Check out the following links for information to support you in creating your science fair project:
STEM Projects and COVID-19
We enter the current STEM fair season during the highest infection rates recorded in Canada. All STEM fair projects must adhere to the safety standards in place in their province and municipality to support the health and safety of all participants, including the youth carrying out the project. All local COVID-19 protocols must be followed in detail. Projects that fail to observe COVID-19 restrictions in place at the time they are carried out are ineligible to participate in STEM fairs. The FLASF Safety and Ethics Committee has the responsibility to determine whether this is the case.
All students working on STEM fair projects are encouraged to find alternatives to using human participants where possible.
Top 10 Reasons to do a Science Project
- Learn a lot
- Make friends & contacts
- Have fun!
- Do real science
- It’s a great experience
- Develop skills like critical thinking, communication & time management
- Challenge yourself
- Win cash, trips, & scholarships
- Pursue your own ideas & interests
- Explore careers in science & engineering
Please note: You do not have to compete in a school science fair to enter this regional science fair. Any student in the region can and is encouraged to participate!
Step-by-Step Guide for a Virtual Project
Instead of creating a cardboard display board for your project, you will use the online platform ProjectBoard to organize and present your project to be viewed and judged virtually. You will start by creating an account on mySTEMspace that will give you a personal ProjectBoard workspace associated with FLASF, and will be able to access the Youth Science Canada registration portal though that account. Visit https://mystemspace.ca/create-account/ to create your account and view many helpful resources for students.
Here is a simple guide on what you need to do to have a successful science fair project and virtual project presentation:
- Pick your topic. This is possibly the most difficult part of the project! This process can start with a question such as “What would happen if…..” or “I wonder why ……” and then build your project from this. Check out the links on our Getting Started page for some references to help you with this step.
- Research your topic. Learn more from the internet, the library, your science teacher, and other resources.
- Check the science fair regulations on the Getting Started page. Pay particular attention to the Safety and Ethics sections in the Project Information, because you may need to discuss your work with FLASF and/or your teacher BEFORE you start your project work.
- Make a time table and plan your experimental work.
- Carry out your experiment or innovation. Keep detailed notes of your experiments and measurements and track your data in a journal or log book.
- Analyze your results. Draw conclusions, and write up your results.
- Register for FLASF and be sure to do this before the deadline!
- Follow the Project Board directions to upload and give information on your project.
- See the Schedule Page for dates and schedule
Judging and Awards:
- Projects will be judged online using a zoom call with two judges asking you questions about your project. They will already have seen your display in ProjectBoard, so will be familiar with what you have done. The judging interviews are audio only and you don’t need to use your camera. You should have a parent or other adult in the room with you while you are being judged for moral support, but you will answer all the questions yourself. You will typically have 3 judging interviews during the judging period.
- The Awards Ceremony takes place online. There will also be a special guest speaker event where students will be able to ask the speaker questions. Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield was our guest speaker in 2021.
If you have any questions about your project, ask the student coordinator at students<at>flasf.on.ca. For a complete list of FLASF contacts, see Contact Us