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Local students chosen for virtual Canadian Science Fair

This year's national science fair takes place virtually

The Canada Wide Science Fair goes virtual this year from Ottawa and there are four students from this area who will be participating.

The event is set to be the biggest STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) based online gathering in Canadian history.

The event goes today through Friday and features project viewing, a STEM Expo, an awards gala and a Meet the Winners panel.

More than 340 students from Grades 7 to 12 from across the country are participating in junior, intermediate and senior categories to take on challenges in the areas of agriculture, fisheries and food; curiosity and ingenuity; digital technology; disease and illness; energy; environment and climate change; health and wellness and natural resources.

The following are the four students from the area who are participating:

Ronan Blattner, a Grade 11 student at Nechako Valley Secondary in Vanderhoof, did a project is called Behavioural Changes and Communication in formica fusca colonies. Here is the project link:

Jemma Blattner, a Grade 9 student at Nechako Valley Secondary in Vanderhoof, completed a project called Roundup® Those Worms. Here is the project link:

The project by Antonia Tannert and Michaela Stillwell, both Grade 11 students at Westside Academy in Prince George, is called Straws: Impact and Solution. Here is the project link:

Both Stillwell and Tannert received the Ted Rogers Innovation Award, which came with a $100 award for both of them.

To check out the science fair visit Facebook Live – opening remarks at starting at 8 a.m. today, project open viewing and STEM Expo at on Wednesday at 8:30 a.m., awards gala at on Thursday at 3 p.m. and Meet the Winners panel at on Friday at 9:30 a.m.