TORONTO, April 10, 2012 /CNW/ - Youth Science Canada (YSC) today announced a three-year joint sponsorship by Research In Motion (RIM), who has signed on as the lead sponsor for the Canada-Wide Science Fair. As YSC's flagship program, the Canada-Wide Science Fair recognizes Canada's top 500 science students and their projects.
"Youth Science Canada is thrilled to welcome Research In Motion as the presenting sponsor of the Canada-Wide Science Fair," said Reni Barlow, executive director, Youth Science Canada. "RIM continues to be an inspiration for innovative young Canadians who dream of transforming their ideas into solutions to global challenges and exciting new businesses."
The 2012 Canada-Wide Science Fair will be held in May at the University of Prince Edward Island in Charlottetown. Canada's top 500 science students in grades 7-12, and their projects as selected at over 100 regional science fairs in every province and territory, will compete for 350 awards, prizes, and scholarships valued at nearly $1 million. A panel of 350-400 judges, comprising local university, college, and private sector researchers, scientists, and engineers, will select the winners.
RIM will be the presenting sponsor of the event's award ceremony as well as the Innovation Challenge Awards - and the Platinum Awards including Best Project - for all three years of the sponsorship, and will host a series of sessions designed to educate participating and visiting students on innovation and technology.
"RIM was built on innovation and has long been a supporter of science, engineering and technology in education. We are proud to support Youth Science Canada as they recognize and showcase some of the country's best young scientists at the Canada-Wide Science Fair," said Dave Jaworsky, Senior Director, Corporate Relations at RIM.
RIM's sponsorship of the Canada-Wide Science Fair also extends to the 2013 CWSF being held in Lethbridge, Alberta and the 2014 CWSF to be held in Ontario. The event typically welcomes 3,000 visiting community members.
More information on the Canada-Wide Science Fair can be found at http://cwsf.youthscience.ca.
About Youth Science Canada
Since 1962, Youth Science Canada has been Canada's leading organization for the promotion of innovation and celebration of excellence in science, engineering and technology among our nation's youth. A national, registered charitable organization, Youth Science Canada provides or partners in programs to increase awareness and involvement of youth in science, engineering and technology, to engage, mentor and recognize Canada's young scientists, and to engage leading public and private sector organizations in the development of a national science, engineering and technology network of Canadian youth. For more information, please visit http://youthscience.ca.
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