Scientists of tomorrow get started today
March 11, 2017 - 4:13 PM
KELOWNA - The next generation of scientists and researchers will take their first steps towards a lifetime of inquiry today at the 2017 Central Okanagan Public Schools Science Fair.
Taking place at the University of British Columbia's Okanagan campus, the Science Fair will showcase student achievement as well as connect students to educational opportunities in engineering, chemistry, and education. UBC Okanagan professors and students will host activities and demonstrations to show the upcoming cohort of learners where their interest in science can take them.
"This is always an exciting time of year for students," said Central Okanagan teacher Tobias Blaskovits. "They've been working very hard to demonstrate their investigations into a wide range of scientific phenomena and this is their opportunity to show that work to their peers and community. Whether or not they're in the competitive category, students prove they are 21st century learners at this event."
Students show their projects in two different categories: a non-competitive (kindergarten to grade 12) Celebration of Inquiry category, and a competitive (grades 6-12) category. Science Fair participants in the competitive category can win a spot in the regional fair at Summerland. From there, the top six students in British Columbia will travel to the national fair in Regina, Saskatchewan to compete for $400,000 in prizes and scholarships.
Beyond prizes and accolades, all participants will find the true value is in the experience at UBC Okanagan. On the second day of the fair, participants and the public can explore educational opportunities in engineering, chemistry and education through hands-on activities, demonstrations and presentations provided by UBC faculty and students.
“UBC Okanagan is delighted to welcome Central Okanagan Public Schools and the District Science Fair back to campus for a fourth year,” says Dr. Philip Barker, UBC Vice-Principal Research of the Okanagan campus. “It is critically important for young students to see that they can shape the future through science and innovation. This experience offers girls and boys a window into the endless possibilities of research and I hope it will inspire them to pursue higher education at an outstanding university such as UBC. Congratulations to all the participants!”
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