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Central Alberta student earns bronze at Canada-Wide Science Fair

Congratulations to Chinook’s Edge School Division science student
Cremona School student Claire Friesen earned a bronze medal at the Canada-Wide Science Fair held in Edmonton May 14 to 19, 2023. (Contributed)

A grade 7 Cremona School student brought home a bronze medal in the junior category from the Canada-Wide Science Fair held in Edmonton earlier this month.

Claire Friesen impressed the judges with her project The Way It Flows: Laminar vs. Turbulent.

She explained laminar and turbulent flow is a way of describing how a fluid moves and the science can be applied to aviation, vehicles and wind turbines.

She said her next science project may build on her 2023 project to build a miniaturized wind turbine for urban areas.

The Canada-Wide Science Fair is the country’s largest annual youth science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) event.

Participants are selected by a national network of over 100 regional STEM fairs, and 396 young scientists, Grades 7 to 12, showcased 340 projects at the Edmonton fair.


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Friesen competed at a science fair in February at her school before advancing to divisional and regional fairs prior to reaching the Canada-wide fair.

The 13-year-old said she was impressed by other projects at the Canadian competition, including one project that looked at how proteins can affect diabetes, and a machine to teach braille.

“It was absolutely incredible. I’m so happy that I made it. I met lovely people and learned so much from them going there,” Friesen said.

She encourages students who may be interested in competing to just go for it.

“It was a fantastic experience and even if you don’t make it, you’ll learn so much about a topic that you’re interested in.”


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A total of 220 students at this year’s The Canada-Wide Science Fair shared more than $1.6 million in scholarships, awards, and prizes.

The top awards in Discovery and Innovation went to Elizabeth Chen, of Edmonton, for a project on alternative cancer treatments and Arushi Nath, of Toronto, with a project on planetary defense.


Susan Zielinski

About the Author: Susan Zielinski

Susan has been with the Red Deer Advocate since 2001. Her reporting has focused on education, social and health issues.
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