Youth Science Canada Launches Its STEM Fair Online




The Canada-Wide Science Fair 2020 which brings science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) out of the classroom to engage youth in STEM solutions to real world issues, taking place in Edmonton this May 2020, has been cancelled due to COVID-19. With it, 103 regional science fairs held across the country are also cancelled.

Despite the cancellations, Canadian youth with a passion for discovery and innovation can still showcase their projects at the first ever YSC Online STEM Fair, open for the public to explore as of May 19, 2020. Student’s participating in the YSC Online STEM Fair will receive feedback, opportunities for mentorship and as well as virtual recognition for outstanding projects.

The physical events may have been cancelled, but the work of this country’s curious and talented youth continues,” says Reni Barlow, executive director of Youth Science Canada. “Members of the STEM community have shown the depth of their commitment to engaging and supporting Canadian youth as they continue to tackle the challenges of today and tomorrow. We could not be prouder of everyone’s efforts and invite them to unite, next month, on this new and exciting online platform.”

Developed by engineering.com, the new site will feature STEM projects submitted by students in grades 7-12, along with opportunities for STEM-related companies, organizations, agencies and institutions to engage visiting students, teachers, parents and the public. A bilingual YSC Online STEM Fair student visitor activity guide will be available, to help navigate the event and enhance at-home learning programs.

Youth Science Canada’s network of regional science fairs plays a critical role in inspiring the STEM leaders and inventors of tomorrow.” said Frank Baldesarra CEO of engineering.com. “Although these unprecedented times have created many new challenges, our entire team is very proud to be working with Reni and his team as we all adjust to new ways of working together. This partnership will help students across Canada to continue to learn, socially engage online and very importantly stay positive about their STEM passions and futures.”

With the support of Youth Science Canada’s National Science Fair Network, as well as partners like NSERC PromoScience, Intact Financial Corporation and Cenovus Energy, YSC Online STEM Fair will provide participants with feedback, opportunities for mentorship, as well as virtual recognition for outstanding projects.

YSC Online STEM Fair is now open to all students in Canada from grades 7 to 12 (secondary 1 to Cégep in Quebec), who want to showcase their ideas and discoveries in a time when innovation is more needed and perhaps more valued than ever. 

Find out more at www.youthscience.ca.

Submissions can be made at makeprojects.com/ysc. Students have until May 18 at 11:59pm PDT to submit their projects. Judging will take place May 19-27.

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