Science and Mathematics Competitions
Abacus International Math Challenge
Grace Church School’s ABACUS International Math Challenge is open to any child, anywhere in each of three age groups
Canadian Association of Physicists' Secondary School Prize Examination
The CAP High School Exam is based upon an internationally recognized syllabus, the I.B. Physics Higher Core Curriculum. Only sections of the syllabus covering mechanics, Optics and Electricity and Magnetism are examined by the CAP Exam. Since all provinces in Canada have different curricula and the level of physics taught varies widely, the exam uses a broad based core curriculum which is widely recognized and used throughout the world.
Canadian Chemistry and Physics Olympiads
The Canadian Chemistry and Physics Olympiads organization aims to identify pre-university students who have a talent for chemistry or physics, and then to prepare the best of them for participation in the International Chemistry
Olympiads. Students take part in the Olympiads by first sitting one of several selection examinations. These examinations take place in late April or early May. In addition to the above examinations, students in Western Canada and in Ontario may be invited to a Regional Olympiad training session based on their results in a year-long training program. Such programs are offered by the University of Alberta, the University of British Columbia, and by the Departments of Physics and Chemistry at the University of Toronto. In these programs, additional laboratory exercises and examinations are used to evaluate students as candidates for the National Olympiad Finals.
National Office, Canadian Chemistry and Physics Olympiads
Department of Chemistry, University of Toronto
80 St. George Street
Toronto, ON M5S 3H6
Phone: (416) 946-4094
Canada Wide Virtual Science Fair
The Canada Wide Virtual Science Fair is an annual online science and technology contest open to all Canadian students in grades K-12. Founded in 1999, the goal is to provide a direction and motivation for students and teachers to make the very best use of computer/Internet technology while developing positive attitudes towards science and technology. We particularly encourage the participation of students in more remote regions, of aboriginal descent, and those who may not normally participate in an extra-curricular science activity.
Intelligent Systems Challenge
The CAIAC/Precarn Intelligent Systems Challenge is a series of annual competitions among university, college
and high school students. The students work on computationally challenging, real world problems faced by
Canadian companies, organizations and the society as a whole, using technologies and methods from the areas
of artificial intelligence and intelligent systems. The students can work in teams. The competition is a
joint initiative by the Canadian Artificial Intelligence Association / Association pour l'intelligence
artificielle au Canada (CAIAC) and Precarn Incorporated
International Biology Olympiad (IBO)
The IBO is a competition for secondary school students. Their skills in tackling biological problems, and dealing with biological experiments are tested. Interest in biology, inventiveness, creativity and perseverance are necessary. In bringing together gifted students, the IBO tries to challenge and stimulate these students to expand their talents and to promote their career as a scientist. Every participating country sends four students, who are the winners of the respective national competitions. They are to be accompanied by two team leaders as representatives of each country.
The Iron Science challenge is a celebration of science teachers! It champions the creation of high-quality creative approaches to teaching science and engineering and shines a spotlight on skilled and courageous teachers from across Canada. The event follows a format similar to the famous Iron Chef television series, with teams of teachers presenting spectacular and imaginative feats of science and engineering – built around a “secret ingredient.” Through playoffs at science centres across Canada, five teams are selected to compete in the Iron Science final at the University of Calgary.
Details for Saskatchewan Applicants
National Biology Competition
The U of T National Biology Competition provides students with an opportunity to test their knowledge and understanding of biology. All secondary school students are welcome to participate. We encourage those who are not in their senior year to enter, as students may write the exam more than once. Top students receive certificates designating them as National Biology Scholars and are eligible to receive cash prizes. The top students in the competition are offered admission scholarships to study in the Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto. The top five schools each receive a Certificate of Excellence.
National Biology Competition Office
University of Toronto
25 Harbord Street, Rm. 019
Toronto, ON M5S 3G5
Tel: (416) 978-7163
Fax: (416) 978-0552
Sanofi-Aventis Biotalent Challenge (SABC)
Begun in the Toronto area in 1994, these annual science competitions are intended to raise awareness among students, educators and the public about the emerging science of biotechnology and its applications in health care, agriculture and the environment. Each SABC features the outstanding work of high school students who have conducted research projects and experiments of their own design in some area of biotechnology. Cash prizes are awarded to the top five or six student teams and their schools based on the recommendations of judges from the scientific and education communities as well as the biotechnology industry. In Saskatoon, the competition is open to senior elementary school students.
Genome Prairie, Saskatoon Coordinator
Please contact: KRYTAR Services
#7 - 115 3rd Ave S,
Saskatoon, SK S7K 1L7
Phone: (306) 652-1785
Fax: (306) 652-1786
Envirothon is an exciting event in which teams of five high school aged students exercise their environmental training and problem-solving skills in a competition centered on four universal testing categories (i.e., soils/land use, aquatic ecology, forestry, and wildlife) and a current environmental issue (renewable energy). Team members experience the world in which we live through environment education, hands-on activities, including current and up-to-date issues. The Olympic style competitive nature of some aspects of the program affords participants an opportunity to travel, learn, experience, and compete provincially and internationally. Envirothon helps to prepare our young people (tomorrow's leaders) to better understand and influence the world in which they live, regardless of the path chosen
Partners FOR the Saskatchewan River Basin
402 - 3rd Avenue South
Saskatoon, SK S7K 3G5
University of Waterloo Sir Isaac Newton Exam (SIN)
The SIN Exam is a prestigious prize exam written each spring by thousands of students from across Canada and around the world, competing for scholarships and other prizes, as individuals or as teams. It is organized by the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Waterloo (Ontario), and the scholarships are for students who will enrol in an honours physics program at Waterloo.
Department of Physics, University of Waterloo
200 University Ave West
Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1
Weston Youth Innovation Award
Presented annually by the Ontario Science Centre, the /Weston Youth Innovation Award/ was created to encourage and recognize young Canadian innovators. The Weston Youth Innovation Award is open to individuals or groups who: (1) are between the ages of 14 and 18, (2) have used science and/or technology as the basis for developing creative and innovative ideas aimed at solving real-world problems, and (3) put their ideas into action, and as a result, have had a positive impact either in their own community or on a broader scale.
The WHERE Challenge
In celebration of the International Year of Planet Earth, the first annual WHERE Challenge is asking Canadian kids aged 10 – 14 years to discover the answers to these
questions: What on Earth is in your stuff and WHERE on Earth does it come from? The WHERE Challenge is inviting kids and schools from across the country to compete for
thousands of dollars in regional and national cash prizes by letting their imaginations run wild! Enter as a group or an individual. All you have to do is tell a story
about what on Earth is in your stuff and WHERE on Earth it comes from. Pick a favourite object in your home, school or playground, identify one or more non-renewable Earth
resources needed to make that object and tell us WHERE on Earth those resources come from. Your story can be told through an essay, a poem, a song or a play, a painting or
a poster, an audio, video or multimedia presentation or anything else you can dream up! The more original, the better!
Wiseman Mathematics Contest
The Wiseman Mathematics Contest is organized by the First Nations University of Canada. The Wiseman Mathematics Contest is open to grade 4 and 5 students from Saskatchewan Reserve Schools, and is designed to motivate
young students in a competitive environment. Contest questions are based on the school curriculum. We collaborate with elders to use the First Nations cultural components in the contest questions.
To prepare and motivate the students as well as Mathematics teachers of reserve schools we have been publishing preparatory materials on the Math Corner of “Native Journal”. Preparatory materials can be downloaded from the
Wiseman Mathematics Contest website.
Dr. Arzu Sardarli, Wiseman Mathematics Contest Coordinator
2059, Department of Science, First Nations University of Canada
1 First Nations Way
Regina, Saskatchewan S4S 7K2
Tel: (306) 790–5950 ext. 3338
Fax: (306) 790–5993
Youth Science Foundation Canada - Canada Wide Science Fairs
The Canada-Wide Science Fair is the largest extra-curricular youth activity related to science and technology in Canada, bringing together our best young minds. Each year, some 450 top young scientists are chosen to compete from the top ranks of approximately 25,000 competitors at over one hundred regional science and technology fairs staged across the country.
Youth Science Foundation Canada
P.O. Box 523, Station R
Toronto ON M4G 4E1
YSF Regional Fairs:
Prince Albert & Northeast Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan Chinook (Southwest Saskatchewan, Region 2)