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VIRSF 2013: Mars, rats and science facts

Ever wondered exactly how strong toilet paper is? Or how to create an artificial heart, whether you could live on Mars or how smart rats are? What about creating a prosthetic hand out of recycled and inexpensive household materials?

On Apr. 14 and 15, the University of Victoria hosts the Vancouver Island Regional Science Fair (VIRSF), where everyone will have a chance to hear fascinating answers and witness some stunning scientific surprises. Approximately 220 junior researchers from grades four to 12 from across Vancouver Island are ready to unveil about 170 projects after weeks of experimentation. The VIRSF is one of 13 science fairs held in BC every year. On Monday, seven projects will qualify to compete at the national 2013 science fair in Lethbridge, Alberta from May 11 to 18.

The annual VIRSF event is open to the public (donations are appreciated) and organized by the non-profit volunteer Society for the Advancement of Young Scientists to foster scientific curiosity among young people. It will be held in the UVic Elliott Lecture Wing (both floors, some classrooms). Public viewing is Sunday, Apr. 14 from 1 to 3 p.m. and 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., and Monday, Apr. 15, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The awards ceremony will take place on Monday from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in room A144 of UVic’s MacLaurin building.

For event info, visit http://web.uvic.ca/~virsf/. For campus parking info and maps, visit www.uvic.ca/maps.

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  Media Contacts:

Dr. Roswitha Marx (2013 Fair Chair, UVic Biology) at 250-721-7089, 250-472-4047 for on-site officials’ phone over the weekend, or rmmarx@uvic.ca
Tara Sharpe (UVic Communications) at 250-721-6248 or tksharpe@uvic.ca

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