Matea Johnson holds the homemade barometer she made for a first-of-its-kind science fair at Elphinstone Secondary School. The gymnasium was humming with more than 90 Grade 8 and Grade 4 students presenting their science projects on Friday, Feb. 7. The event was organized by Technology Festival (TechFEST) and School District No. 46 to promote science, technology, engineering and math studies. Projects were judged by 50 local professionals, including tradespeople, dentists, lawyers, technicians and marketers. Sponsors contributed $500 in prize money. “Some started months ago, some started three days ago,” said organizer John Leech, chair of TechFEST. “It’s about engaging the community… For a Grade 8 student, having to present their case and what they’ve learned to the adult … [it’s] just a fabulous experience,” he said. Plans are in the works to expand the event next year.
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