The annual Toronto Science Fair (TSF) was held at the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus on 25 March 2018. TSF is a day-long event that gives students a chance to qualify for the Canada Wide Science Fair.

Students display their projects at the Toronto Science Fair. Photo: Jessica Xiong

This year, eight teams from MGCI participated in the fair. Participants were sorted by grade into junior (Grade 7 and 8), intermediate (Grade 9 and 10), and senior (Grade 11 and 12). Projects were characterized as either a study, experiment, or innovation. They were also divided into the following branches of science: biotechnology, engineering and computing science, earth and environmental science, health science, life science, and physical and mathematical science.

Each team presented their project to three judges, who were then given a chance to ask questions. Later in the day, the fair was open to the public for the public to view the projects.

MGCI participants at the Toronto Science Fair. Photo: Jessica Xiong

During the afternoon students took part in various science activities including separating casein from milk and extracting DNA. Participants also listened to a talk from guest speaker Dr. Eugenia Duodu about her journey to become a scientist.

When asked about his experience, Grade 9 participant David Walji said, “I really liked the atmosphere that the science fair had and the amount of energy and passion that everyone had.”

The Reckoner would like to congratulate the following students for representing MGCI at the Toronto Science Fair:

Dhrumil Patel, Bacterial Computers: Sigma Xi Award, Gold

Andrew Pun and Joshua Xiao, Electromagnetic Train: University of Ontario Institute of Technology Innovative Use of Technology Award in Science, Gold

Tina Ma and Jessica Xiong, Up from the Dumps: a Study on Transforming Waste to Water: Silver

Brianna Gopaul and Gracelyn Shi, Using Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells to Treat Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia: Silver