Markham student wins gold at York Region Sci-Tech Fair for the fourth consecutive year

Aidan Aird poses in from of his water wheel cart displayThe York Catholic District School Board congratulates Aidan Aird, Grade 10 student at St. Brother Andre CHS in Markham, for recently winning the gold medal at the York Region Sci-Tech Fair, which took place March 28, 2015 at Stephen Lewis SS in Vaughan. This is the fourth year in a row that Aidan has won gold at this region-wide science and technology competition.

The York Region Sci-Tech Fair provides Grade 7 – 12 students in York Region’s Catholic, public, and private schools an opportunity to showcase their scientific research and meet other young scientists. It also encouraged students to explore and learn about different fields of science while also celebrating the achievements of young scientists in York Region. 

Approximately 90 student projects in the categories of: Life Sciences, Health Sciences, Biotechnology, Engineering and Computing Sciences, Physical and Mathematical Sciences, and Earth and Environmental Sciences, were displayed and presented to a panel of judges. 

Students competed for a variety of awards and the chance to represent York Region and compete at the Canada-Wide Science Fair taking place in Fredericton, New Brunswick, May 14-16, 2015. After three grueling rounds of judging, several York Catholic students, including Aidan, were awarded a variety of medals and awards.

Congratulations to:

  • Jenna Gulizia, student at St. Mary CES in Nobelton, who earned an honourable mention for her project on 'How Does the Font of the Word Affect your Memory of it?'
  • Joseph Calabria, student at St. Justin, Martyr CES in Markham, who won a bronze medal for his project on 'Water Cooling in Computers.'
  • Emily Lau, student at St. Augustine CHS in Markham, who won a bronze medal for her project on ‘Super-Sponge.’
  • Naya Paluzzi and Madison Gordon, students at St. Mary CES in Nobelton, who won bronze medals for their project on 'Different Viscosities of Oils from the Use of Cars in the Winter.’
  • Abramo Ginevra, student at St. Charles Garnier CES in Richmond Hill, who won a bronze medal for his project on 'The Trebuchet.' Abramo was also awarded a Cournoyea/Paz-Soldan Peer Award for the best project as selected by his peers, as well as the UOIT (University of Ontario Institute of Technology) Most Innovative Project Award at the Junior Level.
  • Danielle D’Souza, student at St. Justin, Martyr CES in Markham, who won a silver medal for her project on 'Peel Paper.'
  • Alexandra Simone, student at St. Mary CES in Nobelton, who won a silver medal for her project on ‘How Various Cleaning Methods Affect Bacterial Growth on Toothbrushes.’
  • Aidan Aird, student at St. Brother Andre CHS in Markham, who won a gold medal and thus will represent York Region at the Canada-Wide Science Fair, for his project on ‘The Multi-Functional Water Wheel Cart for Developing Nations.' Aidan was also awarded a Cournoyea/Paz-Soldan Peer Award for the best project as selected by his peers.

Abramo Ginevra poses with his trebuchetThis will be the fourth year that Aidan has qualified to compete at the prestigious Canada-Wide Science Fair. Last year, he won a gold medal at the national competition for his project, ‘The Turbo-Eco Cookstove Plus: Improving Living Conditions in Developing Nations.’

The York Catholic District School Board wishes Aidan Aird the best of luck as returns to the Canada-Wide Science Fair in May. The Board also congratulates all participants in this year’s competition and thanks the dedicated teacher mentors, supervisors and volunteers who helped to make this event happen.