Eastern Newfoundland Science and Technology Fair goes Virtual
Science history was made once again in this province on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 when
20 students competed in the very first Virtual Fair for Eastern NL. The virtual version of the
fair replaced the 2020 Husky Energy Eastern Newfoundland Science and Technology Fair,
previously scheduled for late April 2020. The Eastern fair was the second virtual fair to
occur in this province as a virtual fair for students outside of Eastern NL had taken place on
Saturday, May 9, 2020. Both virtual fairs were organized by a subcommittee of the Eastern
Newfoundland Science Fairs Council (ENSFC).
The students presented their projects to judges in Google Meets, 3 judges per group. There
were 4 groups in total divided by grade levels: 3 groups were judged in English and one
group judged in French. Each student or student team (of 2) was allotted 30 minutes, after
which points were tallied and “medal” certificates and other prizes were awarded.
John Scott Pearce, a grade 12 student at
Holy Heart High School in St. John’s won
gold and was chosen Best of Fair as he had
the highest overall score. Second place and
also winning gold was Emily Meade, a
grade 12 student also from Holy Heart.
Third place and a gold medal went to
Linnaea Bird, a grade 10 student from
Holy Trinity High in Torbay. In addition 3
more gold, as well as 7 silver, 6 bronze and
2 Honourable mentions were awarded to
participants. While the number of projects
was lower than the usual 100 or more at
the annual physical fair, the quality of the
students work was not.
In addition to the medal certificates, monetary prizes were provided by the NLTA Math
Science Special Interest Council. These included $500, $300 and $200 for first, second and
In lieu of the national fair, governing body, Youth Science Canada, is hosting an Online
STEM Fair for any student in the country in grades 7 to 12. Registration is now open and
closes on May 18, 2020.
2019 Regional and National Fair Summary