Science Fair Alumni Give Back by Creating Science Expo

Youth Science Ontario Success Story

Science Expo was founded in 2010 by five individuals who met at the 2009 Canada Wide Science Fair and wanted to encourage more students to get involved in STEM opportunities. Two months later, the first Science Expo, a 2-hour symposium, was held in a Guelph, Ontario high school auditorium. It attracted over 200 students, parents, and teachers, and featured astrophysicist and science fair guru Dr. Mubdi Rahman as the keynote speaker.

The next year, the Science Expo team held its first full day conference at the University of Waterloo and marked a milestone by successfully registering as a not-for-profit organization. In addition, a group of 5 interns joined the team that summer, 4 of whom stayed on as executives in the following year. Science Expo experienced a rapid surge in growth in 2012, expanding both its team size to a group of 13 high school and university students, and its reach to include the Greater Toronto Area. Science Expo 2012 was held at the Ontario Science Centre, and featured ISEF Grand Prize winner Nicholas Schiefer and Nobel Prize winner Dr. Brad Bass as the keynote speakers. Science Expo 2013 took place on February 23, 2013 again at the Ontario Science Centre, with keynote speakers Dr. Steve Mann, inventor of the hydraulophone, and Laura Suen, Canada's Second Smartest Person.

Today, Science Expo has grown to include several other outreach programs. These include a high school ambassador program, a teacher outreach program, EXPOtential, the Science Expo alumni exclusive mentorship program. Through these outreach programs, the organization hopes to build a network of passionate students who are involved in STEM. For more information, visit their website at www.science-expo.org.