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1,000 students get set for B.C.’s biggest science fair

Anderson Elementary School students came up with an out-of-this-world presentation about space and the universe at the 10th annual Science Jam last year.  - Sidney Gao
Anderson Elementary School students came up with an out-of-this-world presentation about space and the universe at the 10th annual Science Jam last year.
— image credit: Sidney Gao

Aberdeen Centre will be a beehive of activity Tuesday, when some 1,000 local elementary students gather for the 11th annual Science Jam.

Students from 14 Richmond schools will be showcasing their knowledge of the sciences in what’s billed as B.C.’s biggest non-competitive science fair.

Aside from talking about their own science projects, participating students will get to rub elbows with science-related professionals.

In fact, Science World representatives will be giving the keynote presentation during the fair, which is open for the public to attend.

Organizer Janice Novakowski said teachers start building the concepts the students use in their projects at the start of the school year, and the projects themselves start to be assembled in early January, with a goal of making a presentation at Science Jam.

The science fair aims to stimulate in children a love for the sciences.

“My own experience as a teacher is when you start making things competitive or assigning specific marks, it becomes about the marks and the prize, rather than the learning experience,” Novakowski said.

Science Jam runs from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at Aberdeen Centre, 4151 Hazelbridge Way.

Science Jam is part of Education Week (Feb. 24 to March 2), and Aberdeen Centre will again be the place to be for the Skills BC regional competition, on Wednesday Feb. 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Skills BC competition will feature student entries in four different competitions, including the Gravity Car, Spaghetti Bridge, Graphic Design and Web Design.

This competition is expected to draw some 130 competitors.

Hugh McRoberts secondary, 8980 Williams Rd., will also be hosting a fashion design competition, with 10 contestants.

Cambie secondary will be hosting a cabinet-making competition featuring 10 contestants.

If the fun at Science Jam doesn’t exhaust you, consider swinging by Richmond Gateway Theatre on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. for Richmond Jazz Night.

The non-competitive collaborative concert will feature both instrumental and vocal jazz education, and is expected to draw 275 students.

Tickets for Jazz Night are $8 each, available at all participating high school music departments. All proceeds from the event will go back into the district’s music programs.

Education Week will also feature:

• Opening ceremony at Aberdeen Centre at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 24.

• Language of Learning will be held at the Richmond Museum/Cultural Centre from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25

• Culture Club Diversity Talent Show from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27 at Aberdeen Centre

• Extreme Oceans from 1 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28 and from 4 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, March 1 at Aberdeen Centre

• Richmond Robotics Display from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday March 2 at Aberdeen Centre

Aberdeen Centre will also feature week-long exhibitions, including a fully-functioning electric car built by students from A.R. MacNeill secondary, a Student Art Exhibit, an EcoWise Display featuring an interactive touch-screen energy kiosk, and Extreme Oceans.

Richmond Public Library will be showing an Aboriginal Art Display for the entire week.

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