For the first time in its history, the Bluewater Regional Science and Technology Fair has a student who won a platinum award at the Canada Wide Science Festival.
Katherine Teeter, a grade 12 student at Grey Highlands Secondary School, won a senior gold medal and then was chosen to receive the senior platinum award as the best senior project.
Katherine's project, "Synthetic Limpet Teeth for Improved Joint Performance", explored the construction of prosthetic implants.
581 physical, chemical, and biological stress tests concluded that synthetic limpet teeth prosthetic implants were more resilient and could reduce adverse health conditions associated with current prosthetics.
Katherine also earned a Manning Innovation Achievement Award, the Astra Zeneca Senior Health Award and five university entrance scholarships.
Regional Science Fair Chair, John Twelves says it is quite an accomplishment for a high school student.
Katherine won a total of $23,750 in cash and scholarships.
She is moving on to the University of Western Ontario in September and will be in the Integrated Science Program.
Meanwhile, Sophia Cottrill, a grade 7 student from Sullivan Community School, won a junior gold medal with the project "Evolution or Extinction? Time Will Tell for the King of the Arctic."
This study utilized DNA and protein sequencing analyses from GenBank® to determine if polar bears were uniquely distinct from other species.
Sophia also won the Junior Environmental Challenge Award plus an entry scholarship to the University of Western Ontario.
Her total cash and scholarships totalled $4500.
Connor Maxwell, a grade 8 student at Holy Family School in Hanover, won a Junior silver medal with his project Farmland To Filtration: Improving Water Quality.
Using Brine Shrimp as the indicator species, 105 trials were conducted to design low cost, low maintenance filtration systems and test their effectiveness at filtering simulated agricultural runoff. Each trial took 288 to 456 hours to complete.
Spencer received a $500 cash award.
The Bluewater Regional Science and Technology Fair, a registered charity, is an independent body that promotes science and technology in Grey and Bruce Counties.
It works with the Bruce-Grey Catholic District School Board, the French Catholic Board, home schooled students, private schools and the Bluewater District School Board.