Student Projects Now Live at the YSC Online STEM Fair
When the Canada-Wide Science Fair 2020 was cancelled back in May of 2020 due to COVID-19, Canadian youth were invited to showcase their projects at the first ever YSC Online STEM Fair, and the initiative has paid off as hundreds of students invest time and talent into science, technology, engineering and mathematics, to proudly display their STEM projects — 635 in total.
“Hundreds of students have expended great energy and enthusiasm on STEM projects this year,” says Reni Barlow, executive director of Youth Science Canada. “We’ve launched this online fair, not to replace the Canada-Wide Science Fair, but rather to encourage these students to share their projects and fuel their journey of discovery and curiosity. We could not be happier with the response.”
The online fair addresses eight challenges: agriculture, fisheries and food; curiosity and ingenuity; digital technology; disease and illness, energy, environment and climate change, health and wellness; and natural resources. Each project features a one-minute video, images and brief text segments for students to explain their work. To enhance student visits to the online fair, and as part of a home learning experience, teachers and parents can also register to receive a PDF Student Activity Guide and Teacher/Parent Guide at https://events.eply.com/VisitorsYSCSTEMFair.
In addition to viewing the 635 student projects that were submitted, the YSC Online STEM Fair also features a STEM Expo area where visitors can engage with STEM-related organizations like Cenovus Energy, Intact Financial Corporation and NSERC.
The projects can now be viewed and enjoyed by the public at makeprojects.com/ysc. A team of judges is currently reviewing the entries to give recognition to outstanding projects. Digital ribbons will be announced for top-ranking projects on May 29.