “We
all unknowingly use random numbers every day. Unfortunately what we usually
call random numbers are very rarely random,” said Friesen. To solve this
problem, he developed a smartphone app that generates truly random numbers.
Ben was also
chosen to participate as part of Team Canada at the International Science and
Engineering Fair, which took place from May 10-15 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.