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Why Science Fair?
Involvement in science fair is one of the best ways for students to learn about science. Conducting a science project is a prime example of active learning, allowing students to become engaged with scientific ideas, process information, integrate ideas with current knowledge, and transfer their learning to other situations. Use of active learning methods is a very effective instructional approach and is often recommended as a cornerstone to successful science teaching.
There are many advantages and endless opportunities for students involved in science fair, including:
- Learning and applying the scientific method
- Diving into interesting topics
- Taking a creative approach to problem solving
- Sharpening written and oral communication skills
- Honing library and computer research skills
- Developing time management skills
- Earning significant prizes
- Qualifying for scholarships
- Distinguishing college and university applications
Although most students get involved in science fair through their science teachers and their school science fairs, these are not necessary to enter the regional fair. Students can enter the regional fair independently of their school. If students choose to do this, it is strongly encouraged that they obtain a mentor or other guidance in order to carry out their project.
Environmental science projects may involve the study of biological and/or physical factors within an environment. Ecology, pollution, resource management, sustainable development and capture/recapture projects may also be included in this topic. Depending on the nature of the project, the topics of Earth, Life, Physical or Chemical Sciences might also apply to projects in Environmental Science
Engineering & Computer Science
Computer Science projects should deal with some fact of computer technology – hardware or software. The project might consist of designing and developing a software system, designing and building a circuit to enable a computer monitor or control an external device, or investigate the performance of different mathematical models.
An engineering project involves the design and/or physical construction of some device, appliance, machine, or process that has an application. The student might develop a process for the extraction of oil from tar sand or design a device for capturing solar energy.
Life Science & Biotechnology
The project should involve biology, zoology, botany, or some aspect of pure or applied medicine. A life science project attends to some aspect of the life of an organism. The student might investigate the effect of acid precipitation on tomato plants. Biotechnology applies the knowledge of biological systems to solve a problem, create a product, or provide a service. A project of this nature falls into one of the following three fields: crop development, animal science, or microbials. A project of this nature might investigate problems of herbicide tolerance, spacing, cultivation, or irrigation in agricultural production.
This project should be related to physics, chemistry, earth science or mathematics. Its primary objective is a consideration of the cause and effect of some abiotic (non-living) process or activity. The project could consist of the examination of precipitation from varying weather patterns
Each year, in conjunction with the Southeast Alberta Regional Science Fair, a local group hosts the Science Challenge. This is an opportunity for students attending the Kiwanis Southeast Alberta Regional Science Fair to have some science fun with their friends by competing for glory! Students work together in groups to build a project that is judged against other group projects. Parents, teachers and volunteers are welcome to help coach students.
Many awards are available at the Regional Science Fair, including cash prizes for best project in each category. Students in Grades 7-12 also compete for a chance to attend the Canada Wide Science Fair, which will be held in Fredericton, NB this year.
We also give away some fantastic door prizes each year.
Other awards include:
- DRDC Award
- HatSmart Award
- SEAWA Award
- APEGA Award
- Genome Alberta Award
- Astronomy Award
- Operation Minerva Award
- Praxis Science & Society Award