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MONTREAL, MARCH 17, 2016 – Students from Marymount Academy International in NDG and Royal West Academy in Montreal West displayed their scientific knowledge, passion and creativity at the 34th Hydro Quebec Montreal Regional Science and Technology Fair, which took place from March 13-15 on the ground floor atrium of Concordia’s Computer Science and Visual Arts Integrated Complex in downtown Montreal. The event was organized by the Educational Alliance for Science and Technology (EAST), a non-profit, volunteer-based organization serving Quebec students in extracurricular science and technology activities.

The event was geared towards high school and CEGEP students between the ages of 13 and 20, and a total of 129 projects were on display at the fair for visitors to experience. Marymount and Royal West were represented by 11 projects, which dealt with scientific and technological experimentation, design or study, and tackled a wide range of scientific-related topics and concerns. Participation was down overall this year because of a work to rule campaign by teachers, who were in negotiations for a new collective agreement with the provincial government.

Marymount Academy International was represented at the fair with the following projects: “Can I Cook in Peace?” by Lean Hamwi, which deals with a new way for smoke alarms to work in order to avoid unnecessary false alarms; “Stained Eggspectations” by Willard Collins, which showed at what temperature level would tea stain the surface of your teeth by using eggs, because they have the same calcium base as tooth enamel; “Edible Water Bottle” by Wafa Shaid and Deborupa Dhar, which used the spherification process to create an edible type of material to manufacture water bottles; “Launching A Water Rocket” by Manqi Liang and Zhiming Shang, which measured how long a water rocket would stay airborne after it was launched using different volumes of pressure.

Royal West Academy was represented at the fair by these student projects: “All Roads LEED to Home,” by Gabrielle Goldman, which was about creating sustainable, affordable housing in South Africa according to the standards set by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) organization; “Breaking Down” by Lia Loebenberg, which was about how temperature and radiation affect enzymes; “Does Size Matter?” by Jude Victoria, which focused on protein mutations; “Resist the ‘Quake” by Matthew Ciarleli and Janvi Patel, which offered several alternative building structures that are earthquake resistant; “The Green Wall” by Carl Miller and Thomas Giacobbe, which offered two eco-friendly means of home insulation: sawdust and cotton balls; “The Root of Ethanol Production” by Jaan Van Der Wee and Sean Giacobbe, which explained the connection between growing root vegetables and the production of ethanol; “Posture is Key” by Peter Delis, which examined how good and bad posture affects not only your bone structure, but also your energy, emotions, appearance and self-confidence.

At the awards ceremony that closed the science and technology event on March 15, seven of the EMSB student projects captured a total of 14 awards. Also, the projects “Does Size Matter?,” “The Root of Ethanol Production,” and “The Green Wall” each won the Super expo-sciences Hydro Quebec (SESHQ) Experimentation and Design Award, which gives them the right to compete at this year’s Quebec finals of the Super expo-sciences Hydro Quebec, which will take place from April 22-24 in Sorel-Tracy, for a chance to compete at the 55th annual Canada Wide Science Festival, which will take place from May 18-20 at McGill University.

Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213