Ashley Anderson, Grade 11 and Forrest Tower, Grade 12 - students at Westside Academy in Prince George, BC - have returned home big winners from the Taiwan International Science Fair, held February 5-11 in Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C.
The students, who won a bronze medal at the 2011 Canada-Wide Science Fair in Toronto last May, received 3rd Place in the environmental category for their project, an innovation entitled Applications of Biofuel Technologies for Third World Countries. They created an anaerobic digestion biogas system which is designed to produce an alternative, renewable fuel for cooking and producing light in third world countries using parts that can be locally purchased and maintained in a developing nation.
The students were accompanied by Mr. Len Reimer, an educator with the Greater Vancouver Regional Science Fair Committee, and Chair of the Youth Science Canada Board of Directors. The students were selected to participate by the Science Fair Foundation of British Columbia based on their science fair project work, effective communication skills and ambassadorial qualities. Mr. Reimer was chosen as the educator because of his broad teaching experience and his years of enthusiastic support of the science fair program and its educational benefits for students.
During their time in Taiwan, Ashley and Forrest had a home-stay with a local family which provided both a wonderful ambassadorial opportunity as well as a unique and incredible cultural experience. The International component of the competition included entries from 13 countries including Azerbaijan, Canada, Hong Kong, Kuwait, New Zealand, Philippines, Sakha, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, Thailand and the United States.
BC students have attended the Taiwan International Science Fair since its inception in 1991 as part of an International science fair exchange program set up by the Science Fair Foundation of British Columbia. This year’s students, like others before them, are grateful for the experience. Forrest says,”We were challenged and inspired.” Ashley adds, “Xie Xie Taiwan! Thank you for the amazing experience and the wonderful friendships!
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