The David Suzuki Foundation is committed to working with all Canadians to build a collective voice for action on climate change. Attending community events is a great way for us to share our message, learn what is happening locally, and meet the people behind some pretty inspiring initiatives. We will be profiling some of these events as part of our Race to the Top project.
On March 11, the Climate Team attended the Khalsa School Science Fair in Surrey, B.C. There was a buzz in the air as students from grades 2-10 were able to share their projects with parents, teachers, and us! I love science fairs because you get to see what students can do when they build on their classroom knowledge, explore a concept in detail and eventually produce a project or experiment.
For this science fair, a number of students researched environmental issues. There was a wide range of projects related to issues including global warming, pollution, energy alternatives, flooding, recycling and acid rain. We got a chance to visit a number of exhibits and were very impressed with the quality (many were constructed using recycled materials from the previous year's project!) and the depth to which the students had researched and were able to articulate their findings.
Aside from touring the school and meeting with students and teachers, we also had a table to share some of our program's work and to offer students a survey to fill out about the environment. The results of the survey can be seen below.
The science fair really brought me back to a time when a lot of us started developing a passion for science and nature. It was a bunch of students who were really proud of their work and wanted to share something new they had learned. Seeing young people put their efforts into discovery and problem-solving is inspiring, and it's only the beginning of their journey. There may not have been any projects on fruit flies, but it wouldn't be surprising if the next David Suzuki was in our midst.