Fraser Valley Regional Science Fair – April 2 – 5, 2013

Held at UFV’s Abbotsford campus, in the Envision Athletic Centre (North Gym).  (download a map)

Science Fairs are held each year in hundreds of elementary and secondary schools around the province. Projects can come in the form of a report, a demonstration or a model. All must follow specific criteria and all must display original scientific research.

Students in the Fraser Valley are given the opportunity to display their outstanding projects to the public through the Regional Science Fair held each year at UFV.

Timelines 2013

Monday, February 25, 2013: Registration Closes
Deadline for Students/schools to register projects for the Fraser Valley Regional Science Fair.
Click on the link to REGISTER YOUR PROJECT.

Friday, March 8, 2013: Registered Participants Posted
Projects accepted for the Fraser Valley Regional Science Fair will be posted.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013: Set-up
Sponsor teachers, parents, and students set up projects between 4 and 7 pm  in the Envision Athletic Centre (North Gym) on UFV’s Abbotsford campus.  Abstracts must be placed in the student logbook and accompany the student’s project.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013: Judging
Grades 7 – 12 starting at 1:00pm
Grades K – 6 starting at 3:00pm

Wed/Thurs April 3/4, 2013: Public Viewing and School Tours
The public is welcome to view the Science Fair:
– Wednesday, April 3 from 8:00 – 12:00, and 6:00-8:00 pm
– Thursday, April 4 from 8:00 – 3:00pm.

Thursday, April 4, 2013: Take-down
4:00 – 6:00pm

Friday, April 5, 2013 : Awards at 4pm
Everyone is welcome to attend the awards ceremony in the Envisions Athletic Centre (North Gym) on UFV’s Abbotsford campus.  A member of the Fraser Valley Regional Science Fair Committee will contact your school by Friday morning, April 5, if someone from your school will be receiving a special award.

Students for Sustainability (2013)

Archived from UFV Science News, February 26 2013.


Join Students for Sustainability at Aftermath and come watch “Tapped” – a documentary that “looks into the unregulated and unseen world of an industry that aims to privatize and sell back the one resource that ought never to become a commodity:  our water”

Research Lecture Series – Manu to speak on role of language in math education (2013)

Archived from UFV Today

March 11, 2013 –  Stan Manu speaks on the “Roles of Language(s) in Bilingual Students’ Understanding of Mathematics”

The importance of language in understanding math — especially for bilingual students — is the topic of the next presentation in the UFV Research Lecture Series. The lecture is free and the public is welcome to attend.

“Every teacher is a language teacher,” is how Dr. Stan Manu describes the theme of his lecture. The Mathematics and Statistics instructor will speak on Mon, Mar 11, at 4 pm in UFV’s Abbotsford campus lecture theatre (Abby B101) on The Roles of Language(s) in Bilingual Students’ Understanding of Mathematics. His presentation is part of the UFV Research Lecture Series.

Born in Tonga, Manu has always had a love for math. “It started, I believe, from a very young age when I sometimes peeked into my mom’s purse to see how many loose coins she had and how much I could take for a lunch treat,” he explains.

Completing elementary and high school in Tonga, Manu went on pursue his undergraduate degree at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji.

Manu’s love for math was solidified by his success in math competitions at a young age. A math teacher he had in grade school “really instilled the fundamental knowledge, love and joy of math in me,” he says.  “I may still be the only Tongan to have been the top math student in the Australian Math Competition, winning a total of three different grade levels (8, 11 and 12).,”

Manu’s research focuses on the area of bilingual mathematics education. At the March 11 lecture, he will explain how addressing issues of language in content learning and teaching these is crucial.

“I will look at a particular bilingual situation where young mathematics students switch or alternate frequently between two languages during problem-solving discussions.”

Since joining UFV, Manu has been exposed to some new research ideas and opportunities. His next step is to work on research involving with pre- and in-service math teachers (Math 105/205 courses), aboriginal math students, and outreach work and activities throughout the communities of the Fraser Valley.

Presented by the Office of Research Services, the University Lecture Series showcases the research of UFV faculty members.

National Sweater Day at UFV — energy conservation in action (2013)

Archived from UFV Today, Febuary 9 2013.  Original post by Anne Russell.


National Sweater Day, a nationwide initiative led by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to turn down the heat and wear a sweater for the day, was held on Thurs, Feb 7.  UFV showed its commitment to energy conservation by turning down temperatures in many areas, and sporting some great looking sweaters!  See photo.

Thanks to all those who wore a sweater and to the UFV Staff and Faculty Green Team for helping promote this event.  For more information on energy conservation initiatives at UFV, click here.


Young mathematicians compete at UFV math contest (2012)

Archived from UFV Today, May 4 2012.  Original post by Leslie Courchesne.


On Friday, May 4, the University of the Fraser Valley’s Mathematics and Statistics department hosted its 15th annual final round of the BC Secondary Schools Math Contest.  With 108 students from 19 schools participating in 2012, UFV’s final round continues to be the most well attended in the province.

For the second year in a row, top prize in the senior contest went to Sung il Anh, now in Grade 9 at Yale Secondary School.  Ji Sup Kim, in Grade 11 at Yale Secondary, took second prize in the senior contest, while Daniel Schwarz, a Grade 12 student at MEI Secondary School, took third.  Students earning the top three scores in the senior contest are each offered a tuition waiver for their first year at UFV, valued at up to $4000 (if they have not received such an offer in a prior year).

First place in the junior contest went to Min Joo Kim, a Grade 10 student at St. John Brebeuf Secondary.  Cavizshajan Skanthan, a Grade 6 student at Eugene Reimer Middle School, took second place, while Ingrid Choi, a Grade 9 student at Vedder Middle School, took third.

A new component of the final round this year was the introduction of a junior team contest, where groups of students could work together to solve the problems on the junior contest.  First place in the junior team contest went to the Yale Secondary School team, while the Clayburn Middle School team and the Dasmesh Punjabi School team took second and third place, respectively.


Fraser Valley Regional Science Fair returns to UFV (2012)

Archived from UFV Today, March 23 2012.  Original post by Ashley Wray.


Across Canada, March is being referred to as “Youth Science Month.”

To celebrate, B.C.’s future leaders of science and innovation are showcase their creative science concepts and theories.

From Wednesday, March 28 to Friday, March 30, local students will be sharing their works at UFV’s Envision Athletic Centre in Abbotsford.

The three days will involve judging with students,  public viewing of the displays, and an awards ceremony.

The public are welcome to view the science displays on Thursday, March 29 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Students in Grade 7-12 are competing for the ultimate award – to represent their region at the Canada-Wide Science Fair, held in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, May 12-19, 2012.

“The chance to travel to Charlottetown and take part in such a significant event as the national Canada-Wide Science Fair is a great motivator for participants,” says Patti Leigh O.B.C., Interim Executive Director, Science Fair Foundation of BC. “But Science Fairs are certainly more than just competition among students; they are a forum for thought, analysis and inspiration for the community at-large.”

About the Science Fair Foundation of BC:

The Science Fair Foundation supports regional school science fairs throughout British Columbia and the Yukon each year to promote science education through The Science Fair Program. Our goal is to foster curiosity and build for the future with a mission to sustain and enhance the science culture of the youth in BC and to build BC’s future by supporting science and technology education by inspiring curiosity through The Science Fair Program.

The Science Fair Foundation of British Columbia (SFF BC) is a non-profit charitable organization incorporated in February 1998 to support and promote science fair activity in British Columbia. The Foundation is committed to ensuring ongoing financial support in order to build a stronger and more visible Science Fair Program throughout the province. To learn more about the Foundation please visit

Fraser Valley winners on to national science fair (2012)

Archived from UFV Today, April 2, 2012. Original post by Anne Russell.

Eric LeGresly, 15 - St. John Brebeuf photo by Mike Haire

Eric LeGresley of St. John Brebeuf was the big winner for his science fair project entitled Computational Methods for the Design and Screening of Novel Neuraminidase Inhibitors.

Photo courtesy Mike Haire
 The Fraser Valley Regional Science Fair, held at UFV on March 28-30, 2012 featured a wide array of scientific findings by students in Grades 7-12.

UFV has hosted the fair for the past three years, and each year it gets approximately 175 science projects from students in a region stretching from Langley to Boston Bar.

Some were impressive feats of intellect, like Grade 11 Saint John Brebeuf student Eric LeGresley’s “Algorithm of Pandemic Proportions,” which might someday be used to help create new viral inhibitor drugs. His is graduate-level research.

Others were high in entertainment value, such as “Gotcha!” by Grade 7 Clayburn Middle school student Page Rosseau, which is a contraption designed to restrain a cat for claw clipping, with a stuffed cat in the apparatus and photos of Rosseau’s own feline friend receiving a pet-icure.

The annual event is a labour of love for organizer Ron Wilen of the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) science faculty.

“I enjoy the kids, and I enjoy the projects,” he said.

This year there was a rich vein of environmental conscience that ran through the projects, and Wilen estimated that about 30 per cent of the projects related to the environment.

In addition to the trips to Charlottetown, the fair gives away some $42,000 in prizes and scholarships. These include a one-year scholarship to UFV valued at approximately $4,000, a pair of $2,000 scholarships from the B.C. Innovation Council and B.C. Hydro, and $1,000 from Genome B.C.

On Wednesday there was public viewing of the displays and judging, but the second day of public viewing on Thursday was lost to the teacher job action. The awards ceremony on Friday night went ahead.

Nine local students will be moving on to the Canada-Wide Science Fair, which this year will be held in Charlottetown, PEI on May 12-19.

The winners were:

BCIC Scholarship of $2,000 and the UFV Scholarship (Special): UFVs board of governors is offering a year’s tuition waiver for a top senior student (grades 11 or 12),  ($3900 scholarship): Both to Computational Methods for the Design and Screening of Novel Neuraminidase Inhibitors by Eric LeGresley of St. John Brebeuf

Canada-Wide Science Fair Winners

  • The Kippypult by Kylee Hickey, Clayburn Middle School
  • Musing on Music by Aaron Schoepp of Langley Christian
  • Go With The Flow by Katelyn Verdonk of Barrowtown Elementary
  • TeloMice: The Effects of Telomere Enhancing Products on Mice by Andrea Wong and Shaylee McGuire of Yale Secondary
  • Revealing the Invisible World of Radon by Gurmeen Banipal and Charanpreet Mahal of Dasmesh Punjabi School
  • To See or Not to See by Jayden Schmidt of Abbotsford Traditional Senior Secondary