Youth Science Ontario is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization. Our mandate is to promote and celebrate participation, excellence, and innovation in science, engineering and technology by Ontario youth.
Our main role is as a support to community-based regional science, engineering and technology organizations in Ontario with resources including information, training, fundraising support, awards and software. In addition, Youth Science Ontario holds its own events and programs, such as the annual Showcase, and participates is province-wide events such as Science Rendezvous to increase awareness and opportunities for youth science in Ontario.
Every year, an estimated 25,000 students in Ontario compete in school-based science fairs. The top students from those regional fairs (approximately 200 of them) then represent our province as ‘Team Ontario’. This is the team that advances to the Canada-Wide Science Fair to compete against students and their projects from every corner of the country. The local and regional fairs are organized and staffed by dedicated volunteers who raise funds, judge projects, run the events, and support and coach the students. These groups, and the young scientists who take part in the fairs, are the beneficiaries of Youth Science Ontario’s support.
Youth Science Ontario also works with community groups to start new Science Olympics and Innovation Expos. More information on these programs can be found in the Programs section of the website.