Mar 1, 2019

Vancouver BC – On Friday, March 1, Langara College welcomed student scientists at the 17th annual Vancouver District Science Fair (VDSF). The fair showcases over 160 student projects and is held on campus each year in the spring.

The Langara Mathematics and Sciences Division has hosted the event since 2013. Over the past few years, Langara has seen hundreds of students attend this annual event to learn about the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Students range from grades 6-12 and enter into the junior or senior competition, depending on their grade. The fair is organized and run by a small team of dedicated Vancouver School Board teachers. Langara College supports the endeavour by providing the facilities, equipment, and audio-visual equipment, as well as a number of volunteers and facilitated workshops for the students, all free of charge.

“There were excellent projects and presenters. Projects that exhibited complexity and thorough background research,” says a VDSF judge. “I was very impressed with the amount of preparation and level of detail students placed in their projects.”

Students gain a wealth of hands-on experience through their participation in the Fair. The VDSF provides students with the opportunity to showcase their work and connect with other scientific minds. Students receive valuable feedback from VDSF judges which help them fine-tune their presentations. During the fair students participate in hands-on breakout sessions and demonstrations, which take place in the College’s Science & Technology building. This year’s breakout sessions covered topics such as molecular gastronomy, and learning how to apply biochemistry, thermal dynamics and material science to make the perfect boiled egg.

This year’s fair saw 162 student projects, ranging from using sand and sugar to make clean water, to using probiotics to generate clean water. Langara College is excited to continue their support for future Vancouver District Science Fairs.

About Langara College

Located in beautiful Vancouver, B.C., Canada, Langara College provides University, Career, and Continuing Studies education to more than 21,000 students annually. With more than 1,700 courses and 130 programs, Langara’s expansive academic breadth and depth allows students of all ages, backgrounds, and life stages to choose their own educational path. Langara is also known as house of teachings, a name given to it by the Musqueam people on whose unceded traditional territory the College is located. Langara is celebrating its 49th year on West 49th Avenue with Beyond 49, an integrated celebration, alumni engagement, and fundraising campaign to reconnect with alumni, and raise funds for student support and important College initiatives.

About the Vancouver District Science Fair

The VDSF is a district-wide event where students from all corners of Vancouver can come and share their projects. All grades 6–12 students enrolled in a Vancouver public school in are eligible to participate in the VDSF. Approximately, ninety-five projects are selected to represent Vancouver at the Greater Vancouver Regional Science Fair (GVRSF) in April at University of British Columbia. 

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Jessica Wong
Communications Officer
Langara College