- Each year we have approximately 220 projects involving over 300 students from about 30
different public, separate and independent schools in Waterloo Region, The Upper Grand District School Board, and
Wellington County. Independent entries are accepted if they meet our criteria.
- The projects are placed into one of four Divisions - Biotechnology,
Earth Science, Engineering Science, Life Science, or Physical & Math Science.
Within each of these Divisions the projects are further divided into one
of three Categories, according to the grades of the participants - Junior
(grades 7 and 8), Intermediate (grades 9 and 10) or Senior (grades 11, and
- The projects and students are judged according to a national standard
that includes the scientific method, creativity, organization,
research, background knowledge, visual impact and a written summary of the
- Gold, Silver, Bronze and Pewter medallions are awarded in each of the fifteen Category/Divisions. Cash
prizes accompany the medallions. Several nationally sponsored awards are
also presented. The Awards of Merit go to the projects judged to be the best at the Fair.
These awards consist of an all expense paid trip to
represent our region at the week-long, Canada-Wide Science Fair, held in major cities across the country.
The project considered to be the best overall project in the Fair is selected as the winner of the
Award of Excellence.
- Over 120 judges from local schools, universities, colleges, businesses
and industries volunteer their time to judge the projects and provide
valuable feedback to the students.
- In addition to the judging of the projects, time at the regional fair
gives opportunities for the students to demonstrate their projects
to each other and to the general public, and to participate in
science related educational activities or presentations.
- The WWSEF is organized by volunteers from the community and is affiliated with over 100
other regional fairs across the country under the auspices of the Youth
Science Canada. Each year the best young scientific
minds from across the country meet at the Canada-Wide Science Fair, (CWSF) which is
co-sponsored by the YSF and a committee in the host city. The WWSEF has been the host
of two national events, in 1981 at the University of Waterloo and in 1994
at the University of Guelph.
- The WWSEF is operated as a non-profit, charitable organization with
support from local public, separate and independent schools and school
boards; area colleges and universities; Youth Science Ontario, local
service clubs, businesses, and industries. Organizations or individuals
wishing to support the work of the WWSEF should contact Louis Silcox