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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   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.

Available at cost from the Science Fair Foundation of BC: images of the posters and the order forms are below.
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  Smarter Science Curricular Competencies
by Grade Level (K - 9)


Find out how inquiry-based learning satisfies curricular competencies.
Introducing the Framework

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

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  Science Fair Project Assessment Rubric by Albert Chang

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.
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  Smarter Science: Generating Questions Worksheet

Jumpstart students' inquiry-based learning using this worksheet.
 
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  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.
Science Celebration
 
  Science Celebration by Len Reimer

A resource book for a non-competitive approach to science fair projects
 

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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 offers workshops throughout BC. If you are interested in hosting a workshop, please contact us at info@sciencefairs.ca.
 
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.”

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