These rules are not intended to victimize the student or to limit creativity, but to assure the protection
of each exhibitor and the public.

A project that fails to meet the directives may be subject to sanctions
up to and including disqualification. Experiments which may present risks may be done beforehand and presented by a diagram, video, simulation, etc. Projects with experiments using animals or persons must follow the ethical rules described in sections 5, 6 and 7 below.


1. Eligibility
 

1.1 The participant must be registered in a First Nations or Inuit community school in Quebec.

1.2 A maximum of two students per team, and each school can register only one team by category. 

1.3 Students must register in one of these 5 categories: grade 5, grade 6 , secondary 1, secondary 2-3 or secondary 4-5. 

1.4 No violent or destructive project will be accepted (firearms, bomb, war, etc.).

1.5 The project must have scientific content and/or a scientific approach.


2. Every participant must commit him or herself to:
 

2.1 Install and dismantle their display.

2.2 To be present during opening hours.

2.3 Respect instructions from their supervisor and the organizing committee.

2.4 Respect the other participants and the visitors.


3. Written report and presentation
 

3.1 Each written report must include a title page and a bibliography of the documents used
for the project. 

3.2 The report must include the scientific approach used for the project.

3.3 The cardboard presentation stand that will be provided will have the following dimensions: 
61 centimetres (2 feet) wide at the back, with two panels of 30,5 cm (1 foot) on the sides,
and 91,4 cm (3 feet) high.

 

4. Security


4.1 The display will be kept out of reach of the public unless it is specifically designed
as a hands-on demonstration.

4.2 Any rubber pipes, electric cords, wires or ropes must be as short as possible and fixed
to avoid accident. 

4.3 Tastings are absolutely forbidden.

4.4 Products that release smells that may irritate must be in a hermetically sealed container. 

4.5 Blood tests and shots are forbidden.

4.6 Compressed gas tanks are forbidden.

4.7 The following are not permitted on the site:

  • Pathologic agents which can causes illness or carcinogenic agents
  • Poisons
  • Radioactive substances
  • Explosive materials
  • Highly flammable materials
  • Cryogenic substances (dry ice, liquid nitrogen, etc.)
  • Illegal substances (drugs, etc.)
  • Foods not authorized in Canada

4.8 No open flame will be allowed.


5. Use of animals


5.1 No experiment will involve the suffering of animals.

5.2 Cells, tissues or any other biological material may be used only if they are sealed
(slide or plastic-coat).

5.3 Living animals are forbidden on the site. Only stuffed animals and hermetically sealed insect       collections will be authorized. 

5.4 Treated skins and naturalized skeletons, whole or in parts, coming from a known source
are accepted.

See more details on the ethical use of animals in section 7.


6. Participation of human subjects
 

6.1 No experiment will involve the suffering of people physically or psychologically.

6.2 All participants in scientific research such as class surveys of attitudes, beliefs or skill tests must be supervised and a consent form must be signed by participants.

See more details below on the ethics committee and the participation of human subjects or animals.


7. Ethics Committee

QASEA has formed an ethics committee to ensure that all projects submitted to the QASF conform to its  rules and regulations. These ethics rules are the same as those adopted by Youth Science Canada for the Canada Wide Science Fair. Teachers supervising students who have projects with human participants or using animals must be familiar with the following rules and make sure that forms are signed for these three types of projects.
 

7.1 Participation of Humans in Research - Low Risk

A low risk project is one where the participating human subjects are not submitted to more risk than those encountered in everyday life. Class surveys of attitudes, beliefs or skill tests, may be termed Low Risk. All human participants in scientific research must give Informed Consent, which comprises consent, confidentiality and the right to withdraw.
 

For more information on Low risk projects:

http://www.youthscience.ca/node/728
 

Form to fill:

4.1A_Humans_Low_Risk.pdf


7.2 Participation of Humans in Research - Significant Risk

A significant risk project is one where the participating human subjects are submitted to more risk than those encountered in everyday life. The science project or experiment must be done under the direction of a qualified scientific supervisor. All participants must be assured that they are safe, that they are treated with respect and dignity and that the information they provide will be kept confidential.
 

For more information on significant risk projects:

http://youthscience.ca/node/729


Form to fill:

4.1B_Humans_Significant_Risk.pdf


7.3 Use of animals

All experimental use of animals for scientific research must have educational and scientific value and must not harm the animal.
 

For more information:
 

Invertebrate:

 http://youthscience.ca/node/8210

Vertebrate:

http://youthscience.ca/node/8224


Form to fill:

 4.1C_Animals.pdf


For more information on the Quebec Aboriginal Science Fair Ethics Committee, please contact:
 

Martine Couture

Chair
QASF Ethics Committee
E-mail: martine.couturei@sympatico.ca
Tel.: 819-684-1889


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