Letter from the Editors
After attending his sons’ science fair two years ago, Dr. Dayre McNally was disappointed. A poorly-attended science fair in a small arena hardly seemed an appropriate reward for months of hard work and dedication. A passionate researcher himself, Dr. McNally knew that publication was a valuable tool for encouraging and disseminating science beyond the walls of any gymnasium or classroom. In May of 2017, Dr. McNally decided to pursue his idea and design a journal in which young students of any level could publish their science fair projects. Excited to spread youth science further, he then recruited us, two undergraduate students, to help out with this project.
As a new journal, we had no idea what to expect when we opened for submissions in May. Maybe we would get 20 submissions if we were lucky, we thought. Well, 5 weeks and 47 submissions later and we knew that our initial estimate was a little off (and that we perhaps needed more than one issue). We knew that Canada had some incredible young scientists. What we didn’t anticipate, however, was how much they would inspire us! From Inuvik to Wolfville, the young Canadians featured in this issue are not only incredibly diverse, but they also have in common a passion to make a difference in the world through their science.
Over the summer, our editorial board was working hard, mentoring the authors as they prepared for publication. To see youth helping youth in a collaborative manner was incredibly rewarding and we are so thankful for all your hard work.
We would also like to acknowledge the many people at CHEO and in the science community who have helped make this journal a reality. Aynsley Morris, Richard Webster, Mitch Kutney, The Media House Team, and Margaret Sampson – we are so grateful for all the time you have put into the CSFJ. We would also like to thank NSERC PromoScience for making this journal possible.
Lastly, we would like to thank our supervisor Dr. Dayre McNally, Editor-in-Chief, and Katie O’Hearn for trusting us with this project. We will be forever grateful for all your guidance and support.
We are excited to release the very first issue of The Canadian Science Fair Journal. This past year we have had the privilege of meeting many of Canada’s bright young minds and we are so pleased to introduce you to seventeen incredible scientists in this issue.
We hope you enjoy reading their work as much as we did.