During the March Break, Gamen, a student in Grade 11, participated in the Bay Area Science and Engineering Fair (BASEF). This Fair, associated with McMaster University, is a competition open to all grade seven through twelve students from the Hamilton area. Gamen’s project focused on the concepts of blueshift and redshift and how these phenomenons apply to gravitational waves. Redshift and blueshift describe how light shifts toward shorter or longer wavelengths as objects in space (such as stars or galaxies) move closer or farther away from us. The concept is key to charting the universe's expansion.
Gamen’s project received a bronze medal with a not unwelcome sixty dollars award. However, Gamen explained that the fun from the experience was more important because you have the opportunity to meet many different people with their interesting projects. If your work is truly outstanding, students may be chosen for the team to attend the National Science Fair. Unfortunately, this year Gamen missed out on qualifying for the national round as one of the top ten projects. So if you are interested in science suggests Gamen, talk with Ms. Ameen about the details for next year’s science fair!