A Message from the Chairman
The 2016-2017 fiscal year marks another successful year for the Science Fair Foundation of British Columbia. Over 40,000 students participated in Science Fairs throughout the Province with over 1,500 competing at Regional Science Fairs, the highest level of Science Fair competition in the province. The volunteer organizing committees of the Regional Science Fairs worked tirelessly to ensure that Science Fairs in their communities provided student engagement and recognition of excellence. As a result of their efforts, 65 students from thirteen Regional Science Fairs participated in Canada-Wide Science Fair in Regina Saskatchewan. Two students, Olivia Li and Elizabeth Schulz, were also selected to represent BC and Canada at the Taiwan International Science Fair, returning home from the week-long competition with bronze and silver medals. 

The Science Fair Foundation of BC's success is built on collaboration among science educators, industry leaders, the community, and dedicated volunteers. The BC Science Fair Program continues to be the largest science outreach network in British Columbia with over 1,500 STEAM educators and professionals volunteering as mentors, judges and science fair hosts. Thanks to these volunteers, Science Fair participants gain the confidence and ability to progress from local and regional events onto national and international Science Fairs, where Team BC has consistently excelled. This success ensures a strong future for BC's knowledge-based economy.

SFFBC is pleased to support Science Fair activities throughout BC and the Yukon. This year, through the Quest for Science Fair Champions Program, we were able to coach over 140 educators on techniques for teaching the process of inquiry and technological problem solving. The programming is designed to equip the science teachers of BC, from K to 12, with the tools to implement inquiry-based instruction in their classrooms. This year, the Science Fair Foundation of BC partnered with Smarter Science, the BC Ministry of Education and the National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) to deliver workshops throughout British Columbia. 

Karen Morley, Director of Programs at SFFBC was awarded the Distinguished Service Award to recognize her outstanding contributions through innovation, long service and leadership to Science Fairs at all levels. On behalf of SFFBC, I would also like to thank Karen for her contributions to the BC Science Fair Program and the Foundation. 

We are thankful for the commitment of our Volunteer Regional Science Fair committees who inspire youth to connect with the fascinating world of science and technology through Science Fair activities. Support from our sponsors provides an incentive for the pursuit of excellence to underserved students and communities in British Columbia.

Finally, we are grateful for the active Board of Directors and for their guidance. We appreciate the continued support of the Board of Directors as we continue to build British Columbia’s future by supporting science and technology education and by inspiring curiosity through the Science Fair Program.

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ROBERT CARVETH
Chair, Board of Directors

Regional Science Fairs
Over 40,000 students participated in Science Fairs throughout British Columbia in 2017. 1,500 finalists from school and community fairs were selected to participate in the 13 Regional Science Fairs covering BC & the Yukon.

Over 1,000 scientists, engineers, parents and teachers volunteered as judges at the Regional Science Fairs. Students from throughout the province toured the local fairs the see the innovative projects of their peers. The organizing committees worked tirelessly to ensure that Science Fairs in their areas provided student engagement and recognition of excellence.  As a result of their efforts, 67 students from 13 Regional Science Fairs participated in national and international competitions with outstanding achievements. 

2017 Provincial Awards Results >
Each year, the Canada-Wide Science Fair (CWSF) brings hundreds of Canada’s  brightest young minds together to compete, network and foster interest in science at the highest level of Science Fair competition in Canada.

This year, 65 participants selected from the 13 regions throughout BC and the Yukon presented projects at the University of Regina at the 56th CWSF.  Team BC (above) brought home 106 awards and scholarships including 5 gold medals, 14 silver medals, 16 bronze medals, 17 Special Awards and 54 Scholarships!  

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Taiwan International Science Fair
Olivia Li received a Bronze Medal in the Microbiology category for her project A Novel Selection Process for the Conversion of Conventional Bacteria into Electrotrophs. Elizabeth Schulz received a Silver Medal in the Animal Sciences category for her project titled Investigating the Effect of Coloured Light on the Behaviour and Learning of Lymnae stagnalis

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Distinguished Service Awards
The Distinguished Service Awards annually recognize volunteers and staff who have made an outstanding contribution, through innovation, long service, or leadership, to Science Fairs at any level. This year, Karen Morley, the Science Fair Foundation BC Director of Programs and past chair of the South Fraser Regional Science Fair was recognized by Youth Science Canada for her long-term service and leadership in regional and national Science Fair activities.
Quest for Science Fair Champions
Quest for Science Fair Champions is designed to equip the science teachers of BC, from K to 12, with the tools to implement inquiry-based instruction in their classrooms. This year, the Science Fair Foundation of BC partnered with Smarter Science, the BC Ministry of Education and the National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) to deliver workshops throughout British Columbia.

Over 140 educators were coached on techniques for teaching the processes of inquiry and technological problem solving. The inquiry-based approach of this framework lends itself naturally to self-directed project-based science. This is an important step forward, both in terms of the effectiveness of our education system for all students, but also in terms of supporting the Science Fair programs that appeal to the most creative and ambitious of our students.
Science Fair Fun Run
The Fun Run is one of the largest event in BC’s technology sector, the largest fundraiser for the Science Fair Foundation of BC and the largest timed 5K run in BC. It has received generous support from Vancouver’s leading companies and institutions including representatives from the high-tech, biotech, financial, and legal communities, as well as local universities and schools. After the run, participants enjoyed giveaways, live entertainment, science experiments and free entry to TELUS World of Science.

The Science Fair Fun Run attracted nearly 1,200 paticipants this year raising over $40,000 for Science Fair Programming throughout BC! Over the past eighteen years, the run has raised over $1 million for The Dr. Michael Smith Science Fair Endowment in support of Science Fair programs across BC.
Alumni Mentorship Program
The BC Science Fair Alumni Mentorship Program (AMP) assists students in grades 7-12 by helping to identify resources needed as they investigate scientific questions of interest to them. It is open to students throughout BC and connects teachers, students, parents, Canada-Wide Science Fair alumni, and researchers in an attempt to encourage academic discussion and project-based learning in science and technology.

The 2016-2017 program provided assistance to 48 students working on science fair projects. 78 Science Fair participants, alumni, educators and volunteers also attended the Science Fair Mentorship Networking Dinner held at Science World.
 
Financials

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Expenses

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Partner
Platinum
Gold
Silver
Bronze
Friend

Provincial Awards Sponsors

 

Association of Professional Biology

BC Association of Physics Teachers

BC Agriculture in the Classroom

BC Greenhouse Growers' Association

BC Hydro

BC Nature (Federation of BC Naturalists)

BC Innovation Council

BC Science Teachers' Association

Canadian Land Reclamation Association

Division for the Advancement of Women in Engineering and Geoscience

Engineers and Geoscientists of BC

Genome British Columbia

Ministry of Transportation

Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Vancouver Chapter

Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology

SFU Faculty of Applied Science

WorkSafe BC

Microsemi Science Fair Fun Run Sponsors

 
  Title
 
Microsemi
 
  Supporter
 
Telus World of Science
 
  Gold

 
E-Cubed Media Synthesis
Running Room

 
  Silver







 
AbCellera
Candian Centre for Drug Research
Genome British Columbia
Genumark
KPMG
SFU, Faculty of Science
STEMCELL Technologies
Western Printers and Lithographers

 
       Bronze







 
Allocadia
Copperleaf
Focus Physio + Wellness
Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Phoenix Tent & Event Rentals
PricewaterhouseCoopers
UBC Faculty of Applied Science

White Spot
 
   Media


 
BC Tech Association
HR Tech Group
T-Net

 
  Products &
Services

 
Canadian Springs
Electronic Arts
LifeSciences BC