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Science fanatics square off

The best young scientists in the region will descend on Kugluktuk High School to compete in the Kitikmeot Regional Science Fair this weekend.

Qiqirtaq Ilihakvik Grade 9 student Sheridan Kamookak earned herself a trip to the Kitikmeot Regional Science Fair in Kugluktuk through her excellent placement in her school competition in Gjoa Haven. She investigated the use of seal fat to kill bacteria.
photos courtesy of Kim Rowley/Qiqirtaq Ilihakvik

Eighteen students, ranging from grades 6 to 12, based out of Kugluktuk, Gjoa Haven, Kugaaruk and Taloyoak are expected to demonstrate their science savvy to a panel of guest judges from the host community.

Kugluktuk's entries comprised projects based on growing lettuce in the Arctic, how airplanes take off and whether food colouring affects the growth of seeds, according to Marie Kimeda, a math and science teacher, who organized the school and regional science events.

A maximum of three participants from the regional fair will advance to the Canada-Wide Science Fair in Ottawa, May 12-19.


Qiqirtaq Grade 11 student Jordan Takkiruq demonstrated which fat was the healthiest, comparing modern oils to traditional oils at the community science fair in Gjoa Haven earlier this month.

The Gjoa Haven Grade 6 class worked on volcanoes. Trinity Rudolph and Mark Kununak advanced to the Kitikmeot regional science fair, being hosted in Kugluktuk this weekend.