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Winnipeg Hosting Prestigious International Science Fair

April 30, 2012 7:29 AM | Entertainment

By Brian Schultz

Students from across the world will descend on Winnipeg today for the eighth annual International Student Science Fair (ISSF 2012).

The week-long science fair, running until Friday, May 4, attracts the best and brightest minds to compete. The theme for ISSF 2012 is “Living Sustainably — Role of Science and Technology.”

Students will explore six different topics under this theme, including clean water, climate change, sustainable energy, feeding the world, health genomics, and sciences for society.

“This event is helping get our children excited about learning and builds on the provincial government’s goal of improving the quality of education for every student in Manitoba,” said Education Minister Nancy Allan. “More specifically, it supports our commitment to enhance student engagement in science and support professional learning for science teachers as part of the Manitoba Science Education Action Plan.”

It’s the first time the event has been held in Canada, attracting 42 schools from 17 countries.

Fort Richmond Collegiate is the host school for this year’s fair. The opening ceremonies will be held this morning in University Centre at the University of Manitoba.