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BC Students Receive 2nd Place at Taiwan International Science Fair

February | 2020
Two BC students placed 2nd at the 2020 Taiwan International Science Fair in Taipei, held on February 3 to 7, 2020. 
Claire Scrimini and Vanessa Scrimini, Grade 11 students at Burnaby North Secondary, won with their project "Algae Meets Fungi: Microalgae-Fungi Co-Pelletization for Biofuel Production" in the Microbiology category. Their project sought to determine the most effective microalgae-fungi combination for biofuel production, to create an effective and renewable solution to the climate change crisis.

Accompanied by retired educator Denise O'Connor, from Lytton, BC, Claire and Vanessa returned to school after a week of engaging with international peers at the competition and participating in cultural activities in Taipei. 

Claire and Vanessa competed at the 2018 Canada-Wide Science Fair (CWSF) in Ottawa, Ontario, and the 2019 CWSF in Fredericton, New Brunswick. In 2019, they were awarded the Gold Medal in the Intermediate category, the Challenge Award in the Energy category, along with a $4,000 Entrance Scholarship to Western University, for their project "Algae Meets Fungi: Microalgae-Fungi Co-Pelletization for Biofuel Production". 

Each year since 1992, a team of two students and one educator from British Columbia are invited to attend the Taiwan International Science Fair (TISF) at the National Taiwan Science Center in Taipei, Taiwan. More information about the annual TISF >