Science Fair is an opportunity for Pre-AP/Incentive students from Grade 8-10 to apply what they have learned through hands-on research focusing on one particular research experiment in their interest area. Students work with a partner or on their own for several months leading up to the competition. The process includes formulating a detailed topic proposal for approval, then doing the research and data analysis, and finally composing a display board to exhibit at the fair and for presentation to the judges . On the day of competition, the Science Fair is held in the lounge and is judged by senior Pre-AP/Incentive students and the Science teachers. Students who do exceedingly well are then able to participate in the Greater Vancouver Regional Science Fair – or GVRSF – usually held at The University of British Columbia. At the Palmer fair, awards are presented for the top 3 projects as well as Honourable Mentions. Winners at the GVRSF may proceed to the Canada-Wide Science Fair. Palmer students in Grade 11 and 12 are still able to participate in Science Fair and are eligible to win a $1000 entrance scholarship to the Faculty of Science at UBC.
Here are some results from past Science Fairs:
Greater Vancouver Regional Science Fair 2013
Palmer sent seven teams to the hypercompetitive 2013 Greater Vancouver Regional Science Fair and came away with five awards, once again leading all Richmond schools.
In Grade 8, Honourable Mention in the tough Junior Discovery Division went to Tina F. and Jenny L..
In Grade 9, Ray L. took Silver in the Intermediate Energy Division for his project on “Wireless Energy Transmission Using a Transistor Based Tesla Coil.” Ray made a big splash, also winning the David Laugharne Award for a project that incorporates new technology into the design, implementation or presentation of their work and First Place for the UBC Engineering Physics Award for all physics-based projects.
In Grade 10, the Intermediate Canadian Institute of Energy Award was presented to Jeffrey U. and Bonnie Z. for the best project dealing with energy related innovation or invention.
Congratulations also to all the supporting teachers and the rest of the cohort: Jana C. & Maggie Y., Mary L. & Hannah G., Danlu L. & Laura C., and Tina A..