University of Calgary

University hosts Canada’s largest science fair this weekend

UToday HomeApril 19, 2013

By Rachel Moro

University of Calgary President Elizabeth Cannon was a guest speaker at the 2012 edition of the Calgary Youth Science Fair. Projects and interactive activities this year will focus on the United Nations’ theme, International Year of Water Co-operation.University of Calgary President Elizabeth Cannon was a guest speaker at the 2012 edition of the Calgary Youth Science Fair. Projects and interactive activities this year will focus on the United Nations’ theme, International Year of Water Co-operation.For the second year, the Calgary Youth Science Fair (CYSF) is back on campus this week at the University of Calgary’s Olympic Oval.

Close to 1,000 students in grades 5 to 12 from Calgary schools compete to take part in Canada's largest regional science fair. The annual fair is organized by the CYSF Society to encourage and promote ongoing interest in science.

The university is a platinum sponsor and longstanding supporter of the fair. Students, faculty and staff of the university will participate as speakers, award sponsors, judges, and volunteers.

Ed McCauley, vice-president (research), will be present at Friday’s Guest Speakers Program speaking about his role as the project leader and principal investigator for the Advancing Canada’s Wastewater Assets project — a unique partnership between the University of Calgary and the City of Calgary.

McCauley recognizes the value of hosting this event, explaining that “the Calgary Youth Science Fair offers a great opportunity to further our Eyes High commitment to enhancing our engagement in the community by partnering for this annual showcase of student excellence in science.” McCauley adds, “We look forward to introducing these talented students to some of the research work being done on campus in hopes of inspiring them for future projects.”

University of Calgary Veterinary Medicine student Alissa Gunderson joins McCauley, speaking about her interest and love for veterinary medicine. Another speaker is chemical and petroleum engineering professor Ian Gates, who will teach students about his grant-winning research conducted with Michael S. Kallos, professor, chemical and petroleum engineering, on turning sewage to power in developing countries.

Students set up their exhibits on April 17 and will participate in a full day of judging on April 19. A science lab is open for participating students and adults to engage in science-related educational activities including the University of Calgary’s Let’s Talk Science and Cybermentor programs as well as the Schulich Delta solar car.

On Saturday, April 20, the fair will be open to the public to view the projects and explore interactive activities focused on the United Nations’ theme, International Year of Water Co-operation.

For more information, see: www.cysf.org

 

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