On Friday, March 1, the annual Vancouver District Science Fair (VDSF) took place at Langara College. This year, Langara College and the Vancouver School Board partnered for one of the largest science fairs in Canada, which attracted 270 students between Grades 7-12 from roughly 30 different schools. An estimated 120 projects were showcased.
According to project organizers, the Science Fair serves as a connecting point between science industry professionals, science fair alumni, mentors, educators and students. It also fosters a positive attitude towards science by allowing students to be creative in an academic environment.
This year, in addition to giving students an opportunity to show off what they know about science, the fair also provided Langara departments with a chance to showcase their faculties. Instructors from Langara's biology, physics, chemistry, mathematics, computer science and information technology departmentsb spoke to students about their subject areas. Topics included Advances in 3-D Printing: Printing Human Organs, Endangered Species Road Trip: Welcome to 2013 and The International Year of Statistics: Energy in our Lives, among many others.
"Students have really enjoyed this," says teacher Albert Chang, the Vancouver District Science Fair's Coordinator and 2008 first place winner in the BIOTECanada" Biogen Idec Teaching Excellence Award. "They get to participate in activities and get to see interesting things. I've received a lot of positive feedback."
The top 85 projects selected by the fair's judges qualify for the Greater Vancouver Regional Science Fair in April. For more information about the 2013 Vancouver District Science Fair, click here.