Guide to Completing Your Science Fair Project
HOW TO GET STARTED
Science Fair Projects come in all shapes and sizes, covering topics from ecology to computer science. In order to help you in getting started with your own project the following sections have been organized to give you a step by step guide on how to plan your work and how to present it.
THE SCIENCE FAIR ALUMNI MENTORSHIP PROGRAM
The Science Fair Alumni Mentorship Program (AMP) is a new initiative run by science fair alumni which helps students in grades 9-12 find the resources they need to investigate scientific questions of interest to them. Based on an initial project proposal, AMP matches students with two mentors: a university or industry expert and a former Canada-Wide Science Fair participant. Click here for more info.
A WORD ABOUT ETHICS AND SAFETY
There are strict ethics and safety requirements. Teachers are asked to ensure that students adhere to these rules at all times. Live animals are not to be displayed and procedures which could harm or distress animals are not to be used. Safety requirements are constantly being reviewed and updated. If the project involves animal or human subjects review the sample Ethics and Safety Requirement Checklist and the Ethics Guideline Flow Chart.
PROTECTION OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
Students are encouraged to recognize that their innovation and invention has value and can be owned and registered. The patent process is a mechanism that is used to declare ownership. This ownership can then be a benefit to all and can facilitate technology transfer