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MONTREAL, MARCH 17, 2016 – Students from Marymount Academy International in NDG and Royal West Academy in Montreal West captured a total of 14 awards at the 34th Hydro Quebec Montreal Regional Science and Technology Fair, at the closing awards ceremony that took place on March 15 at the Oscar Peterson Concert Hall of Concordia University.

The ceremony concluded the three-day 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, and was organized by the Educational Alliance for Science and Technology (EAST). Marymount and Royal West were represented by 11 booths at the fair that dealt with scientific and technological experimentation, design or study, and tackled a wide range of topics such as how to create an edible water bottle, alternative means of home insulation, and earthquake-resistant building structures.

Cash and scholarship prizes, totaling $12,800 and $15,000 respectively, were handed out to the winning student participants.

Awards were given out for the following EMSB projects at the Science & Technology Fair:

• Lean Hamwi of Marymount Academy International won the John Abbott College Science Prize for her project “Can I Cook in Peace?,” which deals with a new way for smoke alarms to work to avoid unnecessary false alarms.

• Gabrielle Goldman of Royal West Academy won the Vanier College Science Award for her project “All Roads LEED to Home,” which is about creating sustainable, affordable housing in South Africa according to the standards set by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) organization.

• Lia Loebenberg of Royal West Academy won the McGill University School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition Award for her project “Breaking Down,” which is about how temperature and radiation affect enzymes.

• Jude Victoria of Royal West Academy picked up two awards – the McGill University Biology Award and the McGill University Faculty of Medicine Award -- for his project “Does Size Matter?,” which focused on protein mutations.

• Matthew Ciarleli and Janvi Patel of Royal West Academy won the Concordia University Award for Outstanding Achievement in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering for their project “Resist the ‘Quake,” which offered several alternative building structures that are earthquake resistant.

• Carl Miller and Thomas Giacobbe of Royal West Academy won the McGill University Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Award, and the Gold Medal in the Junior Division, for their project “The Green Wall,” which offered two eco-friendly means of home insulation, which were sawdust and cotton balls.

• Jaan Van Der Wee and Sean Giacobbe of Royal West Academy captured three awards – the Concordia University Faculty of Arts and Sciences Entrance Bursary, the Fondation ALCOA Award, and the Silver Medal in the Senior Division – for their project “The Root of Ethanol Production,” which explained the connection between growing root vegetables and the production of ethanol.

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. That will take place from April 22-24 in Sorel-Tracy. Winners will go on to 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