SD43 students win big at science fair

Three off to national science fair - others gain recognition, honours and experience

Self-driving cars, electric skateboards, sleep research and black holes are some of the projects that are sending School District 43 students to a national science fair in Montreal next month.

The three high school students were among ten SD43 students who attended the Greater Vancouver Regional Science Fair on the weekend, taking home financial awards as well as the chance to attend the prestigious Canada-Wide Science Fair. They are:

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• Pinetree secondary's Janice Pang won a gold medal in the senior category (health sciences) and a UBC entrance scholarship for her work on Macrophage Phenotype and Function: Effects of Islet Hormone Signalling (Type 2 Diabetes Research).

Vladislav Pomogaev of Riverside secondary earned a gold medal in the senior category (engineering) as well as the Canadian Institute of Energy award for his work developing an electric motorized skateboard.

• And Kelvin Zhang of Gleneagle secondary won gold in the intermediate category and the UBC Science Award for his work on using algorithms to create safer self-driving cars.

All three will attend the national science fair that runs May 15 to 20 in Montreal.

Other notable SD43 winners of the regional science fair Saturday were: Mike Roslikov, who attends the Inquiry Hub and won a silver medal in the intermediate category and a UBC Computer Science Award for his sleep research; and Danilo Lekovic of Heritage Woods secondary, who won honourable mention in the intermediate category for his project Autonomous Technology: Self Driving Cars.

Two Eagle Mountain middle school students, Johnson Zhang and Joanne Chung, also attended the science fair with projects on soccer ball air and the effect of music on plant growth, and Owen and Jamie Wang of Pinetree secondary attended as well. They are studying black holes and their effect on the solar system.

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