On April 14, 2012, 82 young scientists participated in the West Kootenay and Boundary Regional Science Fair. The 2012 event involved the largest number of senior students than ever before. Selkirk College Integrated Environmental Planning Technology Instructor, Rob Macrae, did not expect to be involved but when he was contacted by local LV Rogers student, Micah May, for assistance on his science project, Rob immediately agreed to help out.
Macrae, who also exhibited at the fair, spoke proudly of his connection with winner Micah May. “Micah contacted me in February about a project to look at the quality of melted snow. He travelled all over the region collecting approximately 30 snow samples and a few creek water samples. He brought them to the college, thawed them and I demonstrated to Micah how to perform pH, conductivity and TDS/TSS tests on his samples. Micah did all of the work. He collected and compiled all of the data and analyzed the results.”
As a result, this year three students from our region have earned the honor of an all-expenses paid trip to the national event in Charlottetown, P.E.I. in May with Micah being one of them. Selkirk College is proud to support youth and innovation in our region.