A High-Level View of the Fair
Congratulations on your decision to support your child’s participation in BASEF!
All BASEF student participants are rewarded with an enriching experience. Students will come away with the experience of meeting new people – both judges and other top students, learn valuable communication skills, and gain confidence in their abilities.
BASEF awards cash prizes, awards, and scholarships. Top winners have the chance to win an expense-paid trip to either the national (CWSF) or international science fair (ISEF).
The fair takes place while regular college classes are taking place. Therefore, as visitors, we need to minimize disruptions to college activities. This also means that resources, such as parking spaces and support personnel, are limited. Please respect Mohawk’s rules and staff.
Why So Many Rules?
There are 3 main reasons for the rules:
Safety: Flammability, electrical, chemical, and biological hazards are not uncommon with projects. Safety rules and the inspection process exist to cut risk, ensure conformance with applicable laws, and ensure that participants, visitors, and our host are not exposed to unnecessary risks.
Progressing to the next level of competition: Both the national and international competitions have safety and ethics rules that must be followed. BASEF’s rules are aligned with these organizations. If your child wins a trip award then you know that they are eligible for these fairs.
Running a Successful Fair: Some rules exist to help run a successful fair.
What Do I Do First?
Things to Do Before the Fair
First Things First: Is your child eligible?
- They must be in grades 7 through 12
- They must live in Hamilton, Halton Region, Brant County, Six Nations, Haldimand, or Norfolk County. If you live outside this area check the YSC Fair Locator for a fair near you.
- Projects may be done by one or two students. Larger team sizes are not allowed
- They must be under the age of 21 before June 1 of the fair year
School affiliations are not a requirement. Students in public, private, or separate schools and homeschooled students are all welcome.
Step 2: Come up with a project idea and get started
There are many sources of ideas for projects – from class projects to personal experiences, to internet browsing. But the primary criteria is to find something your child is interested in.
After that, provide encouragement, support, and guidance as required. And remember, you may have to abandon the living room in March as project backboard design and assembly takes over.
Step 3: Register the Project
Register the project on time. There is an incredible amount of work to be done after the close of registration and there isn’t enough time to make exceptions to this rule.
You don’t have to have a completed project to register. But you will need a title and a precise description of what the project is about.
The start and end dates are posted on the website in September or October. Registration opens around the first of February.
What Happens at the Fair
In 2021 BASEF will be a virtual Fair. The steps involved are:
- Come up with a project idea.
- Begin working on your project.
- Register your project. Registration takes place from February 8 to March 1, 2021.
- Submit all of your project materials between the time you register and March 8, 2021. You MUST have your material submitted by then because immediately after this the judging process starts.
- The Judges will spend a week reviewing all of the submitted material and assign a score to each project.
- The BASEF committee will process the Judges scores and prepare for the Awards Ceremony to be held Thursday April 8, 2021, at 7:00 p.m.
- Students will be mailed their awards and mementos
Some Common Questions
Neat and casual, with the emphasis on neatness.
Food Allergies and Medical Issues
We ask that you remind the BASEF volunteers at the Registration Desk and throughout the fair of any food allergies or special medical issues that pertain to your children. BASEF should be considered a public facility regarding food allergies.
All areas used for the fair (gym and theatre) are wheelchair accessible.