Invent the Future Fall 2015 Campaign Launches

Wed, 2015-10-28 17:21 -- Dominic Tremblay

Canada and the world are facing tough problems. Canadian youth want to make a difference. They know science isn’t easy, but it’s important. We’re challenging them to make their world a better place.

And with nearly $1M in awards, prizes, and scholarships, we’re serious!

The Canada-Wide Youth Science Challenges target seven issues that matter to Canadian youth, the future of the country and the world – Discovery, Energy, Environment, Health, Information, Innovation and Resources.

Challenge your students to use their curiosity and creativity – and the inquiry and critical thinking skills you’re teaching them – to tackle these issues by investigating a question or designing a solution to a problem.

Real science and engineering – real world problems. If “science fair” makes you think volcanoes and solar systems, you couldn’t be more wrong!

This past year:

  • Marcus Deans is a 13-year-old from Windsor, ON who created a filter using sugar and sand that could successfully filter water to commercial standards, with materials that cost less than $20 in total. Marcus hopes that his work can help to improve drinking water in the developing world.
  • Rebecca Baron is a 15-year-old from Vancouver, BC. Her project looked at using common household plants to remove toxins from the air, such as airborne formaldehyde. Rebecca’s work has the potential to make an impact on the bioremediation of indoor air quality.
  • Austin Wang is a 17-year-old from Vancouver, BC who identified genes in bacteria that are responsible for generating power in a microbial fuel cell. His work is making an incredible impact on understanding the biology of how these systems work.

…the three Platinum Award winners from nearly 500 grade 7-12 students whose Challenge projects competed at the 54th annual Canada-Wide Science Fair in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

If you’re looking for more student engagement, deep and meaningful learning, real-world application, and the opportunity for authentic assessment – challenge your students with a project. We can help:

  • Find tools, resources and advice about the Canada-Wide Youth Science Challenges and science projects at
  • Access our inquiry-based Smarter Science® teaching resources at

Challenge projects can be entered in over 100 regional fairs, in every province and territory, where students can be selected for the national finals – Canada-Wide Science Fair 2016 – May 15-20 in Montreal, Quebec. Find your nearest regional science fair using the Fair Locator.

Challenge YOUR students to invent the future.

Download the 2015 Invent the Future Newsletter and Poster in English and French.