E.B. Chandler students excel at regional science fair
© Thomas Becker - Amherst Daily News
Amy Cole, Liam Starratt and Aidan Levy show off their prizes after winning in their respective categories at the Chignecto West Science Fair.
AMHERST - The future may be in good hands as students from E.B. Chandler Junior High participated and excelled at the Chignecto West Science Fair, held in Truro, on March 26.
E.B. Chandler fielded a group of five students (Grade 7 to 8) including Jordan Dyck, Dalton Smith, Aidan Levy, Liam Starratt and Amy Cole.
Aidan Levy and Liam Starratt took home gold after competing against 50 to 60 students throughout the region in the junior level competition. They were also awarded with a plaque for the Discovery category.
The discovery category is designed to keep the creative juices flowing and to encourage students to come up with new discoveries and Levy and Starratt did just that.
“Power of the Ski Bungee” is what the two students named their project. Their goal was to discover how far you have to pull a bungee to reach a desired velocity on flat ground, while on skis.
With the power of physics and two creative minds, Levy and Starratt discovered something unique judges couldn’t ignore, giving them the prized gold.
Starratt said it was a great experience.
“Yeah, we loved it. It’s a different atmosphere when you’re in a room full of judges.”
Levy said they were surprised by how many times they’re project was judged.
“We were judged 17 times.”
Meanwhile, Cole took home first place in the silver division and top spot in the Innovation category. Cole’s innovative project focused on density-powered floodgates. She said she travelled with her family to the Bay of Fundy one day and discovered an interest in floodgates and how they work.
She felt there was a better way to make a simpler, more ecofriendly and efficient floodgate. With the model she created, she discovered changes in water flows, through different density levels. By adjusting the density levels, Cole concluded that powering a floodgate through this method could bring down the earths carbon footprint.
Cole said she embraced the challenge and had fun doing it.
As for next year, Levy and Starratt have they’re eyes set on another first place finish and from there, nationals.