Over 300 high school students across the Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley, and Vancouver Island participated in Kwantlen Polytechnic University's (KPU) seventh annual Science Challenge at its Richmond Campus on November 24, 2012. Students spent an intense day of head-to-head competition testing science know-how and ingenuity.
Teams of senior and junior high school students competed in five, one-hour, practical laboratory activities in biology, chemistry, engineering design, geology, mathematics, physics and Science Jeopardy. Scores were based on successful solution of design problems, good experimental technique and measurement skills, correct application of science concepts, and correct use of data and calculations to draw conclusions.
Templeton students came in first place in the biology category and snagged second place in chemistry.
The hands-on activities are designed to be educational, entertaining, and challenging. Prizes are given to the top five senior and top five junior teams.
Kwantlen's annual Science Challenge was developed for young people in science to showcase how science works, who scientists are, the kinds of work they do, and why science matters in the everyday lives of British Columbians and the communities they live in. Registration for the event is limited to 30 senior and 30 junior teams.