CWSF 2020 Cancellation: You Asked Us...

Will CWSF 2021 be in Edmonton or Ottawa?
As indicated in the cancellation announcement, we are now looking forward to CWSF 2021 in Ottawa. Host venues, accommodations and other aspects of the event are booked up to six years in advance with deposits, so it’s difficult to deviate from the scheduled rotation.

Can I compete with my project from 2020 at the 2021 fair?
Although the normal expectation is that projects at regional fairs and the CWSF have been completed in the current year, YSC will encourage regions to accept projects completed in 2020 at their 2021 regional fairs and to consider them equally for selection to participate in CWSF 2021. That said, the selection of CWSF finalists is always a regional decision.

Will there be regional fairs earlier in the year next year (i.e., before the spring) or will they proceed as normal in 2021?
One region (Saskatoon) has chosen to postpone its 2020 regional fair to the fall. A few regions are planning to hold virtual fairs over the next few months. Most regions have cancelled their 2020 regional fair and plan to hold their 2021 regional fair at the usual time next year.

Is there any chance you can delay CWSF 2020 and have it later this year?
No. Holding a weeklong event for 1,000 people requires booking venues, accommodations, travel, program events, judges, volunteers, etc.; we start that process several years in advance, so there’s no realistic way that can all be shifted to a later date. In addition, CWSF finalists are selected at regional fairs. Only eight regional fairs were held before CWSF 2020 was cancelled; they selected 26 finalists. That would be a very small CWSF.

I was selected as a CWSF 2020 finalist, but now that it is cancelled, do I get to go to CWSF 2021?
The selection of CWSF finalists is always a regional decision. YSC will consider opening additional CWSF 2021 spaces to accommodate any of the 26 finalists selected at the 8 regional fairs that were held before cancellation; however, those regions will hold another fair in 2021, so they will need to determine how they will select their CWSF 2021 finalists.

I am in Grade 12 now, and I was selected as a CWSF 2020 finalist. Can I attend CWSF 2021 even though I will be in post-secondary?
Post-secondary students are not normally eligible to be CWSF finalists. YSC will consider accepting and/or opening additional CWSF 2021 spaces to accommodate any of the 26 finalists selected at the eight regional fairs that were held before cancellation, including those who were in Grade 12. That said, the selection of CWSF finalists is always a regional decision.

Will there be a virtual CWSF 2020 competition?
No. Only eight regions held their fairs prior to the cancellation of CWSF 2020 and they selected 26 finalists – too few to hold a virtual (competitive) CWSF.

Is there a chance YSC could have some kind of an online project showcase even if it isn't a competition?
Yes. YSC is currently exploring ways to hold an online showcase to celebrate STEM projects by Canadian students during the CWSF week of May 9-15. We will provide more information on the YSC and CWSF web sites and through our social media channels, as well as directly to regional coordinators and the 26 registered CWSF 2020 finalists as soon as it’s available. Stay tuned!

What is going to happen to the Ambassador team?
We have already indicated to the 10 members of the CWSF 2020 Ambassador Team that they will be automatically accepted as CWSF 2021 Ambassadors if they still want to participate. Any remaining openings would be filled through the usual application and selection process.

Can a project completed in 2020 be used in 2021 without issues involving start dates?
Team Canada-ISEF projects are required to follow the Regeneron ISEF rules, which specify that to be eligible, a project “…may include no more than 12 months of continuous research and may not include research performed before January [of the year preceding ISEF].”

CWSF project requirements are not as stringent as those for ISEF. YSC expects that a CWSF project is the result of work completed within one year, though documentation of start and end dates is not required. For 2021, YSC will encourage regions to accept projects completed in 2020 at their 2021 regional fairs and to consider them equally for selection to participate in CWSF 2021. That said, the selection of CWSF finalists is always a regional decision.

If 2020 was the second year for my project, can I do a third year with it in 2021?
Yes. Many projects extend over multiple years. For a regional fair or CWSF, the project is expected to present work done in the current year, which should represent a significant expansion of the previous work. The project should refer to work in previous years as background, cited in the same way as any other reference.

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