Science Fairs offer students the opportunity to create original scientific research, innovative projects and develop 21st Century learning skills; critical and creative thinking, collaboration and communication. Projects can be displayed at various levels of competition: school, district, regional, national and international.

Students who develop Science Fair projects agree that they enjoy project-based learning while investigating the world around them. Their Science Fair project work provides an opportunity to extend science beyond the classroom and to take an in-depth look at topics that are of interest to them personally.

The finalists from the Regional Science Fairs are invited to attend the national fair where they share a week of competition, socializing, cultural activities, scientific tours and workshops with like-minded peers. The Youth Science Canada showcase event, the Canada-Wide Science Fair (CWSF) is the largest extracurricular youth activity related to science and technology in Canada. Each year, 500 young scientists are chosen to compete from the top ranks at over 100 regional science and technology fairs staged across the country. Some students also go on to attend international Science Fairs.

In British Columbia, 14 regional fairs are part of the nearly 100 fairs held every year across Canada. Each fair is affiliated with Youth Science Canada. Science Fairs in British Columbia are supported by the Science Fair Foundation BC which is located in downtown Vancouver.

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Check out the Provincial Awards that are available at all of the Regional Science Fairs >

The BC Regional Network
Science Fairs offer students in grades 4 to 12 the opportunity to create original scientific research or innovative projects which are then displayed at various levels of competition. Science fairs are offered at school, district, regional, national and international levels. Supported by the Science Fair Foundation BC 14 regions of the province will hold local science fairs in February, March & April where students will be selected for Team BC - to represent their region at the Canada-Wide Science Fair to be held in Ottawa, Ontario from May 12 to 19, 2018.

Fair Date:

April 9 - 11, 2018

Fair Location:

Thompson Rivers University
900 McGill Rd.
Kamloops, BC V2C 5N3

Fair Contact:

Krista Halland
E-mail: khalland@sd73.bc.ca
Website

Fair Date:

March 10, 2018

Fair Location:

University of Northern BC 
3333 University Way 
Prince George, BC V2N 4Z9 
Near: University Way and Foothills Boulevard 

Fair Contact:

Anjula Corbin
Tel: 250-964-4408  Fax:  250-964-8814
E-mail: acorbin@sd57.bc.ca
Website
 

Fair Date:

April 14, 2018

Fair Location:

Summerland Secondary School,
9518 Main Street,
Summerland, BC
V0H 1Z0

Fair Contact:

Shona Becker
Phone: 250-770-7650
E-mail: sbecker@summer.com
Website

Fair Date:

March 9 to 10, 2018

Fair Location:

College of the Rockies
2700 College Way
Cranbrook, BC V1C 5L7

Fair Contact:

Darcy Verbeurgt
Tel: 250-417-2089
E-mail: dverbeurgt@shaw.ca
Website

Fair Date: 

April 4 to 7, 2018

Fair Location:

University of the Fraser Valley
33844 King Road
Abbotsford, BC V2S 7M8

Fair Contact:

Dr. Grer Schiltt
Email: greg.schlitt@ufv.ca
Website

 

Fair Date:

April 12 - 14, 2018

Fair Location:

AMS Student Nest
University of British Columbia
6133 University Blvd
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1

Fair Contact:

Jessica Zhang
E-mail: chair@gvrsf.ca
Website

Fair Date:

TBD

Fair Location:

TBD

Fair Contact:

TBD

Fair Date:

April 10, 2018

Fair Location:

North Peace Secondary School 
9304 86 St Fort St John BC 


Fair Contact:

Jennie Copeland
jennie.copeland@youthscience.ca
Website

Fair Date:

April 17 to 19, 2018

Fair Location:

Port Hardy Civic Centre
7450 Columbia St,
Port Hardy, BC
V0N 2P0

Fair Contact:

Simon Hoodikoff
Email: shoodikoff@sd85.bc.ca

Fair Date:

April 13 to 14, 2018

Fair Location:

Charles Hays Secondary School
201 Prince Rupert Blvd, 
Prince Rupert 

Website

Fair Contact:

Karen Price
Phone: 250-846-5359
Email: pricedau@telus.net

Second contact:

Peter Scott
Peter.Scott@sd52.bc.ca

Fair Date:

April 20 & 21, 2017

Fair Location:

Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Fair Contact:

Favian Yee
Tel: 604-596-7471 ext. 301
Email: favyee@deltasd.bc.ca
Website

Fair Date:

April 8 & 9, 2018

Fair Location:

Elliott Lecture Wing
University of Victoria
3800 Finnerty Road
Victoria, BC V8W 2Y2

Fair Contact:

Rossi Marx
Tel: 250-721-7089
E-mail: rmmarx@uvic.ca
Website

Fair Date:

April 14, 2018

Fair Location:

Selkirk College, 
301 Frank Beinder Way,
Castlegar BC, V1N 4L3

Fair Contact:

Ann McDonnell
Tel: 250-352-5591
E-mail: amcdonnell@sd8.bc.ca
Website

Fair Date:

February 14, 2018

Fair Location:

Gym
Yukon College
500 College Drive
Whitehorse, YT Y1A 5K4

Fair Contact:

Dan Anton
danton@yukoncollege.yk.ca
Website
Science Fair Provincial Awards

The British Columbia Provincial Awards Program is available to all participants of the British Columbia Regional Science Fairs which are currently affiliated with Youth Science Canada. Criteria for awards are broad to enable as many students as possible to participate.

Winners and nominees for Provincial Awards are not necessarily Canada-Wide Science Fair participants or Gold Medal winners at their Regional Science Fairs. Submissions may be one or two-person projects. Awards are shared except where noted. 

Interested in sponsoring an award for participants throughout BC? Contact Madeleine to discuss the next steps.

2017 Award Results>

$100 Cash to Student

To be awarded at each British Columbia Regional Science Fair to the best project demonstrating the principles of occupational hygiene. The student(s) must have consulted with people in the community or region about the content of their project. The student(s) must show creativity, innovation and enthusiasm in the display of the project.

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$500 Cash to Student

To be awarded to the British Columbia student(s) who achieves the highest standing at the Canada-Wide Science Fair with a project of a biological nature.

The recipient(s) of this award will be selected from the British Columbia students’ projects that participate in the Canada-Wide Science Festival (CWSF). Nomination forms need not be submitted. All students attending the CWSF are automatically eligible.

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$65 Cash to Student

To be awarded to an outstanding project that shows the practical application of scientific principles to agriculture. Students from Grades 5 to 12 are eligible for the award.

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Junior $50
Intermediate $100
Senior $150

To be awarded to the student(s) whose project demonstrates creativity and innovation in computer science, mathematics, engineering, or astronomy. 
 
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$75 Cash to Student

To be awarded to an outstanding project that demonstrates the creative use of advanced science and technology to enhance vegetable plant productivity and quality. Projects eligible for this award include those in the area of biological pest control, irrigation, nutrition, growing media, climate control and mechanics. Available to Fraser Valley, Greater Vancouver and South Fraser Regional Science Fairs only.

$100 Cash to Student

To be awarded to a student(s) in Grades 4 to 12 who creates a project which creatively demonstrates electrical conservation and its environmental, social and economical impacts.

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$75 Cash Award to a Junior student and $75 Cash Award to a Senior student per region.

To be awarded at each British Columbia Regional Science Fair to the best natural history project done by a student(s) in Grades 6 to 8 (junior) and Grades 9 to 12 (senior). This includes studies of any aspect of natural history, conservation of natural habitats, and/or natural species. An outdoor, nature monitoring or conservation project is strongly encouraged.

$100 Cash to Student

To be awarded to a student(s) from grades 7 or 8 for an experimental project in any category that has clearly presented a hypothesis and independent, controlled variables.

British Columbia Science Teachers' Association

Minumum $2,000 Scholarship

To be awarded to a Grade 11 or 12 student(s) who has developed a science and technology innovation with the potential to benefit British Columbia. The winner(s) must be selected for CWSF 2017 and to receive the award, he/she must enrol full-time in a science and technology program in a British Columbia post-secondary institution.

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$50 Cash to Student

To be awarded to a female student or a partnership which has at least one female on their team and who presents and communicates an ingenious solution to an engineering or applied science problem/project by applying their knowledge of science and math.  If one year, there is no female student participating in the Regional Science Fair, the award will be deferred to the next year. Available to Fraser Valley, Greater Vancouver, South Fraser and Vancouver Island Regional Science Fairs only.

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Cash to Student determined by each local Chapter

To be awarded to outstanding engineering projects. Projects eligible for this award include those in the fields of chemical, civil, electrical, environmental, industrial and mechanical engineering as well as systems design.

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Two Awards, Each $100 Cash to Students

To be awarded to two projects dealing with a topic of genomic interest. Students in all grades are eligible for this award.

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$1,000 Scholarship Nomination to be awarded to a Grade 12 student who has developed a science and technology project focused on areas of strategic importance such as human health, forestry, fisheries, agriculture, bioenergy, mining, and the environment. The winner must pursue a science degree in British Columbia.

To be eligible this award, projects must be nominated. Each Regional Science Fair Judging Committee will select and nominate deserving projects from those entries submitted to the fair. The award winner(s) will be required to submit proof of enrolment at a post secondary institution. Please refer to nomination forms for specific requirements. The completed nomination forms must be submitted to the Science Fair Foundation of BC by April 30.

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$75 Cash to Student

To be awarded to a student(s) in Grades 6 to 12 who has done an outstanding physics-related project.

$150 Junior Award; $250 Intermediate Award and $1500 Post-Secondary Education Scholarship 

To be awarded to an outstanding project in each age category that shows the practical application of scientific principles to identifying and addressing a transportation-related issue.

The recipient(s) of this award will be selected from the British Columbia students’ projects that participate in the Canada-Wide Science Festival (CWSF). Nomination forms need not be submitted. All students attending the CWSF are automatically eligible.

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$100 Cash to Student

To be awarded to a project that demonstrates informed curiosity, exploration, and discovery as well as the practical potential for real world application and entrepreneurship.

The recipient(s) of this award will be selected from the British Columbia students’ projects that participate in the Canada-Wide Science Festival (CWSF). Nomination forms need not be submitted. All students attending the CWSF are automatically eligible.
$100 Cash to Student

To be given to young women, preferably in Grades 8 to 10, whose project shows the greatest curiosity, ingenuity and innovation in design. The award is intended to encourage the student’s interest in science. A student may not receive this award more than once.

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$1,000 Sponsorship for CWSF Travel to Regional Science Fair and $250 Cash to Student

To be awarded to a BC student in Grade 10 or 11 who achieves the highest standing in their age category at the Canada-Wide Science Festival (CWSF) with a project of a computing science nature.

The recipient(s) of this award will be selected from the British Columbia students’ projects that participate in the Canada-Wide Science Festival (CWSF). Nomination forms need not be submitted. All students attending the CWSF are automatically eligible.

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$1,000 Sponsorship for CWSF Travel to Regional Science Fair and $250 Cash to Student

To be awarded to a BC student in Grade 10 or 11 who achieves the highest standing in their age category at the Canada-Wide Science Festival (CWSF) with a project of an engineering-related project.

The recipient(s) of this award will be selected from the British Columbia students’ projects that participate in the Canada-Wide Science Festival (CWSF). Nomination forms need not be submitted. All students attending the CWSF are automatically eligible.

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$500 Cash to Student

To be awarded to the best astronomy or physics project that demonstrates creativity, innovation and contributes to a greater public understanding of science.

The recipient(s) of this award will be selected from the British Columbia students’ projects that participate in the Canada-Wide Science Festival (CWSF). Nomination forms need not be submitted. All students attending the CWSF are automatically eligible.

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$200 Cash to Student

To be awarded to an outstanding junior or intermediate project related to land, aquatic or marine environment reclamation and/or rehabilitation.

To be eligible this award, projects must be nominated. Each Regional Science Fair Judging Committee will select and nominate deserving projects from those entries submitted to the fair. Please refer to nomination forms for specific requirements. The completed nomination forms must be submitted to the Science Fair Foundation of BC by April 30.

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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.

In 2017, 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
BC students who have attended a minimum of 2 Canada-Wide Science Fairs are eligible to apply for the Taiwan International Science Fair. More Details >

In 2017, 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 stagnalisMore Details >

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