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2022/23 Programming

This year the Science Fair Foundation BC is offering some important programs that will support the work you do in the classroom and give students a little extra help.

Free Speaker Sessions
Open now
Each month, Science Fair Foundation BC hosts a virtual meeting for regional science fair organizers where we discuss plans for the upcoming science fair season, share ideas, and learn from each other. This year, we've gathered experts and science fair veterans to speak at our meetings about some of the fundamental components of running a regional science fair..
Volunteers, parents and educators are welcome. Learn more here.

2023 Youth Innovation Showcase
August to November

Going into its fifth year, the Youth Innovation Showcase was born out of the desire to create a platform to showcase the innovative ideas and solutions from youth and young adults between the ages of 12 and 19 from across the province and the Yukon territory. Finalists will have their pitch videos reviewed by industry experts in November for a chance to win $5,000. See what happened at YIS 2022 here.

Discovery Foundation STEM Project Grant
Open Now. Deadline is February 17, 2023
Created for youth looking for more financial support in their pursuit of STEM inquiry, the Discovery Foundation STEM Project Grant is inviting BC and Yukon students between the ages of 9 and 18 to apply for funding that will help them build their STEM project, or compete in a Science Fair Foundation BC event. Grants of between $50 to $200 will be awarded to successful applicants who can demonstrate the grant money will substantially contribute to their understanding of and development in STEM. Learn more here.

We Want to Hear from You

The Science Fair Foundation BC is interested in working more closely with teachers to identify and develop support for science fair programming in the classroom. If you have ideas or would like to be involved, please get in touch. 

Contact us at info@sciencefairs.ca.

Other Resources

Looking to start up science fairs in your classroom? Refer to the list of resources below!

We are always looking to improve our resources, so if you have any specific questions or requests, please send us a quick email at info[at]sciencefairs.ca.
Guide to Completing Your Science Fair Project   Guide to Completing Your Science Fair Project
A step-by-step guide to help your students through their science fair project. This includes K-9 curriculum correlations.

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Science Buddies   STEM lesson plans and project ideas.
Steve Spangler Science   Experiments to inspire your class.


100 Timely Topics for Science Fair

This list, categorized by project type (Experiment / Innovation / Study), provides ideas of topics that students can choose to explore with in their science fair project.

Written by Morgan Whitehouse (SD73), Last Updated: December 2019


Science Fair Project Assessment Rubric

Each row of this rubric is meant to be a step in the process of guiding the student through the process of designing their project: evaluate as the project progresses, once a row has been filled the student can move onto the next step, there is no need to revisit a previous row.

This rubric is designed for assessing projects within classrooms. Science Fairs at the Regional and Canada-Wide level use a ranking rubric to evaluate projects: while the ranking is helpful for choosing projects to progress to the next level of competition, it is not necessarily a good tool to assess science fair projects individually.

Written by Albert Chang (Crofton House), Last Updated: October 2019

sftoolkit.png   Post-Project Competencies Reflection Worksheets
Worksheets for students that have completed a science fair project:
- Self Assessment of Curricular Competencies
- Self Assessment of Core Competencies
- Career Life Exploration & Connections
- Integrating First Peoples' Principles of Learning

Written by Morgan Whitehouse (SD73)
curriculumassessment.png   Secondary Science Curricular Competencies Learning Map
A standards-based assessment for Science Fair, using the Emerging/Developing/Proficient/Extending levels of competency.

Written by Morgan Whitehouse (SD73)
Science Celebration
  Science Celebration by Len Reimer

A resource book for a non-competitive approach to science fair projects
ethics.PNG   Science Fair Ethics Requirements (Click Here for interactive flowchart)

Ensure that students follow Youth Science Canada's ethics guidelines. Projects in violation of these ethics requirements may be subject to disqualification at higher levels of competition.

The Smarter Science Framework

Smarter Science is the training tool developed by Youth Science Canada (YSC). It is a Canadian framework for teaching and learning science process skills and for developing the skills of inquiry, creativity, and innovation in a meaningful manner for students from Grades K-12. 

Teachers are coached on techniques for teaching the processes of inquiry and technological problem solving. The inquiry-based approach of this framework lends itself naturally to self-directed project-based science. 

A key feature of Smarter Science is its open-source nature. All resources developed by cooperating jurisdictions and contributed by teachers can be accessed online, at no cost, through www.smarterscience.ca. Resources may be freely reproduced and distributed under Creative Commons licensing.

The Science Fair Foundation BC is no longer stocking Smarter Science Posters. Please click here to order posters directly from Youth Science Canada. 
Introducing the Framework   Introducing the Smarter Science Framework
Learn more about the Smarter Science Inquiry Framework.

Interested in hosting a workshop? Contact us today!
  Smarter Science: Generating Questions Worksheet

Jumpstart students' inquiry-based learning using this worksheet.
   Smarter Science Steps to Inquiry Levels 1 to 3
Posters to help educators walk students through the steps to come up with a specific question and design their experiment.

Download: Level 1 / Level 2 / Level 3
  Smarter Science Curricular Competencies
by Grade Level (K - 9)

Find out how inquiry-based learning satisfies curricular competencies.

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