Reni Barlow's Blog

Sun, Jan 22, 2012 by Reni Barlow
The British Columbia Innovation Council (BCIC) is making it possible for 200 lucky young scientists to soak in four days of scientific discovery, discussion and demonstration led by top scientists and engineers at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting and international conference in Vancouver February 16-20. Read more
Thu, Sep 29, 2011 by Reni Barlow
For a one-time news photographer it was a dream assignment – capturing the decisive moments of 500 excited young people over a stretch of six hectic days. From the initial moments when participants struggled to erect their displays at the Seneca College gym to the final banquet at Liberty Grand, I chronicled as much as my aching feet would allow. Read more
Sun, Jul 10, 2011 by Reni Barlow
Exactly 6 months to the day after Google announced the Google Science Fair in New York City, the finals of the inaugural fair take place tomorrow at the Google campus in Mountain View, California. Like all things Google the goal was ambitious: register 10,000 science projects online from every corner of the planet and then narrow them down to 60 semi-finalists, and then just 15 finalists. Read more
Tue, Jun 28, 2011 by Reni Barlow
The CWSF 2011 Finalist Survey is live and email invitations have been sent to every Canadian finalist. The data gathered through this survey are extremely helpful in guiding the direction of future CWSFs. Many of the changes made over the past few years are the direct result of feedback gathered through these surveys, started after CWSF 2009. Read more
Mon, May 2, 2011 by Reni Barlow
The May issue of Canadian Chemical News features a 1,200-word profile of Dr. Suzanne Fortier, president of NSERC, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. The article, which I wrote, tells how Fortier went from humble beginnings to become a research crystallographer, a university vice-president and eventually one of Canada's top science administrators. Read more
Fri, Apr 22, 2011 by Reni Barlow
If you've been selected to participate as a finalist in CWSF 2011 in Toronto, one of the decisions you need to make is which Challenge is best addressed by your project. At first glance, it may be difficult to choose between Environment and Resources, but a closer look reveals that each has a distinct focus. Read more
Sat, Mar 12, 2011 by Reni Barlow
If you're curious to see what types of projects are selected for the Canada-Wide Science Fair (CWSF), what they look like, what they won, or how projects from your part of the country have fared, the Virtual CWSF is a goldmine of information. You can search nearly 2,500 projects by: Read more
Fri, Mar 4, 2011 by Reni Barlow
I had a long conversation over dinner this week with a Canada Research Chair in the behavioural sciences who isthe mother of two sons still in elementary school. She recounted the tale of her sons preparing science projects for their classes, which were something like Grade 4 and 7. Read more
Thu, Mar 3, 2011 by Reni Barlow
After two years of discussion, consultation, planning, and development - and considerable patience on the part of our members, regions, volunteers, and supporters - we launched the new Youth Science Canada web site on March 1st. Read more