Each year the Ottawa Regional Science Fair hosts a science fair to encourage high school student to engage in the field of science and engineering.
Starting from the end of last year, Heidi Li, Kingsong’s classmate, invited Kingsong to partner with her to create a project to enter the fair. At the beginning they thought about many topics, including:
- Using feces to product energy.
- Improving cochlear implant processor.
- Creating an application that could flip the video file to facilitate dancing tutoring.
Finally Kingsong decided on the topic of Determination of Bisphenol A in Receipts.
This project wasn’t a creative one as you could find many related topics online. What Heidi and Kingsong did was collecting information to experience what is call chemistry instrument analysis.
What kingsong learnt is not only the chemistry experiment itself, but how to team up with others, choose a topic, outsource a mentor, decline mentorship offers from other scholars, write a formal thesis and presenting the project to the public. Most importantly, he learnt to be a strong, humble team worker.
On Feb 25, Colonel By High School hosted a pre-fair event to filter out the top 10 project teams to take part in the Ottawa Regional Science Fair. Kingsong’s project was lucky enough to be placed at 3rd, although Kingsong argued theirs should be placed on top.
Then on the April 2, Kingsong brought back three awards from the Ottawa Regional Science Fair. They won the first place of Intermediate – Health Sciences category, which brought him a trophy. They also won a Partners in Research Award with $100 Cash and a Laurentian SETAC’s award with $75 cash.
Kingsong and Heidi at the Ottawa Regional Science Affair. Picture courtesy of Laurentian SETAC
They were also invited to a gala event held on May 11 in the Ballroom at the Hampton Inn Ottawa & conference Centre, as part of the Partners in Research Award.
But kingsong wished they would be able to win the Grand Award which entitles teams to enter the subsequent national competition – the Canada Wide Science Fair.
Going ahead, Kingsong wanted to use this project to enter Google Science Fair.
Good luck Kingsong.