The top three award winners of the Western Manitoba Science Fair headed to Saskatchewan this week to compete in the Canada Wide Science Fair being held this year in Regina. The Canada Wide Science Fair is in its 59th year of hosting some 500 young people with a keen interest in the world of Science. It is the largest youth-oriented event that’s focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math where Canada’s top young scientists can showcase their “real world solutions” to some of our world’s most important, and often times difficult, issues.
Students from grades 7-12 represent their own regional science fairs and compete for top honours at the CWSF. They are also competing for close to $1,000,000.00 in various awards, prizes and scholarships.
Three Westman students, who won top honours at the Western Manitoba Science Fair in Brandon earlier in March, secured their spot to compete in the CWSF and to participate in a variety of science-based activities and workshops that were held on campus at the University of Regina.
Western Manitoba Best of Fair winner Emily Robb, and Runners Up Mathieuw Blakely and Christopher Vauzelle started their week-long line up of events at the beginning of the week and have participated in a host of various activities targeted to youth and their increasing curiosity on how things work!
Trevor Maguire is the Chairperson for the Annual Western Manitoba Science Fair held each year at the Keystone Centre in Brandon in mid-March. He said the Science Fairs bring together those kids who are like-minded to share their ideas and concepts and their love for Science.
Maguire shared that the CWSF is a great experience for these young people as it brings them together to participate in science presentations, campus activities, experimenting in the labs, and then the judging and competing itself.”
“The students get to meet and ‘rub-elbows’ with 450-500 really bright kids from all over Canada,” said Maguire. “It’s a really good experience and all the kids that come back from it claim its one of those things that changed their lives. They just get an opportunity to meet all those kids from someplace else and find out they’re no different, they’re all curious, they’re all smart and they all want to do something cool.”
The Canada-Wide Science Fair is held each year at a different city in Canada, during the week just prior to the May Long Weekend.