FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

WHEN IS THE FAIR?
The Thames Valley Science and Engineering Fair (TVSEF) will be held April 6 – 8, 2018.

WHERE IS THE FAIR?
The TVSEF will be held at the Faculty of Education (Althouse College) at Western University.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR THE COMPETITIVE SCIENCE FAIR?
Any student in grades 6 – 12, who goes to any Catholic, public, private or home school in Elgin, Middlesex, or Oxford Counties.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR THE NON-COMPETITIVE SCIENCE FAIR?
Any student in grades 4 – 5, who goes to Catholic, public, private or home school in Elgin, Middlesex, or Oxford Counties.

WHY SHOULD I ENTER?
The TVSEF is a great place to showcase your knowledge in science and engineering! You will have the opportunity to meet other students and people from the London community who are interested in science and technology. You could also win the chance to travel to the national competition, the Canada Wide Science Fair.

CAN I HAVE A PARTNER?
Yes! You can work by yourself, or in teams of two.  Larger teams of three or four are possible, however these projects will not qualify to attend the Canada Wide Science Fair.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO ENTER THE SCIENCE FAIR?
Nothing – it is free!   But as we are a charitable organization, we do appreciate your financial support via a donation.

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
You will need a backboard to present your project, and any other materials that you have made, or need to demonstrate your project. Make sure you check the safety and ethics rules to see what you can and cannot bring. Bring a bottle of water, and a snack. You will also need to bring lunch, or money to buy lunch.

MEALS
You must bring your own lunch from home. There is NO place to buy food at the Faculty of Education.

CAN I HAVE ACCESS TO POWER?
Yes, but you will need to request power when you register for the fair, because it is limited.

CAN I HAVE ACCESS TO INTERNET?
No, unfortunately we cannot provide internet access.  If you require internet access, you will need to provide your own. 

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
Make sure you are neat and clean – wear clean clothes that are not ripped. There is no “dress code” for the science fair – you do not have to dress up.

WHAT HAPPENS AT THE SCIENCE FAIR?
You can find the schedule here.  For grade 6-12, on Saturday, you will set up your project, meet the judges and talk about your project, have lunch, do some fun activities, and show your project to public visitors. On Sunday, you will show your project to public visitors and VIPs and go to the awards ceremony.   For grade 4-5, you will set up and display your project on Friday night.

PARKING
Parking will be provided free of charge on campus.

SECURITY
Exhibitors are responsible for the maintenance and protection of their own exhibits during the Fair. We recommend that laptops, cameras, mp3 players, and other expensive items not be left unattended.

CAN MY PARENTS COME?
Parents are welcome to come to Public Viewing. Judging is only for students and judges.

WHO WILL BE AT THE FAIR?
You will meet the Thames Valley Science and Engineering Fair Committee, Volunteers, Judges, and other Students. All students are supervised by volunteers during the fair.
Do you have any questions? Contact Us.