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 Resources may be freely reproduced and distributed under Creative Commons licensing.

The Science Fair Foundation BC offers workshops throughout BC. If you are interested in hosting a workshop, please contact us at
Rosalind Poon, Teacher Consultant, Richmond School District
“The Smarter Science workshop was one of the most useful professional development opportunities I have had in the past decade. The framework isn’t about doing something new, it is about reframing your thinking and encouraging your students to use inquiry and critical thinking to do ACTUAL science. Participants in my workshops loved how the dependent and independent variables were clearly defined and how it set up students for creating successful inquiry science fair projects. I would highly recommend Smarter Science to all teachers K – 12!”

Erin Dallin, Glenlyon-Norfolk School, Victoria, BC
“I had the pleasure of attending a seminar on Smarter Science. Smarter Science is a program used by teachers that encourages inquiry in the classroom. Teachers use a framework that leads the students through the activity so that it is student-focused as opposed to teacher-focused. Students are encouraged to ask questions to develop their skills as a scientist. I have since used a few of the techniques that I learned in the seminar with great success. One such activity asked the students to design an experiment that investigated factors that affected a UV colour change bead. The creativity I saw out of this activity, not to mention the engagement of the students, convinced me of the power of this program. I strongly encourage any science educator to attend one of these seminars if given the opportunity.”

Resources for Teachers

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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  Smarter Science Curricular Competencies
by Grade Level (K - 9)
Introducing the Framework

  Introducing the Smarter Science Framework
Learn more about the Smarter Science Inquiry Framework.

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Science Celebration
  Science Celebration by Len Reimer
Ethics Flowchart
  Project Ethics Flowchart (Click Here for interactive flowchart)

Order Smarter Science Posters

To order Smarter Science Posters in British Columbia, please complete the order form below.
Poster Sets include Steps to Inquiry Posters and the Framework Poster.
Cost: $30.00 plus shipping