Four awards, prize money, and a ticket to the nationals – 13 year old Zeel Patel accomplished all of this in just one day at the Wood Buffalo Regional Science Fair in Fort McMurray on Saturday.
The Grade 8 student at Ecole McTavish Junior High Public School was the recipient of the DriverCheck Health Sciences Award for his experiment, “HerbFul Herbs” – an analysis of the effects of herbal extracts against bacteria like E. coli.
Following the frenzy of hugs and handshakes at the awards ceremony, we had a chance to sit down with Zeel to talk about his project. In this video, he articulately explains his hypothesis, methodology, and his findings.
Zeel’s innovative experiment won over the judges, who also awarded him with the Suncor Ingenuity Award, the Gold Divisional Junior Award, and the Genome Alberta Award. Zeel and three other students will move on to compete in the national science fair in Windsor, Ontario in May.
This was the 7th year for the Regional Wood Buffalo Science Fair. It brought together over 200 elementary, middle school, and high school students from the area to proudly display their projects at Keyano College’s Syncrude Sport and Wellness Centre.
As a proud sponsor of this year’s fair, DriverCheck had the pleasure of meeting many young science enthusiasts as they showcased their talents and browsed through the auditorium.
Below, DriverCheck’s Fort McMurray Clinic Manager Karen Dingley explains how custom molded ear plugs are made to a group of teens competing at the fair.