Since founded in 2000, NS YES! has helped to institute regional science fairs in all ten regions of Nova Scotia, ensuring that every grade 7-12 student has access to a science fair. Regional science fairs are held in eight English-language school boards, the French-language conseil scolaire acadien provincial de la Nouvelle-Écosse, and the Mi'kmaq First Nations schools.|
Our portfolio of “youth science experiences” has been growing steadily. Each May, we run the Team Nova Scotia Showcase event to which we invite those regional science fair winners who will be going to the Canada Wide Science Fair, a prestigious national event that attracts over 450 of the top science students from coast to coast. The three-day Showcase is a team-building and media/promotional event, to which the public, science fair supporters, and interested corporate representatives are invited to view the student exhibits and show their support for this worthwhile activity. Nova Scotia's representation is getting stronger every year at the Canada Wide Science Fair.
Our Website, sciencefairinfo.ns.ca, is a resource for students, teachers, and parents. It features videos, sample science projects, news, photos, and celebrates the accomplishments of Team Nova Scotia over the years.
Last fall our bilingual poster series for classrooms was updated with fresh pictures of students from Team Nova Scotia. Delivered to schools in January 2009, we partnered with EnCana Corp in 2008 to produce a 36-month Science Is My Business calendar, featuring young people with exciting sci-tech careers right here in Nova Scotia.
“By encouraging a love of science and learning, NSYES helps students to realize their fullest potential, and to open doors to new opportunities.” - Lori MacLean, EnCana Corporation Halifax, N.S.
Other learning resources we have provided to teachers are two science fair DVDs: Science Fairs: an Experience for You, produced in 2006, followed by Preparing for Science Fairs, which was sent to schools in January 2008.
Our latest DVD takes a look inside the Canada Wide Science Fair throught the eyes of a student, and is hosted by two young award-winning Nova Scotia scientists. It was awarded a ‘Telly' international film award in the summer of 2008. Both DVDs were made possible by generous support by EnCana Corp.
We feel it is important to Nova Scotia's economic future for youth to understand that they can be their own boss, so in 2006 we facilitated the development of Taking Science to Market (with valuable partners CEED, CBDC, and ACOA), a workshop focusing on science and entrepreneurship. The workshop shows students how to generate, protect, and market their scientific and technological ideas, and is accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation and colourful handouts for students.
In the fall of 2007 we partnered with Conserve Nova Scotia and the Department of Education to offer the first annual Provincial Science Olympics Challenge for grade 4 and 5 students. Students compete in teams to complete a range of fun science activities, and their families and teachers come to cheer them on. We look forward to the annual Science Olympics each October.
Project-Based Learning Presentations were piloted in the fall of 2008. Executive Director, Cliff Coveyduc, travelled around Nova Scotia giving talks to teachers about how to incorporate science fairs into lesson plans. The presentations received rave reviews; we found that there is a real need for this kind of support in order to increase science fair participation, so they will be offered again in 2010.
“As Director of the Bedford Institute of Oceanography, I have been fortunate to partner with NSYES in presenting the Team Nova Scotia Showcase. It provides an important opportunity for the students to meet and discuss their ideas with working scientists. This dialogue has proven to be valuable to the development of the students' interest and confidence in science. The energy and enthusiasm of the students has, in turn, made the Showcase one of the most anticipated events of the year for scientists at BIO and the surrounding area.” - Dr. Michael Sinclair, Director, Bedford Institite of Oceanography Dartmouth, N.S.
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“Taking Science to Market” Workshop