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    2018 STEAM Horizon Awards - Grade 11 or 12 students are invited to promote positive changes throughout their community using science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM). Applicants can approach their passion for technology and science from any angle, whether from an art and design perspective, research project, public outreach, or development of a new idea or product.

Five Canadian students will be awarded $25,000 each to study in a STEAM field at a Canadian university or college. Two of these awards will be given to Indigenous students.

Application deadline: January 16, 2018. Find out more:


Team BC Off To Taiwan! On January 24, two British Columbia students will represent British Columbia and Canada at the annual Taiwan International Science Fair (TISF) to be held January 28th to February 3rd, 2018. Aaliyah Mahboubi is a Grade 9 student at Charles Hays Secondary School in Prince Rupert and Yimeng Li is a Grade 10 student at Sir Winston Churchill Secondary in Vancouver.


19th Annual Microsemi Science Fair Fun Run - This family-friendly event will take place at the Athletes Village Plaza on May 27, 2018. The event is organized by the Science Fair Foundation of BC, a not-for-profit, registered charity supporting science education through the Science Fair Program. All proceeds will go to The Dr. Michael Smith Science Fair Endowment to ensure the success of future Science Fairs in BC and allow our youth to gain the skills they need to succeed in a fast-paced, knowledge-based world. Find out more of register: ​

International Summer School for Young Physicists - The ISSYP is an exciting and challenging two-week program for Canadian and international high school students who have a keen interest in theoretical physics and intend to pursue physics studies at the university level. Complete applications must be received no later than Thursday, March 29, 2018. Go to:​

    Vancouver District Science Fair - Friday, March 2nd, 3:30pm to 9:15pm at Langara College. Students in Grades 7 – 12 are welcome to enter projects. Register online by February 23. Visit for more information.​

The Quantum Cryptography School for Young Students (QCSYS) is an exciting eight-day enrichment program for high school students hosted by the Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo. QCSYS will run August 10-17, 2018 with students arriving August 9 and departing August 18.​

QCSYS offers an interesting blend of lectures, hands-on experiments and group work focused on quantum cryptography — a cutting-edge field that utilizes the fascinating laws of quantum mechanics to develop unbreakable encryption that protects our information.
This school is for students:

  • In grades 11 or 12 (or equivalent) -- exceptional grade 10 students may be accepted, space permitting
  • Age 15 years and older
  • Enrolled in or have completed grade 11 mathematics or higher (grade 11 physics is recommended but not mandatory)
  • Fluent in English


Upon acceptance into the program, students are responsible for a $250 CAD registration fee. They are also responsible for booking and paying for their travel to and from Waterloo. IQC offers bursaries to help cover the costs of registration and travel – students should apply for a bursary when filling out their application.
Applications, including references, are due March 23, 2018. Find out more: QCSYS​

The Gene Researcher for a Week program was created to foster the growth of genetic clinician-scientists through high school students in Canada.

GRFAW program provides a learning experience for students who have not had lab experience from other programs or work opportunities. The program offers the participants to spend one week in a research lab during their spring break.

Students will participate in the lab activities with as much hands on experience as possible. The GRFAW program is a great opportunity for YOU to learn about human genetics research and connect with the scientific community. The application period runs from Nov. 1st to Dec. 24th. Find out more at:
Program Description

Rudolf Ortvay International Online Physics Competition - competitors have 10 days to solve a maximum of 10 problems from the given physics problems and to upload their solutions via an online form. The rules and the problems are available from:
CBC creative writing challenge invites students to imagine Canada's future in 150 years

The First Page is a brand new creative writing challenge for students in Grades 7 to 12, created by CBC Books.

The challenge? We want students to give us a glimpse of the great Canadian novel of the year 2167. Write the first page of a book set 150 years in the future, with the protagonist facing an issue that's topical today and setting the scene for how it's all playing out in a century and a half. Find out more by clicking on the link below:

CBC Creative Writing Challenge

Pacific Institute for Theoretical Physics

These public lectures are intended for a broad audience, from inside and outside the university. They provide a forum for outstanding researchers from around the world, as well as from UBC, to discuss the work in Quantum Physics and to present it in a way accessible to non-specialists, including the general public. 

The seminars will usually take place on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, in the evening at the Fairment Lounge, St. Johns College, 2111 Lower Mall, UBC. Click the link below for more info.

PiTP Lectures

Sky, Water, Earth

Sky, Water, Earth is a collection of free, online, and self-paced
experiences that will prepare you for a career in the sciences. Students work their way through activities called "playlists" and earn badges and points that can be used to access "real-world opportunities" such as a behind the scenes tour of the aquarium, perform a gene sequencing experiment and more! 
It is available from September 08, 2017 to September 01, 2018.

Engage at: Sky, Water, Earth​

The Amy Hurn Scholarship

Amy an avid cyclist, a Vancouver teacher and Science Department Head. A scholarship fund has been established in her memory to provide financial assistance to Vancouver public high school students pursuing post secondary education in science. Deadline for applications is June 30th. Find out more at:


Run for One Planet - The Run for One Planet is an ongoing run endeavour focused on "Inspiring Environmental Action, One Step at a Time". Found out more at:


Students please note: be sure to check the bulletin boards in the science wing for other opportunities!


This is a contest open to students in grade 8 and 9 science - 30 multiple choice questions in 30 minutes. Test your science SKILL....NOT knowledge! Find out more at:


Applied Science Summer Advancement Program

Geering Up has exciting summer opportunities for High School students who are passionate about Science, Technology, and Engineering.  Week long junior and senior programs are available! Find out more at:


Phenomenal Physics Summer Camps

The UBC Phenomenal Physics Summer Camps are for kids (Grades 2 - 10) who enjoy building things and learning cool new science stuff! Come make flash lights and robots, observe the sun using a solar telescope, go scuba diving, learn the physics of sound, and build cardboard boats that can actually carry people, etc. We offer four different week-long day camps that cater to a range of ages and interests. 
Volunteer opportunities for Grade 11-12 Know any Grade 11/12 students with experience working with children and also passionate about science? Encourage them to volunteer with us! Volunteer application is now open. To apply or for more information about volunteering with us, visit our website
Oxbridge Academic Programs
Science programs designed for students of ages 13-18 are available in the topics of medicine, physics, zoology, astronomy, astrophysics and more! Would you like to study in New York, LA, or Paris??!! Find out more at:
The Verna J. Kirkness Science and Engineering Education Program
This program addresses the under-representation of First Nations, Métis and Inuit students at Canadian universities. One of the factors contributing to this is the lack of academic role models for these students.  The Foundation addresses this by offering scholarships to Aboriginal grade 11 students to spend a week at a Canadian university interacting with scientists in their research laboratories. During their week on campus the students have the opportunity to meet role models, learn about the support systems that are available to them on campus and experience the excitement of doing research. Find out more by following the link below:

BC Green Games - Science World's digital eco-storytelling contest supports BC teachers and promotes place-based environmental education. This project-style, inquiry-based program is a 21st century learning opportunity in scientific exploration, storytelling, media arts and advocacy. Document and share your green stories, win prizes and celebrate your team’s greenest achievements! Find out more and register at:
Greater Vancouver High School Science Association - a student-run non-profit society dedicated to making science opportunities accessible to youth. Looking to get involved and participate in fun, educational science events with other High School students? There are essentially three current activities: Science Olympics, Portal Tours – see scientists in action and tour science facilities, and Scope Distribution – an opportunity to read and write about science. Check out:
Tomatosphere™  - Students investigate the effects of the space environment on the growth of food that will inevitably support long-term human space travel. For more details and to register, visit
Spin Master New Toy & Game Competition - If you're in Grade 7 - 12 and living in Canada, this is your chance to invent what could become the world's next big toy or game. For more information go to:

VANCOUVER INSTITUTE LECTURE SERIES - A series of free lectures hosted by Green College, UBC on an incredible variety of topics. For more information and a detailed listing go to:

Saturday Morning Lecture Series - Investigate the frontiers of modern physics. Lectures start at 10:00 am and 11:10 am at a variety of venues. For information, registration and directions see: