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Year of Science steams ahead with energy from space

16-year-old Abigail Sherwood is the sixth (and last) semi - finalist to be selected in the Year of Science “Choose Science, Go Far, Win Big” contest. Sherwood is a Grade 11 student at Yale Secondary in Abbotsford. In her video entry, she asks, “Can we solve the Earth’s energy problems by using the sun’s energy to produce steam and create usable energy?”

Abigail Sherwood, 6th Contest Semi-finalist

On June 8, 2011, at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre in Vancouver, John van Dongen, MLA for Abbotsford South, awarded Abigail Sherwood, a Grade 11 student at Yale Secondary in Abbotsford a science-themed prize package after she was selected the sixth semi-finalist in the Year of Science “Choose Science, Go Far, Win Big” contest.

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Seriously, can home remedies cure the hiccups?

Do home remedies offer a cure for hiccups? That is the question asked in a YouTube video by 18-year-old Tamara Babcock, the fifth semi-finalist selected in the Year of Science “Choose Science, Go Far, Win Big” contest. Babcock is a Grade 12 student at Gleneagle Secondary in Coquitlam. Her winning idea makes her eligible for the grand prize – a $25,000 scholarship to any B.C. post-secondary institution. In her entry, she points out that a number of home remedies claim to cure the hiccups, but questions if there is any truth to their claims.

Tamara Babcock, 5th Contest Semi-finalist

Douglas Horne, MLA for Coquitlam-Burke Mountain, awarded Tamara Babcock, a Grade 12 student at Gleneagle Secondary, a science-themed prize package after she was selected the fifth semi-finalist in the Year of Science “Choose Science, Go Far, Win Big” contest. Tamara and MLA Horne are joined by Tamara’s parents, Brian and Brenda Babcock, and a trustee from SD43.

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Could Cameras Detect Icy Roads for Winter Drivers?

Can infrared cameras be used to detect icy road conditions while driving? That is the question asked in a YouTube video entry by 13-year-old Edward Wong, the fourth semi-finalist selected in the Year of Science “Choose Science, Go Far, Win Big” contest. Wong’s winning idea puts him in the running for the grand prize of a $25,000 scholarship to any B.C. post-secondary institution. He’s currently in Grade 8 at Kumsheen Secondary school in Lytton. Wong’s concern stems from the high number of car accidents that occur every year on B.C.’s icy winter roads.

Click here to watch Edward's winning idea.

Edward Wong, 4th contest semi-finalist

Thirteen-year-old Edward Wong, the 4th semi-finalist in the Year of Science contest, proudly holds his $250 prize package as presented to him by Kevin Krueger, MLA for Kamloops-South Thompson at Kumsheen Secondary school in Lytton on April 21, 2011.

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Year of Science Chooses Algae Question as Golden Idea

Can naturally occurring blue-green algae be turned into green gold in the form of biofuel? That is the question posed by the third semi-finalist selected in B.C.’s Year of Science “Choose Science, Go Far, Win Big” contest. The winning idea comes from Jacquie Gulevich, a 17-year-old student from North Peace Senior Secondary school in Fort St. John. Her idea originates from concern over the blue-green algae found in nearby Charlie Lake. While biofuel is currently produced from blue-green algae farms, it has yet to be determined whether or not oil can be extracted from the algae in the lake to make biofuel.

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Jacquie Gulevich, 3rd Contest semi-finalist

Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm presents Jacquie Gulevich with her $250 prize package after her idea to harvest naturally occurring blue-green algae into green gold was chosen by Year of Science judges as “golden” idea. Jacquie’s parents, Doug and Tammy Gulevich are also shown.

Gulevich is the third of six semi-finalists who will be competing for the grand prize of a $25,000 scholarship in the Year of Science contest. For more information, check out www.yearofsciencebc.ca/contest

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How Many Electric Eels are Needed to Power an iPod?

Can natural electricity powered by electric eels be converted into enough usable energy to power our iPods, Blackberrys or even laptops? That is the question posed by the second semi-finalist selected in the Year of Science “Choose Science, Go Far, Win Big” contest. Jiwan Toor, a 16 year-old student at Fleetwood Park Secondary school in Surrey. He is now eligible for the grand prize of a $25,000 scholarship. Toor’s experiment will be carried out at the Vancouver Aquarium. Conductors will be put in the water to capture the energy produced by the eels naturally.

Click here to watch Jiwan's winning idea.

Jiwan Toor, 2nd Contest Semi-finalist

Jiwan Toor, 16, second semi-finalist in the Year of Science video contest, receives his prize from Surrey-Tynehead MLA Dave S. Hayer. From left to right: Jiwan’s dad Jay Toor, Fleetwood Park Secondary school principal Sue Knox, Jiwan Toor and MLA Hayer.

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Rapunzel, Rapunzel, throw down your hair!

Are fairy tales such as Rapunzel true? Can human hair be grown long and strong enough to carry the weight of a grown man? That is the winning question posed by Linette Ho, the first semi-finalist in the Year of Science, “Choose Science, Go Far, Win Big” contest. Linette, 16, is a student at Moscrop Secondary School in Burnaby. Congratulations Linette! Can’t wait to see your experiment carried out in January. Linette is now eligible for the grand prize of a $25,000 scholarship which will be awarded in June 2011.

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Linette Ho, 1st Contest Semi-finalist

Harry Bloy, MLA for Burnaby-Lougheed (r) with Linette Ho, first contest semi-finalist and David Savory, from Science World and contest judge, check out the goodies included in Linette’s prize package valued at $250.00.

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