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BC/Yukon Virtual Science Fair - Now Open!

May | 2020

The BC/Yukon Virtual Science Fair (BCVSF) is now live! Students and Mentors, please register by Sunday, May 31st, at www.connectingideas.ca.

Over the last few weeks, the COVID-19 outbreak has impacted everyone in our community in a multitude of ways.

With regards to Science Fairs, the cancellation of the Canada-Wide, Regional, and School Science Fairs mean that many students who worked on their projects alone or with a partner for anywhere between 2 weeks to 11 months, no longer have a venue to share their findings with peers, experts, and the wider community. This Virtual Science Fair strives to facilitate this connection of like-minded individuals and their ideas, to help support the students in our community.

Science Fair Projects often require an extraordinary amount of individual focus and research into the topic of interest. The independent thinking and research skills that students gain through this exercise is invaluable to all disciplines. Nurturing the students’ curiosity and research skills is a key component of what makes Science Fairs unique and impactful in students' learning and development.

Ever since the cancellation announcements went out a few weeks ago, our Regional Science Fair volunteer committees across BC have received many emails from students, parents, and teachers inquiring whether there could be a Virtual Fair in lieu of the cancelled Regional Fairs.

Sports tournaments, orchestra/band concerts, and drama performances have all been cancelled and unfortunately cannot be held virtually.

However, we believe that Science Fairs can.

Timeline:

Registration is open
May 31 - Student and mentor registrations close
Between June 5-7 - Mentors' virtual briefing on how to conduct project interviews (1 hr)
June 8-12 - Students' project interviews with Mentors (10-15 min each)
Week of June 15 - Virtual closing ceremonies & prize giveaways
By June 19 - Written feedback from Mentors are provided to Students; projects are released for public viewing
 

If you have any questions about the Virtual Science Fair, please contact us through this form.