Benefits of Science Fair Projects

Benefits of Science Fair Projects

-Science experiments and innovations offer unique hands on learning opportunities that incorporate STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics)

-Integrates many subjects into one project, such as reading, writing, ethics, critical thinking, problem solving, data analysis, computer science, graphic arts, and public speaking.

-Completing a scientific inquiry project provides students personal achievement and confidence

-Science fairs can make science relevant by allowing students to conduct an experiment based on their own interests.

-A science fair project allows students to develop important independent learning skills such as time management, responsibility, organization and communication.

-The WBRSF gives monetary awards as well as the opportunity for selected top projects to attend the Canada Wide Science Fair in Montreal.

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WBYSF AGM and 2016 Fair Date

The Annual General Meeting of the Board of Directors of Wood Buffalo Youth Science Foundation will be held Monday October 26th at 6:30pm at Westwood Community High School.  We will be discussing the 2015 fair, budget and electing new board members. For more information about the AGM please drop us a line at

The 2016 WBRSF will be held on April 15, 2016. 

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Students Return With Medals From Canada Wide Science Fair


CWSF 2015 – Fredericton, New Brunswick

The University of New Brunswick played home to over 500 of the brightest minds from across the country this past week as the 54th Canada Wide Science Fair took the city of Fredericton by storm. Over 110 regions from all parts of Canada came together to compete for nearly $1 million in prize monies and scholarships. Two students from Westwood Community High school and two students from Ecole McTavish in Fort McMurray represented the Wood Buffalo region under the supervision of educators Vicki Dawe and Sorin Nita. Linda Guo, Aiman Naeem, Zeel Patel and Dhrumil Shah, represented the top projects from this year’s Wood Buffalo Regional Science Fair held in March at the Syncrude Sport and Wellness Center.

At the CWSF, these students took in scientific workshops and tours of all of the programs and facilities offered at the University of Fredericton Campus, made friends from all over the world, and prepared to showcase their unique and innovative projects in a grueling 8 hour judging round. The intense competition challenged our students and proved rewarding as each finalist brought home a bronze medal. Each of our finalists also received an entrance scholarship of $1000 to Western University located in Ontario.

The Wood Buffalo Youth Science Foundation is extremely proud of these students and our team’s showing at this year’s fair! We would also like to thank all of the community and industry sponsors whose support and commitment to our youth enabled our students to have this life-changing opportunity.

Linda Guo

Linda Guo – Ready, Set, Go!

Westwood Community High School

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

Project: Four lives are lost every day in Canada through vehicle collisions. The objective of this project is to design and build an autonomous vehicle system that can robotically override any impairments of the driver using both sensory and passive features, which includes the ability to avoid obstacles, follow the correct side of roads, respond to traffic signals, switch lanes, and be aware of directions. 

Aiman Naeem

Aiman Naeem – Investigating Reclamation Potential of Native Plants 

Westwood Community High School

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


Project: This project focuses on the effective reclamation of sites with heavy-metal contaminated soil, through the use of native plants. Four native species were grown in soil at three different copper-sulfate solution concentrations over the course of six weeks. A total of twelve treatments with six replicates each were observed for germination, growth rates and biomass to produce results that displayed reclamation potential. 

Zeel Patel

Zeel Patel

Ecole McTavish Junior High

Excellence Award – Intermediate – Bronze Medal
Western University Scholarship $1,000


Project: The disease everyone knows; and even more people fear: Cancer. It takes millions of lives every year, the majority of cancer related deaths are due to metastasis. This movement is what I targeted; using a novel approach to accelerate the genetic engineering process I was able to discover novel compounds targeting a metastasis organelle named “Invadopodia” and it’s protein MT1-MMP, ultimately fighting cancer.

Dhrumil Shah

Dhrumil Shah – Multi-Turbine VentusCapio 

Ecole McTavish Junior High

Excellence Award – Intermediate – Bronze Medal
Western University Scholarship $1,000


Project: Wind turbines are promising; however, they are burdened with flaws. I have designed a novel wind energy harnessing mechanism that causes close to zero avian mortalities; in contrast, approximately one million avian mortalities are caused by the current turbines. My invention produces approximately five times the electrical output of the classic wind turbine in virtually all wind speeds while maintaining the net area.


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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

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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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