Thriving in Science

Grade 8 girls Paige Hudak-Kesteven and Kiera McMeekin in front of their displays at the VIRSF. 

Twenty SMS students participated in the 57th Annual Vancouver Island Regional Science Fair on April 8 and 9 at the University of Victoria. SMS was well represented with MY and SY girls putting their hard work on display in front of hundreds of students from across the Island and a large judging panel.

Not only did our girls stand out in the crowd with their red blazers proudly on display, but many of them took home awards for their work -- see full list below.

“Many of our students commented that they really enjoyed discussing their work with the judges. The judges provided feedback and sometimes even shared common STEM interests. One student even commented that the fair gave her the opportunity to stretch out of her comfort zone because she needed to interact with other adults and students to share her project,” said Lauren Hudsen, STEM Program Support Teacher.

"This was really uncomfortable for me, but it pushed me and I think that's a good thing," said Brianne Dupuis, grade 6. 

A lot of time and effort goes into these projects and the level of creativity and ingenuity that was put on display by our girls was extremely impressive. At SMS, our goal is to ensure our students will be grounded in wellness, strengthened by the humanities, connected through the arts, and soaring with STEM—and this was a shining example of that.

"It was really fun, the days were long but I really enjoyed talking about my project with the judges and other students," said Kiera McMeekin, grade 8. 

Award winners included:

Lucy Erickson, grade 5

  • Engineers and Geoscientists of BC - Elementary Division Winner
  • Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society Award
  • Scientific Spirit Award

Haimavati Saibish, grade 5

  • Quarky Science Prize

Naomi Corwin, grade 6

  • Quarky Science Prize

Maryam Mtiraoui, grade 6

  • Scientific Spirit Award

Anna Erickson, grade 7

  • Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society Award

Amy Hooper, grade 7

  • Engineers and Geoscientists of BC - Intermediate Division Winner

Madeleine Kelly, grade 7

  • Quarky Science Prize
  • Outstanding Achievement in Engineering and Geoscience - Intermediate Division Winner

Katie Tinis, grade 7

  • Wiley Publishing Prize

Farida Abdoulaye, grade 8

  • UVic Social Science Chair Award
  • Outstanding Achievement in Engineering and Geoscience - Junior Division Winner

Kiera McMeekin, grade 8

  • CVS Sightseeing Tour Prize

Ines Khouider, grade 9

  • Engineers and Geoscientists of BC - Junior Division Honourable Mention
  • BC Game Developers Award
  • Out of the Box Award

Tesnim Mtiraoui, grade 9

  • Engineers and Geoscientists of BC - Junior Division Winner
  • Schneider Electric Award
  • Outstanding Achievement in Engineering and Geoscience - Junior Division Winner