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Divisional Science Fair

This year, the Divisional Science Fair will be held on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at St. James Collegiate (1900 Portage Ave.).  For more details, click on the links below.

Science Fair Committee | Science Fair Schedule | Application Information & Categories | Project Classification | Entry Limitations | Awards |

Early Years Project Registration

Middle & Senior Years Project Registration

Care to be a judge at this year's Science Fair? Click here to register

Project Categories

Elementary Project Categories (Grades 3-5)
Projects may be entered as: Individual or Group (maximum two students)
Competition will be on an individual project basis. Rosettes will be awarded at the judges' discretion. One "Top Project" award may be presented at each elementary level.

Secondary Project Categories (Grades 6 - Grade 12)
Projects may be entered as: Individual or Group (maximum two students)
All secondary level projects must be entered in one of the following categories: Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental, Technology/Computer/Mathematics or Earth & Space/General Science.

Project Classifications

Experimental
The data is obtained from an experiment you do. You will be investigating a question using the SCIENTIFIC METHOD. In this type of project you will be dealing with variables (All the different things you can think of changing). (e.g.) Which breads mold most quickly?

Non-Experimental
This may be a Study or Innovation...Study
Data is obtained from many sources, but no experimental work is done here. This type of project includes displays, models, collections, demonstrations or observations data collection.

Innovation
This involves coming up with a design (invention) that will make some aspect of human life easier or more efficient. A prototype of your invention should be prepared and used for a demonstration and/or explanation of how it works.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are doing a non-experimental type of project, it still must contain scientific content. You must show that you learned something about the world around you.

Entry Limitations

Elementary: Grades 3-5
Each school, regardless of the number of students, may enter up to 8 projects. This consists of two projects from each grade level and two optional projects from any grade level. The projects may be individual or group. (Group project: 2 students maximum). Under special circumstances, schools may be allowed to enter more than eight projects. Requests should be forwarded to the Divisional Science Fair Committee Chair as early as possible for consideration.

Secondary: Grades 6-12
Each school, regardless of the number of students, may enter 6 projects. However, according to the number of science classes timetabled, a school may enter up to 12 projects as follows:…

  • 1 to 6 Science classes: 8 projects

  • 7 or 8 Science classes: 9 projects

  • 9 or 10 Science classes: 10 projects

  • 11 or 12 Science classes: 11 projects

  • 13 or more Science classes: 12 projects

Under special circumstances, schools may be allowed to enter more projects then the prescribed amount. Requests should be forwarded to the Divisional Science Fair Committee Chair as early as possible for consideration.

Awards

  • Dependent on scores, gold, silver and bronze rosettes will be awarded to individuals and groups at the elementary level.

  • Dependent on scores, gold, silver and bronze plaques along with participation rosettes will be awarded at the secondary level (Grade 6 - Grade 12).

  • Each participant will be given a certificate which will be mailed to the school shortly after the fair.

  • "Top Project" trophies will be presented to deserving competitors at each elementary grade level.

Award Categories

  • Elementary (Grade 3-5)

  • Intermediate (Grades 6-8)

  • Senior (Grades S1-S4)

Canada-Wide Science Fair:

  • Criteria: Top deserving secondary project voted on by the judges and science fair committee members.

  • Eligible Categories: Intermediate or Senior

  • Award: All expense paid trip to Canada Wide Science Fair representing the St. James Assiniboia School Division and medallions.

The YSC Ethics committee has received numerous requests for Ethics approval for projects involving ingestion. Following the CWSF 2009 event, the policy was implemented and widely disseminated that no ingestion projects would be eligible for CWSF.

Young Scientist Award

  • Criteria: Outstanding project that demonstrates an in-depth knowledge of subject of study

  • Eligible Categories: Elementary

  • Awards: Plaque and letter

Community Awards

Community awards, to be determined, will be granted to those projects meeting the outlined criteria of the organization. In the past, there have been awards presented by Researchers for Tomorrow (Cancercare Mb.), Manitoba Hydro, and the Chemical Institute of Canada.