Students in Grades 6 to 9 put their science skills, creativity and teamwork to the test Wednesday (April 27) as they competed in the 6th annual APEGA Science Olympics at the Cold Lake Energy Centre. “The energy and enthusiasm at this event is always amazing,” said Board Chair Arlene Hrynyk. “It’s great to see the students engaged in learning and interacting with other students from throughout the division.”
APEGA Science Olympics 2016 Winners
The APEGA Science Olympics is an interactive science competition for students in grades 6 to 9. The students work in teams to come up with solutions to a series of three challenges that are presented to them during the day. This year’s challenges included designing magnetic levitation cars and racing them on a track; designing paper rockets and launching them to see which one travelled furthest; and building a wall to protect a VIP, then testing it with golf balls shot at varying speeds.
Sponsors for this year’s event include APEGA (Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta), Imperial, Canadian Natural, Britton’s Independent Grocer, Kool 101.3 FM, Big Dog 103.5 FM, K- Rock 95.3 FM and Northern Lights School Division.
“Experiential learning opportunities like the 2016 APEGA Science Olympics are tremendously valuable for our students. We are very grateful that our sponsors are willing to contribute their time, energy and financial support to ensure these opportunities are available to our students,” said Hrynyk.
Gold – Ecole Plamondon School Team Pistachios – Jonah
Ganovicheff, Alicia Haxby, Anna Ambanoudis, Ivan Ennest
Silver – Nelson Heights School Grade 6 Team 1 – Evan Aessie, Astin Hollingshead, Kashia Simonar, Brooke L’Heureux, Ella Dole
Bronze – Cold Lake Middle School Electrons – Kadence Janvier, Misty MacKay, Seth Cobourne, Dawson Walker, Eman Tarrabain
Gold– H.E. Bourgoin Middle School Geology Rocks – Sarah Ryll, Mandy Nicholson, Kohen Fraser-Marks, Cartyr Wilson, Amy Parenteau
Silver – Nelson Heights School Def Leopards – Isaac Thiel, Tevin McClelland, Xander Leniuk, Colby Shawaga, Brad DeForest
Bronze – Aurora Middle School Sporters – Nick Onciul, Kyle
Juknies, Tim Bean, Jesse Thody, Gage Manywounds
Gold – H.E. Bourgoin Middle School Somewhere Over the Rainbow – AJ Macaulay, Carter Balan, Dawson Costard, Dawson Cumby, Isaak Waters
Silver – Aurora Middle School Junkies – Hunter Nashim, Robert Williams, Sheldon Piche, Lucas Meyer, Li
Bronze – Ecole Plamondon School Team Hawks – Nikita Ennest, Uliniya Martushev, Markiann Egoroff, Paul Trofimov, Efrosinia Ambanoudis
Gold – BCHS Team #4 – Megan Yukim, Ethan Tercier, Amber Picray, James Wiatr
Silver – JAWS Orbit – Tiana Holmes, Houriah Fayad, Cassidy Wolstenholme, Shey Cunningham, Alabama Brown
Bronze – CLHS Team #1 – Maria Thiel, Andie Walker, Jennifer Belanger, Danik Becotte, Cameron Moar
*Press Release from NLSD