In British Columbia and the Yukon, 14 regional fairs are part of the over 100 fairs held every year across Canada. Science Fairs in BC and the Yukon are supported by the Science Fair Foundation BC, each fair is also affiliated with the national organization, Youth Science Canada. Science Fairs offer students the opportunity to create original scientific research, innovative projects and develop 21st Century learning skills; critical and creative thinking, collaboration and communication. Projects can be displayed at various levels of competition: school, district, regional, national and international.

Students who develop Science Fair projects agree that they enjoy project-based learning while investigating the world around them. Their Science Fair project work provides an opportunity to extend science beyond the classroom and to take an in-depth look at topics that are of interest to them personally.

The finalists from the Regional Science Fairs are invited to attend the national fair where they share a week of competition, socializing, cultural activities, scientific tours and workshops with like-minded peers. The Youth Science Canada showcase event, the Canada-Wide Science Fair is the largest extracurricular youth activity related to science and technology in Canada. Each year, 500 young scientists are chosen to compete, from over 100 regional science and technology fairs staged across the country. 

The BC Regional Network
Science Fairs offer students from elementary grades through high school with the opportunity to present original scientific research and innovative projects to their communities. Dedicated regional committee members work tirelessly to organize Science Fairs across the province and the Yukon, fairs are offered at school, district, regional, national and international levels. With support from the Science Fair Foundation BC, 14 regions across the province and the Yukon will hold local science fairs in February, March and April where students will be selected to Team BC and Yukon to represent their region at the Canada-Wide Science Fair.
Fair Date:
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Fair Location:
Thompson Rivers University 
Gymnasium 
805 TRU Way 
Kamloops, BC
V2C 0C8

Public Viewing: 
TBD

Award Ceremony: 
TBD

Fair Contact:
Rob Wielgoz
E-mail: rwielgoz@sd73.bc.ca 
Website
Fair Date:
April 4th, 2020 

Fair Location:
University of Northern British Columbia 
3333 University Way 
Prince George, BC
V2N 4Z9

Public Viewing: 
April 4th, 2pm - 4:30pm and 6pm - 6:45pm

Award Ceremony: 
April 4th, 7pm - 8:30pm

Fair Contact:
Anjula Corbin
Tel: 250-964-4408  Fax:  250-964-8814
E-mail: acorbin@sd57.bc.ca
Website
Fair Date:
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Fair Location:
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Public Viewing:
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Award Ceremony:
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Fair Contact:
Shona Becker
Phone: 250-770-7650
E-mail: sbecker@summer.com
Website
Fair Date:
March 6th, 2020 - Grades 6 -12 
March 7th, 2020 - Kindergarten - Grade 5 Non-competitive Fair

Fair Location:
College of the Rockies
2700 College Way 
Cranbrook, BC
V1C 5L7

Public Viewing:
March 6th, 12pm - 2:15pm 
March 7th, 11am - 2pm 

Award Ceremony:
March 6th, 2:15pm - 3:30pm 

Fair Contact:
Darcy Verbeurgt
Tel: 250-417-2089
E-mail: dverbeurgt@shaw.ca
Website
Fair Date: 
April 1st - 4th, 2020 

Fair Location:
University of Fraser Valley 
Envision Athletic Centre 
1395 McKenzie Road
Abbotsford, BC
V2S 7M8

Public Viewing:
April 2nd, 10am - 12pm and 5pm - 6pm 

Award Ceremony:
April 4th, 11:30am

Fair Contact:
Dr. Lucy Lee
Email: fvrsf@ufv.ca
Website
Fair Date:
April 2nd - 4th, 2020

Fair Location:
AMS Student Nest
University of British Columbia
6133 University Blvd
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1

Public Viewing:
9am - 12pm April 4th, 2020 

Award Ceremony:
12:30pm - 3pm April 4th, 2020 

Fair Contact:
Caedmon Nash
E-mail: chair@gvrsf.ca
Website
Fair Date:
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Fair Date:
April 7th, 2020 

Fair Location:
North Peace Secondary School
9304 86th Street
Fort St. John, BC
V1J 6L9

Public Viewing:
April 7th, 3pm - 4pm 

Award Ceremony:
April 7th, 4:30pm - 5:30pm 

Fair Contact:
Jennie Copeland
jcopeland@prn.bc.ca 
Website
Fair Date:
April 9th, 2020

Fair Location:
Port Hardy Civic Centre 
7450 Columbia Street
Port Hardy, BC
V0N 2P0

Public Viewing:
TBD

Award Ceremony: 
TBD

Fair Contact:
Katrina Kornylo
Email: kornylo@conumacable.com
Fair Date:
April 3rd - 4th, 2020 

Fair Location:
Coast Mountain College 
3966 2nd Avenue 
Smithers BC 
V0J 2N0

Public Viewing:
April 4th, 3pm - 4pm 

Award Ceremony: 
April 4th, 4pm - 5pm 

Fair Contact:
Karen Price
Phone: 250-877-8665
Email: pricedau@telus.net
Website
Fair Date:
April 7th - 8th, 2020

Fair Location:
Kwantlen Polytechnic University 
12666 72nd Avenue 
Surrey, BC
V3W 2M8

Public Viewing: 
TBD

Award Ceremony: 
TBD

Fair Contact:
Favian Yee
Tel: 604-596-7471 ext. 301
Email: favyee@deltasd.bc.ca
Website
Fair Date:
April 5th - 6th, 2020 

Fair Location:
University of Victoria
Elliott Lecture Wing
3800 Finnerty Road
Victoria, BC V8P 5C2

Public Viewing:
April 5th, 1pm - 4:30pm
April 6th, 10am - 12:30pm 

Award Ceremony: 
April 6th, 1:30pm - 3pm

Fair Contact:
Rossi Marx
Tel: 250-721-7089
E-mail: rmmarx@uvic.ca
Website
Fair Date:
April 4th, 2020

Fair Location:
LV Rogers Secondary
1004 Cottonwood Street 
Nelson, BC
V1L 3W2

Public Viewing: 
April 4th, 11:30am - 3:30pm 

Award Ceremony: 
April 4th, 1pm - 1:30pm 

Fair Contact:
Ann McDonnell
Tel: 250-352-5591
E-mail: ann.mac22@gmail.com
Website
Fair Date:
February 29th, 2020

Fair Location:
Yukon College
Gym
500 College Drive
Whitehorse, YT Y1A 5K4

Public Viewing: 
February 29th 12pm - 1:30pm

Award Ceremony: 
February 29th, 1:30pm 

Fair Contact:
Ryan Sikkes
yukonstikinersfs@gmail.com
Website
Science Fair Provincial Awards

The Provincial Awards Program is available to all participants of the 14 Regional Science Fairs of BC and the Yukon. The Provincial Awards are generously sponsored by corporations and organizations who support youth's success in science and technology. 

 

$100 Cash to Student.

To be awarded at each British Columbia Regional Science Fair to the best project demonstrating the principles of occupational hygiene. The student(s) must have consulted with people in the community or region about the content of their project. The student(s) must show creativity, innovation and enthusiasm in the display of the project.

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$200 Cash to Student.

To be awarded to the British Columbia student(s) who achieves the highest standing at the Canada-Wide Science Fair with a project of a biological nature.

The recipient(s) of this award will be selected from the British Columbia students’ projects that participate in the Canada-Wide Science Fair (CWSF). Nomination forms need not be submitted. All students attending the CWSF are automatically eligible.

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$65 

To be awarded to an outstanding project that shows the practical application of scientific principles to agriculture. Students from Grades 5 to 12 are eligible for the award.

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Cash to Student.
Junior $50
Intermediate $100
Senior $150

To be awarded to the student(s) whose project demonstrates creativity and innovation in computer science, mathematics, engineering, or astronomy. 
 
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$75 Cash to Student.

To be awarded to an outstanding project that demonstrates the creative use of advanced science and technology to enhance vegetable plant productivity and quality. Projects eligible for this award include those in the area of biological pest control, irrigation, nutrition, growing media, climate control and mechanics.
Available to Fraser Valley, Greater Vancouver and South Fraser Regional Science Fairs only.

$100 Cash to Student.

To be awarded to a student(s) in Grades 4 to 12 who creates a project which creatively demonstrates electrical conservation and its environmental, social and economical impacts.

 

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$75 Cash Award to a Junior student per region.
$75 Cash Award to a Senior student per region.

To be awarded at each British Columbia Regional Science Fair to the best natural history project done by a student(s) in Grades 6 to 8 (junior) and Grades 9 to 12 (senior). This includes studies of any aspect of natural history, conservation of natural habitats, and/or natural species. An outdoor, nature monitoring or conservation project is strongly encouraged.

$100 Cash to Student.

To be awarded to a student(s) from grades 7 or 8 for an experimental project in any category that has clearly presented a hypothesis and independent, controlled variables.

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To be awarded to an outstanding project that could help reduce plastic pollution in the ocean. The project would depict an innovative idea in areas including green design, waste management, clean up, or policy and regulation.
Two cash awards of $5,000 each will be given to the top projects.
 
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Cash to Student determined by each local Chapter.

To be awarded to outstanding engineering projects. Projects eligible for this award include those in the fields of chemical, civil, electrical, environmental, industrial and mechanical engineering as well as systems design.

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Two Awards, Each $100 Cash to Students.

To be awarded to two projects per region dealing with a topic of genomic interest. Students in all grades are eligible for this award.

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$1,000 Scholarship Nomination to be awarded to a Grade 11 or 12 student who has developed a science and technology project focused on areas of strategic importance such as human health, forestry, fisheries, agriculture, bioenergy, mining, and the environment. The winner must pursue a science degree in British Columbia.

To be eligible this award, projects must be nominated. Each Regional Science Fair Judging Committee will select and nominate deserving projects from those entries submitted to the fair. The award winner(s) will be required to submit proof of enrolment at a post secondary institution. Please refer to nomination forms for specific requirements. The completed nomination forms must be submitted to the Science Fair Foundation of BC.

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Minumum $2,000 Scholarship

To be awarded to a Grade 11 or 12 student(s) who has developed a science and technology innovation with the potential to benefit British Columbia. The winner(s) must be selected for CWSF and to receive the award, he/she must enrol full-time in a science and technology program in a British Columbia post-secondary institution.

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$75 Cash to Student

To be awarded to a student(s) in Grades 6 to 12 who has done an outstanding physics-related project.

$150 Junior Cash Award to Student.
$250 Intermediate Cash Award to Student. 
$1500 Post-Secondary Education Scholarship 

To be awarded to an outstanding project in each age category that shows the practical application of scientific principles to identifying and addressing a transportation-related issue.

The recipient(s) of this award will be selected from the British Columbia students’ projects that participate in the Canada-Wide Science Festival (CWSF). Nomination forms need not be submitted. All students attending the CWSF are automatically eligible.

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$100 Cash to Student.

To be awarded to a project that demonstrates informed curiosity, exploration, and discovery as well as the practical potential for real world application and entrepreneurship.

The recipient(s) of this award will be selected from the British Columbia students’ projects that participate in the Canada-Wide Science Fair (CWSF). Nomination forms need not be submitted. All students attending the CWSF are automatically eligible.
$100 Cash to Student.

To be given to young women, preferably in Grades 8 to 10, whose project shows the greatest curiosity, ingenuity and innovation in design. The award is intended to encourage the student’s interest in science. A student may not receive this award more than once.

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$250 Cash to Student.
$1,000 Sponsorship for CWSF Travel to Regional Science Fair.

To be awarded to a BC student in Grade 10 or 11 who achieves the highest standing in their age category at the Canada-Wide Science Fair (CWSF) with a project of a computing science nature.

The recipient(s) of this award will be selected from the British Columbia students’ projects that participate in the CWSF. Nomination forms need not be submitted. All students attending the CWSF are automatically eligible.

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$250 Cash to Student.
$1,000 Sponsorship for CWSF Travel to Regional Science Fair.

To be awarded to a BC student in Grade 10 or 11 who achieves the highest standing in their age category at the Canada-Wide Science Fair (CWSF) with a project of an engineering-related project.

The recipient(s) of this award will be selected from the British Columbia students’ projects that participate in the CWSF. Nomination forms need not be submitted. All students attending the CWSF are automatically eligible.

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$500 Cash to Student

To be awarded to the best astronomy or physics project that demonstrates creativity, innovation and contributes to a greater public understanding of science.

The recipient(s) of this award will be selected from the British Columbia students’ projects that participate in the Canada-Wide Science Fair (CWSF). Nomination forms need not be submitted. All students attending the CWSF are automatically eligible.

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$200 Cash to Student.

To be awarded to an outstanding junior or intermediate project related to land, aquatic or marine environment reclamation and/or rehabilitation.

To be eligible this award, projects must be nominated. Each Regional Science Fair Judging Committee will select and nominate deserving projects from those entries submitted to the fair. Please refer to nomination forms for specific requirements. The completed nomination forms must be submitted to the Science Fair Foundation of BC.

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$50 Cash to Student ($25 each if two people on team).

To be awarded to a young woman, or a partnership including at least one young woman, who presents and communicates an ingenious solution to an engineering or applied science problem/project by applying their knowledge of science and math.
Available to all 14 regions.

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The Canada-Wide Science Fair is a national event, organized by Youth Science Canada. This national fair brings together 500 students every year since 1962 from across Canada for a week of cross country cultural exchange with their like minded peers, while engaging in competition for $1 million in awards and scholarships. 

In 2019, 70 students from 13 regions throughout BC and the Yukon presented their projects in Fredericton, New Brunswick at the 58th Canada-Wide Science Fair. BC and Yukon students returned home with 140 awards and scholarships valued at $194,550 including 6 gold medals, 14 silver medals and 21 bronze medals!
 
More Information from the 2019 CWSF >
Taiwan International Science Fair
The 2020 Taiwan International Science Fair (TISF) will be held on February 3rd to 7th in Taipei, Taiwan! The TISF is an international event that brings together 290 students from 20 countries to compete for awards. The National Taiwan Science Education Center has extended the invitation to the Science Fair Foundation of BC to send two students and an educator to participate as Team Canada in the international competition since 1992. For the past five years, Team Canada's participating students have returned home with medals!  

Team Canada at the 2019 TISF>
More Information and how to apply for the TISF>

Beyond Science Fairs

Looking for more events and competitions in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics)? Below is our compilation of links, let us know if we're missing any!

Competitions (with Prizes):

Youth Innovation Showcase >
Youth from all areas of BC and the Yukon are invited to pitch their innovative solutions at the 2020 Youth Innovation Showcase! Top students in each age category will be invited to pitch their ideas to a panel at a BC Tech industry event in Vancouver, in the Spring of 2020.

BC Green Games > 
BC Green Games is a celebration of positive environmental action taken by K-12 students in schools throughout British Columbia. Students create environmental projects, document them in photos or video, and share their stories online.

BioGENEius Challenge >
BioGENEius Challenges give students opportunities to apply, earn recognition and win awards for projects in three categories: The Global Healthcare Challenge in medical biotechnology; The Global Sustainability Challenge in agricultural biotechnology; and The Global Environment Challenge in industrial/environmental biotechnology.

Destination Imagination >
Destination Imagination is a hands-on, project-based educational experience that encourages creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking skills. Each year seven new STEAM Challenges are created by our teams of content experts and educators to help students from K to Grade 12 learn HOW to think, not WHAT to think. Destination Imagination applies the creative process to help student teams create their own unique solutions to the requirements posed by the Challenges.

Google Science Fair > 
The Google Science Fair is an online science competition open to students between the ages of 13 and 18 from anywhere in the world, working alone or in teams.

International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) >
The ISEF is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition, annually provides a forum for more than 1,600 high school students from over 70 countries, regions, and territories to showcase their independent research and compete for more than $4 million in awards.

Let's Talk Science Challenge >
This is a team-based competitive enrichment event offered to Grades 6-8 students by Let’s Talk Science Outreach volunteers across Canada. This free, fun-filled program includes an exciting trivia competition and an interactive, hands-on engineering challenge to inspire students to engage in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning beyond the curriculum.​

Little Inventors >
Little Inventors is a creative education organisation that hosts challenges for students ages 1 - 17+.

Stockholm Junior Water Prize >
The Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP) is the world's most prestigious youth award for a water-related science project. The prize taps into the unlimited potential of today's high school students as they seek to address current and future water challenges.


Other Programs:

MILSET Expo-Sciences International >
Expo-Sciences are non competitive multicultural exhibitions that showcase STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) projects developed by children and youth from around the world, as well as interactive exhibits by STEAM-related institutions.

Science World Future Science Leaders > 
Future Science Leaders (FSL) is an after-school science enrichment program in Vancouver or Surrey, BC, designed to engage curious minds with the nature of science, unleash creative potential, and build a life-long network of like-minded peers.

UBC Geering Up > 
Geering Up provides summer camps, high school programs, and special events throughout the year in the Lower Mainland in BC.