Adam Mawji - South Fraser Regional Science Fair Alumni
How has your time and experience in Science Fairs impacted your life?
It has helped me build connections with new friends and developed a bond with my amazing partner.

Where did you find inspiration for your science projects?
The inspiration for my 2019 project came from a conversation I had with my Grandparents who were refugees to Canada and brought with them lots of cultural knowledge from Africa.

Who is someone in science who inspired you? And why?
In the realm of science, I was inspired by my Chemistry Teacher, Ms. Kiren Morgan.

Can you share a memorable experience you had at a Science Fair?
This year, during the Canada-Wide Science Fair I most fondly remember doing various trials for the psychology lab in which we measured how physical activity effected alertness in the brain. It was fun to watch people actually be effected by different levels of activity and showed how science can come to life.

Does an interest in Science run in your family?
Not heavily, my Mother was an arts student and my Father was a business student. Only my Brother and Uncle went into the sciences, but they both heavily convinced me to do Science Fair.

What advice would you give to fellow students interested in Science?
Follow your passions and keep pursuing them beyond the classroom.

Open Question: Is there anything else you would like to tell us?
Science Fair, especially the Canada-Wide Science Fair, gives you what you put into it.

How many years did you participate in Science Fairs? And at what level?
I have participated in five Regional Science Fairs and one National Fair. 
Adam Patton - Cariboo Mainline Regional Science Fair Alumni
How has your time and experience in Science Fairs impacted your life?
I have taken a lot away academically from my Science Fairs, from a greater knowledge into publishing to a stronger work ethic. I have also taken a lot of personal things from Science Fairs, especially lasting friendships.

Where did you find inspiration for your science projects?
My inspiration for my science projects comes from countless hours of researching renewable energy. I like to look for areas where scientists have not focused on in order to develop an understanding into why the specific area hasn't been researched. From there, I work to further research the problem at hand and work to develop a solution to the problems faced.

Who is someone in science who inspired you? And why?
My Grandpa used to work as a steam engineer and is very knowledgeable into science. Although he is family, he has inspired me to never give up during scientific research and has helped me overcome times where I am overwhelmed in my research.

Can you share a memorable experience you had at a Science Fair?
One of the most memorable experiences I have had was winning an award at the Canada-Wide Science Fair next to a very important person in my life. She had an amazing project and won a challenge award, a gold medal, and a special award. Seeing my lifelong friend have her work pay off all while I was receiving an award was special and has proven to be memorable to me.

Does an interest in Science run in your family?
Yes, my Mother is a science teacher and my Grandpa used to be an engineer.

What advice would you give to fellow students interested in Science?
Science is a promising field and although the work that goes into science can be stressful and overwhelming, every contribution to science, big or small, helps our society. Never giving up and persevering through the tough times of scientific research will pay off in the end.

How many years did you participate in Science Fairs? And at what level?
I have participated in Regional Science Fairs for three years and have made it to the Canada-Wide Science Fair for all of those years.
Braxton Chan - East Kootenay Regional Science Fair Alumni
How has your time and experience in Science Fairs impacted your life?
It has shown me endless amounts of possibilities for future careers and hobbies.

Where did you find inspiration for your science projects?
I have always wanted to help the environment and I am really interested in projects and ideas in the medical field.

Who is someone in science who inspired you? And why?
My Dad because he has always made science a fun time and really interesting.

Can you share a memorable experience you had at a Science Fair?
Presenting my project for the first time at the National level.

Does an interest in Science run in your family?
Yes, science is a big aspect in my family's life.

What advice would you give to fellow students interested in Science?
There is so many options in science, just because one subject doesn't interest you doesn't mean every science subject isn't interesting. It takes time to find one that you will really like.

Open Question: Is there anything else you would like to tell us?
Science has always been a part of my life but I have found that taking interest in other subjects or activities help me tremendously with science. Taking a step back and enjoying other things helped me look at my projects, or science in general, in a new and better perspective.  

How many years did you participate in Science Fairs? And at what level?
I have participated in Science Fairs for nine years at the Regional Science Fair, and two years at the National Fair. 
Bruce Porter - Yukon/Stikine Regional Science Fair Alumni
How has your time and experience in Science Fairs impacted your life?
It has opened my eyes to things I never thought of. It has also helped me with skills for the future, such as organization, communication and publication. I have also met many great people!

Where did you find inspiration for your science projects?
I connect with many researchers across the country. They have inspired my projects.

Can you share a memorable experience you had at a Science Fair?
The friends I made are possibly the most memorable part of the Fair!

What advice would you give to fellow students interested in Science?
Find something that you are interested and excited about, and science can take you anywhere!

Open Question: Is there anything else you would like to tell us?
I am going to the MILSET Expo-Science International in Abu Dhabi. This shows that science can take you anywhere!
I have also published both my Canada-Wide Science Fair projects in the Canadian Science Fair Journal. This is a great organization that helps bring our projects beyond the Science Fair.

How many years did you participate in Science Fairs? And at what level?
I began in 2014, at the school level. My second project was in 2016, I made it to the regional Fair. In 2018 and 2019, I made it to the Canada-Wide Science Fair.
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Ceilidh Smith - Science Fair Participant and Alumni
How has your time and experience in Science Fairs impacted your life?
Science Fair has greatly impacted my life, and the achievements I have made through Science Fair have helped me to obtain scholarships for my post secondary education. Without Science Fair I don’t think I would be where I am today.

Where did you find inspiration for your science projects?
My passion for environmentalism and my observations of the world around me.

Who is someone in science who inspired you? And why?
My Biology 11 teacher Sarah Bacon has been the most inspirational figure for me in terms of science. She taught me how to combine my creative thinking with scientific analysis, and she inspired me to go into a Bachelor of Science.

Can you share a memorable experience you had at a Science Fair?
Being surrounded by students of all ages and backgrounds who are all super passionate about science is my favourite part about Science Fair.

Does an interest in Science run in your family?
My brother has also participated in the Regional Science Fair and went to the Canada-Wide Science Fair. My parents have also supported my passion for science.

What advice would you give to fellow students interested in Science?
Continue to examine the world around you, problem solve, and think creatively. If there is something you are passionate about, you won’t regret exploring this further through Science Fair!

Open Question: Is there anything else you would like to tell us?
I truly am thankful for all of the amazing experiences I have had through Science Fair's. Without these experience I know that I would not be where I am today.

How many years did you participate in Science Fairs? And at what level?
I participated at the Regional level in Grade 5, 6, 7 and 11.
Cherry Gao - Science Fair Participant and Alumni
How has your time and experience in Science Fairs impacted your life?
Participating in Science Fairs allowed me to meet peers who remain valuable contacts even to this day, 10 years later.

What advice would you give to fellow students interested in Science?
Participate in Science Fairs!

Did your experience at Science Fairs influence your career decision?
Yes; I pursued a scientific degree in my Bachelor's, and now a PhD.

How many years did you participate in Science Fairs? And at what level?
I participated in two. One year I made it to the Canada-Wide Science Fair.
 
Claire Scrimini - Greater Vancouver Regional Science Fair Alumni
How has your time and experience in Science Fairs impacted your life?
Participating in Science Fair was what helped me discover my love for science. I learned many valuable skills, from scientific knowledge to presentation skills. Science Fair is also an extremely social experience and I have made so many likeminded friends that I am still in contact with.

Can you share a memorable experience you had at a Science Fair?
The science jokes and puns. Being surrounded by a bunch of students also interested in science, cracking a science related joke would get the whole group laughing.

Does an interest in Science run in your family?
For the most part no. Both of my parents and grandparents were in fields far from science. However, my twin sister and I (we were partners this year) are both interested in science.

What advice would you give to fellow students interested in Science?
Keep asking questions, learn what you want and pursue it.

Open Question: Is there anything else you would like to tell us?
You can learn so much from Science Fair. I learned so much about the field that my project was in and by going to the Canada-Wide Science Fair, I learned about so many other fields from my peers.

How many years did you participate in Science Fairs? And at what level?
I have participated in three school-wide fairs, two Regional Fairs and two National Fairs. 
Daniel Kornylo - Northern Vancouver Island Regional Science Fair Alumni
How has your time and experience in Science Fairs impacted your life?
Science Fairs have allowed me to meet people who share similar interests and to learn more about about topics that interest me.

Where did you find inspiration for your science projects?
When I see a problem, I like to try and find a solution. I enjoy making devices to help solve problems.

Who is someone in science who inspired you? And why?
My Father, Dave Kornylo, inspires me. He has taught me many problem solving strategies, assembly code, and electronics. These skills are a priceless gift. The Canada-Wide Science Fair has also been a great inspiration for me. I have seen so many amazing projects and met some very interesting finalists.  

Can you share a memorable experience you had at a Science Fair?
My nickname at the Canada-Wide Science Fair was pajama boy, because on judging day, I ran over to the cafeteria for breakfast in my pajamas. I put on my suit after breakfast. This year, I won a gold medal at the Canada-Wide Science Fair. I will never forget the moment when they called my name.

Does an interest in Science run in your family?
Yes, my Mother is a science teacher, and my Father's favorite hobby is electronics.

What advice would you give to fellow students interested in Science?
I would encourage fellow students to never give up. Sometimes, you will run into difficulties but patience and persistence will see you through.

Open Question: Is there anything else you would like to tell us?
In two years time, I will be graduating from high-school, and I will miss the opportunity to participate in Science Fairs, especially the Canada-Wide Science Fair.

How many years did you participate in Science Fairs? And at what level?
11 years, I started in Kindergarten.
Dean Johnston - Educator, Science Fair Participant and Alumni
How long have you been a Teacher?
21 years.

How long have you been involved with Science Fairs?
I have been involved since 2005.

Why do you think Science Fairs are important?
I love project based learning and the creative problem solving that happens.

How did you get involved in your local Science Fair?
Every class in our school was expected to do Science Fair.

What is your favorite thing about Science Fairs?
Students get to explore an area of learning they are curious about.

Who is someone in science who inspired you?
Attending Canada-Wide Science Fair always inspired me to improve my own science in my classroom.

What is your favorite thing about participating in Science Fairs?
Exploring new problems and sharing ideas.

Please share a memorable experience of your time in Science Fairs.
Building a network of educators that have a passion for teaching science. I have been to Canada-Wide Science Fair seven times and each time I am amazed by what students can accomplish.

What advice would you give to a young person interested in science?
Explore something you are curious about and have a passion for learning more.
Erin Dallin - Educator, Vancouver Island Regional Science Fair
How long have you been a Teacher?
12 years.

How long have you been involved with Science Fairs?
9 years.

Why do you think Science Fairs are important?
Confidence building, exposure to STEM, an opportunity to pursue interests and curiosities in science.

How did you get involved in your local Science Fair?
I volunteered to be in charge of the Science Fair program at my school, which led to volunteering with the Regional Science Fair.

What is your favorite thing about Science Fairs?
Getting to work with the amazingly talented students and watching them grow through their experiences.

Who is someone in science who inspired you?
My high school chemistry teacher.

What is your favorite thing about participating in Science Fairs?
Getting to meet all of the people!

Please share a memorable experience of your time in Science Fairs.
Watching my first Science Fair student win a Silver Medal at CWSF -- the look on his face made me cry! I was so proud of him.

What advice would you give to a young person interested in science?
Try Science Fair and do a project outside of your comfort zone - you never know what you can discover!
Gavin Howells -Yukon/Stikine Regional Science Fair Alumni
How has your time and experience in Science Fairs impacted your life?
Truthfully, I'd have to admit that I wouldn't be the same person today if I had never participated in my first, second and third Science Fair projects. Through Science Fairs, I've learned invaluable lessons about the scientific method and collaboration with more experienced peers and experts in scientific fields. I have also learned how to work efficiently and comply with a deadline, and how to effectively summarize other scientific research relevant to mine to create a background and to help me interpret my data more accurately. Finally, Science Fairs have allowed me to meet countless other like-minded students who are working on, and dedicated to, relevant and important scientific research. Science Fairs have also given me the opportunity of travel, both domestic and international, and have helped to expand my view of the world around me.

Where did you find inspiration for your science projects?
I found inspiration for my Science Fair projects in real world issues and in questions that I or my family members have asked about the world. The primary ideas were always adapted to fit the scientific method and to provide measurable results.

Who is someone in science who inspired you? And why?
Jennifer Gardy, a microbiologist and epidemiologist who now works for the Gates Foundation, was the first expert I contacted for my first Science Fair project (which was about bacteria). She was extremely friendly, helpful and encouraging, even though she was very busy. Because of this, for the next year or so, I really wanted to become a microbiologist or an epidemiologist like her, and to this day, I have a continued interest in microorganisms and how they can influence human health.
 
Can you share a memorable experience you had at a Science Fair?
My most memorable moment from the Science Fair is winning a gold medal at the Canada Wide Science Fair in Ottawa (2018) and realizing that all of my hard work had paid off. An almost equally memorable experience at a Science Fair was meeting the Prime Minister at the PM's science fair on Parliament Hill. I will never forget these experiences.  

Does an interest in Science run in your family?
Yes. My Grandpa has a PhD in geophysics and my Great Aunt has a PhD in mathematics and is an astrophysicist.

What advice would you give to fellow students interested in Science?
I would advise other students interested in science to pursue ideas they are interested in and that inspire them, to keep an open mind, and to seek knowledge and information from experts.

How many years did you participate in Science Fairs? And at what level?
I have participated in Science Fairs for three years at both the Regional and the National level.
Grant Mansiere - Central Okanagan Regional Science Fair Alumni
How has your time and experience in Science Fairs impacted your life?
Through Science Fairs I came to understand what occupation I would like after university: a science translator. I wish to be able to help a company explain their product or innovation to investors and consumers. I want to be the intermediary between a complicated item and those who could benefit from it.

Where did you find inspiration for your science projects?
All my ideas came from my everyday life, news stories that made me question their validity, a compliment on my eyes, to leaves fluttering.

Can you share a memorable experience you had at a Science Fair?
Getting to meet and present my project to Justin Trudeau in Ottawa at the first annual Prime Ministers Science Fair.

Does an interest in Science run in your family?
My Mother is a bird biologist, and my Father is a ecosystems manager.

What advice would you give to fellow students interested in Science?
Science is vast, do not feel you need to fill only one of the well known roles in science such as chemist, astronomer, or geologist. Find the best parts of different fields and use the different technology between your fields of choice.

Did your experience at Science Fairs influence your career decision?
Yes it has, it has showed me what employment to strive for.

Open Question: Is there anything else you would like to tell us?
Science Fairs BC has been a constant throughout my science fair career, thank you. 

How many years did you participate in Science Fairs? And at what level?
Six years at District, Regional, and National fairs.
Heather Mislang - Yukon/Stikine Regional Science Fair Alumni
How has your time and experience in Science Fairs impacted your life?
It broadened my view of scientific study and made me realize that what I decide to do in my youth can actually make an impact on the world if I indulge in what I am passionate about. Also, it pushed me to brainstorm how I can contribute to society scientifically, for I know that there are those out there who are willing to listen to my ideas.

Where did you find inspiration for your science projects?
Mostly through being aware of what is currently happening in the world. If you hear about a problem, find the solution in an innovative fashion, and if you have found it, then revise it.

Who is someone in science who inspired you? And why?
Marie Curie, the woman who discovered radium and polonium. She was the first woman to win a Nobel prize, and the only one to win it twice in two different fields. She is an inspiration to all young women looking to pursue a career in the sciences, and looking in her direction shows that if we are curious about something, there is no reason why we shouldn't try to discover or learn more about it.

Can you share a memorable experience you had at a Science Fair?
I signed up to take a class in Indigenous medicines, and as I waited in line to follow with my group, I met a few girls around my age who shared different scientific interests. I inquired about their projects and I was amazed to hear what they had strong opinions about in changing our world for the better. It varied in natural disaster protection, to renewable energy, to the use of STEM cells; and as I listened, I became more curious. We had compelling conversations and I found myself awakening to their differing points of view. With that, I became even more enlightened and engaged to meet more people. It was my first of many valuable social interactions I would ever have in Fredericton, New Brunswick at the Canada-Wide Science Fair.

Does an interest in Science run in your family?
Yes, a majority of my family members work in the medical field.

What advice would you give to fellow students interested in Science?
Have full confidence that you can do something to change our world's perspective on certain aspects of scientific study; it's amazing to think that you can create and/or discover something new and exciting. Not only will it fulfill you, but also will open you up to more opportunities to let your passion come into use.

Open Question: Is there anything else you would like to tell us?
This experience proved to be worthwhile, not only can it benefit someone academically, but similarly, it can affect confidence positively. After experiencing Science Fair, I realized that there are many more destinations that I can hope to reach in life if I would like to continue researching what I am interested in.

How many years did you participate in Science Fairs? And at what level?
2019 was my first year participating in Science Fair's. I was at the intermediate level.
 
Jaqueline Mansiere - Central Okanagan Regional Science Fair Alumni
How has your time and experience in Science Fairs impacted your life?
Science Fair has allowed me to follow my passion of science outside of school. It has also inspired me to meet other students and adults who are just as passionate about science as I am.

Where did you find inspiration for your science projects?
Listening to CBC, reading news articles.

Who is someone in science who inspired you? And why?
Carl Sagan was one of the first people who got me interested in science (physics/ astronomy in particular) with his show ‘Cosmos: A Personal Voyage’. I watched this show at a young age and soon began learning about astronomy. Once I was older, the second ‘Cosmos’ came out, this time hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson. He also inspired me because he is so well spoken and captivating about science. His capability to share and teach science is absolutely phenomenal.

Can you share a memorable experience you had at a Science Fair?
I met a student from Belgium who was just as interested in space as I was. We were able to see and talk to David Saint-Jacques while he was at the ISS at Canada-Wide Science Fair 2019. Seeing him live from space, talking to the students that were with us, was unforgettable.

Does an interest in Science run in your family?
Yes. My Mother is a biologist. My Father also worked in forestry for many years.

What advice would you give to fellow students interested in Science?
Do not be embarrassed by your love of science. Embrace it. Have fun with it. Find people who support you and challenge you. But also, don’t work yourself too hard. If you make science into a chore you will lose its value.

Open Question: Is there anything else you would like to tell us?
Thank you Science Fair Foundation of BC for supporting science!!

How many years did you participate in Science Fairs? And at what level?
I have participated in three Canada-Wide Science Fair's.
Katrina Kornylo - Educator, Northern Vancouver Island Regional Science Fair
How long have you been a Teacher?
20 years.

How long have you been involved with Science Fairs?
11 years. 

Why do you think Science Fairs are important?
Science Fairs provide an opportunity to inspire students to become innovators and to solve problems that they see in their world.

How did you get involved in your local Science Fair?
An elementary teacher, in my former K to 12 school, asked me to help her put on a Science Fair. I loved it so much that I have not stopped. At my local Science Fairs, we have included activity stations, which encourages hands-on learning in science, science shows, demonstrations, and educational displays.

What is your favorite thing about Science Fairs?
When you see that "light bulb" moment on a student's face, it lifts my heart and gives me hope for our future.  I hope to inspire our next set of innovators and to make a difference in our world.

Who is someone in science who inspired you?
My husband, Dave Kornylo, is always a source of cool ideas and a valuable mentor to my students. Jean Sanderson is the elementary teacher who reached out to me many years before.

What is your favorite thing about participating in Science Fairs?
I am always amazed at the work done by the students. Their imagination and dedication is inspiring to me as a teacher.

Please share a memorable experience of your time in Science Fairs.
My husband and I put together a chemistry demonstration show which was based on a story that we wrote about a crazy vacation. Another memorable moment was when a Gold River student won a medal at the Canada Wide Science Fair. This was the first one for our school.

What advice would you give to a young person interested in science?
I always encourage my students to chose projects that truly interest them. Then, it is not a chore, but something that they want to work on.
KC Mooney - Science Fair Participant and Alumni
How has your time and experience in Science Fairs impacted your life?
It help guide me into what I’m currently studying at University.

Who is someone in science who inspired you? And why?
I’ve been lucky enough to have many teachers who are very passionate about what they teach. Their enthusiasm creates sparks in not only myself but other students to be curious and form an interest in that subject.

What advice would you give to students interested in Science?
Go for it. The work and process it takes before presentation day may be hard but it’s worth it. Various levels of Science Fairs are some of the fondest memories I have, and the people you meet will change your perspective, most likely educate you, and inspire you to keep going.

How many years did you participate in Science Fairs? And at what level?
I participated in Science Fairs for five years. I went to Regional Science Fairs four times, and the National Fair twice.
 
Keanu Chan - East Kootenay Regional Science Fair Alumni
How has your time and experience in Science Fairs impacted your life?
The Science Fairs have allowed my curiosity to continue to flow and provided me with new perspectives when it comes to how people and things function and operate.

Where did you find inspiration for your science projects?
I find inspiration in everyday things, e.g. mobile phones, cars, showers, baths, etc.  Most of my projects have been based on such things.

Who is someone in science who inspired you? And why?
My Mother and Father. They help me to overcome challenges and create new ones.

Can you share a memorable experience you had at a Science Fair?
Meeting fellow students and mentors, winning a bronze medal, the whole ambience of being part of such an exciting event. It seems that every experience at a Science Fair is memorable.

Does an interest in Science run in your family?
My Brother, my Father, and my Mother all love science.

What advice would you give to fellow students interested in Science?
Science involves trial and error, but that should not discourage you. Keep finding new things until you find something that works. Science isn't about winning, its about learning.

Open Question: Is there anything else you would like to tell us?
My time at the Canada-Wide Science Fair was one of the best weeks of my life. I turned 12 in 2019, and listening and learning from students up to the age of 17 was an amazing learning experience.

How many years did you participate in Science Fairs? And at what level?
I have participated in seven Regional Science Fairs and one National fair.
 
Laura Wang - Greater Vancouver Regional Science Fair Alumni
How has your time and experience in Science Fairs impacted your life?
My time and experience in Science Fairs has not only allowed me to meet, interact, and learn from other young scientists across BC and across Canada, but has also significantly fuelled and solidified my passion to pursue science, research, and discovery.

Where did you find inspiration for your science projects?
My inspiration for science projects almost always stemmed from topics or issues that became prevalent either in my own life or within my community. For instance, for my project this past year, my topic surrounded asthma and allergies, and their growing prevalence is noticeable in daily life and is commonly reported on the news.

Who is someone in science who inspired you? And why?
This past year, I sought out a Simon Fraser University Professor and Masters student for mentorship regarding my Science Fair project. They have continuously been sources of inspiration to me, as they have significantly contributed to research in the field that my project involved and continuously encouraged me and pushed me further.

Can you share a memorable experience you had at a Science Fair?
At the Canada-Wide Science Fair this year, I participated in a tour of the Hopewell Rocks in Fredericton, and was not only able to explore this part of New Brunswick, but also had the wonderful opportunity to meet and interact with other students from across Canada and form new friendships.

Does an interest in Science run in your family?
Yes, both my parents' professions were involved in Science with my Father being a researcher himself in the field of neuroscience and my Mother being a pediatrician.

What advice would you give to fellow students interested in Science?
Although participating in a Science Fair and following through with a project idea that you find of interest may seem daunting, I urge you to attempt to pursue it! There are numerous resources such as high school teachers and labs that you can turn to for guidance, and I even recommend reaching out to a university lab or Professor for mentorship, as I have found it to be an invaluable experience.

How many years did you participate in Science Fairs? And at what level?
Three years –first in Grade 8 and 9 at the in-school level, then in Grade 11 at the Greater Vancouver Regional Science Fair and at the Canada-Wide Science Fair.
Mac Dykeman - 4H Fraser Valley Regional Science Fair Alumni
How has your time and experience in Science Fairs impacted your life?
I had no idea how much of an impact participating in Science Fairs would have on my life. The places I have had the opportunities to travel to, the people I have met and the doors it has opened have so significantly impacted me. I feel so very fortunate.

Where did you find inspiration for your science projects?
I am in a poultry 4-H club and poultry farmer, I commonly order my birds for my project through postal service. Often the birds will arrive with significant loses and injuries. This was concerning to me as it was a regular occurrence and I wanted to do something about it. The Science Fair was the perfect opportunity to do so.

Who is someone in science who inspired you? And why?
Two people who really inspired me are my mentor Mr. Ames and the 4H Science Fair coordinator Melina Found. Mr. Ames inspired and helped me become a more organized scientist and a better writer, Melina Found inspired me to become more passionate about science and see how the connection between the arts and science is so complimentary and important.

Can you share a memorable experience you had at a Science Fair?
There are so many, but one which really stands out in my mind was the opening ceremonies at the 2019 Intel ISEF, being in a room with 8,000 people who are as excited and nervous as you are, that energy is something which I cannot explain, it was the most surreal experience.

Does an interest in Science run in your family?
Yes, all of my family are passionate about science, and have been or are involved in the sciences in some way.

What advice would you give to fellow students interested in Science?
I think is so important is to have a mentor. Even if the person is not involved in that direct field of study, someone who is really sound in the scientific method is vital. This is even more important for your first science fair, someone who can guide you in making sure your scientific process is solid.

Open Question: Is there anything else you would like to tell us?
My advice would be when choosing your project for a science fair to pick something you are passionate about. Although science is fascinating no matter what, if you pick something that you are passionate about it makes the science fair process easier to follow through with and makes the work more meaningful.

How many years did you participate in Science Fairs? And at what level?
In 2018, I participated in the 4H Regional Science Fair, Canada-Wide Science Fair, and the Prime Ministers Science Fair. In 2019, I was the Broadcom Masters International Delegate/ ISEF Team Canada, next I will be participating in the 2019 MISET Team Canada.
Mankeerat Singh Sidhu - South Fraser Regional Science Fair Alumni
How has your time and experience in Science Fairs impacted your life?
The Canada-Wide Science Fair taught me many things not just related to science fairs but also on succeeding in life.

Where did you find inspiration for your science projects?
The temptation to make an impact on the world.

Who is someone in science who inspired you? And why?
Elon musk as he is one of the biggest entrepreneurs and has made an improvement on various aspects of science innovation.

Can you share a memorable experience you had at a Science Fair?
I met a lot of interesting people who taught me a lot about further studies. Everyone was very interested in meeting new people.

What advice would you give to fellow students interested in Science?
To just follow their passion. Determination can lead one to one's aspirations.

Open Question: Is there anything else you would like to tell us?
Science Fairs are doing an incredible job in making the scientists and innovators of tomorrow.

How many years did you participate in Science Fairs? And at what level?
I have participated for two years, at Regionals and the Nationals.
Mary Bergeron - Central Interior Regional Science Fair Alumni
How has your time and experience in Science Fairs impacted your life?
Participating in the Science Fair has encouraged me to learn about science concepts that I otherwise would have not learned about. I have had opportunities to work in labs, tour the cancer center, and meet scientists working in fields that interest me.

Where did you find inspiration for your science projects?
I take a scientific concept that interested me (like radiation) and investigate it using the university library to read studies and journal articles. Then I find a specific topic that I can design an experiment on.

Who is someone in science who inspired you? And why?
Ada Lovelace's perseverance inspires me to work toward my dreams even if other people stand in my way.

Can you share a memorable experience you had at a Science Fair?
I had a great time at the Canada Wide Science Fair in Fredericton. I especially enjoyed the breakout science classes we did, and experiencing the culture of New Brunswick.

Does an interest in Science run in your family?
Yes, very much so. We discuss science topics frequently in our family, and enjoy participating in science related activities in our community.

What advice would you give to fellow students interested in Science?
Find a general topic that interests you, and make sure you stick with it, even if it is frustrating or hard. It's worth it!

How many years did you participate in Science Fairs? And at what level?
I've competed three times, twice in level two and once in level one.
Michael Ruiz-Peters - Vancouver Island Regional Science Fair Alumni
How has your time and experience in Science Fairs impacted your life?
Not to be cliché, but it is life changing, both personally and professionally. Personally it opens your view to what you are capable of, even at a young age, and connects you with others who pursue their passions. Professionally, it opens many doors to various scholarships, connections, and gives you a chance to explore what you want to do with your life.

Where did you find inspiration for your science projects?
My Grandmother suffered a devastating stoke, and her struggle inspired my invention that later became my Science Fair project.

Can you share a memorable experience you had at a Science Fair?
Again, too many to note, but the last night of the Intel International Science Fair does stand out. Suffice it to say that many a laughs were had, some ruckus was stirred, and there may have been a rubber chicken involved.

Does an interest in Science run in your family?
Yes, but more than that a support in investigating the unknown, and encouragement when things don't go right.

What advice would you give to students interested in Science?
Absolutely, 100%, positively, without a doubt, do Science Fair.

Did your experience at Science Fairs influence your career decision?
Yes, both to pursue engineering in my undergrad as well as medicine now. It also helped shape what kind of pursuits I can combine with my career, allowing me to weave many passions of mine together. It also becomes a unique aspect of yourself to bring up in interviews, and it shows your initiative to pursue your passions. No joke, even nine years after my last Science Fair, it came up in a job interview.

Open Question: Is there anything else you would like to tell us?
If you are not recognized with a medal during a fair, it is frustrating and can be tempting to give up. But remember why you are doing this, focus on your passion and the potential for good it can bring in the lives of others, then try again. It was three years before I won something in science fair.

Who is someone in science who inspired you? And why?
Too many to count: teachers, mentors, organizers at science fairs. But really it was my guardian who stood by me through each fair, and provided the help and motivation during the long hours of preparation.

How many years did you participate in Science Fairs? And at what level?
Five years, four Regional Science Fairs, two National Science Fairs, and two International Science Fairs.
Milo Eirew - Greater Vancouver Regional Science Fair Alumni
How has your time and experience in Science Fairs impacted your life?
Science Fair's have connected me with many amazing people (Science Fair participators and coordinators alike), and allowed incredible opportunities to present my work.

Where did you find inspiration for your science projects?
I looked for inspiration in some of the world’s leading problems - cardiac arrest and climate change - so that even a small improvement could have important implications.

Who is someone in science who inspired you? And why?
I love Marshall Medoff, who locked himself away for 15 years studying papers until he developed a way to convert plant matter into very important and useful end products, such as ethanol, and a sugar-like substance that won’t damage your teeth.

Can you share a memorable experience you had at a Science Fair?
From last year’s Canada-Wide Science Fair, I remember there being an entire gymnasium of Science Fair participants live-streaming to an astronaut aboard the ISS. Just witnessing the pinnacle of science and space research was incredible.

Does an interest in Science run in your family?
We have a mixture of artists, scientists, doctors, dentists, and dogs. Both of my Grandfathers were very interested in chemistry, and wanted to study it, but didn’t get the chance. My paternal side has lots of doctors (in a nearby field to science), including my Grandmother, who was a family physician. My Dad is a geneticist.

What advice would you give to fellow students interested in Science?
Go for it! Whatever you do, it will be amazing. You miss 100% of the centrifuges you don’t shake.

How many years did you participate in Science Fairs? And at what level?
Three - once at Regional level, twice at National level.
 
Philip Edgcumbe - Greater Vancouver Regional Science Fair Alumni
How has your time and experience in Science Fairs impacted your life?
Too many ways to count. Science Fairs got me hooked on science. I continue to do research in my career today.

Where did you find inspiration for your science projects?
I chose my science projects based on the learning opportunities they provided and the impact they could have.

Can you share a memorable experience you had at a Science Fair?
Long long conversations about mathematical proofs and engineering designs.

Does an interest in Science run in your family?
I was the first in my family to do Science Fairs.

What advice would you give to students interested in Science?
Dream big and don't let your young age hold you back. Adults love to help youth that are passionate and want to make the world a better place.

Who is someone in science who inspired you? 
Eric Kandel.

Did your experience at Science Fairs influence your career decision?
Yes, absolutely. I am a clinician-scientist (I do research and I practice medicine). I chose this career path (and was able to get into the MDPhD program) partly because of my Science Fair experience.

Open Question: Is there anything else you would like to tell us?
Don't let school get in the way of your education.

How many years did you participate in Science Fairs? And at what level?
Four years at the Greater Vancouver Regional Science Fair. In my fourth year I was selected for the Greater Vancouver team and I went to the Canada-Wide Science Fair.
Rebecca Baron - Greater Vancouver Regional Science Fair Alumni
How has your time and experience in Science Fairs impacted your life?
After attending various Science Fair competitions, I discovered more about my own likes and dislikes within academia. It also opened my eyes to the numerous fields and potential areas of research in science.

Where did you find inspiration for your science projects?
I was inspired to conduct my project after my Mother suffered from a severe asthma attack.

Who is someone in science who inspired you? And why?
I am inspired by women in science. They are some of the most interesting academics to speak to, especially since gender imbalance remains a prevalent issue in the STEM workforce.

Can you share a memorable experience you had at a Science Fair?
A memorable Science Fair experience was boarding the plane with Team BC to travel to the national science fair competition. Having the chance to represent this province, and the opportunity to meet other students from across Canada was definitely a highlight.

Does an interest in Science run in your family?
An interest in science doesn’t necessarily run in my family, but my parents have been extremely supportive of my choice.

What advice would you give to fellow students interested in Science?
My advice to students interested in science is to not be afraid to ask questions. The best way of finding a solution is to question how things work.

Did your experience at Science Fairs influence your career decision?
Absolutely! In my experience attending Science Fair, I discovered an interest in biology. I am now working towards a bachelors in science at the University of British Columbia. The experience helped me gain valuable connections from a vast network of academics and students.

Open Question: Is there anything else you would like to tell us?
Women comprise half of the national workforce, earn more college and graduate degrees than men, and represent the largest economic force in the world. That said, the gender gap in science prevails to a degree that outweighs all academic professions, particularly in physics and computer science. I believe that Science Fair competitions help young girls gain confidence in themselves and their research. It is a fun and fantastic way to improve the gender imbalance in academia!

How many years did you participate in Science Fairs? And at what level?
I participated in the 2014, 2015 and 2018 Greater-Vancouver Regional Science Fair and Canada-Wide Science Fair.
Rebecca Rathlef - Greater Vancouver Regional Science Fair Alumni
How has your time and experience in Science Fairs impacted your life?
My outlook on careers in STEM has changed completely. Prior to my participation in the Greater Vancouver Regional Science Fair and the Canada-Wide Science Fair, I never really considered a career in science or engineering to be realistic for me, however now it is a top contender to become my future career path. The fairs have also given me countless memories and friends I hope to carry with me throughout my life.

Where did you find inspiration for your science projects?
I was inspired to do my project based on misinformation spread online, an irritating occurrence that can have serious consequences. 

Can you share a memorable experience you had at a Science Fair?
One of my favourite memories was the post-award ceremony dance. After a week of stressing over how we performed on judging day, we could finally relax and enjoy each other’s company (and some phenomenal Fredricton food) to the fullest.

Does an interest in Science run in your family?
More or less. My Mother is a professor at the University of British Columbia, so she has always been pushing me into the field. I was always somewhat reluctant before competing in Science Fairs, when my peers started pulling me there too.

What advice would you give to fellow students interested in Science?
My main piece of advice for students interesting in STEM is to always do their best. Your best may not always be the best, but it can still take you to places you’ve never dreamed of.

Open Question: Is there anything else you would like to tell us?
I would like people considering participating in Science Fairs to know that you don’t have to be a “science person” in order to succeed. Many friends of mine who have done well in fairs at the regional and national level still don’t plan on pursuing a career in STEM post-secondary, however still took the time to put together projects and value the experience.

How many years did you participate in Science Fairs? And at what level?
I have participated in my Regional Science Fair and was selected to participate in the Canada-Wide Science Fair. The first year in the junior level, the second year in the intermediate level.
Riley Last - Northern Vancouver Island Regional Science Fair Alumni
How has your time and experience in Science Fairs impacted your life?
Science Fair is the thing I look forward to most in the school year. It’s allowed me to learn more about not only the Science Fair subjects I’ve chosen, but about myself and my skill set. My communication and presentation skills have developed immensely. Another important thing Science Fair has allowed me to do, is cultivate relationships with like minded young individuals. I would never trade my Science Fair time for anything.

Where did you find inspiration for your science projects?
Most of my Science Fair project subjects have related to diabetes which is an autoimmune disease that is part of my life. Science Fair projects give me the perfect opportunity to research deeper and learn more about the science behind the challenges I face everyday and how to better manage them.

Who is someone in science who inspired you? And why?
My science teacher has motivated me to continue down the path of science and Science Fair. I value her time and commitment and I appreciate her support incredibly.

How many years did you participate in Science Fairs? And at what level?
I’ve been a Science Fair participant for four years. All four years of which I’ve competed at local and Regional levels and the last year I attended the National level Science Fair.  
Malika Sharma - Cariboo Mainline Regional Science Fair Alumni
How has your time and experience in Science Fairs impacted your life?
In the past eight years, Science Fairs have truly changed my life as it has changed my outlook on many things. For instance, winning is not everything. For the first several years of doing Science Fairs, I used to measure my success by how many medals and awards I would win. I was very goal-oriented but my goal was completely wrong. I was chasing the wrong thing. I was chasing success when all along I should have been chasing excellence. Science Fairs taught me that everything you do should be a learning experience and that no matter what I do or do not achieve, I will always be able to gain some knowledge from the experience. Another way that Science Fairs have impacted my life is by teaching me self confidence. From a very young age, I have always been a very shy and introverted person but, Science Fairs and presenting in front of judges allowed me to gain more self-confidence. It gave me the courage to branch out in life, make new friends, and stand up for what I believe in. Now, I am the president of my high school and give speeches in front of large crowds all due to my experiences throughout my Science Fair journey. 

Where did you find inspiration for your science projects?
I usually found inspiration for my science projects from listening to what's happening around the world on the news. Hearing the current difficulties arising in the world caused me to want to discover solutions. Another way I find inspiration is by talking to people. Sometimes an idea simply jumps out to me from certain conversations I have. 

Who is someone in science who inspired you? And why?
Ever since I was a little girl, my Mother inspired me the most to pursue science. My Mother was always busy in labs conducting complex experiments and seeing her work with great concentration with all her lab gear on inspired me to make a mark in science and try it out.

Can you share a memorable experience you had at a Science Fair?
One of the most memorable experiences I had was this past year at the Canada-Wide Science Fair in Fredericton, New Brunswick. It was the day before judging and all the finalists were rushing around fixing their posters and practicing their presentations. Just like everyone else, I was at my board practicing and freaking out. After a few minutes of practicing, a girl beside me asked me how I was doing and later started to run through my project, helping me cope with my nerves. How that girl took time out of her busy practicing to make sure I was fine, stayed with me and as the week progressed we both turned into best friends and still keep in touch. This shows how Science Fairs are an amazing way to meet new people and make long-lasting friendships.

Does an interest in Science run in your family?
An interest of science does run in my family. My Mother has a PhD in Biochemistry and Father has a degree in Engineering.

What advice would you give to fellow students interested in Science?
I would say to just go for it. I know it sounds very cliche but, honestly, you have to try. If you have an amazing idea that you would like to pursue, the only thing stopping you is yourself. Believe that you can do it. We are all scientists in different ways. Humans are constantly finding things out without even trying. Just go for it!

Open Question: Is there anything else you would like to tell us?
Science Fairs have been an integral part of my life since I was nine years old and it has truly shaped me into I am now. I have had some high highs and also some low lows but, I would not trade them for the world. Science fairs have opened numerous doors for me and have become part of my identity. I hold that identity with pride.

How many years did you participate in Science Fairs? And at what level?
I have been participating in Science Fairs for the past eight years since I was in Grade four. I have participated in both school and Regional level for all eight years. I have also been selected, by my Regional level Science Fair, to attend the Canada-Wide Science Fair four times in Grade's 7, 8, 10, and 11.
Teryl Bates - Central Okanagan Regional Science Fair Alumni
How has your time and experience in Science Fairs impacted your life?
Science Fairs have helped me develop many skills which will be beneficial to my future, such as public speaking under pressure, understanding the significance of accurate data analysis and importance of visual presentation and helped me to discover my passion for mitigating natural disasters.

Where did you find inspiration for your science projects?
I looked for a problem that there was currently no easy solution for, but was affecting people’s health and costing mass amounts of money to solve, and wanted to create a cost-effective environmentally-friendly alternative.

Who is someone in science who inspired you? And why?
Thomas A. Edison said "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work".

Can you share a memorable experience you had at a Science Fair?
Some of my most memorable experiences at Science Fairs come from being in a building of like-minded people and reflecting on each other’s work and sharing ideas on how to expand future projects.

Does an interest in Science run in your family?
Not as a profession, but my family enjoys learning about science and has a great appreciation for the science fair experience.

What advice would you give to fellow students interested in Science?
My advice to others is that science is much easier and more enjoyable if you passionately explore what interests you and keep challenging yourself. Don't start a science project because you think it will take you to Nationals; do it because you are passionate about the question and finding a solution.

Open Question: Is there anything else you would like to tell us?
I believe Science Fairs should be promoted at school level at as young as possible to spark the interest early.

How many years did you participate in Science Fairs? And at what level?
I have participated in Science Fairs for eight years total, three years in elementary school science fairs, eight years at District level, five years at Regional level and three years as a finalist at the Canada-Wide Science Fair.
Tanner Eckersley - East Kootenay Regional Science Fair Alumni
How has your time and experience in Science Fairs impacted your life?
Being a part of Science Fair has allowed me to see parts of Canada that I would have never seen and to realize that science involves so many people and so many different topics and area of study. I don't really like science at school, but being part of Science Fair has made me love science.

Where did you find inspiration for your science projects?
My inspiration for my science projects has always come from what is happening right around me and the things and topics I am curious about...things I have questions about - like forest fires, surface tension on water, my concussion and what happened to my brain - anything that is happening around me.

Who is someone in science who inspired you? And why?
The pediatric neurologist, Dr. Barlow, at Alberta Children's Hospital who helped me with my concussion.

Can you share a memorable experience you had at a Science Fair?
Getting to see the Atlantic Ocean for the first time at National Science Fair in Fredericton.

What advice would you give to fellow students interested in Science?
Don't let school influence your opinion of science. Work hard, and it pays off. Stay curious, ask questions, then work hard to find the answers.

Open Question: Is there anything else you would like to tell us?
The opportunity to be part of Canada-Wide Science Fair makes everything worth it - the hard work, the time, etc.

How many years did you participate in Science Fairs? And at what level?
Participated for the past seven years. All seven years at the Regional level, and then the past two years have been at the National level.
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Wei Xie - Greater Vancouver Regional Science Fair Alumni
How has your time and experience in Science Fairs impacted your life?
The Science Fairs have been a great source of motivation for me to engage in exciting research and development led by myself.
Throughout both the development of my projects and the actual Science Fairs, I have built great connections with brilliant people, from other participants to university researchers to industry professionals.
If I had not known of the Science Fairs, I probably would not even have encountered the idea of pursuing meaningful research before entering university. Doing so has also helped me explore my interests and make my time in high school much more meaningful.

Where did you find inspiration for your science projects?
My inspirations have varied with my projects, but they all start with a problem affecting myself, people I know and/or my local community, such as wildfires and their smoke.

Who is someone in science who inspired you? And why?
Although my project was not directly inspired by a scientist, I look up to some people in science in general, such as Rachel Carson, who brought the downsides of an exciting new technology, DDT, to wide attention.
She faced opposition from large corporations and governments, endured personal attacks and eventually inspired a nation-wide ban on DDT, a national pesticide policy and an environmental movement which later led to the founding of the Environmental Protection Agency.
Her actions demonstrate her determination to defend her observations.

Can you share a memorable experience you had at a Science Fair?
My first Science Fair was in grade 5, it was quite memorable. As soon as I stepped into the large gym of an exhibition area, I was hit with nervousness. Throughout that fair I was quiet and kept to myself, constantly fretting over judging. Not only did I talk at my board, but I also missed the most important point of the fair, to share. That one fair has always reminded me to step out of myself and connect with others, not only at Science Fairs.

Does an interest in Science run in your family?
Yes, I have been fortunate to grow up with plenty of resources and encouragement to be curious, ask questions, observe and experiment. My parents and brother have formally studied and/or are pursuing careers in science.

What advice would you give to fellow students interested in Science?
Always be curious and observe. When reading the news, chatting with friends, family and others, always seek to find problems, then make use of the incredible wealth of resources available, such as the Internet, to research those problems.
In my own experience, I have found that pursuing real problems as a method of learning is far superior to taking courses in school, although content taught by school courses is often involved in solving problems.

How many years did you participate in Science Fairs? And at what level?
I have participated in Science Fairs for five years. Twice at district level, two regional fairs and once at the  national fair. 
 
Wen Baillieul - Educator, Science Fair Participant
How long have you been a Teacher?
30 years.

How long have you been involved with Science Fairs?
10 years.

Why do you think Science Fairs are important?
They inspire students to study science.

How did you get involved in your local Science Fair?
My children.

What is your favorite thing about Science Fairs?
Watching students’ growth as scientists and in life through the process of learning science.

Who is someone in science who inspired you?
Jas Piche.

What is your favorite thing about participating in Science Fairs?
Talking to the students.

Please share a memorable experience of your time in Science Fairs.
Meeting extraordinary students and mentors from around the world at CWSF.

What advice would you give to a young person interested in science?
Find a mentor who encourages you to dream and go for it!

 
Willa Crowley - Central Interior Regional Science Fair Alumni
How has your time and experience in Science Fairs impacted your life?
Science Fair has taught me many things, most importantly public speaking and communication skills. It has also given me the opportunity to travel and meet like-minded students from all over BC and Canada.

Where did you find inspiration for your science projects?
I've grown up watching and helping my parents and their colleagues with their studies and research. They are the ones who inspired me and helped me come up with ideas for my projects.

Who is someone in science who inspired you? And why?
Ever since I was young, I've greatly admired Jane Goodall. I would any read book I could find about her. Wildlife has always been the area of science I'm most passionate about. I think she inspired me because she was one of the first - if not the first - woman to make great leaps in the studies of wildlife.

Can you share a memorable experience you had at a Science Fair?
This past year at the Canada-Wide Science Fair, I remember one day the entire half of my row decided to have an impromptu baseball game with a water bottle and a stress ball. It was so ridiculous, but amazing at the same time. None of us knew each other, but we talked and laughed like we had all met before. You make these connections with people, however small,  and everyone acknowledges each other's talents. It's an incredible feeling and I hope to go back again one day.

Does an interest in Science run in your family?
Yes, my dad is a wildlife biologist and my mom actively participates on different citizen science projects. Growing up I watched and often helped them with their studies.

What advice would you give to fellow students interested in Science?
If the end result isn't what you hoped for, or it simply just didn't work, don't be disappointed. Not getting a result or the result you wanted is not a failure. It's a learning experience and doesn't make your project any less important.

How many years did you participate in Science Fairs? And at what level?
I participated in Science Fair's throughout grades six, seven, eight and nine, three years as a junior and one as an intermediate.