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Two hundred young scientists from across the island are descending on Victoria this weekend to take part in the 58th annual Vancouver Island Regional Science Fair (VIRSF).

“How do you prepare an apple so it doesn’t brown? Are dogs right-pawed or left-pawed? Can mushrooms help remove oil from contaminated sites? And what’s happening to our oceans?” asks the University of Victoria, who is hosting the fair.

“These are just some of the many questions being answered at the Vancouver Island Regional Science Fair this weekend.”

The hundreds of youth scientists range from grades 4 through 12 and will be presenting their award winning research from their own high schools as a way to share their informative work for a chance to be chosen for the national Canada-Wide Science Fair taking place in Fredericton in May.

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Last year’s winner, then grade 11 student Nicolas Fredrigo from Claremont Secondary School, won first place for his project Improving Spinal Fusions: Redesigning the Pedicle Probe to Prevent Vertebral Breaches.

His research focused on developing a probe that could direct placement of pedicle screws in the spine during spinal surgery, making the operation safer. His work also landed him the Platinum Award for Best Senior Project at the 2018 Canada-Wide Science Fair.

The community is invited to view the projects and talk with the young scientists on Sunday, April 7th and Monday April 8th.

This annual fair is organized by non-profit volunteer organization Society for the Advancement of Young Scientists (SAYS), and donation areas will be available during the event.

Vancouver Island Regional Science Fair

  • When:
    – April 7, 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    – April 8, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Where: UVic – Elliot Lecture Wing, 3800 Finnerty Road

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