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Bright young minds: Trio of Tri-City students claim finalist honours from 2022 regional science fair

Centennial and Riverside secondary schools were represented, and here's what they shared that caught the judges' eyes.

Fair to say, the future looks promising for these teens.

Three students from Coquitlam's school district (SD43) were recognized last week for their creative and innovate approaches to solve their respective scientific problems.

The team of Joseph Chiao and Joseph Goyder, along with Rachel Smid as an individual presenter each took home a top-three medal from the 2022 Greater Vancouver Regional Science Fair (GVRSF).

The April 7 event at the HR MacMillan Space Centre is considered the largest STEAM-based competition in all of B.C. and includes students grades seven to 12.

STEAM is an acronym for science, technology, engineerring, arts and mathematics.

Not only did the two Josephs — representing Coquitlam's Centennial Secondary — captured silvers in their senior division category, but they each earned a $2,000 scholarship to UBC.

According to SD43, their project consisted of a "theoretical process that produces electricity by reducing the temperature of the Earth's atmosphere."

It was entitled DATECS — direct atmospheric thermal energy capturing system.

Meanwhile, Smid brought back a bronze medal to Port Coquitlam's Riverside Secondary.

Her project focused on CRISPR technology, which edits DNA genes for utilization in potential vaccines, to potentially help erradicate Ebola.

The awards and medals were handed out to the Tri-City students on April 12 via a virtual ceremony.