By Ella and Rim, First Place - Grade 6 (Quebec Aboriginal Science Fair 2019)
Editor's Note: A delegation of students traveled to Kuujjuaq in March to compete in the Quebec Aboriginal Science Fair. Two of those students won first place among Grade 6 contestants. Here is their story.
On February 14, 2019, we won first place at the regional science fair in Waaskaganish and had the chance to go to the provincial science fair in Kuujjuaq on March 27-28, 2019.
Our project compared traditional moss diapers with disposable and reusable diapers to see how much water they absorb. We also made our own prototype of biodegradable diaper liners. We got the idea from an elder when she came to our class to talk about medicinal plants.
In Kuujjuaq we stayed at a camp called AVAATA just outside the community. It was about -20°C while we were there.
When we were in Kuujjuaq we saw Inuit games demonstrated by Jonny Issaluk. The Inuit games were to practice to be good at hunting.
We also saw a man build an igloo. In the there was caribou skin with fur on the snow to stay warm. We wrote our names in the snow on the igloo walls.
The astronaut David Saint Jacques was the special guest- he talked to us from outer space!
We also met the Inuit activist Sheila Watt-Cloutier who wrote the book “The Right To Be Cold”.
There were teams from all parts of Québec. There are two teams going to the National Science Fair in New-Brunswick and there is one team going all the way to the International Science Fair in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.
We won first place for Grade 6 and the Environment Award.
Thanks to the Cree School Board, our teachers, the Kativik School Board and the community of Kuujuaq for the chance to go to Kuujuaq.
Kuujjuaq was very fun!
Nakurmiik! Chiniskuumitin! Merci! Thank you!