Here are some common questions you may have about our fair or your students’ science fair project.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is the Niagara Regional Science and Engineering Fair being held?
The 2019 fair will be held in the Pond Inlet and surrounding area at Brock University St. Catharines campus.
How are students chosen for the Canada Wide Science Fair?
Students will be judged to determine what projects are at the level necessary for the Canada Wide Science Fair.
Can I help my student(s) with their project(s)?
Some assistance can be given, however each project should represent the ideas and work of the child.
I don’t have a science background, how can I encourage my student(s)s to complete a science fair project?
Science fair projects are just as much about learning how to develop a question, predicting what is going to happen, experimenting and developing conclusions as it is about the science itself. Encourage your student(s) to ask questions and use the many resources available.
What is Academic Integrity?
With the increasing availability of online resources, we recognize that the internet is a resource however we strive to uphold Academic Integrity at our regional fair. The following are examples of academic integrity violations that are grounds for disqualification:
1 – Plagiarism – presenting the work of others as your own, without acknowledging the source. Scientific work includes scientific results, conceptual development of a topic, or substantive formulation or reformulation of a problem. This includes work done by a family member or a mentor. Information on how to properly cite references can be found on the Youth Science Canada website (www.youthsciencecanada.ca in Policy 188.8.131.52 CWSF Project Report).
2 – Fabricating or falsifying data.
3 – Forging signature(s)
4 – Fabricating or falsifying registration information.
5 – Entering a project which is derived from a previous NRSEF or CWSF project (continuation or revision of a project undertaken in a preceding year by the student or by another) without documenting the previous work.
My school has a science fair, what is the process for my student to compete at the NRSEF?
Complete the ‘Request Teacher/Coordinator Access’ section with the required information and our registration committee will send you the information you need to register your school and your students for the given school year.
My school does not have a science fair, what is the process for my student to compete at the NRSEF?
Please contact our registration committee for more information.
What category would my student(s) be in?
Projects are organized by age category. These categories are: JUVENILE (grades 5 and 6), JUNIOR (grades 7 and 8), INTERMEDIATE (grades 9 and 10), and SENIOR (grades 11 and 12).
Can I stay with my student(s) throughout the fair?
There will be times when the fair is open to the public (See schedule), however during judging no teachers are allowed on the floor.
Can I be there while the student(s)is(are) being judged?
No, the judges need to have one-on-one time with the student(s) while judging.
Who can we direct questions to at the fair?
Volunteers and Committee members will be available to help answer questions you may have. They will be wearing green t-shirts, and name-tags identifying them as committee members.