East Three student wins bronze at national science fair

Fletcher Dares, a grade 9 student at Inuvik's East Three Secondary School, won a bronze medal at the Canada Wide Science Fair

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Fletcher Dares, a grade 9 student at East Three Secondary School, came away with a bronze medal in the intermediate category at the Canada Wide Science Fair that was hosted in Fredericton, NB from May 11 to 17.

“I tried to make a project that was capable of winning, and one that I was proud to bring to an event like the science fair,” said Dares.

For his science fair project, 13-year-old Fletcher Dares tested various displays to see if they would work in a vacuum - or in outer space. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo
For his science fair project, 13-year-old Fletcher Dares tested various displays to see if they would work in a vacuum – or in outer space. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

His project, “The Effects of Low Earth Orbit on Digital Displays”, tested various digital displays – such as OLEDs, LCDs and LEDs – to see if they would survive in outer space conditions.

In addition to the bronze medal, he was also given a $1,000 scholarship to Western University in London, Ont.

“I wasn’t really there to win, but more for the experience. I’d recommend it to anyone. There were a lot of cool and awesome young people there with great projects,” he said.

Dares was one of three students representing the Beaufort Delta team. He was joined by fellow East Three students Hannah Gordon-Rogers and Race Vittrekwa-Blake.

All three students had participated in the school’s learning fair in April, where they were selected by a panel of judges to represent the region in the nation-wide science fair.

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Aaron Hemens served as the editor of the Inuvik Drum from January to August 2019. He's responsible for reporting on everything Inuvik, from covering community gatherings and sporting events, to writing the weekly columns. He's a dedicated photographer who loves getting to know the town through the community members that he meets. He's originally from Ottawa, Ont., where he graduated from Carleton University's journalism program in 2018. He can be contacted at 867-777-4545 or at inuvikdrum@nnsl.com. You can check out his photos on his Instagram account: @aaron.hemens.

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