Roughly 500,000 K-12 students in Canada do science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) projects every year. Youth Science Canada’s network of community based members hosts 25,000 of these students at over 100 science fairs in every province and territory, where STEM professionals meet the young scientists and review their projects. They select the top 500 for the national finals—the Canada-Wide Science Fair—coming to Ottawa from May 12-18, 2018, to be held at Carleton University.
A week-long, national event held every May since 1962, the Canada-Wide Science Fair (CWSF)
brings together the 500 top grade 7-12/Cégep students with 400 projects from every province and territory to compete for medals, cash prizes, scholarships and exclusive science opportunities.
Early in the week of the CWSF, the focus for the grade 7-12/Cégep finalists is on scientific, social, and cultural program activities, as well as the competition. But on the last three days, they share their STEM passion and projects with visiting students, teachers, and the public. Three days of school and public viewing (Wednesday, May 16 to Friday, May 18) will welcome over 10,000 visitors, who can also explore STEM Expo—100 interactive and inspiring exhibits featuring ideas and opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math.
Local students interact with kids like themselves from across Canada, learning first-hand how curiosity and a desire to make the world better lead to intriguing questions, ingenious solutions—and a lot of fun. It’s a powerful experience.
We need volunteers to help with a wide range of activities and tasks. There’s something for everyone - volunteer for a few hours or a few days! Bilingual volunteers are especially welcome.
Arrivals & Registration: Meet and greet participants at the airport and train station, bus guides, loading and unloading of luggage and participants, greeters at Carleton, help delegations with the registration process, find their residence rooms and answer general questions (May 12th).
Transportation: Experienced, mature drivers are required to drive cube vans containing luggage from the airport and train station to (and from) Carleton University (May 12th and 18th).
Safety Checks: Perform safety checks on all the projects (May 13th).
Judging Support: Greet incoming judges, staff the registration table to register arriving judges, verify all judging teams are complete, ensure that only judges, finalist support team and others authorized by the Chief Judge are present on the exhibit floor (May 14th).
Information Booth: Staff information booth in the exhibit hall to answer questions from participants, judges and visitors (May 14th, 16th, 17th, 18th).
Tour Day: Loading/unloading buses, guide participants to downtown core, be present at key locations downtown to act as guides and provide assistance and information, assist with walking participants from downtown to University of Ottawa for evening BBQ (May 15th).
Social Events: Assist at Opening Ceremony (May 13th) “Night at the Museum” (May 14th) and finalists’ lounge (May 16th).
STEM Expo: Help with set-up (May 15th), assist STEM Expo coordinator (May 16th, 17th & 18th).
School Tours: Runners/helpers to assist with school tours (May 16th, 17th & 18th).
Awards Ceremony/Banquet: Ticket checks, ticket sales, assistance with awards ceremony (May 17th).
General: Set-up/tear-down, office assistants, runners and floaters.
Photographers: Roving photographers for all social events, school tours, STEM Expo.
Location: Carleton University
1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON K1S 5B6
Deadline: May 4, 2018