Weston Youth Innovation Award

Website:  https://www.ontariosciencecentre.ca/teachers-plus-students/weston-youth-innovation-award 

Other people talk about making the world better. You did something.

Could you be our 2021 award winner?

Presented annually, the Weston Youth Innovation Award recognizes and honours young Canadian innovators who are making a difference. It provides students aged 14 to 18 a unique way to share their ideas to a much larger audience! Interested? Why not tell us about your accomplishments? You could be the next Weston Youth Innovation Award winner.

The award is generously funded by the Weston Family Foundation.

This Year’s Prizes

  • $15,000 first-place prize
  • $8,500 second-place prize
  • $3,500 each for up to three additional finalists

Your project will also be featured in an Ontario Science Centre exhibit.

Who is Eligible?

We look for individuals or groups who:

  • Are between the ages of 14 and 18
  • Have used science and/or technology as the basis for developing creative and innovative ideas aimed at solving real-world problems
  • Put their ideas into action, and as a result, have had a positive impact either in their own community or on a broader scale.

Download a copy of the full 2021 Rules and Regulations.

How to Apply

The deadline for submitting your application is Friday, February 12, 2021 at midnight 11:59 ET.

Send us a short email expressing interest and describing why you think you should receive the award (maximum 200 words). If you qualify, we’ll be in touch with a link to the online application form.

For the application process, you’ll need to provide a short essay describing your work, references and a one-minute video pitching your project to the judges!

What are the prizes?

In addition to the cash prizes above, the winner’s work will be featured in a professional animation on display in the Weston Family Innovation Centre at the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto. It will also be posted on this website, in order to inspire other youth to think, work and collaborate in new ways .

Meet the 2020 Award Winners

The Ontario Science Centre was proud to present the 2020 Weston Youth Innovation Award to five enterprising teens from across Canada.

Meet the Winners