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 2021 official writing day is Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Regarding the 2021 Challenge: We expect the 2021 challenge to be fully online, so that students will complete the challenge digitally. No paper challenges will be printed or accepted. We will be updating this website when more information becomes available. However, this is the current plan (subjected to change):
- Students will complete the challenge individually either at home or in school, following the district/school safety requirement (such as learning remotely or staying within the learning cohort).
- As with previous challenges, only teachers or officials at a board-accredited school can register students. We do not accept individual registrations by students or their parents.
- We will request students’ email addresses upon registration.
- All eligibility requirements for the Michael Smith Challenge remain the same.
- The challenge will be a one-hour, timed contest. We will allow flexibility as to when the student can complete the challenge on the contest date.
- The challenge will consist of five timed sections of randomized questions on the following topics:
- Earth Science
- If your students do not have a computer or internet access, please contact us at email@example.com.
Teachers with questions regarding the challenge can contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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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
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.
If you have any additional information that is not covered in the Teacher’s Instruction guide, please e-mail us at email@example.com