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Youth Science Foundation sets its sights on the year 2000.

The 1992 Canada-Wide Science Fair attracted a record number of region from across Canada and over 900 people attended the event in Sudbury including guests from Sweden, Japan, Australia and Taiwan.

For budding Canadian scientists, the highlight of the year is the Canada-Wide Science Fair. This year's event, the 31st annual, was held in Sudbury, Ont., May 10 to 17. The Canada-Wide Science Fair is one of the many activities sponsored by the Youth Science Foundation (YSF) under its National Science Fair Program. Through this program a network of regional science fairs are organized leading to the Canada-Wide and possible international competition.

The YSF is a national charitable organization dedicated to stimulating an interest in science and technology among young Canadians.

The YSF has been busy recently, concerned about Canada's ability to compete in a global science and technology-based economy. It has created new committees to explore the strategies needed to make the YSF and its programs relevant to the educational and industrial needs of the year 2000.

The YSF Report, Vol. 3, No. 4, June 1992, explains: "Eight programs have been designed to capture, validate and stage the development of ideas generated by appropriate support committees. Some committees have been formed ... Others will be created as needed. The intent is to seek appropriate expertise from YSF's various stakeholders."

The eight programs have been grouped in three key areas: strategic development; volunteer development; market (youth) development. It is the latter which is the focus of this article. Market (youth) development focuses on "the programs intended to stimulate an interest in science and technology among young Canadians", according to the YSF Report.

The programs are: The National Science Fair Program; The National Youth Science Awards Program; The Young Scientists of Canada Program.

Record numbers at the fair

In 1992, the Canada-Wide Science Fair attracted representation from a record 103 regions across Canada, 368 students in all presenting 298 projects. Over 200 judges and 150 regional delegates volunteered their time to ensure the success of the event. Private industry, associations and government sponsor awards in the form of cash, prizes, trips or scholarships valued at more than $100,000. (The Chemical Institute of Canada sponsors two awards, see photos.) Of the 298 projects, 56% earned recognition in the form of a division award, special award or combination of both. Some of the winners include:

* Best Junior: Stefane and Renee Filion, North Bay, Ont., for their project Achigan (Bass).

* Best Intermediate: Marc Kielburger, Thornhill, Ont., for his project Lead: Are we eating it?

* Best Senior: Rochan Sankar, Brossard, Que., for his project the CARDIOGAUGE: Intelligent Cardiac Status Monitor. This project was also judged as the Best Project in the Fair.

More about the YSF and its programs may be obtained from: Youth Science Foundation, 151 Slater St., Suite 904, Ottawa, Ont., K1P 5H3; Tel: 613-238-1671; Fax: 613-238-1677.
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Author:Rodden, Graeme
Publication:Canadian Chemical News
Date:Oct 1, 1992
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