Abbotsford student Raul Pinol is shown here during the Regional Science Fair in April, where his project was selected to advance to the national level.

Abbotsford student Raul Pinol is shown here during the Regional Science Fair in April, where his project was selected to advance to the national level.

Abbotsford student heads to Canada-Wide Science Fair

Raul Pinol’s project was selected during regional event in April

An Abbotsford student is off to Ottawa to present his science project at the 57th annual Canada-Wide Science Fair, which runs May 16 to 18.

Raul Pinol of St. John Brebeuf (SJB) High School was one of the top two projects at this year’s Regional Science Fair held at the University of the Fraser Valley in April.

Now, with that title under his belt, he is off on an all-expenses paid trip for himself and an SJB teacher.

Out of the 500,000 science fair projects submitted across the country, Pinol will be among the 500 elite selected to go to nationals to compete for millions of dollars in scholarships and grants.

His project on the condensation of water using geothermal energy is one he feels passionately about because it has many global applications to assist rural and underdeveloped cities.

This is the second time a student from SJB has qualified for the Canada-Wide Science Fair.

In 2012, Eric LeGresley made it all the way to the national event, where he won a platinum award for his project on testing anti-viral drugs using computers.

LeGresley is now on scholarship at Oxford University, working on his master’s in biology and chemistry.