On March 18, the 2020 Canada-Wide Science Fair was cancelled. Following a month of hard work behind the scenes, Youth Science Canada (YSC) has now announced that a STEM fair is going online. In the words of Reni Barlow, executive director of YSC: “The physical events may have been cancelled, but the work of this country’s curious and talented youth continues
”. Regional science fair committees were especially concerned with how to recognize their Grade 12 competitors. Some of these students have put a great deal of work into their projects in hopes of doing well in the science fair competition and also strengthening their scholarship applications. This online STEM fair developed in collaboration with engineering.com may be the answer.
According to their press release, the YSC Online STEM Fair will be a “showcase for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) projects that reflect the curiosity and creativity of Canadian youth. The online event will be live for the public to explore starting Tuesday, May 19
...[the] YSC Online STEM Fair is open to any student in Canada from grades 7 to 12 (secondary 1 to Cégep in Quebec), looking to showcase their ideas and discoveries in a time when innovation is more needed and perhaps more valued than ever
.” (full press release and sponsor information in the link below)
There are a great many additional details being worked out behind the scenes by both Youth Science Canada and regional science fair organizations across the country. You can email me your comments or questions. I will revisit this topic again.
Links of Interest:
YSC Press Release
Science Fair Season 2020 – Cancelled