2019 - Fredericton

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We are thrilled to be hosting the 58th Annual Canada-Wide Science Fair in the capital city of Canada’s only officially bilingual province: Fredericton, New Brunswick.  Rest assured, when your young scientist arrives in Fredericton, they will be greeted with warm Maritime hospitality as our community rolls out the red carpet to welcome each finalist!

As parents, we thought you might be interested in reading about some of the goals we have as a host team:

  • To provide a safe and secure environment for all participants:
    • Each participant will be required to wear a namebadge throughout the Fair, the back of the namebadges includes emergency contact information as well as any relevant medical information (eg., allergies).
    • The host site for the Fair is the University of New Brunswick campus.  In addition to the host team, there will also be campus security personnel available to help ensure a safe environment. All finalists and delegates will be staying in residence accommodations.  We have live-in staff in each building and work closely with our campus security to ensure the safety of all of our guests.  Meals will be served primarily in our residence dining rooms where participants are free to choose items that are safe for them.  Please sure to tell us about special dietary needs on the registration form and encourage your student to identify these needs to their delegate(s) as well as food service staff in our dining room and at events if they have any questions.
    • Please ensure that your child understands that the adults appointed by his/her regional science fair (known as the delegates) are acting on your behalf, and that your child must have any activity approved by that adult before proceeding. It is vital to your child’s safety and wellbeing that we have delegates fulfill this parental role at CWSF 2019. It is equally important that your child recognize the delegates’ authority as well as that of any authorized CWSF officials or appointed delegates, who are ensuring a safe environment for everyone’s sake.
  • To provide the finalists with exciting new experiences and opportunities to create memories and friendships to last a lifetime:
    • From our opening event to evening activities, tours of our province, UNBelievable Science Experiences, the awards ceremony and closing event, we have planned lots of incredible experiences for your child.  Please encourage them to be open to these experiences and make the most of this week!

Further CWSF 2019 details will be posted on this website in the months ahead, so simply review the content as May 2019 approaches. If you have any questions or require more information between now and then, please refer to the contact details. During the week of the fair, there will be a CWSF App featuring daily information to help you keep up with the activities.

We look forward to welcoming your young scientist to Fredericton and plan to make this event an UNBelievably amazing experience for everyone!

- David Desjardins & Michelle McNeil on behalf of the CWSF2019 Local Host Team

From the CWSF 2019 Fredericton Host Committee

We are pleased and proud to welcome the 58th annual Canada-Wide Science Fair to Fredericton, New Brunswick, May 11-17, 2019. Approximately 500 of Canada’s top young scientists from grades 7 to 12 and CÉGEP will have the honour of representing their regional science fair at this exciting event, with the opportunity to share in awards, prizes and scholarships that may very well shape their futures. Beyond showcasing their projects, students will:

  • SHARE a week with other Canadian students who are also interested in science and technology;
  • MEET new friends from across Canada;
  • INTERACT with scientists and engineers who work here in Fredericton;
  • DISCOVER the wonders and beauty of New Brunswick;
  • EXPLORE all that the University of New Brunswick has to offer;
  • WELCOME visitors in the Project Zone including students and teachers from Fredericton and area schools, as well as New Brunswickers with an interest in science;
  • ENCOURAGE others to build upon their curiosity about science and technology, and inspire the pursuit of scientific and technological solutions to the challenges that face the world;
  • CELEBRATE at our ceremonies and special events, DANCE their hearts out, EXPERIENCE cultural activities and some of the world-class attractions unique to this region.

We’re building upon the CWSF tradition of excellence to create an exciting week-long event for participants and delegates alike. Meanwhile, we wish all participants an abundance of inspiration and dedication as projects are prepared for regional fairs across Canada with the ultimate goal of being selected for the Canada-Wide Science Fair. Good luck! Hope to see you in Fredericton, New Brunswick for CWSF 2019!

CWSF 2019 Host Committee Co-Chairs,

David Desjardins & Michelle McNeil


Finalists and delegates are encouraged to join us for a guided campus tour on arrival day. Tours will be offered all day on Saturday May 11th and on the morning of Sunday May 12th. Tours will start with an overview of the essential CWSF facilities such as the Student Union building and the Richard J. Currie Center, followed by a 30-45 minute tour of the University of New Brunswick campus.

More details will be available in early 2020.

Downtown Fredericton is the heart of our city, and Saturday mornings often find Fredericton residents visiting the Boyce Farmer’s Market. Enjoy the Freddy Festival at the Market, where vendors will offer fabulous fare from samosas to fresh-made kettle corn and exciting activities like bungee cord races. You can also explore Science East, a centre offering fun and hands-on science exhibits and our Beaverbrook Art Gallery – home to many incredible works of art. Each participant will be given dining cash to enjoy the meals offered by Market vendors.

Finalists will participate in two of the following hands-on activities offered by various departments at the University of New Brunswick.

1. Psychology: Explore the mind in the Psychology Department! In our department you will discover the range of things psychologists study by visiting a number of our research labs, which cover a wide range of interests such as neuropsychology, cognition and perception, sports psychology, human development, clinical psychology, and applied behavioural analysis. During each visit, you will be given the opportunity to participate in interactive demonstrations. In the past, activities have included watching a live EEG, finding out how optical illusions trick your eyes and your mind, and seeing learning principles in action.

2. Technology Management & Entrepreneurship: Innovative Design Workshop – You will work in a group to unlock information about a potential customer. Based on a photograph of a person you will examine, infer, and brainstorm key details about the person. From these details you will create a new product or service to solve their problem; you will make or model your idea using basic supplies that will be provided. You will get a taste of what Technology Management and Entrepreneurship student’s thinking process looks like.

3. Mechanical Engineering: Take a quick tour from the bottom of the ocean to outer space and everything in between to see some of the current and planned uses of robots. This talk and demonstration will show some of the most interesting uses of robotics in science, exploration, industry and art. Some time will be devoted to highlight Canada’s involvement in the current robotic revolution, especially in space and underwater robotics. This talk will be followed by a hand-on demo of the new state-of-the-art industrial robotics equipment. You will get a taste of what is available at the Robotics and Mechanisms Lab in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

4. Physics: Ever wonder what comes out of learning about light and optics? Come play around with lasers, sensors, lenses, mirrors and polarizers to learn the physics behind fibre optics, solar sails, laser light shows, solar panels, 3D movies and DVD/CD storage.

5. Geodesy and Geomatics: Ever wonder about measuring the depths of the oceans, or how Google Earth gets its data, or the science behind 3D viewing? In this activity, we will first describe the technology behind how Google Earth gets its images. We will then examine how we measure the depth of our oceans and showcase equipment that can be used to look for shipwrecks on the seafloor. Finally, we will introduce some of the exciting 3D technology being developed at UNB and use this technology to explore underwater canyons in the Saint John River.

6. Biology: Join us in a journey of discovery in the Biology Department! Bring your wits and your imagination as we'll be going on a series of high-speed adventures including PIT tagging in the university green-space (using Passive Integrated Transmitters), exploring animal tracks and then, an escape room! We'll also meet a number of interesting specimens, stories and substances along the way. Join us... if you dare!

7. Forestry (Soil moisture): This activity will teach you to determine soil moisture content thresholds. We will begin with a brief introduction regarding soil moisture retention properties, what affects moisture retention in soils directly, how it relates to soil texture and organic matter, and will provide “real world” examples. You will be working directly with prepared soil samples and lab equipment to individually determine four moisture content levels. You will be provided with detailed soil property information for your tested sample in order to make informed conclusions regarding your analysis results (OFFERED IN FRENCH)

8. Forestry (Soil texture): Soil Texture Analysis – Hydrometer Method Join us for an activity regarding soil texture analysis - what it represents, how it varies with changes in soil parent material, mode of deposition, age, and topographical position on the landscape. The texture class for a soil sample will be determined by working with “prepared” soil samples that will undergo both chemical and physical particle dispersal before being introduced to the sedimentation cylinder for hydrometer measurement. Calculations will be made to determine the fractions of sand, silt, and clay, to arrive at the texture class.

9. Parks Canada: (DIY National Park: Create Pollinator Habitat in your own Backyard) Parks Canada is actively working with our partners to protect species at risk, and expand our knowledge of biodiversity and climate change. At Fundy National Park, our new Pollinator Garden Project aims to provide critical habitat and better monitoring opportunities for at-risk pollinator species, including the Monarch butterfly and Yellow-banded bumble bee. Learn more about these at-risk pollinators species and how you can create a viable pollinator garden in your own backyard. By establishing safe pollinator habitats throughout New Brunswick communities, we can all contribute to a healthier environment and a more complete ecosystem!

10. Biomedical Engineering (Artificial Limbs): Learn about state-of-the-art artificial limbs. This activity will describe what kinds of artificial limbs are available to amputees, and what advances will be made in the near future. Emerging technologies such as implants, nerve transfer surgery, and advanced computers to enable powerful man-machine interfaces will be discussed.

11. Biomedical Engineering (Exoskeletons): Exoskeletons are one of the most promising new rehabilitation technologies, promising to help individuals be mobile who would otherwise be confined to a wheelchair. UNB is conducting research to improve these devices, and will discuss the latest technologies and barriers.

12. Earth Sciences: Where Does Stuff Come From? Did you know that it takes more than 33 minerals and elements to make a computer? And that each one of us will use over 1.3 million kilograms (2.9 million pounds) of minerals in our lifetime? Where does all our stuff come from?? Come explore our planet Earth, play with the properties of minerals and learn how they can benefit our society. We will examine the mining cycle, exploration and mining in Canada, and the exciting future endeavors of Mining in Space!

13. Computer Science: Hiding in Plain Sight! Discover the art of concealing text and images in plain sight.

14. Earth Sciences: Tiny witnesses of big changes: did you know that microfossils can be used to study climate changes and ocean circulation? In this activity, you will see how the skeletons of single-celled algae preserved in ocean mud can tell us stories about environmental changes of the past thousands of years. You will have the opportunity to look at fascinating organisms that swim next to us in the sea but are invisible to the naked eye.

15. A History in Blankets: An interactive learning experience, the Blanket Exercise sheds light on a history of Canada that is beginning to be told. Stepping onto blankets that represent land, participants will learn about Indigenous experiences beginning at-contact with the first Settlers to present-day struggles with injustice.

16. Welcome to the Talking Circle: Many Indigenous Nations across Canada use talking circles to share knowledge, stories, thoughts, and ideas. Everyone is equal in the circle. From experienced talking circle facilitators, learn about practices and customs associated with talking circles in Wabanaki territory.

17. Learn about Indigenous Medicines: Tobacco, cedar, sage, and sweetgrass are four of many sacred plant medicines to Indigenous peoples. Learn about the teachings of these medicines, including how they are used in daily life and for ceremonial purposes.

18. Comment utiliser l'exercice pour diminuer le risque de maladie?

19. UNB Markerspace: Join us for a hands-on workshop where participants can learn about 2) of the following: 3D modelling, circuit board design, or a demonstration of the laser cutting technology. Makerspaces across Canada help students develop their skills as designers, inventors and entrepreneurs.

20. UNB Media Lab: Let your imagination take over in UNB’s Media Lab. Explore virtual worlds of science and civilization in our 360 degree immersive VR environment. Film and edit video in our studio, learning tips for composition, sound, and lighting. Use our suite of video-editing software, lighting kits, and sound equipment to make your mini-videos.

21. Science in the Stacks

Do you remember sitting around the campfire at camp, singing songs and playing guitar? So do we! On Wednesday night, prepare yourself for CAMP CWSF. This will be a talent show to showcase the many gifts of our finalists. If you would like to perform, please make sure you bring your instruments with you, and sign up on the registration page.

The usual activities (board games, video games, cards, etc.) will also be available. Snacks will be provided.

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:

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.

Sponsor: Youth Science Canada
Improve our use of current energy sources, enable the transition to alternative energy sources, or reduce our energy footprint.

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.

Sponsor: Youth Science Canada
Increase our understanding of the human body, or apply science and technology to improve health, control disease, or support an aging population.

Sponsor: Youth Science Canada
Enhance communication and our use of information using digital and networking technologies, or applications of new media.

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.

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.  Medals are not awarded based on the Challenge, and neither are Special Awards.


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Blog Posts

Mon, May 22, 2017 by Jessie MacAlpine
In case you missed the ‘Meet the Winners’ breakfast during the Canada-Wide Science Fair, here is a summary of the interview with the three Platinum Award winners. Read more
Thu, May 18, 2017 by Jessie MacAlpine
Today was a fun and busy day for the finalists, beginning in the morning with rotations between public viewing in the exhibit hall and the STEAM event across the University of Regina campus. In the afternoon, finalists split into groups for the U R a Scientist sessions, allowing students to learn more about the cool science being conducted right here in Regina. Read more
Wed, May 17, 2017 by Jessie MacAlpine
Now that judging has officially ended, the finalists and delegates woke up bright and early to begin their exploration of Saskatchewan on a variety of different tours. Thanks to the hard work of the local host team, there was an incredible variety of tours available for the students. Read more
Wed, May 17, 2017 by Jessie MacAlpine
This morning, finalists and delegates arrived at breakfast bright and early, dressed to impress for the day of judging ahead. As the clock struck 8am, the students rushed into the exhibit hall to make last minute adjustments to their displays and nervously await the arrival of the judges. Read more
Mon, May 15, 2017 by Jessie MacAlpine
Today marked the first official day of the Canada-Wide Science Fair! This morning finalists set-up their project in the exhibit hall in preparation for judging day tomorrow. Then in the afternoon, finalists and delegates divided to go to their separate orientations before some free time and relaxation. Read more
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