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Neilson Grove wins big at regional science fair

A group of Grade 7 students from Neilson Grove Elementary was recognized at the South Fraser Regional Science Fair last month.

A group of Grade 7 students from Neilson Grove Elementary was recognized at the South Fraser Regional Science Fair last month.

Shelby Brubacher will get to head to the Canada Wide Science Fair in Charlottetown, PEI from May 12 to 19, after winning a gold medal in the junior earth and environmental category.

She said she's excited about going to PEI.

"It's a long way away," she said.

Her project, titled Join the Resistance, looked at how the amount of salt in the water affected how plants grew in and around Green Slough, a slough right beside the Ladner school.

Brubacher also won the B.C. Nature Award ($50) at the regional fair.

Cassidy Lowe and Michelle Leung won a bronze medal in the junior earth and environmental category.

Their project, The Grass is Greener..., determined it's better to wash your car on the lawn than on a driveway because soil acts as a filter for the soap.

They also won the B.C. Greenhouse Growers' Association Award ($75).

Jack Creighton and Lucas Grabi won the B.C. Agriculture in the Classroom Award ($75) for their project, pH and Pollutants. They tested how common pollutants affected the pH level of water samples from Green Slough.

The regional science fair, held at Kwantlen Polytechnic University's Surrey campus, had projects from students from grades 7 to 12 from both public and independent schools throughout Delta and Surrey.

. Southpointe Academy students also took home medals from the South Fraser Regional Science Fair.

Recipients included: Sumeet Saini and Mason Rai, silver, junior physical and mathematical category; Jim Marsden and Frank Carson, silver, junior life category; Declan Hodgins, bronze, intermediate engineering and computing category; Ansh Uppal and Bo Glaser, bronze, intermediate physical and mathematical category.

. Grade 8 students Devika Vishwanath and Nadine Yehiya from Seaquam Secondary in North Delta won a gold medal in the physical and mathematical category for Silly Strums Funny Vibes. They're also able to head to the Canada Wide Science Fair.

dwillis@delta-optimist.com