2019 Science Rendezvous Science Fair - Elementary Registration (Grade 5 - 8)
The Toronto District Science Education Scholarship is a Toronto-wide competition open to Junior (Grades 5-6) and Intermediate (Grades 7 & 8) level science classrooms. Participating educators will assign a poster project in line with this year’s topic and select students to represent their classroom at the Toronto District Science Fair during Science Rendezvous U of T on Saturday, May 11th 2019. The classrooms represented by the students with the top posters will be awarded a total of $1000 in scholarships towards their classroom.

Each school may register up to 8 posters in the Junior and Intermediate-level competitions. Thus, we strongly encourage teachers to consult their colleagues before registering.

This year’s fair will be centred around the theme of molecular genetics and each poster should answer one of the following questions:

1. Science fiction films use fictional-based depictions of phenomena (e.g. genetic manipulation – bringing things back from the dead, giving people superpowers, global pandemics) that are not fully representative of current scientific knowledge. Choose a genetic – related science film of your choice and fact-check the science presented. Things to consider: Are the scientific concepts possible in real life (using the knowledge and technology that we have today)?

2. Antibiotic resistance in bacteria that infect humans is one of the most important public health problems of our time. Explain how bacteria become resistant to antibiotics. Discuss the detrimental effects of antibiotic resistance using real life cases of the phenomenon.Your answer underlies the importance of not taking unprescribed antibiotics.

3. What are genetically modified foods? Pick a genetically modified food that you love to eat (eg. bananas, corn…) and discuss the genetic history of this particular food and how it has evolved over the course of agricultural development? Compare and contrast the different versions of the food and use your example to debate the advantages and disadvantages of genetically modifying foods?

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