Climate Change Adaptation Award presented by Intact Financial Corporation

If you’re in grade 7-12, we need your help!

Our climate is changing, and you probably notice it more every year.

Storms and weather-related hazards are a leading cause of human displacement in the world – almost 24 million people displaced in 2016 were forced from their homes because of weather-related events.

Science fairs are great places to test your ideas to help society. You have a chance to present real-world solutions that help Canadians. We’re looking for projects that predict, prevent, manage or minimize the impacts of severe weather events that are having a negative effect on our homes, communities and schools.

Do you have an idea and want to submit a project? It’s easy! Here’s what you need to know:
  • If you’re a student in grades 7-12/Cégep you are eligible to represent a region at the Canada-Wide Science Fair and apply for the Climate Change Adaptation Award!
  • Before you can make it to the Canada-Wide Science Fair, you must participate in your regional Fair.
  • Each regional science fair has its own registration process and timeline. Be sure to visit the regional fair’s web site for registration information and deadlines.
  • You can find your regional fair here in English & French.

You can win a prize too!

Intact Financial Corporation has partnered with Youth Science Canada and Canada-Wide Science Fair to present the Climate Change Adaptation Award. Check out the prizes for some of the best projects.

Junior

$500
Grades: 7 and 8
Secondary I and II in Quebec

Intermediate

$700
Grades: 9 and 10
Secondary III and IV in Quebec

Senior

$1,000 plus an all-expense paid trip to the
Intact Center on Climate Adaptation
at the University of Waterloo
Grades: 11 and 12
Secondary V, Cégep I and II in Quebec

Need more inspiration? Here are the winning projects from 2019!

Senior Winners:
Cynthia Cui and Leonardo Cui won $1,000 and an all-expensive paid trip to the Intact Centre at University of Waterloo for their flood prediction model that integrates artificial intelligence, geographical information, and local environment features into an online application system specifically for spring flood predictions in Canada.

Intermediate Winner:
Rohan Mehta won $750 for his autonomous technology prototype – Tapio – that collects and analyzes data from forests to determine when and where fires are likely to start. Micro surveillance greatly limits the damage caused by detecting an active forest fire during its early stages.

Junior Winner:
Maggie Hollett won $500 for her parabolic solar water heater that could easily be used to heat water for general household use. This design allows for water heating with fewer pipes and connections compared to other solar heating designs.

Need some inspiration? Here are the winning projects from 2017!
junior winner

Junior Winners:
Julia Bell & Mia Eleid won $500 for their Waste-To-Energy Project which generates electricity from non-carbon emitting resources and a practical means of eliminating garbage.

intermediate winner

Intermediate Winner:
Tyrel Bates won $750 for his A Fibonacci Solution – Mitigating Landslides and Avalanches project which deflects flows of dirt and snow to reduce structural damage.

senior winner

Senior Winner:
Raul Pascual won $1000 and an all-expensive paid trip to the Intact Centre at University of Waterloo for his Geothermal Power Plant Producing Water by Condensation project. His project focuses on ambient air in geothermal power installations to capture moisture to create a source of fresh water.

About CWSF & Youth Science Canada

The Canada-Wide Science Fair (CWSF) brings science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) out of the classroom – engaging youth In STEM solutions to real world issues. CWSF is a celebration of Canada’s brightest young minds and an inspiring exploration in STEM for the thousands of visitors.

Have any questions about your project or the Canada Wide Science Fair? Get in touch with the team here.