Team Calgary for the Canada Wide Science Fair 2018

What do bioengineered wings, an artificial intelligence driver alert system and hypoallergenic plants have in common? They were all projects that took top honours at this year’s Calgary Youth Science Fair (CYSF) held April 11-14, 2018.

Twelve young scientists were chosen from 947 participants to take home the top prizes and represent Team Calgary at the Canada Wide Science Fair (CWSF) May 16-18, 2018 in Ottawa. Those students representing Calgary at the CWSF receive an all-expense-paid trip to Ottawa where they will compete with Canada’s top science students for medals, cash awards, scholarships and other prizes.

The 56th CYSF was a huge success with nearly 1,000 students from Grades 5-12 showcasing almost 700 projects at the Olympic Oval. A full list of the student awards and projects can be found here.

Chuck Buckley, President of CYSF, was highly impressed by the calibre of student projects this year. “When you see this level of student interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), it is not surprising that students’ careers are inspired by their experiences at the CYSF.

“We inspire young Calgarians to explore STEM through our annual science fair - and we have undoubtedly accomplished that!” said Buckley. “Our sincere thanks go out to our Sponsors and Donors as well as to our nearly 600 volunteers, whose hard work and commitment have helped fundraise for the event, organize, coordinate and mentor students, and judge science fair projects to make this science fair happen.”

The students heading to the national science fair in Ottawa are:

  • Sheridan Feucht, Using Deep Neural Networks to Analyze DNA
  • Sophie Hoye Pacholek, Bioengineered Wings Inspired by the Avian Form
  • Mary Wan, Artemis and Recovery after Chemotherapy
  • Aaron Abraham, Applying Machine Learning to Predict Alzheimer's
  • Tim Gubski, AI Based Driver Alert System
  • Mika Raber, Dyeing to Know
  • Nikko-Johan Lee, Oxidative Stress in Breast Cancer Cells
  • David Popa, User-Centered Design in Educational Math Games
  • Monica Aida Lopez Quiroz, Developing Hypoallergenic Plants
  • Catalina van der Raadt, Growing pneumatic robot
  • Aaranyo Ghosh, Chemogenic Approach to Drug Resistant Hypertension
  • Claire Du, Carpet Lifting Machine

The top two projects in the Calgary Youth Science Fair had previously been selected to be part of Team Canada at the Intel International Science Fair in Pittsburgh, PA, May 13-18, 2018:

  • Colette Benko, Epigenetics Role in Cancer Differentiation
  • Crystal Radinski, EEG Coherence as a Biomarker for Alzheimer's

Join with us in congratulating these brilliant students for their accomplishments. We wish Team Calgary
great success at the national science fair and most of all an experience they’ll always remember.