Wood Buffalo Regional Science Fair 2015!


On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Wood Buffalo Youth Science Foundation (WBYSF) thank you to our many Sponsors and Supporters. Each year the Wood Buffalo Regional Science Fair has continued to grow and reach new students. This of course would not have been possible were it not for the generosity and support of local companies and the dedication of our community’s teacher and scientists. In addition to financial support, our local industries supplied the 2015 Regional Fair with over eighty judges and volunteers.  We are very appreciative to all these individuals and hope that the creativity and enthusiasm exhibited by our participants made the Fair a rewarding endeavor for everyone involved.

This year we had 185 enthusiastic participants from grades four through twelve. Each year, the quality of research, experimentation and innovation continues to evolve. Many participants return annually and demonstrate the growth in their scientific investigation skills. New participants to the fair bring creative ideas and all those involved leave with a new appreciation for science. The student’s love for science is truly inspirational.  Students please remember to thank your parents, teachers and mentors for all their support. 

We look forward to next year!

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Wood Buffalo Regional Science Fair Important Dates

We are looking forward to another exciting Science Fair season in 2015! Please pay attention to the important dates below:

December 19th, 2014 – School Science Fair Registration Due
March 13th, 2015 – Student Registration Due
March 27th, 2015 – Wood Buffalo Regional Science Fair (Located at the Syncrude Sport and Wellness Centre)
March 28th, 2015 – Public View and Awards

Students – please remember to read over the Fair Rules, Safety and Ethics forms.
If you are interested in judging at the fair, please email info@wbrsf.ca

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Schools Participating in Science Fairs

Wood Buffalo Schools Hosting Science Fairs

We are very excited that so many schools in the Wood Buffalo region are participating in hands on science. The following schools have registered with the WBRSF and will be sending representatives to the Wood Buffalo Regional Fair.

Beacon Hill

Composite High

Dr. Clark

Ecole Boreal

Ecole Dickinsfield

Ecole McTavish

Father Beauregard

Father Mercredi

Father Turcotte

Fort McMurray Christian

Fort McMurray Islamic

Greely Road

Good Shepherd

Holy Trinity

Sister Mary Phillips

St. Anne

St. Gabriel

St. Kateri

St. Martha

St. Paul

Thickwood Heights

Timberlea Public

Walter and Gladys Hill



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Annual General Meeting October 22nd

The Annual General Meeting of the Board of Directors of Wood Buffalo Youth Science Foundation will be held Tuesday October 22nd at 6:00pm at Westwood Community Highschool. The Budget, our new Policy Manual and other changes will be presented. Also, we will be seeking election of up to 5 new Board Members to the positions of treasurer, judge-in-chief and directors-at-large. For more information about the AGM please drop us a line at info@wbrsf.ca.

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Local Student Among 4 Canadians In International Science Fair

AnamYesterday the Regional Finalists in the 3rd Annual Google Science Fair were announced. This premiere International Science Fair brings the best and the brightest together from all across the globe. And joining these bright minds of the future is Fort McMurray’s very own Anam Rizvi. Rizvi recently won a silver medal at the Canada-Wide Science Fair, a competition of the top 500 young scientists from across Canada. Her project, Automating the Diagnosis of Heart Conditions, received a great reception at the CWSF and Rizvi also received accolades from professionals in the medical industry. The Wood Buffalo Youth Science Foundation Board wishes Rizvi best of luck as she makes history as the first person from Fort McMurray to represent our region and our country at an International Competition.

The Google Science Fair consists of a pre-selection of 90 Regional Finalists. Next, the field is widdled down to the top 15 Global Finalists. These finalists will be announced on June 27th.

More information on Anam’s Project

More information on Google Science Fair

Media Release from Youth Science Canada

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Thank You For Another Great Year!

Team Wood Buffalo has just returned from the 52nd annual Canada-Wide Science Fair in Lethbridge Alberta with precious medals! All of our finalists came home with a medal! Heli Patel and Ashlesha Deshpande and Maithili Udupa each won a bronze medal. Anam Rizvi returned home with a silver. See their prize monies and the project descriptions below. The team of 4 from Westwood Community High School met other participants from across the country and around the world as they showcased their projects which were the best of the 2013 Wood Buffalo Regional Science Fair. The group also took in science workshops, facility tours and other engaging activities on the University of Lethbridge campus all under the supervision of their delegates Vicki Dawe and Corey Conroy from the board of the WBYSF.

On tour day, the group toured around the main attractions of southern Alberta with only one minor setback – a 2 hour break down delay on the side of the road. But we made the best of it! We visited the Alberta Birds of Prey Centre – a very awesome treat, Waterton Lakes National Park and Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump. All in all an exhausting yet very enriching day! Congratulations to team Wood Buffalo and a huge heartfelt thank you to our sponsors and partners for their amazing support!


Anam Rizvi

Excellence Award – Senior – Silver Medal $300
Dalhousie University Faculty of Science Entrance Scholarship $2,500
UBC Science (Vancouver) Entrance Award $2,000
University of Ottawa Entrance Scholarship $2,000
Western University Scholarship $2,000

Total $8,800

Project: This project investigates an alternate method of determining abnormalities in the electrical impulses of the heart. Instead of using an ECG which maps the electrical impulses as a function of time, I look at how the different frequencies present can represent different abnormalities. I then take the patterns I have found and input them into MATlab in order to automize the diagnosis.


Ashlesha Deshpande & Heli Patel

Excellence Award – Senior – Bronze Medal $100
University of Ottawa Entrance Scholarship $1,000
Western University Scholarship $1,000

Total $2,100

Project: The relationship between gender, age, and ethnicity of voters on the gender, age, and ethnicity of candidates was examined using a preferential voting system, without the use of political agendas. It was expected that these three factors would demonstrate a strong influence on the preferences of voters with respect to candidate selection.


Maithili Udupa

Excellence Award – Senior – Bronze Medal $100
University of Ottawa Entrance Scholarship $1,000
Western University Scholarship $1,000

Total $2,100

Project: The purpose of this project is to describe the influence of pre-pregnancy physical activity on gestational weight gain among women with different pre-pregnancy BMIs. Physical activity data was separated into four distinct dimensions (work, sports, leisure and total) to find specific links between the rigorousness of the activity performed and weight gain. Maintaining a healthy exercise regime is essential prior to one’s pregnancy.

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