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Where to start

Want to present a Science Fair project? Follow these five steps!

1. Talk to your teacher

You can prepare a Science Fair project in class or outside school hours. Talk to your science teacher: ask him or her for information, and find out whether he/she plans to allow class time to students starting a project, or whether another teacher in your school can help out.


The Science Fair fits perfectly within the spirit of the Québec Education Program, and can therefore easily be integrated into science class content.


Teachers, the document Indispensable Guide (coming in english in December) (for secondary and CÉGEP) and Science fair's ABC (coming in english in December) (primary)  will provide you with some guidance to properly support your students.

2. Find an idea

A project always starts with an idea. Have a look at our Finding an idea page if you need!

3. Prepare your project

Now that you’ve found your idea, it’s time to get to work!


You start by determining the classification, category and type of project.


Next, you’ll need to consult the Rules, and find out which forms you’ll need to complete (right at the beginning of your project in some cases) to make sure you start off on the right foot and respect all the ethical requirements.


Sometimes, a helping hand will be necessary: you can find a mentor or resource person to answer questions you may have during the project—your teacher, for example. See the section on mentoring for more information on the subject or to help locate a resource person.


And above all, always keep these resources handy:


If you’re a secondary or CÉGEP student: the Indispensable Guide (coming in english in December) contains answers to the most commonly asked questions about the Science Fair as well as step-by-step instructions for completing your project.


If you're a primary student, it's the Science fair's ABC (coming in english in December).


Still have questions? Don't hesitate to contact the organization affiliated with the Reseau Technocience in your region. And don’t forget the Practical tools section of this site, containing a wealth of additional documents to help both teachers and students with projects!


To find out more:
Video: Qui t’as aidé à réaliser ton projet? (“Who helped you develop your project?”; in French)

Video: Quelle démarche scientifique as-tu utilisée? (“What scientific approach did you use?”; in French)

4. Register

Whether you are a primary, secondary or CÉGEP student, you can enter a local final (at your school or within your school board) or a regional final (organized by the CLS in your region). If there is no local final being organized in your school, you can enter the regional final directly; simply get in touch with your the organization affiliated with the Réseau Technoscience in your region first, to find out the entry conditions or the number of projects allowed per school.


You can ask your teacher for help with this part of the process. In the case of the regional finals, registration is done online, right here on this site.

5. Present your project

The local or regional final is where you present your project to your classmates and friends, the judges and the general public!


Be thorough in all aspects of your project presentation: oral, visual and written. For tips and tricks on preparing a good project, consult the Indispensable Guide (coming in english in December) if you’re a secondary or CÉGEP student. If you're a primary student, it's the Science fair's ABC (coming in english in December).


The best projects by students at the secondary and CÉGEP levels earn a chance to compete in the Québec Final and, who knows, maybe in the Canada-Wide Science Fair or even the International Science Fair!


Présentation visuelle du projet (“The visual presentation”; mostly in French)

Présentation au public (“Exhibiting your project in public”; mostly in French)

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Réseau Technoscience
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Ministère de l'Enseignement supérieur, de la Recherche, de la Science et de la Technologie