Youth Science Canada has identified seven challenges, known as the Canada-Wide Youth Science Challenges, which focus on issues that are important to Canada’s youth, the future of our country and our world. They reflect the growing trend in current Canadian science, technology and innovation to focus on specific multi- and interdisciplinary global, national and provincial issues.
Youth Science Canada’s Challenges are meant to inspire youth to exercise their curiosity and creativity by doing a project that addresses one of these Challenges:
Discovery Sponsor: Youth Science Canada Create new fundamental knowledge based on your curiosity by asking a question and using the techniques of scientific inquiry to develop an answer.
Energy Sponsor: Youth Science Canada Improve our use of current energy sources, enable the transition to alternative energy sources, or reduce our energy footprint.
Environment Sponsor: Youth Science Canada Reduce our impact on, improve our understanding of, and ensure the quality of water, air, soil, and the diversity of living things.
Health Sponsor: AstraZeneca Increase our understanding of the human body, or apply science and technology to improve health, control disease, or support an aging population.
Information Sponsor: Youth Science Canada Enhance communication and our use of information using digital and networking technologies, or applications of new media.
Innovation Sponsor: Youth Science Canada Combine scientific principles with your creativity to develop a new material, structure, device, or system to solve a problem or improve an existing solution.
Resources Sponsor: Youth Science Canada Develop better ways to use our natural resources that provide sustainable sources of food, products, or prosperity.
At the CWSF, 3 awards are presented - junior, intermediate and senior - for the best project that addresses each challenge.
The choice of Challenge is determined by the Finalist in consultation with the Delegate. The choice of Challenge has relatively minor consequences, because the only award based on the Challenge selected is a single award. The medals are not awarded based on the Challenge selected, and neither are the Special Awards.