April 12, 2024

UCalgary ignites young minds at Canada's largest science fair

Continued partnership with the Calgary Youth Science Fair supports the next generation of innovators

Calgary, AB – Nearly 900 students are set to bring their scientific curiosity and entrepreneurial thinking to life at the Calgary Youth Science Fair (CYSF), with the continued partnership of the University of Calgary.

The fair, which is the largest of its kind in Canada, runs from April 11 to 13 at the Olympic Oval. The University of Calgary, a long-time supporter of the CYSF, is excited to once again help spark an interest in science among students from grades 5 to 12.

The volunteer-run CYSF as been in operation since 1962, and is showcasing almost 650 inventive projects this year.

“The University of Calgary is proud to partner with the CYSF in an event that encourages such creativity and a love of science among students. These young innovators are the embodiment of entrepreneurial thinking — taking initiative, being resourceful, and learning from experience. We are honoured to support their journey.”  

Jon Cornish, Chancellor, University of Calgary

UCalgary is showcasing the Schulich School of Engineering’s Makerspace and Racing team and the Nickle Gallery’s Numismatic Coin Collection at the CYSF Science Lab. These interactive booths offer students a deeper understanding of science and engineering concepts.

UCalgary will also host a noon-time speaker series on April 12, featuring three University leaders sharing their experiences in science to inspire students to pursue a career in science.

In addition to its platinum level partnership, the University is sponsoring over 20 awards at the CYSF. University of Calgary Chancellor Jon Cornish will present the top award – The Chancellor and Senate Award valued at $2,500 – on April 13.

Top projects of the CYSF are selected to represent Calgary at the Canada-Wide Youth Science Fair.

Media inquiries

Rukhsaar Daya
Community Partnerships Specialist, University of Calgary


Amber Dooley
External Relations Chair, Calgary Youth Science Fair

About the University of Calgary
UCalgary is Canada’s entrepreneurial university, located in Canada’s most enterprising city. It is a top research university and one of the highest-ranked universities of its age. Founded in 1966, its 35,000 students experience an innovative learning environment, made rich by research, hands-on experiences and entrepreneurial thinking. It is Canada’s leader in the creation of start-ups. Start something today at the University of Calgary. 

About the Calgary Youth Science Fair

The Calgary Youth Science Fair Society (CYSFS) is a 100% volunteer-run, charitable organization with an annual fundraising target of $200,000 to host the Calgary Youth Science Fair each year. If you have a passion for science and innovation, please consider making a Donation to encourage discovery, ignite imaginations and inspire youth brilliance in our future leaders and innovators. A tax receipt will be sent directly to you in recognition of your donation.