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To join the SBCC program in your area, visit the Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge Canada website.
For high school science students all across Canada! The Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge Canada (SBCC) raises awareness among students, educators, and the public of the emerging science of biotechnology and its applications in health care, agriculture and the environment.
SBCC pairs senior high school students with scientific mentors who guide them in their research and help them conduct their experiments in world-class facilities, including laboratories at the National Research Council Canada (NRC).
In Ottawa, the NRC also helps organize a biotechnology lecture series as part of the regional competition.
The student teams begin their projects in the fall, and liaise with a mentor over several months. The results of their research are presented at regional competitions in the late spring.
A national competition follows, where regional winners face-off via videoconference. A panel of judges gathers at NRC headquarters in Ottawa to hear presentations by all the competitors and to determine the top honours.
SBCC provides students and teachers with a valuable forum for exploring the Life Sciences curriculum for Grades 10 to 12. SBCC's aim is to encourage more students to pursue studies and careers in biotechnology, one of the major knowledge-based industries of the 21st Century.
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