A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity has come to three local students.
Felipe Martinez of St. Paul Catholic Secondary School, Meera Moorthy of Moira Secondary School and Lauren Bunt of Albert College were all selected as finalists from the Quinte Regional Science and Technology Fair last month.
And this week, they’ve been given the chance to compete with almost 500 other finalists in Regina, Saskatchewan at the Canada-wide Science Fair.
The students have taken part in activities such as workshops, tours and judging during their stay.
A little success has also come their way, as Moorthy and Bunt have claimed bronze medals for their respective projects. Moorthy won in the intermediate division for her project “Shrubs on Drugs” and Bunt’s “Feed Bucket Preference and its Impact on Equine Medication Rejection” won in the junior division.
Below are the descriptions of the three students’ projects.
Felipe Martinez –St. Paul Catholic Secondary School – with his project – Golden Ratio: How to Be Beautiful
“This project describes the application of the Golden Ratio to designs around the world. If the Golden Ratio design is applied to any consumer product, it will produce an aesthetic appealing result to the consumers. This project analyzes the design of many consumer products
(automobiles) from different countries and their appealing effect to the public, and the correlation between the prices and the Golden Ratio.”
Meera Moorthy – Moira Secondary School – with her project – Shrubs on Drugs – won a bronze medal in the Intermediate division
“The prevalence of prescription medications in North American bodies of water are rapidly contributing to the deterioration of the environment. To discern the effect of prevalent medications on plant life, Metformin and Crestor were introduced to fenugreek seeds at different concentrations. Uncontaminated, bottled water was used as a control and the effects of the medications were observed over 15 days.”
Lauren Bunt – Albert College – with her project – Feed Bucket Preference and its Impact on Equine Medication Rejection- won a bronze medal in the Junior Division.
“Twelve horses including a pregnant mare, several geldings of varying ages, several mares of varying ages and a stallion were used to investigate the preference of various sizes of feed buckets to amount of food eaten. Oats were chosen as the preferred grain as it is present in all of the horses’ current diet and I wanted to reduce the possibility of feed rejection.”