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Madison Hauki – Solar Energy
REPORTING · 28th February 2012
Walter McFarlane
The Northwest Science and Innovation Society (NSIS) held their 7th Annual Science Fair in the Mount Elizabeth Cafeteria on February 25th.

“We had our 7th Annual Kitimat Science Fair and we’re excited to be able to bring this opportunity to the students in Kitimat. We’re excited about all the different projects the Kids had this year,” said Christine Slanz, Executive Director of NSIS. “I can’t believe it’s been 7 years since we did our first science fair here.”

Mayor Joanne Monaghan helped hand out the awards for the Science Fair and she announced how much she learned from the children and encouraged more children to come out to the fair.

Slanz explained Kitimat was the first science fair they did in the Northwest. Then they moved to Terrace and Prince Rupert. There were 11 projects entered by 15 students. Projects included studies and experiments including solar panels, the solar system, Jell-O, Gravity, hair dye, Swim Suits, Electricity, crushing Cans, the sky, ice cream and growing vegetables. Madison Hauki took home the best in fair for her experiment of where solar panels will run the best.

This year, more awards were given out by businesses in the community. Slanz explained several businesses in the community wanted to be involved. These awards recognize a theme in science, such as Engineering or sustainability.

Slanz is asking parents and teachers to convince children to participate in next year’s science fair. “It’s an awesome opportunity for kids to investigate and learn more about something in science that interests them,” said Slanz.

Below are the awards:


Kindergarten to Grade 1
Gold: Chloe Harwood (Gr. 1, Nechako) – Where Do Plants Grow Best?

Grade 2-3
Gold: Emily McConnell (Gr. 3, Nechako) – Why is the Sky Blue?
Silver: Connor Purchase (Gr. 2, Nechako) – Gravity
Bronze: Douglas Readman (Gr. 2, Kildala) – Swim Wear


Grade 4-5
Gold: Madison Hauki (Gr. 5, Kildala) – Solar Energy
Silver: Sarah Toth and Rosie Reschke (Gr. 4, Nechako) – Ways to Remove Dye from Hair
Bronze: Jaeden Silvestre (Gr. 4, Kildala) – Electric Generator

Grade 6-7
Gold: Alexanne Ouellet and Kya Teneyeke (Gr. 7, Nechako) – Crushing a Can
Silver: Rebecca and Elijah Whitmell (Gr. 6, Kildala) – Is your Jello Jiggly?

Best in Fair (sponsored by 16/37 Community Futures) –(Gr. 5, Kildala) - Solar Energy

Showcase Awards:

Special Effort Award (sponsored by Golder Associates):
Noah Bovingdon (Gr. 3, Nechako) – Ice Cream

Environmental Awareness Award (sponsored by Cambria Gordon):
Madison Hauki (Gr. 5, Kildala) – Solar Energy

Sustainability Award (sponsored by the Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine, Zero Waste Project):
Alexanne Ouellet and Kya Teneyeke (Gr. 7, Nechako) – Crushing a Can

Einstein Award (sponsored by Kitimat LNG):
Emma Sali and Kaylee Peteski (Gr. 4, Kildala) – The Solar System

Engineering Award (sponsored by McElhanney Consulting Group):
Jaeden Silvestre (Gr. 4, Kildala) – Electric Generator
Alexanne Ouellet and Kya Teneyeke – Crushing a Can
Alexanne Ouellet and Kya Teneyeke – Crushing a Can
Jaeden Silvestre – Electric Generator
Jaeden Silvestre – Electric Generator