BASEF 2020 Update


With the cancellation of external events at Mohawk College, and other mitigation measures, BASEF is unable to hold the Science Fair in our traditional format.

Students currently registered for BASEF are invited to submit an online version of their project.  The final deadline for online submissions will be Monday, April 27, 2020.

BASEF 2021

Why Enter a Project?

  • Win one of 20 or more $500 prizes. – from a generous donation to encourage participation in science fairs! Awarded to a wide range of outstanding projects.
  • Win a Special Award for tackling a project on a topic that appeals to you – the list is amazing! Science, technology, engineering, and math!
  • Win a free trip to compete in the national or international science fair.

Here Are Some Winners From Past Fairs

Katie won $1100 for her project on the future of prosthetics.

Angelina won $580 for her project on arthritis and First Nations people.

Eric and James won $580 for their project on designing a learning app for kids.

And There Are Prizes For Teachers Too!

Champion Teacher Awards – two $500 awards

Do you have an amazing teacher who helped you and your friends with your BASEF projects this year? Then nominate them for a Champion Teacher award when you register your project. Online registration is open from February 1 until March 10th, 2020. Check out the details and register at

New School Awards – $250 awards

Thanks to a generous donation, up to 18 teachers bringing new schools** to the fair can win $250!

** schools that have not had projects in BASEF for at least 5 years

Where do I start?

Are you Eligible?

BASEF is open to all students in grades 7 to 12 (under the age of 21) who:

  • attend a public, separate, or private school, or who are home-schooled,
  • in the City of Hamilton, the Region of Halton, Six Nations, Brant County, Haldimand County or Norfolk County.

Don’t live in the area? Then find a fair near you at the YSC Fair Locator.

Where Do I Begin?

Wondering where to begin? Have an idea and are not sure where to go with it? Check out these resources:

  • The Science Success! student guide and workbook helps you learn about the scientific process while producing a well-designed project.
  • Check out the Project Resources page for links that will get you thinking, get you started, give you information about research methods, and provide hints and tips for your project.

What’s next?

Depending upon the type of project you are doing, and your grade level, there may be some special rules and restrictions on your project. For example, if your project involves people, animals, or hazardous materials, you may need to get permission or review before you start work. These links describe the details for your level:

Important Dates

Keep an eye on the Events listing on the home page for interesting upcoming events.

The Calendar has detailed fair times and locations.

BASEF 2021

2020 Posters

Our 60th Fair!

Posters come in 3 sizes – tabloid (11″x17″), letter size (8.5″ x 11″) and a video format suitable for video displays.

Bacteriophage Posters

11×17   8.5×11   Video 1080p

Bridge Design Poster

11×17   8.5×11   Video 1080p

Neural Nets Poster

11×17   8.5×11   Video 1080p

Lunar Cycle Poster

11×17   8.5×11   Video 1080p