This past weekend, Ontario Tech University’s Faculty of Science (FSci) welcomed local young scientists to campus to present their exciting projects at the annual Durham Regional Science Fair (DRSF).
“The Durham Regional Science Fair provides a wonderful opportunity for students to share their passion and enthusiasm for science with judges, teachers, family and the public and to meet ‘real’ scientists from the Ontario Tech University community,” says DRSF Co-ordinator Mary Olaveson, Assistant Teaching Professor, FSci.
Students in grades 4 to 12 from Durham Region participated in the DRSF. Participants were enrolled in public or private schools or were home-schooled. They did not need to have participated or won at any other science fairs this year (e.g. at their schools, libraries or other local organizations). They could enter the DRSF directly with a project they completed in school or on their own while pursuing a special interest.
Two students in grades 7 to 12 will win an opportunity to compete at the Canada-Wide Science Fair in Fredericton, New Brunswick in May, a prize worth more than $2,000 per participant. Awards, medals and scholarships will also be awarded in elementary, junior, intermediate and senior grade levels. Winners will be announced April 15th.
Projects on topics in science (biology, chemistry, physics), technology, engineering, math, environmental science and sustainability are all eligible to compete in the DRSF.
“We welcomed an enthusiastic group of young scientists participating from the region this year,” says Olaveson. “There was plenty of cool and creative science, technology, engineering and math-focused projects that the students had come up with.”