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The Science Fair Regional Finals are back

The Science Fair Regional Finals are back

Twenty models, all students from La Taïga High School in Lebel-sur-Quévillon, are participating in this final.

Students submit 10 original science projects ranging from social networks to biology, engineering, and the humanities.

Technoscience Abitibi-Témiscamingue General Manager Virginie Paul believes the pandemic has had an impact on the participation rate.

With the last three years of the pandemic, we have not been able to deal face to face. It was a small hit for our science fairs, for our events. Next, we have a shortage of manpower which means we are unable to put as much energy as we would like into our programs.she explained.

Ms. Ball, however, remains hopeful of seeing greater participation in the coming years. The goal is to spread science, so that we can show our passion for science, and then to young people, allowing them to live a somewhat exceptional experience.the director insists.

Bullying is a concern

Among the ten projects on display, we find the God’s Grace project by Bobby and his companion Mahele Gilbert.

The two junior high school students are concerned about the excessive use of smartphones, and its effect on young people’s health, but are particularly concerned about the resulting instances of bullying.

I find that there are a lot of people who use their phones to excessive use […] And then bullying happens sometimes, and there’s harassment that happens online. So I came here to tell people to be carefulmentions Neamatullah Al-Laboubi, who believes that parental control is necessary to prevent cases of bullying.

Mahele Gilbert is also worried about bullying. Me, mainly for cyberbullying, because I’ve seen people living with it and I really want it to stop. It is not fun for others. Those who do this, they really should stopas you say.

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Drake Fontaine and Miko Mazerole.

Photo: Radio Canada/Boualem Hajouti

Mikko Mazerol and Drake Fontaine are interested in magnetism and its possible uses in everyday life.

We introduce magnetism, how it works and all the possibilities we can do with itsays Mikko Mazirol.

Drake Fontaine’s interest in magnetism refers to his youth. When I was little, I always liked to use little magnets on the fridge, like to stick pictures, things like that. Then I liked to play with it. So, I started researching them, to see how they work, and then doing different types of magnets, their strengths, magnetic field, etc.

“science dare”

The projects were implemented under the supervision of science teacher Samar Al-Atwani, who considers science to be of paramount importance in the students’ path.

I can sum it up in one word: dare science, very simple. There is nothing better than science to understand this world, to understand what is really happening, what surrounds us. So it’s really important to dare scienceSays Mrs. Atwani, who did not hide her pride in seeing many of her school students participating in this exhibition.

Samar Atwani poses for the camera, students in the background in a large room.

The teacher, Samar Al-Atwani.

Photo: Radio Canada/Boualem Hajouti

Moreover, many students will receive participation prizes that will be awarded on Friday afternoon, and three of the projects that will entice the jury will represent the region in the Quebec finals of the Expo Sciences Hydro Quebec, from April 21-23 next. in Montreal.