Port McNeill teen nominated for award

Port McNeill’s Trevor Harder’s dream of making the world a better place with alternative power sources may be coming true.

Port McNeill’s Trevor Harder’s dream of making the world a better place with alternative power sources may be coming true.

The North Island Secondary School Grade 11 student was one of 68 students chosen to represent B.C. and the Yukon at the Canada-wide Science Fair and International Fair last May, and at the Innovation Exploration program in Victoria last week where he was nominated for a MISTIC (Mid-Island Science Technology & Innovation Council ) award.

MISTIC recently added a new award category for students in grades 10, 11, and 12 who have elevated a product or service that could benefit the region, said MISTIC representative Paris Bodet.

Harder enjoys the sciences and the outdoors, and his interests focus on building a greener future.

So it seems natural his entry at the science fair was an experiment in electrolysis —  the chemical process, not cosmetic hair removal.

Harder’s work focused on the separation of water into its constituent elements of oxygen and hydrogen, the latter being an alternative energy source and potentially very plentiful since it’s is the most common element in the universe.

He relished the chance to show off his work at the science fair.

“It was big coming from a small town,” he said.

“It was really cool to meet people from across Canada.”

The recent Victoria tour of various scientific institutions showcased the vision and enthusiasm the BC Innovation Council wants to encourage, said BCIC spokesperson Lin Kishore.  “It is a two-day program that encourages science students to consider many different career opportunities,” she said.

“We help develop entrepreneurs’ technology and commericalize them.”

There are many different possibilities for fun and rewarding careers in numerous fields, including research, forestry, mining, product design and media, among others, she said.

Thanks to the BCIC and MISTIC, Trevor and other aspiring students now have an understanding of the many options they have available to them.

The MISTIC award finals will be held at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre in Nanaimo on Nov. 2. We wish Trevor the best of luck.

 

 

Just Posted

Black Press file photo
RCMP seek suspect in Vancouver Island-wide crime spree

Crimes stretched from Deep Bay to Qualicum, Ladysmith, Chemainus and Youbou

Things are looking up for Vancouver Island as zero COVID-19 cases have been reported for the first time since October. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Island records zero new COVID-19 cases for the first time since October

For the first time since October, the province is reporting zero new… Continue reading

Black Press Media file
Port Hardy RCMP on the hunt for porta-pottie arsonist

The porta-potties were lit on fire early in the morning on June 13

Eke Me-Xi students enjoy a field trip to Malcolm Island. (Submitted photos)
Eke Me-Xi Learning Centre takes field trip to Malcolm Island

Once at Bere Point, students made themselves at home in the day-use area

Mount Waddington Regional Fall Fair logo
Mount Waddington Regional Fall Fair cancelled again due to COVID-19 restrictions

The 2022 fall fair is still scheduled to take place in Port Hardy

A small pod of Pacific white-sided dolphins pass by close to shore in Campbell River June 16, 2021. Still capture from video courtesy of Kimberly Hart
VIDEO: Dolphin sunset captured from Vancouver Island shore

Spectacular setting for view of travelling pod of Pacific white-sided dolphins

A North Vancouver man was arrested Friday and three police officers were injured after a 10-person broke out at English Bay on June 19, 2021. (Youtube/Screen grab)
Man arrested, 3 police injured during 10-person brawl at Vancouver beach

The arrest was captured on video by bystanders, many of whom heckled the officers as they struggled with the handcuffed man

Bruce Springsteen performs at the 13th annual Stand Up For Heroes benefit concert in support of the Bob Woodruff Foundation in New York on Nov. 4, 2019. (Greg Allen/Invision/AP)
Canadians who got AstraZeneca shot can now see ‘Springsteen on Broadway’

B.C. mayor David Screech who received his second AstraZeneca dose last week can now attend the show

New research suggests wolves can be steered away from the endangered caribou herds they prey on by making the man-made trails they use to hunt harder to move along. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Culling cutlines, not B.C. wolves, key to preserving caribou herds: researcher

The government has turned to killing hundreds of wolves in an effort to keep caribou around

Gary Abbott (left) and Louis De Jaeger were two of the organizers for the 2014 Spirit of the People Powwow in Chilliwack. Monday, June 21, 2021 is Indigenous Peoples Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of June 20 to 26

Indigenous Peoples Day, Take Your Dog to Work Day, Onion Rings Day all coming up this week

Gwen Spencer Hethey with her uncle and mentor Major Frederick Richardson. (Courtesy of Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame)
‘She was a killer’: The B.C. woman who pioneered female sharpshooting

Gwen Spencer Hethey made military men ‘look like turkeys’ says her son

Central Okanagan Grade 12 grads are set to get $500 each after a more than $1 million donation from a Kelowna couple. (File photo)
B.C. couple donating $500 to every Grade 12 student in the Okanagan

Anonymous donors identified as Kelowna entrepreneurs Lance and Tammy Torgerson

Rita Coolidge played the main stage at Vancouver Island Musicfest in 2017. (Black Press file photo)
This year’s Vancouver Island MusicFest to virtually showcase beauty of Comox Valley

Returning July 9 through 11 with more than 25 hours of music performances

Most Read