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The 2021 BC/Yukon Virtual Science Fair is happening April 6 to 11. This year, we’re welcoming students from multiple regions into one fair. If you live in the Pacific Northwest, Fraser Valley, West Kootenay, South Fraser, Central Okanagan, Central Interior or southern Vancouver Island region, you’re part of the BC/Yukon Virtual Science Fair.  

If you live in the Cariboo Mainline, East Kootenay, Greater Vancouver, Northern BC, Northern Vancouver Island or Yukon-Stikine, you can find a link to your regional fair here. If you're in grades 4 to 6 and you don't qualify to participate in your regional fair, you are welcome to join the BC/Yukon Virtual Science Fair this year.


Interested in judging the BC/Yukon Virtual Science Fair? Already registered as a judge? Check out our Judges page for more information.

 

Important Dates

January 15 - Registration opens
February 1 - Project Submission opens
March 5 - Deadline for Registration, Project Submission
March 8 - Deadline for completion of Consent & Release Form & payment of registration fee
March 25 - Participants receive schedule for judge interviews
April 1 - Deadline to upload project for Public Viewing & additional project information for Round 2 Judging
April 6 to 11 -  BC/Yukon Virtual Science Fair! Students present their projects to judges
April 14 - BC/Yukon Virtual Science Fair Celebration. Winners announced! 

What to Expect

The Science Fair will look quite a bit different this year, so here's an overview of what to expect.


Registration
Students in Grades 4 to 12 are invited to register for the 2021 BC/Yukon Virtual Science Fair. Registration will take place between January 15 and March 5.


What's different?

  • The registration site will look different, as we've adapted things to move online
  • Parents/guardians will be able to pay a $15 registration fee directly from the Consent & Release Form


Project Submission
Project Submission will take place between February 1 and March 5. Since this is a fully-digital fair, you’ll need to think about your project a little bit differently. 

What's different?

  • You will be asked to submit a combination of video, written material and supplementary images this year to help judges understand your project
  • You can continue working on your project and submit supplementary materials until April 1 (optional)
  • You will also be invited to post a summary of your project publicly by April 1 (optional)
  • You will be asked to provide a Zoom link (instructions below) for a possible interview with judges during the week of April 6 to 11  


Judging
Judging of science fair projects will occur in two rounds this year.
 
During the period March 13 to 21, 2021, judges will review your Project Submission behind the scenes and provide feedback.
 
Some students will be invited to participate in an interview with judges during the week of April 6-11.

What's different?

  • Participants will be judged behind the scenes based on their Project Submission materials
  • Some students will be invited to present to 3 or 4 judges at one time via Zoom
  • Students will need visual aids that can be presented via videoconference for their interview

Awards Announcements
An Awards Ceremony will take place on April 14, 2021, where we will announce the winners of special awards from our sponsors, BC/Yukon Virtual Science Fair medal recipients, and finalists who have been selected to represent their region at the virtual Canada-Wide Science Fair!


What's different?

  • The awards ceremony will be held virtually

Step 1: Ethics

Before you even begin your project, complete this Ethics Questionnaire (kindly provided by the Greater Vancouver Regional Science Fair)The questionnaire will help you to understand ethics policies and procedures and will link you to the information and forms required for your project.

Projects involving humans, animals and hazards have ethics requirements. For example:

  • You may be required to fill out and submit ethics-related forms before you start your project to obtain ethics approval.
  • You may be required to use ethics-related forms during your project – e.g., to obtain informed consent from any people involved.
  • You may be required to fill out and submit ethics-related forms after your project is  finished, but before the science fair.

A full list of the Youth Science Canada ethics forms can be found here.

All ethics-related inquiries and ethics forms and requests can be sent to ethics@sciencefairs.ca
 

Ethics is a branch of philosophy that deals with right and wrong and the development of guidelines that distinguish between acceptable and unacceptable behaviour. Scientists who carry out research projects involving humans, animals and hazards spend a lot of time thinking not only about the scientific content of their work, but also about the potential impact on the health, privacy, and dignity of the subjects participating in their studies.

All projects must meet the Youth Science Canada ethics policies, which also apply to projects at the national Canada-Wide Science Fair. We encourage students and teachers to become familiar with these guidelines – not only to avoid disqualification and disappointment, but also to understand the basic principles of research ethics.

Youth Science Canada has developed ethics policies that apply to science fair projects completed by all elementary and high school students in Canada. You must follow these guidelines in order to qualify for participation in the BC/Yukon Virtual Science Fair and the Canada-Wide Science Fair.

Complete guidelines regarding the use of humans and animals in student research projects can be found on the Youth Science Canada website. To help you determine whether these guidelines apply to your project and which forms you need to fill out, please review our ethics flow chart below. If your project involves animal or human research, it is mandatory that you pay special attention to the ethics flow chart. To avoid any surprise, review the guidelines before you start working on your project and before you prepare your display for the fair!

Using animals in your project? Review the guidelines from the Canadian Council on Animal Care.

STEP 2: Registration

Registration for the BC/Yukon Virtual Science Fair will begin January 15, 2021 and close on March 5, 2021. This is not the same as Project Submission, which will start in February. Student registration will allow us to gather basic information about you and your project. Your project title and abstract will be required at this time.

A Consent & Release Form will be sent directly to your parent or guardian once you register where they can also complete payment of your $15 registration fee by credit card.
 
Participant Information 
  • Full Name
  • E-mail
  • Age & Grade
  • School Name
  • City/Town of Residence
  • Region
Parent/Guardian Information
  • Full Name
  • E-Mail
  • Phone
Teacher Information
  • Full Name
  • E-Mail
Project Information
  • Project Title
  • Are you doing a project with a partner?
    • If yes, your partner's name
  • What category best describes your project?
    • Biotechnology
    • Earth & Environmental Sciences
    • Engineering & Computational Sciences
    • Health Sciences
    • Life Sciences
    • Physical & Mathematical Sciences
  • What type of Project are you conducting?
    • Experiment
    • Innovation
    • Study
  • Please provide a brief description of your project (200 words or less)
Other Information
  • Ethics information (see Step 1)
  • Confirmation of access to a computer/internet
Opens: January 15, 2021
Closes: March 5, 2021

You will need to:
  • Complete your Registration Form (link below)
  • Have your parent or guardian sign the Consent & Release Form (a link will be emailed when you submit your registration form)
  • Pay a $15 registration fee (payment options will be linked from the Consent & Release Form)
 

REGISTER NOW >

STEP 3: Project Submission

Participants can submit their projects between February 1, 2021 and March 5, 2021. Since this is a fully-digital fair, you’ll need to think about your project a little bit differently. You will be submitting a combination of video, written material and supplementary images this year to help judges understand your project.

Because the timing of project submission is a bit earlier this year, we are allowing students to continue working on their project until April 1.
 
You will also be invited to post a summary of your project publicly by April 1.
 
Further instructions will be provided in early March about how to submit your supplementary project information and public project summary.
 
  • Your Project Title
  • Link to Zoom personal meeting room 
  • Project video - a 3-to-5 minute video presentation of your project work. If you have been working with a partner, you may submit two videos, but these should not exceed a combined time limit of 5 minutes. Video Content & Tips
  • Written project summary - A one-page PDF summarizing your project. Written reports must be in either Times New Roman or Arial font, size 12, with 1.5 line spacing. Writing the Project Summary >
  • Any additional project material you'd like the judges to review - some examples are:
    • ​Ethics forms
    • Logbook
    • Up to 5 pages (PDF) of labelled photos and/or graphs
Opens: February 1, 2021
Closes: March 5, 2021

You will need to:
  • Have a link to your Zoom personal meeting room ready
  • Compile all of your project submission materials (see above)
  • Complete your Project Submission Form (linked below)
SUBMIT NOW >

Further instructions will be provided in early March about how to submit your supplementary project information and public project summary.
Participants are encouraged to submit their project to the Public Viewing page that will be available during and after the fair. Each project will have its own page that will feature images and a description (up to 500 words) of your project that you can share with your friends, family, and teachers.

SUBMIT MY PROJECT FOR PUBLIC VIEWING >

Further instructions will be provided in early March about how to submit your supplementary project information and public project summary.

STEP 4: Judging

In March, judges will be reviewing the documents you submit during Project Submission and will provide feedback about each project. Some participants will also be invited to participate in interviews with judging panels between April 6 and 11, 2021. 

If you are selected to participate in judge interviews between April 6 and 11, here's what you can expect.

Based on the availability you listed during Registration, we will pair you with judges with expertise in the field of your project. Three to four judges will join a Zoom call with you during your scheduled interview(s) to listen to your presentation and ask questions. These interviews will typically last between 20 and 30 minutes. 

It is the student's responsibility to provide visual aids during the interview process, whether you are standing in front of your backboard, or sharing a presentation on the screen for the judges to see. Your judges may or may not be familar with the materials you submitted during the Project Submission process.

If a Zoom meeting isn’t possible for you, for whatever reason, reach out to us and we’ll find a solution that works for everyone. 


Interested in judging the BC/Yukon Virtual Science Fair? Already registered as a judge? Check out our Judges page for more information.

STEP 5: Awards

All awards will be announced during the Awards Ceremony held on April 14, 2021 at 4:00pm PST.

Please refer back to this page for a full list of awards available.

Contact Us


Have questions or need more information?

For Technical Support, contact support@sciencefairs.ca

For Ethics-related inquiries or to submit your Ethics Approval Form, email ethics@sciencefairs.ca

For Registration-related inquiries, contact register@sciencefairs.ca

Interested in judging the BC/Yukon Virtual Science Fair? Already registered as a judge? Check out our Judges page for more information.
 
For all other inquiries, contact vsf@sciencefairs.ca

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, if you haven't already competed in one of the BC or Yukon Regional Science Fairs with that project, you are welcome to register for the 2021 BC/Yukon Virtual Science Fair.
If you live in the Pacific Northwest, Fraser Valley, West Kootenay, South Fraser, Central Okanagan, Central Interior or southern Vancouver Island region, you’re part of the BC/Yukon Virtual Science Fair.  

If you live in the Cariboo Mainline, East Kootenay, Greater Vancouver, Northern BC, Northern Vancouver Island or Yukon-Stikine, you can find a link to your regional fair here.
 
If you're in grades 4 to 6 and you don't qualify to participate in your regional fair, you are welcome to join the BC/Yukon Virtual Science Fair this year.
The BC/Yukon Virtual Science Fair is accepting students from grades 4 to 12.
 
If you live in the Cariboo Mainline, East Kootenay, Greater Vancouver, Northern BC, Northern Vancouver Island or Yukon-Stikine, you can find a link to your regional fair here.
 
If you're in grades 4 to 6 and you don't qualify to participate in your regional fair, you are welcome to join the BC/Yukon Virtual Science Fair this year.
 
$15 per student. Your feel will be collected during Registration.
The joy of learning, of course! But also, feedback from experts in the field and the chance to win some really great prizes, including awards and scholarships.
Participants in grades 7 to 12 will also compete to progress to the Canada-Wide Science Fair.
 
We’re so happy to have you here!
 
Check out some of our favourite project resources for project guides and inspiration. Things are a little bit different this year given that the fair is virtual, so be sure to visit the Project Submission section above for additional instructions and resources that will help you get started this year.
 
You can request a mentor to support you in developing your project. The Science Fair Mentorship Program is a program of the Science Fair Foundation of BC that aims to provide students with the resources they need to investigate scientific questions of interest to them. It matches student applicants with up to two mentors:
  • First, a former Canada-Wide Science Fair participant with post-secondary science experience will provide support as you develop your project and prepare it for judging;
  • Second, depending on your level of project development, you may also be matched with a university or industry expert in your field who will answer your science and technology-related questions and may also assist by providing technical advice or access to journal articles and laboratory equipment.  
 
For more information, check out this page and click on Mentorship.
 
A great science fair project is any project that helps you learn about something you’re interested in. The most competitive projects are ethical, follow the scientific method, and are well-presented and communicated to judges.
 
Check out our resource page for some help developing a great science fair project. Things are a little bit different this year given that the fair is virtual, so be sure to visit the Project Submission section above for additional instructions and resources that will be helpful this year. You can also look at winning science fair projects for some inspiration!
 
We know things are happening on a slightly different schedule this year, so time might be tight. That’s why we’re allowing participants to continue working on their project after the Project Submission deadline of March 5 and until April 1.
 
When you submit your project report on March 5, be sure to summarize your plans to keep working on your project. You will have an opportunity to submit supplementary project information by April 1. Further instructions for how to do that will be provided in March.
 
Participants will have the option of posting their project publicly after the project submission deadline of March 5. We will share more information after that time.