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Divisional Science Fair


54th Annual St. James-Assiniboia Divisional Science Fair

Event Details:

Friday, March 13, 2020 
Registration Deadline for all projects and Canada Wide Science Fair

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 
Set Up in the George Waters gym from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020 
Judging (Grades 6-12)  9:00-11:30 a.m.
Judging  (Grades 3-5)  1:00-3:45 p.m.
Public Viewing from 5:30–6:30 p.m.
Awards Ceremony from 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Dismantle Projects from 8:00–8:30 p.m.

Projects will be on display in the George Waters Middle School gymnasium and the awards ceremony will take place in the St. James Collegiate gymnasium.
The link to be used for registering projects will be sent to schools in January 2020. 

Students in Grades 6-12 will be participating in two activities during the morning session. Students in Grades 3-5 will be participating in three activities during the afternoon session. School supervisors will chaperone students during these respective times. Parents will not be permitted to be in the gym during the judging. All students are asked to be with their projects for the public viewing on Wednesday evening. Everyone is invited and encouraged to stay for the awards presentation.
** All projects must be dismantled by 8:30 p.m. Remaining projects will be disposed of after this time.

For more information, or if you have any questions, please contact Danielle Klassen at 

2020 Science Fair Committee Members
​Danielle Klassen
​Jason Braun
​Rob Carnegie
​Adrienne Careen
​Brian Hayward
​Carmen Lachance
​Eric Vincent
​Grant Fisher-Smith
​Jessica Campbell
​Jill Boychuk
​Jonathan Blake
Sydney Carnegie
​Kevin McCorrister
​Lindsey Noel
Samantha Pope​

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

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?

This may be a Study or Innovation

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.

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.

** If you are doing a non-experimental type of project, it 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 Danielle Klassen  ( 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.


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 will be awarded at the secondary level (Grade 6 - Grade 12). "Top Project" trophies will be presented to deserving competitors at each elementary grade level.

​Canada-Wide Science Fair:

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

  • Eligible Categories: Grade 7 - 12

  • 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.

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