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6 off to Canada-wide fair

The big winner was Charley Smith with his car that runs on wood and water. He and five others are now headed to the Canada-Wide Science Fair in Fredericton, N.B., May 11-16. 

All of the participants have already passed classroom, school and district science fairs to compete at the regional level.  

Summerland Secondary physics teacher Raja Gupta said the fairs are important because they allow children to pursue something that is interesting to them. 

"It's how they fit in, chasing something they're personally interested in, as opposed to sitting in a classroom and getting taught 'this is what you need to know,'" he said. "That's why science fair is so cool."

"A couple of those projects are in their second year of research of the same project. They're just adding to their knowledge."

Charley Smith, creator of the car that runs on wood and water, said this was his third science fair. 

"I wanted to create something that runs solely off of free, or close to free energy," he said. "I was successful. I drove a mile off of wood and water." 

Other gold winners included Emily Moseley and her project Watt a Waste. Moseley designed a device that, when attached to the pipes under your faucet, can generate electricity from the flow of water without using a turbine. 

Five of the six gold winners are from Penticton or Summerland, with one girl, Patricia Humer, from K.L.O Middle School in Kelowna. 

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