Prince Rupert student Aaliyah Mahboubi is going to Taiwan to compete in the 2018 International Science Competition. (Submitted)

Charles Hays student to compete at science fair in Taiwan

Aaliyah Mahboubi will present her energy project at the 2018 International Science Competition

A Charles Hays high school student is heading to Taiwan to present the renewable energy project she’s been working on for the past two years.

Aaliyah Mahboubi, a Grade 9 at Charles Hays Secondary School in Prince Rupert, is one of two Canadian students who will present projects alongside peers from more than 80 countries at the 2018 International Science Competition in January.

“This has been a lifelong project for me. It definitely took an undivided attention,” said Mahboubi, who started her project when she was 12 years old.

READ MORE: MAHBOUBI, SEIDEMANN RECEIVE INNOVATION AWARDS

Her project, “Microbial Film Power Generation,” is based on harvesting electricity from the natural decomposition of microbes. Her inspiration came from a similar study a scientist was conducting on the ocean floor, and Mahboubi tested it on a material easily found at home in Northern B.C.: muskeg.

“I took the idea and applied it to the northern area,” Mahboubi said. “In the end, actually, my results turned out to be a higher voltage and a higher current than the results on the ocean floor. That was really neat to see.”

For Mahboubi, renewable energy “is very important, especially today because of fossil fuel and the negative impacts it has on our environment. Most scientists will tell you that our environment is not the cleanest. Our ozone layer is deteriorating, and I think before embarking on any political matters, it’s important we make sure our planet is safe and clean before it’s too late. When the destruction worsens, it can be really hard for us to move forward,” she said.

The 14-year-old previously presented her project in the national Canadian science fair twice, winning gold in both 2016 and 2017, as well as the Earth Science Award and the Renewal Energy Award. She is currently fundraising for the trip on her GoFundMe page “Attend Int’l Science Fair in Taiwan”.

“There are definitely a lot of nerves, but at the same time I’m excited to travel to Asia and just experience the competition as a whole. And meet new people, that’s definitely one of the things I love about the fair,” Mahboubi said.



keili.bartlett@thenorthernview.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

The Northern View Cannery Road Race: Photos and video

The Northern View’s 2019 Cannery Road Race draws hundreds of runners from Prince Rupert to Terrace

MVP of the Week: Runner ready for his biggest challenge yet

Martin Schouw has found new meaning in life thanks to running, and now hopes to use it to give back

Rupert sees its runners bolt to top times at The Northern View Cannery Road Race

Richard Elkington wins half-marathon, while Katie Beach takes top mark in women’s 5K

Prince Rupert Sea Cadets sail with Royal Canadian Navy

Duo spent days aboard the HMCS Calgary gaining valuable seafaring experience

Prince Rupert not alone in fight to save ferry to Ketchikan: Alaskan Rep. Ortiz

MLA Jennifer Rice weighs in saying ferry closure to impact all North Coast

Heart of Our City: Giving back to their street friends one meal at a time

Karlene Campbell and Marvin Spencer feed the homeless every Sunday

‘This is where the movement is going to start’: Jessica Patrick remembered at memorial march

The march commemorates the one-year anniversary of the 18-year-old’s unsolved death

VIDEO: Vancouver Island mayor details emergency response after fatal bus crash

Sharie Minions says she is ‘appalled’ by condition of road where bus crashed

Federal party leaders address gun violence after weekend shooting near Toronto

One teen was killed and five people injured in the shooting

Conservatives promise tax cut that they say will address Liberal increases

Scheer says the cut would apply to the lowest income bracket

B.C. VIEWS: Cutting wood waste produces some bleeding

Value-added industry slowly grows as big sawmills close

Fewer trees, higher costs blamed for devastating downturn in B.C. forestry

Some say the high cost of logs is the major cause of the industry’s decline in B.C.

Federal food safety watchdog says batch of baby formula recalled

The agency says it’s conducting a food safety investigation

UVic president offers condolences after two students killed in bus crash

‘We also grieve with those closest to these members of our campus community,’ Cassels says

Most Read