After a good sleep and a great breakfast, the students packed all of their projects into the van and began the short walk to the showcase room. They had the honour of walking into the Opening Ceremonies behind the dignitaries into the room, where many parents, grandparents, and curious bystanders were waiting. After many speeches from a variety of different people, the students rushed to their projects, happy to present to the many dignitaries. It was wonderful to see how knowledgable they were about their subjects, and how excited they were to be there. We all learned many new things!
After a couple hours of presentation (and a delicious lunch, of course), the projects were packed back into the van, and we rushed off to the BC Sports Hall of Fame. The tour guide gave us all a quick presentation about the Olympics, certain Olympians, and more. She then separated the students into five different groups and they went into the stations. In Badminton, the team was split in two, and they tried not to drop the birdie. In Long Jump, the kids competed to see who could jump the furthest, and in the limbo, they tried to bend as far as possible. Most groups were quite competitive and wished to beat all of the groups before them. Some of the kids even created their own strategies in order to win, and they clearly worked, as two of the groups made it past the lowest bar (though I must say, being short is quite an advantage).They also participated in a Wheelchair Race and did a quiz. The overall scores were announced and all the students climbed onto the podium to take a great picture!
The kids were then free to explore the rest of the Hall of Fame. They had many videos of the Olympics playing, as well as a Terry Fox gallery, a Rick Hansen gallery, the Aboriginal Sports gallery, and the hands-on part. The hands-on room consisted of an air hockey table, a climbing wall, and many more fun activities! There was a long line-up for the climbing wall, where you had to climb up the wall and the machine would slowly go down, like a vertical treadmill. It seemed like quite a workout, but the students all seemed to love it! It sure looked fun!
We climbed back onto the bus and went off to the beach. Luckily for us, the weather was completely opposite from what we expected; the sun shone! We brought our snacks onto the beach and sat on the sand. Some of the other students had fun chasing seagulls and burying each other in the sand while the rest of us had fun taking pictures, eating food (and more food), and talking.
About an hour later, we returned to UBC. After getting changed, everyone headed downstairs for some pizza and even more food! You would expect that, after all the snacks they give us, we wouldn’t have room for dinner, but I assure you, that is not the case. Presenting projects is hard work! Mark Smith, a Process Officer for the Treaty Commission, came to tell us about treaties in British Columbia. It was an interesting presentation; he taught us all about the Indian Act as well as many other negotiations taking place/that had taken place recently and over the years. The students were very interested by what he had to say, and he received many, many questions at the end of his presentation.
By the time the presentation was over, it was time to head up for bed. After all, tomorrow is a very exciting day. It will be both very sad and very happy. The activities planned will be quite fun, but at the end of the day, we will have to say goodbye to Provincial Heritage Fair 2016. We have all had a wonderful time, learned a lot, and will have many new friends to contact! The Fair has been wonderful so far, and I know that the last day will not be any different.