About Virtual Science Fair Inc.

 
Mission Statement
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 2000, 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.

There are absolutely no fees charged for participation and free web site hosting is provided to each project team. Children from remote locations and small rural schools can compete equally with their urban peers. The completed projects are judged by a distinguished group of judges, from both industry and academia, located in Canada, the United States, and France.

Similar to traditional science fairs, the Virtual Science Fair challenges students to explore, examine and analyze scientific questions that arise in the course of their studies or life experiences. However, most significantly, the Virtual Science Fair frees students from the physical, geographic and financial constraints of participating in typical science fairs at the national level. Via the capabilities of Internet/computer technology students post their findings where they can be reviewed and shared by judges and students anywhere in the world. By using Internet/computer technology, the Virtual Science Fair provides a bridge for young scientific minds from Campbell River BC to Iqaluit NU to Regina SK to Halifax NS to interact as if they were part of the same local neighbourhood.

To date over 200 schools and 2500 students from every Canadian province and territory have shared their scientific findings. Moreover, scholarships and prizes totaling over $100,000, from community minded companies and government departments, have been awarded to students.

Virtual Science Fair Inc, a registered Canadian charity, operates the Canada Wide Virtual Science Fair.

Virtual Science Fair Inc.
Virtual Science Fair Inc. (VSF) is a charitable non-profit corporation incorporated in Saskatchewan in 2003. There are seven directors of the VSF.

Larry Oberg
Teacher (Retired)
Managing Director
Virtual Science Fair Inc.

Dr. Katherine Bergman
President and Vice-Chancellor
St. Jerome's University
Waterloo, Ontario

Dr. Francis Edward Su
Associate Professor of Mathematics
Harvey Mudd College
Claremont, California

Lisa Moellman
Training and Development Coordinator
Program in Afterschool Education and Research (PAER)
Harvard Graduate School of Education
Boston, Massachusetts

Dana Forrest
Laboratory Supervisor
Center for Human Genetics, Inc.
Boston, Massachusetts

Soren L. Oberg
Managing Director
Thomas H. Lee Partners
100 Federal Street, 35th Floor
Boston, MA 02110

Georgia Joorisity
Director of Education (Retired)
Prairie View School Division No.74
Milestone, Saskatchewan

Virtual Science Fair Inc. Contacts

Managing Director:

Larry Oberg
Unit 201 - 1280 Newport Avenue
Victoria, BC V8S 5E7
(250) 598-5960
larry@virtualsciencefair.com


Corporate Office:

5255 Boswell Crescent
Regina, Saskatchewan
S4X 4P3

 
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