Regional students head to Taiwan for International Science Fair


first_imgVictoria Platzer, a grade 9 student from Fort St. John’s Bert Bowes Middle School, and Emily O’Reilly, a grade 12 student from Prince George’s College Heights Secondary School, will be accompanied by Fort St. John educator Darren Platzer during the February 4, 2015 – February 10, 2015 science fair.Platzer’s project entitled ‘Hey Aliens’ had her sift through hay from 22 farms in the North Peace region to obtain 5,568 “potential seeds” that she then photographed and planted. The result showed 628 of the “potential seeds” were invasive plant species, “all of which either cause pain to animals or have the potential to overtake the native plants.”Emily’s project entitled ‘Ancient Knowledge – Modern Approach’ had her remove cyanide from apricot kernels in order to determine the effects of the kernel extracts on bacterial infection. This is said to have demonstrated “compelling evidence for the controversial belief that there are one or more compounds in the apricot kernel that have specific antibacterial properties.”- Advertisement -The Taiwanese fair will have the students participating in cultural actives, composing a presentation for a group of judges, and being a part of a public exhibition of their work.Attendance by B.C. students at the Taiwan International Science Fair is part of an International Science Fair Exchange Program established by the Science Fair Foundation of British Columbia.last_img

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