Palmer tops ranks at 2016 Greater Vancouver Regional Science Fair

As unbelievable as it sounds, one of the smallest public schools in Richmond and the GVRSF took home the top number of prizes and medals on Saturday, April 9th, 2016. Out of 54 schools and over 250 projects in the GVRSF, students from Palmer’s Pre-AP/Incentive Program won six division awards and 10 special awards for their seven projects entered.

Science Fair Rankings 2016

Ray L. won his third Gold at the GVRSF for the creation of his Solvent-Polymer Deposition 3D Printer. He is one of the 16 top projects selected for the upcoming Canada Wide Fair. His other awards this year are the: David Laughame Award, BCIC Young Innovator Scholarship, UBC Department of Physics and Chemistry Scholarship, UBC Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering Award, and the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC Award.

In the Intermediate division, Grade 10 students Annabelle W. and Isabelle C. won Silver for their work with thermochromic pigments. They are looking to patent their technology that could have wide application in temperature regulation for houses and passively reduce energy used for heating and cooling.

Grade 10’s Ada C. and Allison C. received Honorable Mention along with the BC Nature Award and the Betsy Bennet Marine Stewardship Award for their study on an oil spill absorbing device.

Placing Bronze in the intermediate Division, our grade 9’s Lina Y. and Zakiya A.’s project Colour-phyll, was noted for Ingenuity in winning the Society for Canadian Women In Science and Technology (SWIST) Award and the SFU Department of Chemistry Award.

Grade 9 students Jason P. and Andrew X. created bioplastics from chitin and chitosan in winning Silver medals and the UBC Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Award.

Our Grade 8 team of Jonah C. and Eric F. came away with Honorable Mention for the creation and testing of polarizing privacy filters for LCD screens.

Grade 10 student Olivia L. from Earl Marriott Secondary School won Gold and three Special Awards. Her total is not included in the above scores summary, but Olivia was doing Science Fairs at Palmer in Grade 8 and part of Grade 9 before she moved to Surrey. This will be her second year going to the Canada Wide Fair as well. We consider her an Honorary Palmer Griffin!

Palmer is celebrating its 10th year in the GVRSF this year and this year’s remarkable result caps the tradition of excellence in the Sciences at Palmer. In the past nine years, Palmer Pre-AP/Incentive students have won five golds at the Canada-wise Fair and been the top science fair school in Richmond School District.