For the last two years, Vanier Secondary has held a semi-annual science fair for Grade 11 and 12 physics and chemistry students.
This year’s fair, held Jan. 25 in the Superlab, was about four times its original size as it included students from Grades 8-10. There were 184 projects.
Science teacher Jason Arsenault started the fair as a way for students to show their interest in the field of science without having to write a test. Each project is inquiry-based and open-ended. Students are encouraged to select a topic that interests them, and attempts to answer a specific question they may have. This inevitably leads to one answer, and two or three more questions. The process repeats until students run out of time or feel they have exhausted all avenues of questioning on their topic.