Science Fairs
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Taiwan International Science Fair

A British Columbia team of two students and one educator are invited to attend the Taiwan International Science Fair (TISF) from January 24 to 30, 2016 at the National Taiwan Science Center (NTSC) in Taipei, Taiwan . Participation by a BC team is a legacy of the Canada-Wide Science Fair 1991 which was hosted in Vancouver by a committee of the Science Fair Foundation of British Columbia (SFF BC).

Science Fair Foundation of British Columbia provides a cash award of $500 towards the airfare costs of each of the three BC team members (2 students & 1 educator). It is also responsible for the registration requirements of the National Taiwan Science Education Center. Previous students did fund raising in their regions for sponsors to cover the rest of the flight costs, gifts, business cards and team jackets.

The TISF brings together students and teachers in Taiwan and from around the world for seven days to compete and to experience exciting cultural exchanges. Students and educators are billeted in a local hotel along with the rest of the international delegations. Many unique educational and social activities are planned.

During the fair, most of the expenses of meals, accommodation and local transportation and activities are paid by the NTSC. Participants are responsible for their own round-trip airfares and any international travel documents and preparations that are required – passport, vaccinations, etc. Emily O'Reilly of the Central Interior Regional Science Fair (RSF) and Victoria Platzer of the Northern BC RSF accompanied by Darren Platzer, a teacher in school district 60, were BC's team from 2015 and shared their experiences in their report.

Purpose
  • Encourage scientific research among high school students & increase public understanding of science.
  • Offer students an opportunity to present their research projects to other students and to the public
  • Promote cross-cultural communication and academic exchange between students having different cultural backgrounds.
Organizers
  • Director: Ministry of Education
  • Organizer: National Taiwan Science Education Center
  • Co-Organizer: Bureau of Education of Taipei City and Taipei First Girls' Senior High School
Student Eligibility Criteria
  • Canada-Wide Science Fair (CWSF) participant for minimum of 2 years including the 2015 CWSF
  • Recognition for science fair projects at the national level
  • Recommended by the Regional Science Fair committee
  • Excellent ambassadorial skills
  • Ability to deal with the unexpected – adaptable
  • The students must take their 2015 CWSF project to Taiwan (for competition)
  • The student must be a Canadian citizen or have landed immigrant status.
  • Student participants must be in Grades 9 to 12 and not have reached the age of 20 on or before January 2016.
Students are also expected to write an essay for the selection committee - ‘Why I Am an Excellent Candidate’ (500 words maximum) which includes:
  • My personal qualities
  • Goals for my future
  • Experiences that make me a good candidate
Forms
Deadline
Deadline for students and educators to apply is Thursday, October 1, 2015