1. How do I register?
Follow instructions on website under Registration. Come to Lambton College with your project on the day of the fair between 3:30-5:00 pm. Grade 7-12 students must bring your $5.00 fee with you to the college. Please print a copy of the photo permission form and have your parents sign it and bring it with you to registration.
2. Which grades can enter the science fair?
Students in grades 3 through 12 can enter the science fair. Only students from grades 7 through 12 can continue to the Canada Wide Science Fair.
3. Can I work in pairs?
Projects can be done by individuals or in pairs. Any prizes won will be split equally between both members of the pair. No groups larger than two (2) are permitted.
4. How big can my project be?
Exhibits must be confined to an area which does not exceed 0.75m front to back and 1.20m from side to side. The overall height of exhibits is limited to 2.5m from the floor (assume a 0.7m table height). All exhibits must be self-supported. Wall space to attach exhibit material to will not be available. Tables will be provided.
5. When is judging?
Judging takes place at 6 pm until 9 pm on the Friday night and continues from 9 am until noon on the Saturday morning. You must be with your project during ALL judging times. If you cannot be with your project for the required times please do not enter a project. Projects can be taken down starting at noon on the Saturday.
Judging inevitably involves long waits by participants. While the judging teams will do their utmost to keep the waiting time to a minimum, we recommend that the participants bring a book to read during these periods.
There will be several short breaks announced during judging where students may leave their experiment, use the washrooms, buy a snack from the cafeteria.
6. Are there any safety rules for projects?
Rules are set out by the Youth Science Canada and are to be followed by all students across Canada.
THE SCIENCE FAIR SAFETY OFFICER WILL INSPECT EACH EXHIBIT AND DETERMINE WHETHER OR NOT AN EXHIBIT MAY BE DISPLAYED WITH OR WITHOUT FURTHER MODIFICATION. THE DECISION OF THE SAFETY OFFICER IS FINAL.
7. Can I use animals in my experiment?
Please go to : http://www.ysf.ca/SMARTS/support/safetyethics.aspx
Yes; HOWEVER certain conditions must be met as set out by CWSF.
Students may do experiments on non-vertebrate animals, and exhibit their work in the LCSF. Lower orders of life – bacteria, fungi, protozoa, insects, plants and invertebrate animals – can be used in experimentation to reveal valuable basic biological information. The use of invertebrate animals is generally acceptable. However, ethical issues pertain to all living animals and consideration must be given to the scientific and educational value of the study being undertaken. The LCSF reserves the right to disallow a project involving experimentation on invertebrates that is of questionable scientific or educational value, or is judged to be unethical.
Vertebrate animals (birds, fish, mammals, reptiles, amphibians) are not to be used in any science fair projects, with the following four exceptions:
THE LCSF MUST BE CONTACTED FOR ALL PROJECTS INVOLVING VERTEBRATES (PRIOR TO THE START OF THE PROJECT) AND THE FINAL DECISION FOR ELIGIBILITY RESTS WITH THE CHIEF JUDGE, LCSF. A COMPLETED ‘SCIENCE PROJECT HUMAN/ANIMAL RESEARCH APPROVAL FORM’ (AVAILABLE FROM THE LCSF) MUST BE SUBMITTED TO THE LCSF AT REGISTRATION FOR ANY PROJECT INVOLVING THE USE OF ANIMALS.
8. What are the awards?