Manitoba First Nations Science Fair comes to U of M
Over 400 students from Grades 4 to 12 will be in the Max Bell Centre on March 11 and 12 as part of the Manitoba First Nations Science Fair.
Students from 35 Manitoba First Nations operated schools will be taking part in this 13th annual event, competing within Youth Science Canada standards for Gold, Silver, and Bronze medallions of excellence in science.
“The Manitoba First Nations Science Fair promotes science education and achievement in First Nations schools,” says Lorne Keeper, executive director of Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre Inc., the event host. “With over 400 student participants each year, it’s one of the fastest growing regional science fairs in Canada. We partner with the University of Manitoba to offer a science fair that often influences students to attend university.”
The Manitoba First Nations Science Fair is designed to provide extended opportunities for students of First Nations schools to become engaged, and to excel, in science.
“We are thrilled to be hosting the First Nations Science Fair at the University of Manitoba,” says Deborah Young, Executive Lead for Indigenous Achievement at the U of M. “Engaging Indigenous youth in scientific enquiry is vital to the health and well-being of our communities and this province, and we are honoured to welcome the next generation of First Nations scientists, researchers and leaders to our campus.”
At last year’s science fair, four students were chosen to represent Manitoba at the Canada-Wide Science Fair.
Media are invited to take part in the following activities in the Max Bell Centre:
- Wednesday, March 11, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Student displays and science activities
- Thursday, March 12, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Judging
- Thursday, March 12, 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Awards Ceremony
For more information contact Rudy Subedar, Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre, at 204-594-1290 (ext. 2070) or 204-794-7336, rudys @mfnerc.com.