The PEI Science Fair was held April 5, 2016 and we are happy to announce the winners of the PEI Home and School Federation Special Prizes, awarded to projects that “focus on the total well-being of children, including health, safety and learning.”
Maddie Thompson and Sarah Peters from East Wiltshire Intermediate School presented the Got Steps?, a project that saw them examine the physical activity level of their peers relative to the national guidelines. Their volunteers subjects wore pedometers to measure their daily step count, and recorded each day's result in a log. Sarah and Maddie analyzed the results by gender, and concluded that 50% of subjects were meeting or exceeding the guidelines and 50% were not; there was no gender difference noted. Maddie and Sarah were obviously engaged with their subject, and their research was thorough and well-documented and their oral presentation of their hypothesis, procedure and conclusion was clear and well-presented.
Kyrah Buote from Gulf Shore Consolidated School presented her project "Sugar." Kyrah's hypothesis was that most of her test subjects would not consume more than the daily recommended amount of sugar. She asked her test subjects to estimate their daily sugar intake, had them log everything they ate for several days, and then analyzed the amount of sugar in their reported intake and compared the result to their estimates. Her research demonstrated that most of her subjects greatly underestimated their sugar intake. Kyrah was passionate about her choosen subject, and did considerable ancillary research to allow her to understand the sources of sugar in the diet.
Maddie, Sarah and Kyrah's projects are clear examples of how students can use science to examine the conditions of their everyday lives and draw meaningful, actionable conclusions. All three of the young scientists had developed concrete ideas for how they could expand upon their research, and how their results could be used to improve the health of their peers.
The members of the PEI Home and School Federation congratulate them on their success; each team was awarded a $25 prize.
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