From left

Saanich students gold, silver and bronze at Canada Wide Science Fair

Saanich trio Nathan Kuehne, Austin Sawyer and Janet Dawson win medals at Canada Wide Science Fair

Nathan Kuehne was at the head of the class once again, as the Glenlyon Norfolk School student won a gold medal of excellence at the Canada-Wide Science Fair in Fredericton, N.B. last week.

Kuehne, still in Grade 11, was one of three Saanich students to earn a medal of excellence as Grade 12 Austin Sawyer of Lambrick Park won a bronze medal of excellence, also in the senior category, and Grade 8 Janet Dawson, of Gordon Head Middle School, earned a silver medal of excellence among the junior-level entrants.

Dawson’s mathematical presentation, which can predict the setting of the sun, also won a specialty award from the Royal Astronomical Society and a challenge award from Discovery.

It was the second win for Kuehne and his at-home diagnostic test for patients suffering from phenylketonuria (PKU). He won first at the Vancouver Island Regional Science Fair in April. Among the specialized contests within the national fair, Kuehne won second in the 2015 Sanofi BioGenius B.C. competition in the area of biotechnology and “Centre for Drug Research and Development Commercialization Prize.”

“The research Nathan has completed is ground-breaking in and of itself, as he he has done this work while still attending secondary school,” said Erin Dallin, Kuehne’s chemistry teacher and mentor at GNS. “The depth of his research rivals that of post-graduate students and he has the poise and self-confidence to explain his work to a mass audience. I am in awe of what he has achieved.”

Kuehne will continue developing the project and prototype with a goal of publishing the work in a peer-reviewed journal.

Sawyer won bronze for his low-cost solutions to increase the longevity of wooden railroad ties, which included fastening a zip tag around the ends.

“I learned that the fastest cause of damage is water getting into the ties,” Sawyer said. “Water gets into cracks that are caused when the ties freeze and thaw. By ‘comforting’ the ties with a zip tag around either end, they are unable to expand when they freeze, and therefore it minimizes the cracks.”

Also competing at nationals were Saanich students Matthew Treble (Lambrick) and Andrea Chan (SMUS), and GNS students Alexander Stead and David Weaver.

The Canada Wide Science Fair is the highest level of Science Fair competition in Canada.

 

Just Posted

Saanich woman runs marathons to make dreams come true

Hempler gutted her way through 122 kms with minimal breaks, to support Help Fill a Dream Foundation

Tsartlip canoe team pulls for international glory in Australia

Geronimo Canoe Club paddles to Victoria to kick-start fundraising

Colwood resident cycles for 12.5 hours to raise money for hospice

Graham Hales will participate in the Cycle of Life tour in July

What’s bugging you? Exterminator talks pests in Victoria

Dealing with pests in the home this summer and beyond

The Nellie McClung Library is booked for June 22 and 23

Friends of the Library announce a big summer book sale the Nellie McClung branch

Victoria Weekender: What’s happening this weekend, June 15-16

Car Free YYJ, a barber battle and an Outdoor Discovery Day

Homalco tour gives glimpse into area’s ‘People, Land, Water’

First Nation business mixes cultural components with wildlife excursions

Cyclists competing in one of the toughest bike races on the planet pass through Fernie

Divide riders looking strong as they finish first leg of 4160 km race

You might not know these B.C. records are public

Hired a lawyer to file a civil claim? Those are published online

B.C. bus driver loses case to get job back after texting while driving full bus

An arbitator ruled that Tim Wesman’s phone usage was a “a reckless disregard for public safety”

Revamped B.C. Lions set to battle veteran Winnipeg Blue Bombers

The Lions’ first test of the season will be a big one

No business case for Trans Mountain expansion, says former environment minister

Cabinet is expected to announce its decision on the expansion of the Alberta-to-B.C. pipeline by Tuesday

LETTER: British Columbia’s forest industry crisis being made worse

Andrew Wilkinson warns of regulatory overload by John Horgan’s NDP

Convicted B.C. child abductor Randall Hopley back in custody 6 months after release

Correctional Services Canada could not provide further details due to privacy concerns

Most Read