Well, this marks the end of the 2015 Canada-Wide Science Fair! It’s been an amazing and unforgettable week here in Fredericton and sadly it’s time for all of us to say goodbye. After the whirlwind excitement of the awards ceremony on Friday evening, finalists got the chance to celebrate their achievements at the farewell dance held in the Student Union Building. Apart from dancing, board games, video games and fun snacks entertained finalists, as many students initiated ultimate Frisbee, volleyball and basketball games in the quad. After a late night, public viewing then resumed bright and early Saturday morning and the exhibit hall was buzzing as people got the chance to speak with both our platinum award winners and each of the other enthusiastic young scientists displaying their hard work. Saturday afternoon then ended on a slightly sadder note, as students took down the projects, signed each other’s header boards and said their final farewells before departures began in the evening and continued throughout the day yesterday. Now, everyone is home safe and sound and CWSF 2015 has officially ended, just in time to start the countdown to CWSF 2016 which will be held in Montreal.
I just wanted to take this opportunity to extend my sincerest thanks to the 2015 Host Committee on behalf of Youth Science Canada and every finalist and delegate. This year, our Host Committee was exceptionally enthusiastic about sharing the beauty of New Brunswick with the youth of Canada and ensuring that every student had a positive and inspiring experience at the Canada-Wide Science Fair. Your tireless efforts made this a smooth and successful week and I know that every student was sad yesterday to leave both their new friends and the wonderful hospitality we received all week. It was an unforgettable experience for everyone involved in the CWSF community and its thanks to the efforts of our Host Committee so please join me in thanking them for all of their hard work and planning. In addition to the residence staff and catering team, we would like to extend our thanks to the entire UNB Conference Services team who made everyone feel at home over the past week. On several occasions, our cafeteria chefs stepped out of the kitchen to ensure we were enjoying our meal and the residence staff were always incredibly friendly, just two examples of the caring team watching over the Canada-Wide Science Fair community this week. We would also like to thank the University of New Brunswick and City of Fredericton at large for welcoming us into their own communities. It was a privilege to be able to visit and call Fredericton home even if just for a short amount of time and we would all like to extend a hearty thank you for all of the fun and memories we made this week.
To each of the finalists who attended this week, I would like to congratulate you again on all of your phenomenal work showcased at the fair. Although not all of you were able to win a prize, it is important to remember that the true reward is being one of the top 469 young Canadian scientists who is changing the world. Your hard work and research are just a glimpse into the bright futures you have ahead and I urge you to continue on this path, as you are all passionate and talented youth capable of shaping our future society. In fact, you are the reason Youth Science Canada, the National Judging Committee, the National Science Fair Committee, the Local Host Committee and each of our sponsors invests in the Canada-Wide Science Fair, because we believe in the power of your imagination and recognize that you are the future. So we would like to thank YOU for showcasing your projects here in Fredericton and we wish you the best of luck with all of your future endeavours. Hopefully we’ll even see a few of you next year in Montreal!
Overall, it was another successful Canada-Wide Science Fair and we couldn’t do it without the help of our incredibly dedicated volunteers and staff. Keep an eye on our Facebook page today to read a few profiles of the people behind CWSF to learn a little bit more about what it takes to put on such a memorable event.
After you’ve finished celebrating your success and connecting with all of your new friends, maybe consider starting to think about your next project to maybe be selected to attend CWSF 2016. Check out our Stepping-Up Guide here http://sf.youthscience.ca/stepping-guide-improving-your-project-0 for a great overview of the elements of a research project and keep that in mind as your plan your future experiments.