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Science fair recognizes students’ efforts

By James Buchok


SCIENCE FAIR — Front row, from left: Winnipeg Science Fair winners Danielle Marie Borbajo, Jonah Norman and Grace Madden, with Holy Cross science teacher Dr. Anju Bajaj. Back row: superintendent of Manitoba Catholic Schools Robert Praznik, Winnipeg city councilors Dan Vandal and Matt Allard, and Dr. Pawan K. Singal, director of the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences, St. Boniface Research Centre.

WINNIPEG — Three students from Manitoba’s Catholic schools are off to the Canada-Wide Science Fair in Regina May 14 - 21, following their success at a Bison Regional Science Fair that for the first time brought together all Manitoba’s independent schools for a science competition at Holy Cross School in Winnipeg.

Danielle Marie Borbajo of Holy Ghost School won for her work on “The Effect of Electromagnetic Radiation on Living Organisms”; Jonah Norman of Christ the King School investigated “Speed vs. Mass”; and Grace Madden of Holy Cross School called her project “Got cow’s milk alternatives?”

Other student projects received awards from sponsors in fields such as biotechnology and pharmaceutical sciences, microbiology and chemistry, animal science, plant science, physics and engineering, social science and environmental science.

“I am always impressed by the quality of work and ingenuity our students display each year,” said the principal of Holy Cross School, Alexander Cap. “We are proud of all our participants, ranging from kindergarten to eighth grade. With the guidance and direction of our science teacher, Dr. Anju Bajaj, our school comes together as a community to celebrate this great learning experience and the children are all winners as they grow in confidence and their understanding of science.”

The students will be accompanied at the Canada-Wide Science Fair by Bajaj, the organizer of the Bison Regional Science Fair for independent schools. During the science fair, Bajaj was recognized by the governments of Canada and Manitoba for her efforts in promoting an interest in science among students and for continued excellence in her science program. She also received a teacher appreciation award at the Manitoba Schools Science Symposium held at the University of Manitoba, where her students also received several awards. Outside of the school, she has organized events such as youth leadership workshops, speechcraft communication training courses, and a science fair at the community temple.

In Manitoba, the Catholic Schools Office is a department of the Archdiocese of Winnipeg and provides administrative and support services to the 19 Catholic schools in the Archdioceses of Winnipeg and St. Boniface, and the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Winnipeg.

The 56th annual Canada-Wide Science Fair is being held at the University of Regina, with approximately 500 of Canada’s top young scientists from Grades 7 — 12 and CÉGEP representing their regional science fairs with the opportunity to share in awards and prizes.

The national science fair recognizes students who have identified solutions to a local, regional or global concern through their project. Past projects have addressed issues from climate change and food security to declining natural resources and environmental degradation.

Students are competing for nearly $1 million in cash awards and scholarships, and are assessed by volunteer judges, including professional scientists, researchers and engineers. Since 1962, Youth Science Canada, based in Pickering, Ont., has sponsored the Canada-Wide Science Fair for the promotion of innovation and the celebration of excellence in science, engineering and technology among Canada’s youth.

Youth Science Canada is a national, registered charitable organization, and works with partners in programs aimed at increasing awareness and involvement of youth in science, engineering and technology to engage, mentor and recognize Canada’s young scientists.

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