While the objective of science fairs in British Columbia is to involve students in in-depth projects of a scientific nature and inspire their career aspirations, there are also many professional development benefits to the teachers who encourage student participation.
There is an extensive program for teachers accompanying the student exhibitors to the Canada-Wide Science Fair (CWSF). These professional development benefits include:
Meeting, talking and exchanging ideas with outstanding science teachers from every province and territory in Canada as well as several other countries.
Examining and discussing over 400 projects with the students who have created them.
Taking part in educational tours of university research and industrial laboratories and medical centres.
Participating in workshop sessions relating to teaching science, science fairs and supervising, mentoring, and improving student science research, study or innovation projects.
Meeting and talking with local and national media representatives which can result in increased visibility for and interest in your students, schools and communities.
Meeting and talking with representatives from local and national corporations, industries, academic institutions and service organizations. This can result in the establishment of internships and mentoring programs for your students, and desirable support for both teachers and schools.
SCIENCE FAIR WORKSHOP – SCIENCE FAIR PROGRAM (COMING SOON!)
SCIENCE CELEBRATION: A Classroom-based Science Fair
This material is a 2007 revision of the Science Celebration: A Resource Book For A Non-Competitive Approach To Science Fair Project Work written by Len Reimer in 1994. The information is available to all who wish to inspire students but the original wording is copyrighted by Len Reimer [ISBN: 0-9696623-0-0]. Download your FREE copy
THE SCIENCE FAIR ALUMNI MENTORSHIP PROGRAM
The Science Fair Alumni Mentorship Program (AMP) is an 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. Go to our mentorship page
for more information on how you can help your students with their projects by getting them involved in this program.