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High school students put science skills to the test at Kwantlen

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 12:23 PST, Tue November 15, 2022

Teams of junior high school students from across Metro Vancouver will compete for scientific supremacy at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) on Saturday at the Kwantlen Science Challenge.

The annual day-long competition is for teams of students from grades 8 to 10. A total of 25 teams—each with up to five participants—will take part in the Nov. 19 event at the university’s Richmond campus (8771 Lansdowne Rd.).

“The Kwantlen Science Challenge offers students a chance to put their problem-solving skills into action through a series of fun laboratory challenges. It’s also an opportunity for the students to explore KPU’s facilities and get a taste of the university’s programs,” says Don Mathewson, a KPU physics instructor and event organizer.

Teams will compete in challenges in the areas of geology, physics, engineering design, mathematics, and scientific Jeopardy. Scores are based on successful solutions of design problems, good experimental technique and measurement skills, correct application of science concepts, and correct use of data and calculations to draw conclusions. The hands-on activities are designed to be educational, entertaining, and challenging.

The Kwantlen Science Challenge began in 2005 as a way to further test high school students in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Mathewson says it’s inspiring to see the innovations of young people made possible by working together.

“Challenges are designed in such a way that students must work together as a team. Through collaboration, students are able to solve problems and reach a common goal,” he says.

For more information on the Kwantlen Science Challenge, visit kpu.ca/sciencechallenge.

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