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Explore, Experiment and Discover through the 4-H Canada Science Fair!

Curious about the world around you? The 4-H Canada Science Fair is your opportunity to share your ideas about improving your club, community or even the country! Last year at the first-ever 4-H Canada Science Fair, youth just like you from grade 7-12 showed their projects to judges in Truro, NS. These finalists also explored fun Science & Technology programming like robotics, agriculture and botanical gardens at the Dalhousie University Agricultural Campus. So what are you waiting for? Register today and we can support you with any questions you may have.

Meet Michael Jones, one of our 4-H Canada Science Fair winners on why you should participate 4-H Canada Science Fair!

Q. Why did you participate in the 4-H Canada Science Fair?

A. I decided to participate because I enjoyed doing science fair projects in the past and when I was presented with this opportunity, I realized it was an opportunity that I had been waiting for and I took advantage of it!

Q. Describe your project.

A. For my project, titled “Soil Your Undies,” I buried 100 per cent cotton men's briefs for two months to test microbiology levels in different fields. I also conducted two other secondary tests to see what soil types the fields were and to see how much physical decomposing matter was contained in the soil. I concluded that a field that is long-term no-till was the most biologically active, which is good for the soil health and the crops growing in the field.

Q. How did you find the process? Was it easy to register, complete your project, or get help?

A. The process was fairly simple and straight-forward. You registered before, during or after completing your project, as long as it was finished by the deadline. Doing my project was simple, but it took patience, focus and a fair amount of motivation to get it done. As for help, all you had to do was pick up your phone or power up your email account and Melina Found, the Science Coordinator at the 4-H Canada office, was ready to assist.

Q. What was something new that you learned or that surprised you about participating in the science fair?

A. I was surprised at how many hard-working and motivated youth committed to science there were, especially at the Canada-Wide Science Festival. At science fairs, there are so many other youth with the same spark of curiosity as you, and it changes your whole perspective.

Q. What was the highlight of your experience?

A. The highlight of my experience was the moment when my name was called as one of the winners in Truro, NS. It felt like I could do anything and the feeling that I was one of the best was amazing, like nothing else I had felt before.

Q. How has your experience in the 4-H Canada Science Fair impacted how you think about science? Has it changed what you want to do in the future?

A. The 4-H Canada Science Fair has changed the way I look at science. Instead of disregarding it, I look at it with respect, because I now know the work and dedication that goes behind a research paper. I now also want to pursue a career in a science field, because I know it’s something I’m good at.

Q. What would you say to other members considering doing a science fair project?

A. Go for it! You never know what might happen. Seeing your project come together is super rewarding and satisfying, take my word for it. As the saying goes: You never know unless you try!