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Media invited to take sneak-peek as budding scientists compete for best STEM project

Media invited to take sneak-peek as budding scientists compete for best STEM project

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Media invited to take sneak-peek as budding scientists compete for best STEM project

York University to host elementary and high-school students at the York Region science fair this Saturday, April 1 for first time since COVID-19

TORONTO, March 28, 2023 – Using neural networks to detect disease, creating alternative energy sources, and improving quality of life for seniors and people with disabilities are some of the STEM projects young scientists will show off at York University during the York Region Science and Technology Fair (YRSTF) this Saturday, April 1. Top projects will receive gold, silver and bronze medals.

While this is the eighth year York is hosting the event, this year is the first since the COVID-19 pandemic started that the students will be back on campus.

Professor Rebecca Pillai Riddell, co-lead organizer of the YRSTF@York partnership, YRSTF Youth Science Canada Regional Coordinator Nathalie Rudner and participating students are available for media interviews.

More than 100 York Region science students in grades 7 through 12 have prepared 63 projects – either an innovation or discovery. This year sees more senior projects than usual, and many returning silver and bronze medalists, with many students showing off new apps this year. The science fair will also include an activity – Science Adventures with York University scientists.

The projects fit into eight categories: agriculture, food and fisheries, curiosity and ingenuity, digital technology, disease and illness, energy, environment and climate change, health and wellness and natural resources.

Dozens of judges,  including York professors and PhD candidates, will review the submissions and the gold-medal winners will move on to represent the region and compete at the national level at the Canada-Wide Science Fair. The winners will be among 500 students from across the country vying for the title of Canada’s best science fair project.

York Region District School Board and the York Catholic District School Board are among the major sponsors of the fair, which is a partnership effort between York University and the York Region Science and Technology Fair Organizing Committee.

WHO: Grades 7 to 12 high school students from more than 20 York Region schools.

: York Region Science and Technology Fair.

Saturday, April 1, noon to 12:30 p.m. media sneak-peak of student projects; 3:30 to 5 p.m., community viewing of student projects.

WHERE: Vari Hall, 100 York Blvd Keele campus. Please reach out for requests for earlier times.

About York University

York University is a modern, multi-campus, urban university located in Toronto, Ontario. Backed by a diverse group of students, faculty, staff, alumni and partners, we bring a uniquely global perspective to help solve societal challenges, drive positive change, and prepare our students for success. York's fully bilingual Glendon Campus is home to Southern Ontario's Centre of Excellence for French Language and Bilingual Postsecondary Education. York’s campuses in Costa Rica and India offer students exceptional transnational learning opportunities and innovative programs. Together, we can make things right for our communities, our planet, and our future.

Media Contacts: Emina Gamulin, York University Media Relations and External Communications, 437-217-6362,