The Calgary Youth Science Fair Society (CYSFS) has been in place since 1962 and is a 100% volunteer run charitable society whose purpose is to organize and host the Calgary Youth Science Fair each year in early to mid April.  The event is normally held in the Olympic Oval at the University of Calgary attracting around 700 projects and almost 1,000 students in grades 5-12 from over 100 schools each year.  In 2023, our plan is to return to an in person fair.

The fair will be held from April 20th to 22nd at the Olympic Oval.  All projects must be registered by February 28th, and the online portion completed by March 31st.  See the more detailed timeline below and follow the links on the menu above for more information.

 We are discussing a number of mitigating strategies for Covid-19.  All students will use the Platform for registration and safety and will upload their projects as was done in the 2022 fair.  This provides judges an opportunity to preview projects prior to the fair.   Other options being considered include:

  • Students who are unwell or immunocompromised will have the opportunity to have their projects judged on the platform and those students who might qualify for special awards would be judged via phone interview.
  • No public viewing or science lab this year to allow better spacing of students and judges.
  • Live awards on April 22nd but with a limited group of people with possible live-streaming.

These details are in the early stages of discussion and final decisions will be made and communicated to the schools earlier in the new year.  Should circumstances change with respect to Provincial or Federal guidelines, CYSF reserves the right to pivot, either in part or in entirety to an online fair.

To see the complete list of over 100 sponsors and award winners from the 2022 fair, click here!

Important message about Plagiarism and Academic Misconduct

Plagiarism is a growing, serious problem in the academic world. The Calgary Youth Science Fair Society is reminding students and coordinators of the importance of acknowledging everyone who contributed to individual projects. This includes not only ensuring the completeness of the project’s literature references but also giving credit to the people whose ideas and assistance were used in the project’s design and execution. A failure to adequately credit external sources will negatively impact judging scores, and in extreme cases, could result in project disqualification. We encourage you to read the CYSF POLICY 8: Academic Integrity.

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Timeline

DateDescription
Oct 11School Registration Opens
Oct 11Project Registration Opens
Dec 16School Registration Closes
Dec 16Independent Registration Opens
Feb 14Judging Registration Opens
Feb 28Independent Entry and Project Registration Closes
Mar 31Project must be completed online
Apr 20Project Setup at the Olympic Oval
Apr 21Medal Round and Award Round Judging
Apr 22Awards Ceremony
Apr 30Deadline for students selected to participate in the Canada Wide Science Fair to submit their project and information
May 14-19Canada Wide Science Fair