Trent University Prepares to Welcome the Nation for 2010 Canada-Wide Science Fair


Largest CWSF to Date Brings over 1,300 Participants, Representatives, Judges and Volunteers from Across Canada to Trent and Peterborough Starting May 15 for Week-Long Fair

Friday, May 14, 2010, Peterborough

Starting Saturday, May 15, nearly 800 of the best and brightest students in grades seven to twelve from across the country, along with chaperones, provincial and national organization representatives, and approximately 625 judges and volunteers, will converge on Trent University for the 2010 Canada-Wide Science Fair, the largest event in the fair’s 49-year history.

The CWSF is an annual event that gathers together the winners from over 100 Regional Science Fairs across Canada to compete for national honours. The 2010 Fair runs from Saturday, May 15 to Sunday, May 23. For the week, all science fair participants will call Trent home, staying in the University residences. All projects will be on display at the Evinrude Centre.

In addition to science fair project displays and judging, participants will have the opportunity to participate in a number of exciting events and activities throughout the week, including dynamic hands-on lab experiences at Trent and full-day adventure tours such destinations as Toronto, Algonquin Park and Haliburton.

Please note the exciting photo opportunities in these highlights of the 2010 CWSF:

Opening Ceremonies

Sunday, May 16 – 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., Bata Library Podium

Honorary chair of the 2010 CWSF, renowned spacescientist, neurologist, author, astronaut, photographer, and former Trent University chancellor, Dr. Roberta Bondar, will join special guests and local dignitaries including Trent University president Dr. Steven E. Franklin, Peterborough MP Dean Del Mastro, MPP Jeff Leal, Mayor Paul Ayotte, and Curve Lake First Nations Chief Keith Knott, to officially welcome all delegates and guests at the Opening Ceremonies.

Delegate and School Viewing of Projects
Monday, May 17, 9 a.m.., Evinrude Centre
Friday, May 21, 9 a.m., Evinrude Centre

On Monday, more than 150 local and area elementary school students will tour the project displays. On Friday, 800 high school students will do the same.

CSI: Trent

Monday, May 17, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Peter Robinson Dining Hall (Peter Gzowski College); Otonabee College Dining Hall, Wenjack Theatre

CSI Trent includes a variety of workshops taking place in Trent’s state-of-the-art science facilities and involving University faculty and students. Students will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of hands-on workshops, such as forensic entomology, bone identification and everyday chemistry, and to take a tour of Trent’s science facilities. The afternoon will conclude with an exciting presentation by the Canadian Space Agency.

Youth Science Canada Presents

Monday, May 17, 6:30 p.m., Otonabee College and Peter Gzowski College

Youth Science Canada will be on campus to make presentations to the students. A special guest speaker (yet to be announced) will also be on hand.

Minister of State for Science and Technology, Gary Goodyear

Tuesday, May 18, 11 a.m., Evinrude Centre

Minister of State for Science and Technology, Gary Goodyear will be in attendance at the CWSF to tour student projects and speak with participants. A designated spot for the media photo op will be confirmed at a later time.

Peterborough Cultural Activities

Wednesday, May 19, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Bata Library Podium

Participants will have the opportunity to explore local cultural activities and take in a variety of cultural workshops, including African drumming, improv, First Nations culture, music editing and art.

Canada’s Got Talent
Wednesday, May 19, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Wenjack Theatre

This year’s science fair participants will show off their other talents during this special talent show.

Awards Ceremony

Friday, May 21, 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Selwyn Outreach Centre
The top prizes for the CWSF will be handed out during this by-invitation-only event.

Public Viewing of Projects
Saturday, May 22, 9 a.m. to 12 noon, Evinrude Centre

All members of the public are invited to tour the student projects. Award-winning projects will be on display.
For more information about the 2010 CWSF, including a full list of activities, please visit


PLEASE NOTE: Media will NOT be permitted inside the project display areas during the judging rounds.

For more information, please contact:
Joan Sirtonski, Communications Contact, 2010 CWSF, 705-749-5530 ext. 1181 or