BC Science Fair Students Win International Awards in Taiwan!

February 1, 2016

Vancouver, BC – Austin Wang, a Grade 12 student from David Thompson Secondary in Vancouver and Daniel O’Reilly, a Grade 11 student from College Heights Secondary, Prince George and have returned with success from the Taiwan International Science Fair, held January 25th to 29th, 2016.

Mr. Wang received a Gold Medal in the Microbiology category for his project titled “A Novel Method to Identify Genes in Electron Transfer of Exoelectrogens” which aims to identify the genes involved in bacterial extracellular electron transport to generate power in microbial fuel cells. Mr. O’Reilly received a Bronze Medal in the Medicine and Health category for his project “Remedies Recovered from Roof Top Resources” in which he sought to devise a new approach to treat “superbug bacteria” by using natural resources that could improve the quality of life and provide sustainability of products for the forest and pharmaceutical industries.

Mr. Wang and Mr. O’Reilly were accompanied by Pat Offin, a retired educator from Mackenzie, BC. Ms. Offin was chosen as the educator because of her broad outreach education experience, her years of participation and support of the Science Fair program and her appreciation of its educational benefits for students.

British Columbian students have attended the Taiwan International Science Fair since its inception in 1991, a legacy of the Pan Pacific component of the 1991 Canada-Wide Science Fair hosted in British Columbia. Students are selected to participate based on their Science Fair project work, their communication skills and their ambassadorial qualities.

“Through scientific research, Science Fair participants are able to gain 21st century learning skills, important life and job skills which help reveal where new career opportunities exist”, said Patti Leigh, Founder and Executive Director, Science Fair Foundation of British Columbia. “Science Fairs allow students to stretch their imaginations and intellect, and they provide a chance for young scientists to network with their peers and with potential mentors.”

British Columbia Regional Science Fairs are supported by the Science Fair Foundation of British Columbia, a non-profit, charitable organization whose vision is to sustain and enhance the science culture of the youth of British Columbia.

About the Science Fair Foundation of British Columbia
The Science Fair Foundation of British Columbia is the largest volunteer science and technology outreach network in the Province supporting science education by inspiring curiosity through the Science Fair program.

To learn more about the Foundation, please visit our website at: www.sciencefairs.ca

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