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CHEO hospital hosts Canada Science Fair Journal’s first Connect 2019 conference

The conference allows young students students to publish original projects relating to STEM fields.
A picture of a presenter speaking during CSFJ's Connect 2019 conference. Photo/ @MsFootesClass

The Canadian Science Fair Journal (CSFJ) celebrated its first anniversary on Friday at CHEO hospital by giving student writers a chance to present their projects to students across Canada during their CSFJ Connect 2019 conference.

To enter, students aged 6 to 18, submitted original research pieces to the CSFJ, which publishes original projects relating to STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, mathematics). Once research projects are submitted, CSFJ pairs student writers with a post-secondary student editor, who mentors them to refine and edit their work so it can be ready for publication, which also introduces them to peer review and scientific writing.

The Canadian Science Fair Journal (CSFJ) was created by Dr. Dayre McNally, an intensive care physician at CHEO and a scientist at the CHEO Research Institute, who also leads its Clinical Research Unit. 

“There is so much great, creative work being done by really talented students across the country,” says Dr. McNally. “We thought these budding scientists needed a publication to recognize their work, while also giving them the chance to learn about other critical aspects of being a scientist — publishing in a journal and, now, presenting to a conference of their peers.”

During the event, students got the chance to present to others in person at CHEO and in classrooms connected via the web, to discuss topics like developing autonomous vehicles with neural networks, developing safer ways to transport baby chicks and creating an air filtration system for communities affected by forest fires.

In their first year, CSFJ published three issues, which featured 35 articles from students across Canada. They plan to release eight issues in their second year.

For a full list of this year’s speakers and links to their papers, visit their website.

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