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Young researchers showcase their bright ideas on campus

Olympic Oval hosts Calgary Youth Science Fair this weekend
April 17, 2015

For the fourth consecutive year the 2015 Calgary Youth Science Fair will return to the Olympic Oval on campus. Photo by Riley Brandt, University of Calgary

The brightest and most ambitious youth of Calgary and area in grades five through 12 will be participating in the Calgary Youth Science Fair on April 17 and 18 at the Olympic Oval. Photo from 2014 CYSF by Riley Brandt, University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is proud to host the largest science fair in Canada that attracts more than 1,000 student participants. The brightest and most ambitious youth of Calgary and area in grades five through 12 will be participating in the Calgary Youth Science Fair on April 17 and 18 at the Olympic Oval.

Not only does the fair showcase student research, it also offers students the opportunity to get a taste of how science is applied at the university and in the community. The Guest Speakers Program and the Science Lab aim to inspire innovation in these young scientists through speakers and interactive exhibits in a variety of disciplines.

University of Calgary chancellor, Robert Thirsk, will be speaking in the Guest Speaker Program about how science has influenced his life and time in space.

“We are so pleased the Calgary Youth Science Fair is returning for its fourth year to the University of Calgary’s Olympic Oval,” said Thirsk. “This partnership with the fair is a wonderful opportunity for our university to support science education in our Calgary area schools, and the level of ingenuity demonstrated by these young researchers amazes and inspires me. I look forward to attending and speaking with the students about my career in science.”

The Guest Speakers Program also welcomes Kinesiology student Amanda Black and Cydnee Seneviratne, associate dean of nursing (clinical education), neuroscience/ cardiovascular Nursing, to speak on their individual area of expertise

Set-up began on April 15 and students will participate in a full day of judging on April 17. The fair is open to the public on Saturday morning at 9 a.m. and the awards ceremony will follow at 12 p.m.

For more information, visit www.cysf.org.