We are pleased to announce that the 2nd phase of Canadian Black Scientists Network Youth (CBSN, https://blackscientists.ca/ ) science fair will be held in person in Nova Scotia and hosted by the Imhotep’s Legacy Academy (ILA).

Event Date: 1st April, 2023

Time: 8:30 am – 3:30 pm AST

Venue: ILA Learning Centre (1360 Barrington St., Room J134, Halifax, NS)


The CBSN-Youth Regional Science Fair provides students pursuing scientific excellence with the recipe to satiate their curiosity, awarding them the platform to showcase their unique qualities.

For the phase 2 competition this year, we are proud to have nine (9) Black scientists participating in the regional competition. We are happy to have 9 exciting project presentations at the fair, which will see the top three (3) advancing to the Canada-Wide Science Fair.

CBSN will also give prizes to the top three (3) students from this stage (phase 2)

  • 1st Prize – $300 value
  • 2nd Prize – $200 value
  • 3rd Prize – $100 value

Each top student will receive a fully paid trip to Edmonton, Alberta in May, 2023

Learn more about our competition here

For public viewing R.S.V.P here

Agenda Time
Arrival and project setup 8:30 am – 9:30 am
Introduction and welcome 9:30 am -10:00 am
Round 1 judging (2 judges per project) 10:15- 10:45 am
Break 10:45 – 11:00 am
Round 2 judging (2 judges per project) 11:00 am – 11:30 am
Lunch 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Public viewing 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Break 2:30 – 2:45 pm
Awards and Closing ceremony 2:45 – 3:30 pm

The logbook is the rough record of your project. It is a journal containing your thoughts, actions you take, observations you see, rough data you take, and everything relating to your project. Start one at the beginning of your project and write in it any time you’re thinking of working on your project.

The following are ideas to help focus your thoughts:

  • At the beginning of each week think about what questions you have and possible topics or key words you need to investigate further.
  • During the week or at the end of each week include your research notes and raw data collected.
  • Note some key words/concepts/data that you came across which you would like to explore further or need clarification on.
  • List something that surprised you or was unexpected in your work.
  • Besides the internet, are there experts or organizations in the field who could help you understand the concepts better?
  • Are there connections between your work and other units of study that make you curious?
  • Create a mind map of how everything you have learned so far fits together. You could use different colored pens to brainstorm questions for each group of information.

We cannot stress enough how important your logbook is for your success at the science fair. CBSN (Phase 2) judges will be looking at your logbook to see your thought process throughout your project. Learn how to use a log book. Make sure to bring your logbook with you to display at the CBSN (Phase 2) science fair.

(“Science Fair Project Do’s and Don’ts.”)

1.       Be Confident and Show Your Excitement

You have the chance to share what you accomplished and what you discovered with the judges and audience when you present your project. We want to hear about all of your fantastic work that you’ve done.

2.       Be Organized in Your Explanations

  • Make sure the order of your presentation makes sense. Despite the many hours you’ve spent working on your product, keep in mind that the judges are unfamiliar with it. In order for the audience to simply follow along, try to walk them through your project and your reasoning step by step.
  • Some students begin by giving a brief introduction to themselves and outlining the topic of their project. You can think about explaining why you chose your project, what you’re attempting to learn, and why it’s significant.
  • If you’ve conducted an experiment, lead the judges through each step of the scientific method, including the tools you used, the steps you took, the number of trials you ran, and the factors you considered. It’s crucial to talk about both what you did and why you did it.

3.       Be Prepared

  • Prepare your presentation in advance and practice it. You’ll need to set a time budget. Schedule a 10-minute presentation followed by a 5-minute question period.
  • Practice your presentation in front of someone who doesn’t already know about your project. Attempt to recall the questions that they pose. You may need to change a few sections if they seem a little lost. They might also ask you questions you never would have considered. Include the knowledge you gain from these exercises in your final presentation.
  • Practice your presentation multiple times, till you’re confident and comfortable
  • Avoid reading any notes. It’s acceptable if you need to consult your notes to stay organized but try to directly explain things to the judge.

The main goal is to enjoy yourself and have fun!

The judges will have more fun if you have more fun!

For answers to any questions, please contact ILA Program Director, Mr. Asher Trim-Gaskin by phone (902-494-2400) or by email asp.imhotep@dal.ca

This event is proudly sponsored with funding from the WISE Atlantic Partnerships Program