THE 48TH ANNUAL CANADA-WIDE SCIENCE FAIR RETURNS TO MANITOBA
Winnipeg will experience a burst of innovation, creativity, and curiosity May 9-17, 2009, when 500 of Canada's brightest science students descend on the prairie capital for the 48th annual Canada-Wide Science Fair (CWSF). It's a homecoming of sorts, as Canada's largest extracurricular youth-science event is returning to Winnipeg for the first time since the national fair was last held here in 1988.
During the week, students in Grades 7 to 12 from all provinces and territories will showcase their projects for judges, local schoolchildren and the public. The students not only compete for close to $1 million in scholarships and grants, but they also foster friendships with fellow students from across the country.
The University of Manitoba is host for the exhibits and judging, with other activities and celebrations taking place throughout the city and rural communities. There will be a full slate of events including opening and closing banquets, a gala awards ceremony, and tours of the province's scientific and cultural attractions.
Over 400 judges, drawn from the academic and research communities, hundreds of chaperones and many volunteers will help make the week a success. The CWSF is organized by a Host Committee of volunteers and run under the guidance of Youth Science Foundation (YSF) Canada.
"The Host Committee is gearing up to ensure that the young brilliant science minds along with their chaperones have a most rewarding, exciting and enjoyable Manitoba experience." says John Jack, cochair of the 2009 CWSF Host Committee.
An important goal of the event is to promote youth education as well as the passion and excitement of science. "We believe that young Canadian scientists are the next generation of innovators and this is an amazing event to encourage and support their interest" says Reni Barlow, Executive Director of YSF.
The participants are finalists from 102 regional fairs that were held across the country in March and April. Many of the projects address concrete problems found in our everyday lives. They compete in a variety of categories, including life sciences, health sciences, physical sciences, biotechnology, engineering, computer science and the recently added environmental innovation category.
Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Friday May 15 from 2:30 to 4:30 at the CanadInns Polo Park. The public will be able to visit the students and their projects at a special viewing the morning of Saturday, May 16 at the University of Manitoba.