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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

Participation Instructions

Frequently Asked Questions

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:
    • Astronomy
    • Earth Science
    • Biology
    • Physics
    • Chemistry
  • If your students do not have a computer or internet access, please contact us at mschall@phas.ubc.ca

Teachers with questions regarding the challenge can contact mschall@phas.ubc.ca for more information.

**Due to the recent changes to Canada’s anti-spam legislation, please subscribe to the Michael Smith Challenge Update to continue receiving information (such as challenge date, registration opening date, and registration reminders) regarding the Challenge. 

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

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.

Results

2020 Contest 2020 Contest Solutions/ Analysis Top writers for 2020
     
2019 Contest 2019 Contest Solutions/ Analysis Top writers for 2019
     
2018 Contest 2018 Contest Solutions/ Analysis Top writers for 2018
     
2017 Contest 2017 Contest Solutions/ Analysis Top writers for 2017
     
2016 Contest 2016 Contest Solutions/ Analysis Top writers for 2016
     
2015 Contest 2015 Contest Solutions/ Analysis Top writers for 2015
    Top 10 percent for 2015
2014 Contest 2014 Contest Solutions/ Analysis Top writers for 2014
    Top 25 percent for 2014
2013 Contest 2013 Contest Solutions/ Analysis Top writers for 2013
    Top 25 percent for 2013
2012 Contest 2012 Contest Solutions/ Analysis Top writers for 2012
    Top 25 percent for 2012
2011 Contest 2011 Contest Solutions/ Analysis Top writers for 2011
    Top 25 percent for 2011
2010 Contest 2010 Contest Solutions/ Analysis Top writers for 2010
    Top 25 percent for 2010
2009 Contest 2009 Contest Solutions/ Analysis Top writers for 2009
    Top 25 percent for 2009
2008 Contest 2008 Contest Solutions/ Analysis Top writers for 2008
    Top 25 percent for 2008
2007 Contest 2007 Contest Solutions Top writers for 2007
    Top 25 percent for 2007
2006 Contest 2006 Contest Solutions Top writers for 2006
2005 Contest 2005 Contest Solutions Top writers for 2005
2004 Contest 2004 Contest Solutions Top writers for 2004

Other Materials

Contact Information

If you have any additional information that is not covered in the Teacher’s Instruction guide, please e-mail us at mschall@phas.ubc.ca