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May 2021 - Fraser Valley Region

Congratulations to Tessa Rebele, Gurnoor Litt, Vaneet Sandhu, and Raipartap Curry (Team Fraser Valley) for proudly representing our region at the Virtual Canada-Wide Science Fair held May 17-21 in Ottawa, Ontario alongside Team BC. In addition to scientific, social, and cultural activities, our finalists joined 500 other of the country's top young scientists from grades 7-12 to compete for medals, cash prizes, scholarships and exclusive opportunities. The event welcomed over 30,000 virtual visitors!

We are proud to announce that Team BC brought home a total of 73 awards including Raipartap Curry from Dasmesh Punjabi School who won bronze for his project 'Smart Parking'.

Be sure to check out our regions amazing projects at https://projectboard.world/ysc/regional - choose British Columbia, Fraser Valley

Opening Event https://fb.watch/8e1PedlHLK/

Awards Ceremony https://youtu.be/uy__bguv3oc

Congratulations to all of our BC students who took part in this year's Canada-Wide Science Fair!


April 15, 2021 - Fraser Valley students shine at the BC/Yukon Virtual Science Fair

Thank you to the Science Fair Foundation BC for organizing the BC/Yukon Virtual Science Fair where they welcomed students from the Pacific Northwest, West Kootenay, South Fraser, Central Okanagan, Central Interior, Vancouver Island AND the Fraser Valley. The deadline for registration was March 5. From April 6-11, students virtually presented their projects to the judges and interviews were held. On April 14, the winners were announced! The ceremony was emceed by writer, filmmaker, speaker, television personality and UFV Biology Professor Dr. Carin Bondar! British Columbia Premier John Horgan shared a message with all the the participants and showed his support of science followed by CBC's meteorologist, seismologist and science reporter, Joanna Wagstaff where she congratulated all the participants and encouraged students to continue with their science passion.

We are extremely excited to announce that four of our participants from the Fraser Valley region will advance to the Virtual Canada-Wide Science Fair (CWSF) to be held May 17-21, 2021 in Ottawa.

Congratulations to:

  • Tessa Rebele, Grade 7 from MEI for her project "Guess What Oysters Are Eating?"
  • Gurnoor Litt, Grade 7 from Dasmesh Punjabi School for her project "How Does Sugar Affect your Teeth?"
  • Vaneet Sandhu, Grade 7 from Dasmesh Punjabi School for her project "Remote Controlled Wired Robot"
  • Raipartap Curry, Grade 7 from Dasmesh Punjabi School for his project "Smart Parking"

There were also Provincial Awards given out at the BC/Yukon Virtual Science Fair. Congratulations to the following Fraser Valley participants:

Tessa Rebele "Guess What Oysters Are Eating?"

  • BC Agriculture in the Classroom Award - $65
  • BC Greenhouse Growers' Award - $75
  • BC Nature Award - $75

Raipartap Curry "Smart Parking"

  • BC Game Developer's Award - $50
  • BC Hydro Award - $100
  • Engineers & Geoscientists of BC Award - $50

Gurnoor Litt "How Does Sugar Affect your Teeth?"

  • BC Science Teacher's Award - $100

Taneesh Grewal "Copper Plated Coins"

  • Michael Crooks Physics Prize - $75

Vaneet Sandhu "Remote Controlled Wired Robot"

  • SCWIST Award - $100
  • Women in Engineering & Geoscience Award - $50

Congratulations to all of the winners! We wish our group from the Fraser Valley and Team BC best of luck at the finals next month!!

VIEW the full list of finalists headed to the Canada-Wide Science Fair from the joint BC/Yukon Virtual Science Fair.

WATCH the BC/Yukon Virtual Science Fair Awards presentation.

VISIT the 2021 CANADA-WIDE SCIENCE FAIR website.


December 2020 - Fraser Valley Regional Science Fair 2021 Update

Regions across BC and Canada as a whole have agreed that all 2021 regional science fairs will be held virtually. As we are still in the midst of a pandemic and recognize the extra level of stress that has been put on students, teachers, and parents we acknowledge a virtual fair would reflect in the participation and affect the overall experience. It was for this reason we made the difficult decision to cancel our fair for 2021. However, not is all lost! We are working closely with Science Fair Foundation BC to provide an opportunity for participants to take part in a provincial combined science fair. Although it’s in its early stages of planning, there will be judging, prizes, and particpants (grades 7-12) will be eligible to advance to the 2021 Canada-Wide Science Fair in May 2021, albeit virtually.


‌‌‌‌June 2020: Fraser Valley Region shines at the BC/Yukon Virtual Science Fair!

We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the following students from the Fraser Valley Region for participating in the BC/Yukon Virtual Science Fair held on June 17, 2020. They joined over 190 students from across BC where they received mentor feedback while competing for awards and prizes that were graciously donated by regional and provincial sponsors.

All projects entered can be viewed online at https://connectingideas.ca/projects


March 16, 2020: Fraser Valley Regional Science Fair cancelled due to Covid-19 concerns

UFV is very mindful of the Provincial Health Officer’s recommendations regarding preventive personal hygiene measures, social distancing, avoiding large gatherings, and travel recommendations. The health and safety of our science fair participants, visitors and volunteers is always our highest priority. We support the decision of UFV to cancel all large events, which includes the Fraser Valley Regional Science Fair April 1-2 and the Science Open House and Awards Ceremony on April 4.

Over the next few days we will take the time to communicate with students, teachers, parents and sponsors regarding any commitments that have been made for the 2020 FVRSF. We ask that our participants and stakeholders be patient and provide our committee with time to formulate a process to deal with this cancellation.

The Fraser Valley Regional Science Fair is organized entirely by volunteers, whose tireless efforts have made the FVRSF a great addition to our community. It saddens us to make this decision, but we will regroup and look forward to the 2021 Fraser Valley Regional Science Fair.

Dr. Lucy Lee (Chair), Fraser Valley Regional Science Fair


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September 2019 - We are happy to share that Sarah Choi, Fraser Valley Regional Science Fair finalist who attended the CWSF with her partner, Neelah Hassanzadeh had the opportunity to join 44 other CWSF finalists from across the country to attend this year's MILSET Expo-Sciences International (ESI) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates from September 22-28, 2019. This international event brings together students from nearly 60 countries to showcase the creativity of young scientists from all over the world.

‌Read more about Team Canada


July 2019: Congratulations to Sarah Choi and Neelah Hassanzadeh for receiving the 2019 Association of Profesional Biology Award. This award is presented to the ‌British Columbia student(s) who achieve the highest standing at the Canada-Wide Science Fair with a project of a biological nature. They won for their project BSFL Frass: Improving Plant Health While Minimizing Environmental Impact.


May 2019: Team Fraser Valley shines at the Canada Wide Science Fair in New Brunswick! Seventy students from 13 regions throughout BC and the Yukon presented their projects in Fredericton, New Brunswick at the 58th Canada-Wide Science Fair (CWSF). At the Awards Ceremony, BC and Yukon students received 140 awards and scholarships valued at $194,550 including 6 gold medals, 14 silver medals and 21 bronze medals! Among the silver medal winners was our own Fraser Valley team, Sarah Choi and Neelah Hassanzadeh. They won for their project “BSFL Frass: Improving Plant Health While Minimizing Environmental Impact”. They were presented with their medal by Fredericton’s Mayor, Michael O’Brien. 

We are so proud of our Fraser Valley Team: Andrew Armstrong, Caio de Figueiroa, Sarah Choi and Neelah Hassanzadeh for representing our region. They will be taking home memories to last a lifetime!

A huge thank you to our delegates Janseet Brar, from R.E. Mountain Secondary School and Sonja Armstrong for accompanying our team. Of course, none of this would be possible without the generous support of our sponsors!


April 10, 2019: Priyam Mehta, Grade 3 student from South Poplar Traditional Elementary School in Abbotsford had the opportunity to visit with Abbotsford Mayor, Henry Braun and present his science fair project "The Plastic Problem". Mayor Braun was very impressed with Priyam's project and shared his opinion about ocean and marine life. Priyam won the UFV Dean of Science Award (K-6) at the 2019 Fraser Valley Regional Science Fair in addition to receiving the second place prize from the Abbotsford-Mission Nature Club. Congratulations Priyam!


April 2019: Students from across the Fraser Valley came together on April 4 to compete for thousands of dollars in cash and prizes including the chance to represent the Fraser Valley with Team BC at the Canada Wide Science Fair being held in Fredericton, New Brunswick next month.

The Grand Prize winners of an all-expense paid trip to the Canada Wide Science Fair were Andrew Armstrong, Homeschooled for his project "Deflategate: Possible Cheating"; the NSERC Young Innovators Team Sarah Choi and Neelah Hassanzadeh from R.E. Mountain Secondary School, Langley for their project "Black Soldier Fly Larvae as Organic Fertilizer"; and, Caio de Figueiroa from W.J. Mouat Secondary, Abbotsford for his project "Appealing Limonene". They will be joining over 500 of Canada's top young scientists at the University of New Brunswick May 11-18 and will be competing for nearly $1Million in awards, prizes and scholarships.

Dr. Lucy Lee, Dean of the Faculty of Science and Chair of the FVRSF, awarded the UFV Scholarship to the team of Nathan Flokstra and Ethan Eigenraam from Credo Christian Secondary School, Langley for their project "The Pill Portioner".

‌Grade 3 student from Terry Fox Elementary School, Abbotsford - Ruhaan Virk was awarded the Science World Class Trip for his project "Green Energy".

The complete list of winners at the 2019 Fraser Valley Regional Science Fair can be found here.

To view all the photos of our event and the students' projects, please visit our Flickr Album Event Photos by www.rickcollinsphotography.com and Awards Ceremony and extras.


April 6, 2019: Our 2nd Annual Science Fair Open House and Public Viewing was a huge success! Over 100 people were entertained by lab ‌demonstrations hosted by UFV faculty and students. Kids and adults enjoyed cool experiments in the chemistry and biology labs, physics entertained the audience with the tesla coil. Geography, Science Rocks! and the Super Science Club had some great hands on activities for everyone. In between shows, our visitors were able to view all of the amazing science fair projects and see what talent lies within the Fraser Valley.

A huge thank you to all of the volunteers who made this event possible.


February 2019: We are very excited to announce that our "Fun with Science Open House" will be back again this year! It will be held alongside our Science Fair Public Viewing on Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 9:00 - 11:00 am. The participants have worked so hard on their projects and now it's time to show everyone what talent lies within the Fraser Valley! There will be science demonstrations hosted by UFV science faculty and students as well as hands on activities for the kids all free of charge! Bring your family and friends and enjoy some fun with science!


October 2018: Attention future science fair participants! Are you hoping to present a project at our 2019 Regional Science Fair? Do you have some ideas but need help finding equipment, special materials, or an expert to answer your questions? Then the Science Fair Mentorship Programmay be for you!

We are pleased to announce that Science Fair Foundation BC has reinstated the Alumni Mentorship Program and they encourage all students in Grades 7-12 from all areas of the province to apply. Students are matched with a former Canada-Wide participant with post-secondary science experience to support the projects development. Depending on the project development and technical need of the project, the student will be matched with a second mentor who is a university or industry expert and can provide laboratory equipment, and technical advice. More information can be found here: http://www.sciencefairs.ca/resources/#mentorship


May 2018: Sixty-seven students from 13 regions throughout BC and the Yukon presented their projects in Ottawa, Ontario at the 57th Canada-Wide Science Fair. Team BC and Yukon students received $187,000 in awards and scholarships including the 2 Platinum Awards, 6 gold medals, 11 silver medals and 25 bronze medals!

Over 40,000 students participate in Science Fairs throughout British Columbia each year. Two thousand finalists from classroom and community fairs are selected to attend the 13 Regional Science Fairs to compete for awards, scholarships and the chance to join Team BC/Yukon at the Canada-Wide Science Fair. Over 1,500 STEAM educators and professionals from across the province volunteer as mentors, judges, organizers and chaperones allowing our youth to gain the skills and confidence to compete on national and international stages.


May 2018: Congratulations to Raul Pinol Pascual! He advanced to the national level representing the Fraser Valley at the Canada Wide Science Fair held in Ottawa, Ontario May 14-18. He joined 500 other top young scientists from across Canada to compete for nearly $1,000,000 in awards, prizes and scholarships.

We are extremely proud to announce that Raul received the Intact Climate Change Resilience Award and $2500 for his project entitled “Geothermal Power Plant Producing Water by Condensation”. The award was sponsored by the Intact Financial Corporation. (Raul Pinol Pascual pictured far left)

Raul is in grade 11 at St. John Brebeuf Regional Secondary School in Abbotsford.

Thank you to our sponsors and donors for the opportunity to send our finalists onto the national level without your support this would not be possible!


May 2018: Congratulations to Raul Pinol Pascual and James Fang who represented the Fraser Valley Regional Science Fair at the Canada Wide Science Fair held at Carleton University in Ottawa May 14-18. They joined 500 other top young scientists from across Canada to compete for nearly $1,000,000 in awards, prizes and scholarships.

Special thanks to our delegates, Wendie Bailleul and Sarah Bacon, both educators from the Abbotsford School District who accompanied Raul and James to Ottawa.

The week was full of exciting experiences and opportunities where memories and friendships were made that will last a lifetime. After the welcome events and opening ceremony they took part in evening social activities including a BBQ at the University of Ottawa where they attended presentations by professors and students. After an exhilarating day of judging, the students toured the capital visiting museums and Parliament. They also had the chance to enjoy the Tulip Festival and take a cruise on the Ottawa River and the Rideau Canal. The week ended with a spectacular awards ceremony and closing event.

Raul won the Senior Intact Climate Change Resilience Award - $1,000 cash and certificate plus an all-expenses paid trip to Waterloo, Ontario during summer 2018 to visit the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation at the University of Waterloo, Canada's leading research centre on climate change resilience.

Thank you to our sponsors and donors for the opportunity to send our finalists onto the national level without your support this would not be possible!


April 7, 2018: Students from across the Fraser Valley came together last week to compete for thousands of dollars in cash and prizes including the chance to represent the Fraser Valley with Team BC at the Canada Wide Science Fair to be held in Ottawa, Ontario next month. We were honoured to have the Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of BC attend again this year! She visited with many of the students, taking part in the science demonstrations and ending off her visit by awarding our two Canada Wide finalists a trip to Nationals.

The Grand Prize winners, of an all-expenses paid trip to the Canada-Wide Science Fair were James Fang (Elgin Park Secondary School) for his project "Effects of Indoor Plants on VOCs" and Raul Pinol (St. John Brebeuf Secondary School) for his project "Geothermal Power Plant Producing Water by Condensation". They will be joining over 500 of Canada’s top young scientists at Carleton University in Ottawa May 13-18, 2018 and be competing for nearly $1,000,000 in awards, prizes and scholarships.‌

‌‌Jackie Hogan, UFV President and Vice-Chancellor, awarded Celidh Smith, grade 11 student from Robert Bateman Secondary School, a UFV entrance scholarship for her project "Saving the Saviour Fish: How do we reclaim the eulachon population in the Fraser River?".

Dr. Greg Schlitt, FVRSF Chair and Acting Dean of the Faculty of Science at UFV, awarded Priyam Mehta, grade 2 student from South Poplar Traditional Elementary School, the Science World Elementary Class Field Trip for his project "Ants and their chemical trails".

A complete list of winners can be found here FVRSF Award Winners 2018

To view all the photos of our event, please visit our Flickr Album

Students and their projects!


Important Notice regarding Log Books and Reports

February 15, 2018 - The Fraser Valley Regional Science Fair Committee met this week and discussed requirements of all participants. We want to be clear that  requirements regarding Log Books and Reports are as follows:

Particpants from Grades K-6: In addition to your poster, a report of no more than five pages plus a log book could earn you 14 additional points. You will not be disqualified for not providing one this year. 

Participants from Grades 7-12: It is absolutely critical for your ability to qualify for the Canada Wide Science Fair to provide, in addition to your poster, a report of no more than five pages plus an appendix of no more than two extra pages and a log book of your project. 

Please note that for next year the Fraser Valley Regional Science Fair Committee will be revisiting this matter.


JOIN US Saturday, APR 7, 2018 for the FVRSF Open House | Public Viewing | Fun with Science Event ... and AWARDS CEREMONY!

‌Please join us Saturday, April 7th for our Fraser Valley Regional Science Fair Open House and have some FUN WITH SCIENCE!!! All of our Science Fair participants have worked very hard on their science projects and now is the time for them to show you what talent lies within the Fraser Valley!

Doors will open at 9:00 am to the public to view these amazing projects! While you’re here you can also take in some science demonstrations hosted by the UFV Science Faculty and students as well as some fun with hands on activities for the kids! The Awards Ceremony will follow at 11:30 am so please stick around and show your support! Everyone is welcome to attend! READ MORE >


March 2018 - Mac Smith, 2017 FVRSF Alumni, was invited to attend the Canada 2067 Calgary Youth Summit. He was joined by a series of other dynamic speakers including Retired Astronaut and University of Calgary Chancellor, Robert Thirsk (pictured left) and Pro Golfer and Chemical Engineer, Brittany Marchand (pictured right). The Let's Talk Science event was moderated by Global Calgary News Anchor, Bindu Suri. The speakers came together to deliver short pitches showcasing diverse and fascinating fields that exist in the world of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Mac spoke about his Headstart Concussion Alert System and how he went from an ice cream bucket prototype to connecting with Bauer's product development. He left the audience with 3 inspiring tips ...

  1. ‌Dream big!
  2. Ask for help from others!
  3. Don't ever give up!

 View the recording of the Calgary Youth Science Summit

Access Other Recordings of the Regional Youth Science Summits that have been held across Canada.


Mac Smith featured on Emerald Code: Decoded

October 2017 - Mac Smith, 2017 FVRSF Gold Medal Winner, appears on the new STEM series Emerald Code: Decoded. He talks about his experience attending the Fraser Valley Regional Science Fair and the Canada Wide Science Fair. Way to go Mac!

[WATCH VIDEO] | [Subscribe to Emerald Code: Decoded]


May 2017 - Sixty-five students from 13 regions throughout BC and the Yukon presented their projects in Regina, Saskatchewan this week at the Canada-Wide Science Fair – the highest level of Science Fair competition in Canada. British Columbia and Yukon students brought home 106 awards and scholarships including 5 gold medals, 14 silver medals and 16 bronze medals!

Joining hundreds of the country’s brightest young scientific minds, BC and Yukon students competed for medals, cash awards, scholarships and other prizes. Participating in three categories - junior, intermediate and senior based on school grades 7 to 12, BC and Yukon students received 17 Special Awards and 54 Scholarships for a total of $111,750. 

Over 1,000 student finalists, delegates and judges participated in the 56th Canada-Wide Science Fair hosted by The University of Regina and Youth Science Canada.


Our 2017 gold medal winners travel to Regina

May 2017 - The FVRSF sent 3 students to represent the Fraser Valley as part of Team BC to attend the Canada Wide Science Fair held in Regina, Saskatchewan. Mac Smith, Clayburn Middle School, Abbotsford; Anna-Lisa Nguyen, Walnut Grove Secondary School, Langley; and, Jennifer Tran, R.E. Mountain Secondary School, Langley joined over 500 of Canada's top young scientists to compete for nearly $1,000,000 in awards, prizes and scholarships.


April 7, 2017: Students from across the Fraser Valley came together April 4-7, 2017 to compete for thousands of dollars in cash and prizes including the chance to represent Team BC at the Canada Wide Science Fair to be held in Regina, Saskatchewan next month. All of the participants had the pleasure of meeting the Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of BC when she stopped by to visit each of them on Judging Day!

The Grand Prize winners, of an all-expenses paid trip to the Canada-Wide Science Fair were Mac Smith (Clayburn Middle School, Abbotsford), Anna-Lisa Nguyen (Walnut Grove Secondary, Langley) and Jennifer Tran (R.E. Mountain Secondary, Langley). They will be joining over 500 of Canada’s top young scientists at the University of Regina May 14-20, 2017 and be competing for nearly $1,000,000 in awards, prizes and scholarships.


May 2016 - Seventy-one participants from 13 regions throughout BC and the Yukon presented projects in Montréal, QC this week at the Canada-Wide Science Festival – the highest level of Science Fair competition in Canada. British Columbia and Yukon students brought home 114 awards and scholarships including 5 gold medals, 13 silver medals and 20 bronze medals!

Joining hundreds of the country’s brightest young scientific minds, BC and Yukon students competed for medals, cash awards, scholarships and other prizes. Participating in three categories - junior, intermediate and senior based on school grades 7 to 12, BC and Yukon students received 16 Special Awards and 60 Scholarships for a total of $124,500.  “Our students continue to excel on the national stage” comments Patti Leigh, Executive Director of the Science Fair Foundation BC.

Over 1,000 student finalists, delegates and judges participated in the 55th Canada-Wide Science Festival hosted by McGill University and Youth Science Canada.


March 2016 - UFV is proud to host the 2016 Fraser Valley Regional Science Fair (FVRSF) at the Abbotsford Campus from March 29 - April 1, 2016. Students and teachers in the Fraser Valley Region are invited to participate in an exciting week celebrating science! This event is perfect for anybody interested in presenting innovative ideas; connecting with other students interested in science; winning many prizes valued in hundreds of dollars!; and a chance to be chosen to represent our region at the Canada Wide Science Fair. to be held in Montreal, Quebec.


May 2015 - Seventy-two participants from 13 regions throughout BC and the Yukon presented projects in Fredericton, NB this week at the Canada-Wide Science Fair – the highest level of Science Fair competition in Canada. BC students brought home 144 awards and scholarships including the Best Project Award! “The results are truly outstanding – the best achievement ever for British Columbia students”, said Patti Leigh, Executive Director.

Joining hundreds of the country’s brightest young scientific minds, BC and Yukon students competed for medals, cash awards, scholarships and other prizes. Over 1,000 student finalists, delegates and judges participated in the 54th Canada-Wide Science Fair.

Participating in three categories - junior, intermediate and senior based on school grades 7 to 12. BC and Yukon students received 3 Grand Awards – Best Project Award plus 2 Platinum Awards, 7 Gold, 18 Silver and 18 Bronze Medals as well as 13 Special Awards and 85 Scholarships for a total of $203,000.


April 2015 - Over 75 awards were handed out to students from 12 schools in Abbotsford, Maple Ridge, and Langley at the annual Fraser Valley Regional Science Fair, held April 7-10 at the University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford.

The Grand Prize winners, of an all expenses trip to the Canada-wide Science Fair – to be held in May in Fredericton, New Brunswick (http://cwsf.youthscience.ca) – are Baneet Braich (Abbotsford Senior Secondary), Ben Chisholm (Thomas Haney Center) and Daniel Kanis (Credo Christian School, Chilliwack).

Kanis also received a UFV entrance scholarship award. A special Science World prize, where the winner’s entire class receives a field trip to Telus World of Science, was won by Zoe Lainchbury of Abbotsford.

A complete list of winners can be found here … FVRSF Award Winners 2015

Photographs of all winners plus images of students with exhibits are available in our online Fraser Valley Regional Science Fair Phonto Album.


May 2014 - With environment innovation science projects leading the way, 73 participants from 13 regions throughout BC and the Yukon presented projects at this week's Canada-Wide Science Fair in Windsor, On – the highest level of science fair competition in Canada. BC and Yukon students brought home 117 awards.

Joining hundreds of the country’s brightest young scientific minds, BC and Yukon students competed for medals, cash awards, scholarships and other prizes worth approximately $1 million. Over 1,000 student finalists, delegates and judges participated in the 52nd Canada-wide Science Fair.

Participating in BC and Yukon students received 4 gold, 7 silver and 25 bronze medals as well as 14 special awards and 67 scholarships for a total of $137,400.


April 2014 - An amazing variety of science-based presentations were on display at the Fraser Valley Regional Science Fair. In total, there were 162 projects representing 24 schools from Abbotsford, Langley, Chilliwack, Maple Ridge and Agassiz. In all, 210 students from all levels of schooling participated in the annual science fair, held at UFV’s Abbotsford campus. Over 80 awards were handed out at a ceremony on Friday, April 4. Top displays were awarded a trip to the Canada-Wide Science Fair being held in May in Windsor, Ontario.


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