Michael Smith Science Challenge
The Michael Smith Science Challenge is a bilingual national competition written by students in Grade 10 Science or lower. It emphasizes logical thinking and covers material in the science curriculum common to all provinces. It is named in honour of UBC’s Nobel Prize Winner Dr. Michael Smith and is sponsored by the UBC Faculty of Science. Prizes are awarded to the top students (and their teachers) in each province, territory, and nationally.
The 2022 Challenge will be run entirely online – students will complete the challenge entirely online at school or at home – depending on local circumstances and at the discretion of the teacher. No teacher invigilation is required. Teachers with questions regarding the challenge can contact email@example.com for more information.
The 2022 official writing day is Tuesday, February 15, 2022
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We reserve the right not to give a provincial prize if the top mark from that province is lower than the national average, or if less than 20 students or three schools participate from that province. We also reserve the right, in the event of a draw, to depart from our stated list of national prizes.
Nationally: 1st – $500, 2nd – $250, 3rd – $100
Provincially: $100 for the top student without a national prize, $50 for each student in a tie
Teachers: $50 for a teacher with a prize-winning student
For the 2021 competition, students were given the questions in a randomized order and could not go back to see a question they had already submitted. For higher security, we randomized number values in 7 of the 8 questions. A randomly selected version of the challenge is posted here, and used in the analysis.
|2021 Contest||2021 Contest Solutions/ Analysis||Top writers for 2021|
- Canadian Journal of High School Science Article on the 2002 Pilot Contest in British Columbia
- 2002 Pilot Contest in British Columbia (Solutions in Article Above)
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