Young scientists showcase experiments at competition


York University hosts science fair for York Region science students

TORONTO, April 12, 2019 – If you are curious to know if fruit can be made into plastic or if organs can be bioengineered, budding scientists will be on hand to talk about their experiments at York University during the York Region Science and Technology Fair (YRSTF) this Saturday, April 13.

For the fourth year, York University is hosting the event for York Region science students in Grades 7 to 12 which involves 190 students displaying their science projects – either an experiment, innovation or study.

The topics range from the search for the safety of bottled water, to a cheaper version of a cancer-killing drug.

Eighty judges will review their science fair 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, in Fredericton, New Brunswick. The winners will be among 500 students from across the country vying for the title of Canada’s best science fair project.

Saturday’s science fair will also include a Science Adventures activity with York University scientists.

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 York Region
WHAT: York Region Science and Technology Fair
WHEN AND WHERE: Saturday, April 13, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. media sneak peak of students’ projects on display, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. community viewing hour of students’ projects at Vari Hall at York’s Keele campus (see MAP). The Awards Ceremony will follow at 5 p.m. at the Second Student Centre at York’s Keele campus (see MAP).

Co-lead organizer of the YRSTF@York partnership Professor Rebecca Pillai Riddell, York’s Associate Vice-President Research, and YRSTF president Nathalie Rudner are available for media interviews.

York University champions new ways of thinking that drive teaching and research excellence. Our students receive the education they need to create big ideas that make an impact on the world. Meaningful and sometimes unexpected careers result from cross-disciplinary programming, innovative course design and diverse experiential learning opportunities. York students and graduates push limits, achieve goals and find solutions to the world’s most pressing social challenges, empowered by a strong community that opens minds. York U is an internationally recognized research university – our 11 faculties and 25 research centres have partnerships with 200+ leading universities worldwide. Located in Toronto, York is the third largest university in Canada, with a strong community of 53,000 students, 7,000 faculty and administrative staff, and more than 300,000 alumni.

York U's fully bilingual Glendon Campus is home to Southern Ontario's Centre of Excellence for French Language and Bilingual Postsecondary Education.

Media Contact: Vanessa Thompson, York University Media Relations, 647-654-9452,