What is a Science Fair?

ExpoScience defines it as:

  • A science and technology competition open to all young people aged 6 to 20
  • A project that you can do alone or in a team of two
  • A one-of-a-kind way for you to learn more about science outside the classroom, choosing your own subject to explore
  • Experimentation, Design or Study projects in seven specific scientific fields
  • More than just a science competition: it’s also a way to forge links with experienced professional scientists, audiences that want to get to know your, and young people from all over Québec who want to get the most out of the event
  • But above all, a unique life experience like nothing you’ve ever seen in science!

Project Categories

All Science Fair projects are presented according to a classification defined by the Science Fair program.

Starting with the 2018-2019 edition, there are five classifications.

For each classification, a non-exhaustive list was drawn to guide you in identifying the classification best representing your project’s field of expertise.

  • Biological and health sciences
    • Living organisms
    • Nature and properties of living organisms
    • Biomedical sciences
    • Human biology and physiology
    • Microbiology and immunology
    • Pharmaceutical sciences and drug development
    • Genetics
    • Biotechnology
  • Pure sciences
    • Physics
    • Mathematics and statistics
    • Chemistry and chemical engineering
    • Astronomy
    • Geology and geomorphology
    • Geography
  • Environment and ecosystems
    • Environmental resources
    • Ecosystems
    • Habitat biodiversity
    • Natural resources and sustainable development (e.g.: agribusiness, energy, etc.)
    • Energy sources and forms
  • Engineering, computer science, robotics applications
    • Computer engineering and software
    • Mechanical engineering
    • Electrical engineering
    • Civil engineering
    • Aerospace engineering
    • Building engineering
    • Industrial engineering
    • Construction engineering
  • Social sciences and social networks
    • Sociology
    • Culture
    • Information and communications technologies (e.g. social media)
    • Human behaviour (psychology, psychoeducation, industrial relations, etc.)
    • Demographics
    • Education and behavioral studies

Participating in the Science Fair

First, take the time to read over the rules.

Ready to Get Going? Follow these steps…

A. Come up with an idea

If you need ideas to get you started, the ExpoScience site provides some helpful guidelines. Your teachers may also prove to be helpful in brainstorming some ideas with you.

Your project should consist either of experimentation, design of some novel technology or methodology, or an in-depth study of some science-related topic.

B. Project Proposal

In order to participate, you must produce a project proposal and submit it to Ashley Rankin via MIO (include Science Fair in the subject line, please) by November 16th 2018. The feedback will include one of three possible statuses:

Accepted: Clear to proceed with the project.
Accepted with modification: Clear to proceed with the project after applying the suggested modifications.
Refused: Project cannot proceed in its current proposed state.

Your proposal must first indicate the type of project you plan on conducting, and then address at least the following aspects: An introduction to the question being asked and hypothesis being tested, the issue being addressed, or the topic of study chosen.

C. Final Report

A final report must be submitted by Friday, January 25th 2019. Only students who have submitted their final report will be given the opportunity to present their work at the Fair.

Depending on your type of project, tools to assist you with your report writing are available here.

D. Final Presentation

The presentation will take place at a place and time determined at a future point once the number of local participants is determined.

E. Regional Science Fair

Selected participants will be given the choice to represent Vanier College at the Hydro Quebec Montreal Regional Science Fair which will take place between March 24-26, 2019 at Concordia University.


A mentor is any one of the science or technology teachers in the college who is willing to provide you with assistance and guidance with the preparation of your project. If you are interested in having a mentor, you can request this in your initial proposal. You can request a specific mentor (conditional on this person agreeing to act as your mentor), or you can simply request that one be found for you.

Important Notes

  • No projects involving animals will be accepted.
  • Projects involving humans will be considered, but must conform to the strict guidelines imposed by Vanier College’s Research Ethics Board (REB) and must receive REB approval before proceeding.
  • All information and materials that have been taken from other sources must be credited.

Additional Information

For more information about the Science Fair, visit the ExpoScience website.

Do you have any inquiries or want to get involved in the Science Fair?
Send a MIO to Ashley Rankin or an email to rankina@vaniercollege.qc.ca.

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