Twenty-one regional science fairs, including North Bay and Parry Sound, will take place as one virtual fair, April 19 to 21, thanks to a partnership between Youth Science Canada and engineering.com, developers of the ProjectBoard Platform.
“The fairs must go on,” says Reni Barlow, executive director at Youth Science Canada. “This motto has been the driving force behind our efforts this year and I’m happy they’re paying off. By and large, our national STEM fair network has been successful in pivoting to help students continue to explore the world, tackle big problems and express their curiosity and ingenuity through project-based learning.”
Rather than creating a traditional poster or backboard, students post their projects on ProjectBoard, a platform developed by engineering.com in collaboration with Youth Science Canada. The platform allows students to share, discover, collaborate, document, and receive feedback and recognition on their STEM projects, all online in a community-based and closely monitored setting.
Students are invited to provide information -- why they chose to tackle the question or problem; how they went about answering the question or developing a solution; what they found out or developed; why the project matters or makes a difference; where they plan to take the project from here; plus references and a one-minute video.
Each student project is then reviewed by STEM professionals who also interview the students about their work. Top projects will be selected to participate in the virtual Canada-Wide Science Fair from May 19-21.
Students can register their project at mystemspace.ca, under the “I have a project” link.