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It's almost time for Surrey students to put on their thinking caps and showcase their scientific skills at the Surrey Schools Science & Innovation Fair.
The districtwide fair – the largest and longest-running fair of its kind in Western Canada – has been sparking creative minds for more than 50 years, highlighting the best and brightest from across Surrey and White Rock.
This year's fair is at a new venue, and will be held Thursday, March 5 at Kwantlen Polytechnic University's Surrey campus, located at 12666 72nd Ave., in the Spruce building atrium.
About 100 exhibits by more than 200 Grade 4-8 students will be on display. Top projects from previous years include a plastic substitute using biodegradable kitchen materials, an AI system to guide drivers to the best parking spot, and a working leg model that could kick a soccer ball at different angles and forces.
Following a shift in focus that began at last year's fair, students are encouraged to design projects that find solutions to real-world problems, all while elevating their knowledge and interest in science.
On the other hand, this year's optional theme: "How can humans colonize Mars?" might bring some amazing solutions to out-of-this-world problems.
Students will not be competing with each other, but rather receiving individual recognition for the hard work, effort and creativity they put into their projects. Exhibits will be judged on the level of excellence reflected in their scientific knowledge and their overall presentation.
The 53rd-annual district fair starts at 4 p.m., with judges touring the showroom floor from 5 to 7 p.m. The judges will present ribbons from 7 to 7:30 p.m., with closing ceremonies running from 7:30 to 8 p.m.