For over 50 years, the Bay Area Science & Engineering Fair has provided a forum for students in the Hamilton/Halton area to develop their scientific skills and prepare for national and international competition. 

BASEF – one of the oldest and largest science fairs in Canada – is a registered charity and relies entirely on volunteers and sponsors.

The Hamilton Spectator’s Roy Middleton was instrumental in founding The Hamilton District Science and Engineering Fair in 1960. Since that time many thousands of young people from the regions of Hamilton Wentworth and Halton have benefited from their participation in this event. Some have gone on to achieve further success at the national and international levels, and many are now active in careers related to science and technology. Several continue to be involved with the fair at the organizational level.

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The fair attracts 400 participants annually, from grade seven to 12. We are affiliated with the Canada Wide Science Fair and the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, and several of the top projects from our fair are sent on to compete at these events. Our students have competed favourably against the top young minds in the world, and have brought home many prestigious national and international awards over the years.