S4BW is Just Around the Corner — Linden Scientists Need Willing Listeners!
STEM for a Better World fair, or S4BW, is a few days away, and students’ excitement about their projects is palpable! Here is a sneak peek at some of the research, learning and discovery you can expect to see at the virtual fair which will be live from 9 am on March 3rd until 8 pm on March 6th.
Willing Listeners Needed
You will enjoy the fair even more if you sign up to be a Willing Listener. In this volunteer role, you are asked to provide feedback on three projects. No scientific background is required! It takes about 30-45 minutes to complete over the 4 day window that the fair is open.
Sign up here!
Grade 10 student Serena.
Grade 10 scientists are using math, physics and graphing to broaden their understanding of climate change. Some are examining its impacts such as permafrost, stronger hurricanes, melting ice caps and habitat loss. Others are focusing on causes, such as fine particulate matter and its impact not only on global warming but also its link to cancer. Serena, who is researching the impact of animal agriculture, was inspired to dig deeper. “It started out as a science research project,” she says. “What I learned has led me to examine so many related social and economic issues.”
Grade 12 students.
Grade 12 students are investigating the effect of a particular variable on rates of cellular respiration or photosynthesis. For one group, this has involved “wrangling” and weighing crickets and looking at the impact of lower temperatures on their breathing.
Grade 8 student Fadumo.
Grade 8s are using publicly available data to learn about water systems around the world.
Grade 7 student Téa.
Grade 7 student Téa has devised an experiment to study guinea pig psychology.
"How big is the human heart?" Tonja asked the class.
Kindergarten students are learning about the cardiovascular and respiratory systems. They have been tracing their bodies and colouring in the locations of our vital organs. When asked how big is the human heart, all of the students raised their hands curled up into fists towards Tonja.
Grade 1 student Vienna examining the progress of her experiment.
Grade 1 student Vienna’s experiment will test the effects of different types of water on eggshells. She hopes to learn exactly which type of water is best for us to use to brush our teeth.
S, Grade 5, is studying the effects of oil spills on wildlife, and which man-made products can be used to help clean birds and animals that have been covered in oil. She will investigate the ingredients in these products, and how they can be used to break down the properties of oil without harming the birds and animals.
Grade 6 student Ugbath.
Ugbath in Grade 6 is examining the exponential rates of food waste around the world, by investigating how we might be able to slow this process down.