WHAT IS THE CWSF AND THE YSC?
The Canada-Wide Science Fair (CWSF) is the premier event of the YSC National Science Fair Program and is jointly presented by YSC, the national governing body for science fairs, and a local Host Committee comprised of professors, research scientists, members of the business community, science educators, and graduate students.
Each year, some 450 top young scientists in grades 7-12 are chosen from approximately 25,000 competitors at over one hundred regional science and technology fairs across the country. These elite participants compete in nine divisions and three age categories for medals and other prizes worth over $360,000. Judges include top scientists and industry experts.
Youth Science Canada (YSC) is the country's oldest and largest non-profit, charitable organization supporting the development of young scientists through project-based and experiential science programs delivered by over 100 affiliated regional organizations in every province and territory.
How is the Fair run? The CWSF week includes project setup, judging, scientific and cultural activities, social events, banquets, and tours, including visits to local museums, university and industry research labs, and wildlife conservation areas. The week culminates in a spectacular awards ceremony.
Over 1,000 participants attend the fair, including Canadian students, international students, parents, teachers and industry and government representatives. Directly participating in CWSF 2009 will be:
- 480 grade 7-12 students and 300 adults from across Canada, including parents, teachers and industry and government representatives
- 20 student and 10 adult participants from Manitoba
- 10 students from Australia, Sweden and Taiwan
- 300 judges, mostly from Manitoba.
- Over 100 general volunteers, mostly from the Winnipeg area
- 1000 visiting members of the public, mostly from the Winnipeg area
- 2000 visiting students, also mostly from Winnipeg
The CWSF 2009 Host Committee has 25 members leading over 100 volunteers, expected to put in a total of 20,500 hours by May 2009.