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March 30, 2010
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Minister Brown Congratulates Provincial Science Fair Winners

Environment, Energy & Forestry

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Minister of Environment, Energy and Forestry, Richard Brown, presented the department’s annual awards to students participating in the 2010 PEI Science Fair March 30 at the Chi-Wan Young Canada Games Sports Centre on UPEI’s campus.

“The Provincial Science Fair is an important learning opportunity encouraging students to explore and develop their interest in science,” said Minister Brown. “The creativity and curiosity of these young scientists has produced high quality projects reflecting issues relevant today and for the future.”

The top five projects from Grades 7-12 will advance to the Canada-Wide Science Fair in Peterborough, Ontario, from May 15-23 to compete with the brightest young science students in Canada.

Felicity Sampson, a Grade 4 student at Prince Street Elementary was awarded the department’s forestry prize for her project, “Most Absorbent Paper Towel.”

The PEI Energy Corporation provided awards to projects best promoting the concept of renewable energy and energy efficiency. This year’s winners were:

Junior Category (Grades 4-6):

1st -- Jack Gamble, Parkdale Elementary – How to Build a Solar Pop Can Heater

2nd -- Connor Herget, Alberton Elementary – An Insulation Issue

3rd -- Carson Savidant, Parkdale Elementary – Passive Solar Homes

Intermediate Category (Grades 7-9):

1st -- Vanessa Gallant, Birchwood Intermediate – Energy Scavenging

2nd -- Sam Vail, Immanuel Christian School – Double Generator Wind Turbine

3rd -- Ellen Ross, East Wiltshire School – Untidal Part I

Senior Category (Grades 10-12):

1st -- Daniel Larsen, Charlottetown Rural – Efficiencies in Transformers

“I want to congratulate all participating students for their hard work and innovative ideas,” said Minister Brown. “I would also like to thank those involved with the Provincial Science Fair – teachers, parents, judges and volunteers – for their commitment to teach our Island’s students the importance of environmental sustainability at an early age.”

Media Contact: April Winchester
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