Alpha Students did a spectacular job at the Greater Vancouver Regional Science Fair that was held recently at UBC. Here are the final results:
Gold – Danté Wong (gr.11) “Harvesting Energy from a Water Hammer”
Bronze – Maya Siemens (gr. 8) “How much gas do certain beverages produce in your stomach?”
Bronze – Catherine Wang, Jenny Chan (BETA mini-school-gr.8) “How people’s focus is enhanced by a hungry state of mind”
Honourable Mention- Emma Do (gr.8) “Using a fresnel lens to magnify sun’s radiation to heat water”
By winning Gold in the Senior level Danté Wong will be one of 16 students selected to represent Greater Vancouver schools at the Canada Wide Science Fair in Montreal May 14-21! He also received a UBC Science Entrance Award of $2,000 for Best Earth & Environmental Sciences project at GVRSF 2016 and a nomination for a BC Hydro award (nominated, still has to compete with 13 other students across BC for the one BC Hydro award).
Danté’s project explored the harvesting of energy from water hammer in household pipes. He built a prototype that doubles as a water hammer arrestor to take the thud out of pipes when you shut the water off too fast. The device also captures some of the energy of that thud when flowing water suddenly hits a closed valve.
Click Here to see a video of him testing his device.