Jasmine Cheng, a grade 11 student from Fort Richmond Collegiate, represented Pembina Trails admirably at this year’s Asia-Pacific Conference for Young Scientists and KVIS Science Fair in Thailand.
Jasmine competed in the science fair against 62 projects by students from Singapore, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Turkey, Russia, Nepal, UK, Netherlands, Guam, Philippines, Mexico and Thailand.
The judging of the competition included both a poster and oral presentation to a panel of University Professors and an audience of peers and teachers. Jasmine wowed the judges and won one of only six gold medals in an extremely tough competition.
Jasmine and her peer, Nathan Matthews, were exceptional ambassadors for Canada, our school division and our community. Their performance during the conference continued to open doors for us internationally.
Jasmine was inspired by seeing other students her age so focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). “All the other schools that attended the fair were private schools specifically for science and math inclined kids and so to see their own passion fueled my passion that much more,” she said. “I realized that when it came to STEM, it is such a vast area that the possibilities are endless.”
Nathan a grade 12 student, also recognized how significant it was to come together with students from other nations and cultures. “I appreciated the chance to learn from other people’s projects and develop ideas from them,” he said. “It definitely enhanced my thinking concerning science and math…and allowed for the creation of new or improved ideas, and inspiration for future science or math innovations.”
STEM education is a critical pathway for any country to embrace as innovation and technology increasingly influence our society. STEM awareness and knowledge help to prepare our students to address the pressing issues that we face on this planet both from a local perspective but also a global one.
Through our STEM Program, Pembina Trails is the only school division in Canada that represents the Canadian STEM community internationally. Every year, our students take part in a variety of science/STEM conferences, events and fairs, including:
- Camborne Science and International Academy (Cornwall), June
- Australia Science and Mathematics School (Adelaide), September
- Ritsumeikan Senior High School (Kyoto, Japan), November
- Kamnoetvidya Science Academy (Thailand), December
- International Science Youth Forum, hosted by Hwa Chong Institution (Singapore), January
- International Student Science Fair, hosted by National Junior College (Singapore), March
- Singapore International Math Challenge, hosted every two years by National University School (Singapore), May
- Korea Science Academy of KAIST (South Korea), August
Next year’s Asia Pacific Conference for Young Scientists will be held in St. Petersburg, Russia, followed by Macou, Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China in 2021.