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Prince Rupert students show their science skills

Caterina Cociani took home the Best in Fair award for her project looking at the evolution of language. - Martina Perry photo
Caterina Cociani took home the Best in Fair award for her project looking at the evolution of language.
— image credit: Martina Perry photo

Prince Rupert brainiacs showed off their knowledge of science over the weekend, when the Northwest Science and Innovation Society (NSIS) held the 2013 Science Fair at Charles Hays Secondary School.

"The idea [of the fair] is to get kids interested in science and to participate," said Christine Slanz, executive director of NSIS.

Although 35 hardworking young students entered the fair, it was nine-year-old Caterina Cociani who took home the top prize, the Best in Fair award, her project on the evolution of language.

"It was to see when language was evolving if people made up the language randomly, or if they actually thought about the sounds," Cociani, who is in Grade 4, said.

The young intellectual says it felt "awesome" to win the award, and says she's always been interested in science, with the subject being one of her favourites in school.

This was Cociani's third time entering and winning a prize at a science fair, winning a gold medal the first year she entered and silver last year.

Winners in each age group include Angus MacDonald in the Kindergarten to Grade 1 category, Lily Vanderheide in the Grade 2 to 3 section, Cociani in the Grade 4 to 5 group and Eric Lees and Ryan Gale in the Grade 6 and 7 category.

The fair is open to kindergarten to Grade 12 students, however this year the oldest students were in Grade 7.

"We haven't had a high school student enter yet in Prince Rupert," said Slanz.

Prince Rupert was the first stop on a regional tour of fairs, followed by Kitimat and Terrace. On April 5 and 6 students throughout the region will compete in Terrace.

"Even if the kids didn't do well here, they can still participate in the one in Terrace," said Slanz.

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