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Canada-Wide Science Fair celebrates a return to Ottawa, May 26 to 31, 2024

OTTAWA, May 6, 2024 – The 62nd edition of the Canada-Wide Science Fair (CWSF), Canada’s largest annual youth STEM event, will be held at Carleton University from May 26 to 31, 2024. This year, 387 student finalists from all 13 provinces and territories will gather to display their STEM projects and compete for over $1.3 million in scholarships, awards and prizes.

“We are thrilled to bring the CWSF back to Ottawa, where it will not only highlight the outstanding talents of the country’s young scientists and innovators, but also offer an enriching experience to thousands of attendees, both in-person and virtually,” says Reni Barlow, executive director at Youth Science Canada. “This event is a testament to the relentless curiosity, ingenuity and perseverance of our youth, whose ideas can drive us toward a better future.”

The year’s event begins with an opening ceremony and two days of project judging. On May 30 and 31, the public can meet the students and explore the projects in the Project Zone. Visitors can look forward to various engaging activities, including the STEM Expo, which showcases more than 50 exhibits from leading educational institutions, agencies, companies, museums, and other STEM-related organizations. CWSF visitors can also participate in a scavenger hunt and hands-on science demonstrations. CWSF expects 8,000 in-person visitors from Ottawa and surrounding areas throughout the public viewing days.

In addition to the in-person activities, the CWSF will continue its popular virtual component, offering an online platform where visitors can explore the projects and participate in digital activities. The virtual fair attracts some 30,000 visitors, enabling STEM enthusiasts and supporters across Canada and beyond to engage with the country’s best youth STEM projects.
“The energy that CWSF brings to Ottawa is amazing, and we are excited to showcase the creativity and dedication of the finalists to local and virtual audiences,” says Trevor Maguire, board chair of Youth Science Canada. “We should celebrate every student who embraces the curiosity that is within each one of us and completes a STEM project.”

The event will culminate with the CWSF Awards Ceremony live streamed on Thursday, May 30, celebrating the outstanding achievements of these inspirational students. The Grand Award winners will participate in a live streamed panel discussion on Friday, May 31, at 10:00 am EDT in the Carleton University Fieldhouse.
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About Youth Science Canada

Youth Science Canada fuels the curiosity of Canadian youth through STEM projects. A registered charity incorporated in 1966, YSC delivers on its mission through national programs, including mySTEMspace, the National STEM Fair Network, Canada-Wide Science Fair, STEM Expo, Team Canada representation at international fairs and Smarter Science professional development for teachers. Through these programs, YSC provides direct support to the more than 500,000 students who do STEM projects in any given year. For more information, visit

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