The following fields are optional and will not affect the evaluation of your project. If your project is accepted, they will be shown on your project page for publicity purposes.
Technology is the sum of techniques, skills, methods, and processes used in the production of goods or services or in the accomplishment of objectives, such as scientific investigation.
Biology is the natural science that studies life and living organisms, including their physical structure, chemical processes, molecular interactions, physiological mechanisms, development and evolution.
Environmental science is an interdisciplinary academic field that integrates physical, biological and information sciences to the study of the environment, and the solution of environmental problems.
Physical science is the study of the inorganic world. The four main branches of physical science are astronomy, physics, chemistry, and the Earth sciences, which include meteorology and geology.
If selected to compete in IRIC, this image will be displayed as a cover image for your project on our online exhibition. We recommend that you use an original image from your project. The cover image will not affect the evaluation of your project.
Please submit a max. 250 word summary of all aspects of your project. It is recommended to type this in an external document editor and paste it here.
Please upload a 5-20 page paper detailing your project's analyses, processes, and results in PDF format (appendix & references are excluded from page count).
Please create a 1-2 minute video of you explaining your project as if to a judge, upload it to YouTube as unlisted, and paste the link.
If you wish to show our scientific review committee any additional material pertaining to your project (images, logbook scans, code snippets, etc.), you may submit them here. You are allowed a maximum of 7 images and 7 other documents. Only the first 7 files that you select will be uploaded, the rest will be ignored.
Please read through the entities below carefully and select all that apply to your project.
Flammable, toxic or dangerous chemicals
Potentially Hazardous Biological Agents (PHBAs)
Electrical devices that use over 40 volts
Firearms, ammunition, dangerous goods or explosives
X-ray or other high-energy radiation sources
Please self-nominate yourself for any of the following INSPO Sponsored Awards for which you qualify, and wish to be considered for. You will be paired with sponsored award judges accordingly.
NOKIA Future Tech Internship Award
Award: A guaranteed placement in the paid Nokia Future Tech Summer Internship Canada Program for the 2021 session, which will take place over a seven-week period in July and August.
The Nokia Future Tech Summer Internship Canada provides students with the opportunity to experience the high-tech world before leaving high school. Future Tech Interns work alongside Nokia engineering teams at our campus in Ottawa, Ontario and are given real, technical projects to complete over the summer. The internship is a paid position which allows students to gain valuable hands-on experience, while also providing insight to make an informed post-secondary education decision.
Base Requirements: • The student is legally able to work in Canada (can live in US/MX).
• The student will be able to travel to the Ottawa area for the duration of the Future Tech Internship program at personal expense.
• The student has a safe place to live in the Ottawa area for the duration of the Future Tech Internship program at personal expense.
• The student will be entering grades 10, 11, or 12 in the fall of 2021.
• The student must be proficient in English
Criteria: The Nokia Future Tech Summer Internship Canada Award will be awarded to a student whose project demonstrates exceptional technical depth, and a deep interest and passion for using technology to solve real, global problems. Single projects only.
Scotiabank Patent Grant
Award: A US, Canadian, or Mexican (depending on the winner's country) patent's filing & examination fees fully sponsored for a project, idea, design or specific process, deeming their invention patent-pending.
Scotiabank is a leading bank in the Americas. Guided by their purpose: “for every future,” Scotiabank helps their customers, families and their communities achieve success through a broad range of advice, products and services, including personal and commercial banking, wealth management and private banking, corporate and investment banking, and capital markets. This Patent Grant is meant to inspire a realistic motivation in students to actually implement their prototypes while providing an effective next step to do so, hence empowering students to combine their scientific/technological ingeuity with entrepreneurship to spark development in their communities and further Scotiabank's mission.
Criteria: The Scotiabank Patent Grant will be awarded to a student whose project most resembles a realistically usable product, and where its process of implementation would be greatly accelerated and have maximized competitive advantage by having a "patent-pending" status. According to the US, Canadian & Mexican Intellectual Property Offices, to be deemed eligible for a patent, your invention must meet three basic rules:
1. The invention must show novelty (be the first in the world).
2. It must show utility (be functional and operative).
3. It must show inventive ingenuity and not be obvious to someone skilled in that area.
SHAD Canada Award (Canadian Applicants only)
Award: 2 scholarships in the amount of $1,500 for SHAD 2021.
Shad is a STEAM and entrepreneurship program for students in grades 10 & 11 that empowers them
as change makers and prepares them to take on social and economical challenges. Participants
spend 27 days in July living in residence at a Canadian host university while engaging in
experiential learning through workshops, labs, and seminars.
Criteria: The Shad Canada Award will be awarded to Canadian students in grade 9 or 10 who demonstrate:
a desire and enthusiasm to attend Shad, a genuine interest in pursing their potential as a change maker
and engagement in their community. Strong preference will be given to students who live in non-urban,
rural or remote areas. To be eligible for the scholarship, the award winner must apply and gain acceptance
to Shad during the 2021 application cycle. Single projects only.
Forum for Young Canadians Award (Canadian Applicants only)
Award: 4 full $995 program bursaries for Forum 2021 (includes transportation to and from Ottawa, meals, accommodation, and program fees).
Forum is a bilingual, non-partisan, week-long program which occurs three times per year.
During each session, young people aged 15 to 19 years from across Canada come together to deepen
their understanding of the national decision-making process in Canada, share ideas & acquire tools
for community engagement, and network & discuss social issues and policy with parliamentarians
and youth from across the country.
Criteria: The Forum for Young Canadians Award will be awarded to Canadian students in grades 9-12 who demonstrate a
strong inclination to contribute to the future of their society through their projects, and would benefit from legislative
processes and support. Single projects only.
WISEST SRP Externship Award (Canadian Applicants only)
Award: A guaranteed placement in the Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science & Technology Summer Research Program to participate in a 6 week paid internship in 2021 (includes transportation to and from the University of Alberta, meals, and accommodation).
The WISEST Summer Research Program (SRP) is unlike any other summer job that you could possibly imagine!
For over 35 years, SRP has been giving students the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in university,
and in the science, engineering, and technology fields. In this program, students get to work with top
researchers and innovators, and become a part of the research team within the lab. Most of the research
opportunities available are in laboratories located at the U of A campus, but some involve fieldwork.
Research projects change every year.
Criteria: The WISEST Externship Award will be awarded to a female Canadian student completing grade 11 in spring 2021 who demonstrates: a genuine interest in research in non-medical, non-pharmacy STEM field and has a desire to attend WISEST. Strong preference will be given to females from rural communities or females with FNMI heritage or a STEM interested individual identifying as a gender minority. The award will guarantee the selected student entrance into the 2021 program which is a 6 week paid internship (est value ~$3000). The student must agree to be a program ambassador post participation. The student must be able to travel to Alberta and participate fully in the 6-week program starting July 2021. Single projects only. (Note: Students who are not shortlisted or who do not receive the award are still welcome to apply to participate when SRP 2021 applications open February 1 2021.)
Western University Engineering Award
Award: A full scholarship to the Virtual Western University Engineering Outreach Program in 2020.
The Western Engineering Summer Academy is designed specifically for enriched Grades 9-12 high
school students looking for a challenge this summer. WESA offers students the opportunity to
explore these areas of engineering with labs, lectures and hands-on projects. The courses are
taught by Western University professors and graduate students (All labs and hands-on projects
will be adapted to fit a virtual format).
Criteria: The Western University Award will be awarded to (a) student(s) who demonstrates a genuine
interest in learning about industry engineering practices in-depth. Single or group projects.
STEM Fellowship Publication Award
Award: A guaranteed research publication in the 2020 edition of the peer-reviewed STEM Fellowship Journal.
The challenge provides students around the world with an opportunity to publish their scientific research and obtain valuable feedback on their work from industry professionals and professors. Students will have the opportunity to win a $500 prize and an annual subscription to select Science Publishing Journals.
Criteria: The Research Publication in the 2020 STEM Fellowship Journal will be awarded to a single or group project that demonstrates an innovative solution that will greatly impact the greater community. Students should demonstrate academic merit and ingenuity within the STEM field.
I/We have thoroughly read and certify that I/we have conducted my/our project and all associated research, experiments & development was conducted in accordance with InspoScience Canada's ethics and due care notice.
I/We verify that the work submitted is my/our own genuine work and that all external contributions have been appropriately credited.