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March 17, 2003 - Future Scientists Expand And Enlighten Their Minds Through Provincial Science Fair Program


March 17, 2003

FUTURE SCIENTISTS EXPAND AND ENLIGHTEN
THEIR MINDS THROUGH PROVINCIAL
SCIENCE FAIR PROGRAM

Saskatchewan's best and brightest students from Grades 7-12 will showcase their scientific minds during the 2003 Saskatchewan Regional Science Fairs, running from March 19 to April 15. The regional science fairs will be held in 12 communities across the province, with the winners competing at the Canada Wide Science Fair in Calgary in May 2003.

The South East Regional Science Fair will be held Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at "33" Central School, in Fillmore. Judging will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, with the science fair open to public viewing at 1:00 p.m. The awards ceremony begins at 3:30 p.m. and Saskatchewan Roughrider Kicker Paul McCallum will be in attendance to present the SaskEnergy Special Achievement Award.

"Having attended Canada Wide Science Fairs since 1990, I am happy and proud to report that Saskatchewan students are very competitive at the national level," says Gerry Cooke, Saskatchewan Association of Science Fairs Coordinator. "There have been many Saskatchewan medal winners at the National Fair over the years."

There are six categories in which students can enter their science projects:

  • Life Science

  • Biotechnology

  • Earth & Environment

  • Physical Science

  • Engineering

  • Computer Science

"For the eleventh straight year, SaskEnergy is extremely pleased to support our students as they invent, test or produce projects for the Saskatchewan Regional Science Fairs," said Shannon Doka, Community Relations Coordinator, SaskEnergy. The 2003 Saskatchewan Regional Science Fairs are one of SaskEnergy's largest community investment programs. "Science has been and always will be an important part of our youth's education and it's great to see so many enthusiastic young people learn about the world around them."

In 2002, 104 local science fairs were held and more than 2,600 students participated in the regional competitions throughout the province. Projects ranged from using Canola Oil to reduce dust on gravel roads, to a security project which scans the retina of the eye.

Again this year, Saskatchewan Science Centre staff will attend regional fairs to entertain students and test their knowledge with their school outreach presentation.

"We are very pleased to be able to work together on this project. Our mandate is to motivate people, especially children, to learn how to think scientifically, to better understand the world they live in, and to consider careers in scientific and technological fields," says Wayne Hellquist, Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Science Centre.

For more information, please contact:

Shannon Doka
Community Relations Coordinator
SaskEnergy
(306) 777-9985
sdoka@saskenergy.com

Gerry Cooke
Provincial Science Fair Coordinator
(306) 586-0188
gcooke@sk.sympatico.ca

Leo Carteri
South East Saskatchewan Regional Science Fair Coordinator
(306) 722-3321
leo.carteri@sasktel.net