There are a number of people and places that you can turn to for help with picking a subject, conducting research, and putting together your presentation: your teachers, your parents, college and university instructors, and, of course, the Web. We’ve begun collecting links to on-line resources here. If you find something that you think others should know about, send us a note.
Ideas & Activities
There are a number of sites which have ideas for projects and activities designed for elementary and high-school students. Not all of these sites have to do with science fairs specifically, but they all give you ideas of things that you can experiment with at home or school.
This site is aimed at teachers, to “provide [them] with the classroom resources and background material”, some of the lessons and examples might get you thinking about ideas for a junior or intermediate project.
Science Buddies is a non-profit organization focused on providing free science fair ideas, answers, and tools for students in grades K-12.
Students Sections at the Canadian Space Agency
Ideas for space-related projects for students and teachers.
A comprehensive site with, among other things, ideas for projects and links to other resources.
“BARC is a confederation of community stakeholders, devoted to revitalizing Hamilton Harbour and its watershed through promoting and monitoring the clean-up efforts.” Reading about the BARC and it’s activities may help you come up with an idea for a water ecology project.
Tools, Methods & Guidelines
The BASEF organizers have developed the Science Success! program to help students to learn about the scientific process while producing a well-designed project. They also aim to help teachers use projects and school science fairs to realize specific curriculum outcomes.
Canadian Council on Animal Care
This is a fairly comprehensive and dense site, but students doing work with animals should have a look.
Math Activities for High School Students
The Department of Mathematics and Statistics at McMaster University has provided material and references suitable for high school students.
Backboard, Presentation & Polish
Plans for a Folding Wooden Backboard (150Kb, 22″ x 17″ PDF file)
A draftsman at ArcelorMittal Dofasco has prepared plans for a folding wooden backboard that meets BASEF and (at present) Canada-Wide Science Fair regulations and is light enough and small enough to go on a plane as checked baggage. Note that this is not a set of step-by-step instructions but rather engineering plans – that said, it’s not rocket science, either.
Science Fair Project Report Writing
Some tips for documenting and presenting a project.
Resources for Teachers & Parents
The following sites are about science and education in general, but may help teachers and parents think about and emphasize the role of science and technology in a student’s education.
“Each year, Let’s Talk Science mobilizes thousands of university and college students and science, engineering and technology professionals across Canada to visit elementary and high school classrooms, libraries, and community events to deliver fun, exciting hands-on science activities to children and youth.”
The Learning Partnership
“The Learning Partnership develops linkages among business, education and community through partnership projects, which excite and challenge thousands of students and teachers across Canada in the publicly funded education system to grow and become life long learners.”
“Smarter Science is a framework for teaching and learning science in grades 1-12 and for developing the skills of inquiry, creativity and innovation in a meaningful and engaging manner. Originally developed in the Thames Valley District School Board, Smarter Science was piloted in 50 schools over the past three years. The value of the framework began to be recognized by school boards across Ontario and in particular by Youth Science Canada. Smarter Science is now part of Youth Science Canada’s framework for engaging youth in science and providing a curricular connection to project-based science and science fairs. With the support of the Province of Ontario, Youth Science Canada aims to collaborate with every school board in the province, providing a common framework for the teaching of the revised Science and Technology Curriculum, with its renewed emphasis on inquiry and technological problem solving.”
Related Organizations for Young Scientists
Others Lists of Resources
These sites contain little content of their own, but have good lists of sites with ideas, guidelines and tools.