2014 WHERE Challenge Winners

The following entries were prepared and researched by students aged 9 to 14 years. While WHERE Challenge judges acknowledge that some entries may contain inaccuracies, they applaud students' efforts and the quality of the entries. The 2014 WHERE Challenge winners are as follows:

National Winners: 12-14 years

Best Overall:
'Brace yourself for an Adventure out of this World' ($500)

Julie Krug-MacLeod
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

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  • This video shows detailed planning and creativity to the extreme!

  • Humorous, entertaining, creative, accurate, detailed, with clear messages.

  • Great to see information about metal production from recycling and Deep Ocean drilling for resource extraction. Interesting allusion to the possibility of mining in space.

  • Amusing, creative and collaborative – well done!

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Best Creative:
'What's in a Crayon?' ($250)

Katie Sell
Georgetown, Ontario

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  • Great video! Well planned and executed.

  • Good summary of where petroleum comes from and how it is used.

  • Great message about why we need to use non-renewable resources wisely.

  • A pleasure to watch! Lots of creative talent, art and videography.

  • Pigments are also derived from minerals.

  • Oil was formed from the remains of animals and plants that lived millions of years ago.

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Best Research:
'The Secret of the Stuffed Animal'

Famke Alberts
Georgetown, Ontario

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  • Very well researched and presented.

  • Excellent use of Prezi! Ingenious design using the teddy bear eye to walk the reader through the information.

  • Loaded with details, graphs, and information on processes.

  • Inventive and engaging!

  • As per the submission guidelines, judges were instructed to review only the first 800 words for all written submissions. Although this submission’s total word count exceeded this criteria, the first 800 words addressed each of the questions thoroughly and the scientific background is accurate. The persuasive argument is limited, but is presented briefly in the first half of the entry.

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National Winners: 9-11 years

Best Overall:
No winner awarded

Best Creative:
'What is a pencil made of?' ($250)

Emily Liu and Katrina Stanfield
Toronto, Ontario

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  • Poem was a nice touch to keep the presentation concise.

  • Blend of the visual presentation with the voice-over was effective.

  • Very creative!

  • Natural rubber is a renewable resource that comes from rubber tree sap which contains natural latex. Natural rubber does not come from oil sands. Synthetic rubber is derived from petrochemicals. Many of today’s erasers are made from a flexible plastic made from petroleum products.

  • Original presentation, but it does not thoroughly address the questions of the WHERE Challenge.

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Best Research:
'From the Earth to Our Kitchen' ($250)

Taeya Nial and Jaiden Csintalan
Maple Ridge, British Columbia

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  • Web site format is effective.

  • Thoroughly addresses the WHERE Challenge questions.

  • Most stainless steel production today is based on recycling, with the main raw material being recycled steel. It is a very complex processed. Essentially, recycled steel is melted together with iron, nickel, chromium, and other raw materials at very high temperatures and then cast into a solid form.

  • During all phases of the mining cycle (exploration, assessment and approval, construction, operation, and mine closure, reclamation and rehabilitation), development must limit impacts to the environment and bring social and economic benefits to the mining company, local communities and region. Consultations with government and communities are intensive.

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School Winners

Three school prizes awarded of $750 each. School prizes are based on a combination of quality and quantity of entries from each school.

Montgomery School ($750)
3220 Ortona Street
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

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  • Montgomery School students submitted very high quality entries.

Queen of All Saints School ($750)
1405 Como Lake Avenue
Coquitlam, British Columbia

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  • Over 40 students from Georgetown High School submitted entries.

  • Notes on submissions indicate that every grade 9 student at the school participated in the WHERE Challenge.

  • Two regional and two national awards.

Georgetown District High School ($750)
70 Guelph Street
Halton Hills, Ontario

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  • Queen of All Saints had 13 entries with an average score of 28.

  • As compared to other school - only one had more entries (15) but had an average score of 26.

  • Other schools with multiple entries had average score of 25 or less.

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