Iron Science fever is blanketing the country and the countdown is on to the national finals event at the U of C on Nov. 22 in MacEwan Hall.
Teams will compete for the coveted Iron Science Teacher decoration in front of hundreds of junior high and high school students from across the country, broadcast live on the Discovery Channel.
This week, get to know the regional finalists from coast to coast, starting with New Brunswick’s team Ferrous Bueller’s Off Day. Meet Grant Williams, Mark Garnett, Lise Galuga and Ben Newling.
Grant Williams once totalled his father’s 1977 Malibu classic four-door sedan on his way to the regional science fair. Mr. Williams is a math and science learning specialist for the District 18 School board and renowned international sausage importer. In April, he is scheduled to defend a PhD in science education at the University of Massachusetts. He is quite tall.
Mark Garnett’s basement experiments on genetic engineering resulted, famously, in the first fully functional clone of the Cookie Monster. Mark learnt to count using only his own ribs, which led to a successful career as a math and science teacher at Fredericton High School. He has a Master’s in Plant Agriculture from the University of Guelph.
As part of her plan for world domination, Lise Galuga studied Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering at the University of Windsor, Education at the University of Ottawa, and Physics at the University of Toronto. Her expertise has been sought by nine different school boards across Canada, but not all at the same time. Lise has spent the last twelve years coming up with clever science-based excuses to convince her employers she is out sick. She is currently a math intervention coach with School District 18.
Ben Newling took to science education after being bitten by a radioactive spit bug. With lots of spit comes great responsibility. Using his unusual accent, he can talk his way out of most situations. He is our token foreign correspondent and smells faintly of mould. We found him in the Department of Physics at the University of New Brunswick. He claims to have a Doctoral degree from the University of Cambridge. No-one has seen the certificate.