Are you interested in participating in the 2023 Calgary Youth Science Fair?

Here’s what to do:

  • students are encouraged to ask their science teacher if their school is registering for the 2023 Calgary Youth Science Fair
  • if the school is not going to register, then the student should ask their science teacher to email for more information about both school registration, as well as registering as an independent entry

Student/Parent Checklist For All Participants:


Please ensure that you know the important deadlines and fair dates as shown on the front page of this website or communicated by your school’s science fair coordinator. Specific deadlines change from year to year, so please adhere to the posted dates closely.


  • Along with the Science Fair coordinator at your school, make the decision to do a science fair project.
  • Review all of the information on the Student FAQ’s page for advice on how to do a good science fair project.
  • If you plan to use humans or animals in any way, review the Guidelines for Use of Human Subjects and Animals and Policy 20. File an Ethics and Due Care Form 2A before you start your project (to be filled out online).
  • If you plan to use human subjects then you must determine the risk associated with your project. Projects falling into the ‘significant risk’ category must complete Participation of Humans – Significant Risk Approval Form 2B. The CYSF Ethics and Due Care Committee makes the final determination of risk. Follow the instructions on the form to send it.
  • If you plan to use human subjects in your project then each subject must read and sign the Informed Consent Form 2C before participating. You will be asked for these upon regestration at the fair.
  • Gather background information on your science project from libraries, web sites, etc.
  • Begin keeping a logbook of your activities and/or experiments (judges will ask to see your logbook).
  • Parents should set aside time on a weekly basis to help and coach children with projects, remembering that all the work must be the children. Make sure they keep a Log Book of their activities and/or experiments.
  • Make sure that you have read all the Entry Rules and Safety Regulations — projects must be in compliance with all of the rules and regulations.

December – February

  • With guidance from your coordinator and parents, complete your project. Refer to the Student FAQ’s page for good ideas on how to do a good science fair project.
  • Make sure you start any experiments early so that you can complete your project by mid-February.
  • When your project is complete, determine how you will lay out your project on your trifold, as well as any models or artifacts you might plan to showcase with your project.
  • Do a final check to make sure you have followed all the Entry Rules and Safety Regulations.
  • Make sure your parents read copies of all the Rules, Instructions, and Regulations given to you by your School Coordinator.


  • Your coordinator will have you register your project on the platform.
  • Please review the Project DIVISIONS/TOPICS before you complete your registration on the platform.
  • If you are planning on participating in the fair, you must be registered by February 28th on the platform.


  • During March, you need to complete your project, doing any last edits and additions.
  • After March 31st at 9:00 am no further modifications to your project will be allowed on the platform.
  • The medal and award round judging will occur on April 21.
  • Again, review the Project FAQ page for advice and information on how to do a good science fair project.

Student/Project Registration and Completion

  • You must have your project registered online by February 28th
  • You must have your project completed online by March 31.  After this date, no further changes to your project will be allowed.

Project Set-up/Judging (April 20th/21st)

  • Students will come to the Olympic Oval to check-in and set-up their Trifolds. Typically this has been between 12-6pm but watch for updated times in April.
  • Following project set-up students are assigned judging teams, therefore ONLY projects that check-in and set up on Thursday April 20th will be considered for in-person judging.
  • If students are unable to make it on Thursday April 20th they can have parents, peers or teachers check-in and set up their trifold for them
  • Only students who have been selected for judging by their coordinator and who have completed the declaration section on the platform will be able to check-in, please review this criteria with your students.
  • Judging will occur in-person at the Olymplic Oval on April 21.  For students who are not well, showing signs of illness, or are immunocompromised, arrangements will be made to judge the project over the phone, while the judge reviews the project on the platform as well as reads the project summary.
  • If you are selected to be judged for the second round, you will be contacted and assigned a time for a judging interview.
  • In-person judging, typically students are asked to be at the Oval for 8am and until 3pm.
  • Medal round judging happens in the morning. ALL students will be judged 2-5 times by different judges.
  • Award round judging happens in the afternoon, only projects qualifying for an award will be judged in the afternoon.
  • There will be a noon time speaker presentation
  • Only students are invited to the Oval on Friday April 21st.
    • If teachers or parents would like to be in attendance they can contact about volunteering in a supervisory and/or judging role.

Public Viewing and Award Ceremony (April 22)

  • There will be no public viewing this year at the Olympic Oval. Only participating students will be able to view the projects. There will also be no Science Lab running on April 21st for students to participate in. This is to use our limited human resources and space most effectively
  • There will be an awards ceremony on April 22 at the Olympic Oval.
    • Typically students are asked to be at the oval between 9am and noon.
    • Medals and floor awards will be presented to students at their projects
    • Major awards will be presented on stage