4-H Member Takes Home Awards at the 2023 Canada-Wide Science Fair

May 23, 2023

Ottawa, ON, May 23, 2023 – 4-H Canada Science Fair finalist Mac Dykeman, from Langley BC, has received two awards at the prestigious 2023 Canada-Wide Science Fair (CWSF), hosted at the Edmonton Convention Centre in Edmonton, Alberta.

Mac was awarded the Bronze Senior Excellence Award, and the Senior Technology in Agriculture Award (which comes with a $1000 cash prize) for her project ‘An Innovative Approach to Ammonia in Poultry Operations’.

Project: An Innovative Approach to Ammonia in Poultry Operations

Mac’s project aims to determine if Prussian Blue or Prussian Blue + Biochar can be used as a commercially viable bedding additive to adsorb ammonia from chicken bedding.

To learn more about Mac’s project please visit: https://4-h-canada.ca/sciencefair/2023

The weeklong event has brought together the country’s top 500 young scientists in grades 7-12/CÉGEP to compete for medals, cash prizes, scholarships, and exclusive opportunities since 1962.

“Each year I am blown away by the innovation and dedication of 4-H youth in STEM,” said Shannon Benner, 4-H Canada CEO. “We are proud to partner with organizations like Bayer Crop Science Canada to provide these opportunities to youth in rural areas, particularly young women, who don’t get equal access to participate in science and technology programming.”

More than 76% of the youth who participate in the 4-H Canada Science Fair have reported they don’t have access to a program like this in their school or community as a result of lack of programs or financial resources. Thanks to our partnership with Bayer Crop Science Canada, STEM programming is becoming more accessible to youth in rural areas across the country, allowing them to reach their full potential.

“I’m also very proud of our finalists for making it to the Canada-Wide Science Fair, and would like to extend a special congratulations to Mac for their impressive results,” Benner continues.

“I am in awe of the commitment to science, agriculture and learning that these youth have,” says Ginger Rozmus, Sr. Communications Lead, Bayer Crop Science Canada. “It was impressive that they made it to this Canada-Wide Science Fair, and outstanding that they were able to go home with awards, competing against hundreds of top aspiring scientists.”

4-H Canada’s involvement in CWSF is part of an ongoing commitment to further science and technology skills and knowledge development for youth through 4-H programming. Together, 4-H Canada and Bayer Crop Science Canada are working to ignite a passion for STEM in today’s youth leaders, and ensure youth have access to experiential learning opportunities that better their communities, create global citizens, and build leaders of today.

To learn more about the Canada-Wide Science Fair please visit: https://youthscience.ca/science-fairs/cwsf/edmonton-2023/

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About 4-H Canada
For over 100 years, 4-H Canada has been one of the most highly respected positive youth development organizations in Canada. 4-H in Canada has over 16,000 members and more than 5,700 volunteer leaders. Our goal is to help young Canadians “Learn To Do By Doing” in a safe, inclusive and fun environment. We believe in nurturing responsible, caring and contributing youth leaders who are committed to positively impacting their communities across Canada and around the world. To learn more about 4-H Canada, please visit 4-h-canada.ca and follow our FacebookTwitter and Instagram pages.

About Bayer Crop Science Canada

In Canada, Bayer Crop Science offers growers a wide choice of tailored solutions with an integrated product portfolio of crop protection products, seed treatment technologies, plant biotechnology and digital farming solutions. As a top employer in Canada, the Crop Science division employs over 550 people, spanning 22 research, breeding, production and office sites across the country. For more information, visit www.cropscience.bayer.ca.

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Amy Felton
Communication Manager
4-H Canada