Vanda is an International Science Competition held annually around the globe. It focuses on the student’s ability to think critically and creatively to pick out hidden information to aid them in solving the question.
Vanda is for students from Grade 3 to Grade 11. It focuses on higher-order thinking skills. This allows participants to do better compared to pure-Olympiad papers since they are familiar with most of the topics.
Science Questions in the competition have a strong foundation in scientific knowledge and methodology which include the development of reasoning and analytical skills, decision and problem-solving skills, flexibility to respond to a different context, and possessing an open and enquiring mind that is willing to explore new territories and learn new things which are aligned to the desired 21st-century competencies.
CKSTEM is motivated to prepare Canadian students so that they can help Canada to become a world leader in science and technology. To achieve this goal we have built a partnership with Singapore International Mastery Challenge Center (SIMCC) in Canada. SIMCC is one of the largest academic contests organizers in Asia to groom and identify talent. We are committed to offering more opportunities for all students to gain international recognition through academic competitions. As a result of this new partnership, we will offer several English, Informatics, Mathematics, and Science contests for grades 2 to 12 students. In the coming months, we will be able to provide exciting opportunities to the kids to not only shine locally but to exhibit talent internationally with scholarships and specialized training in science and math as well.
To continue with this exciting journey, we are offering all our students an opportunity to participate in the VANDA International Science Contest. The top 40% of the participants will receive an award certificate and a medal. All winners are invited to compete at STEAM AHEAD 2022 – VANDA Science Global Finals.
Lesson 3: Physics I - Forces and Motions - Released
LESSON 4: Biology I - FOOD CHAINS & ECOSYSTEMS - Released
LESSON 5: Biology II - Plant/Animal Structure & Kingdoms of Life - RELEASED
LESSON 6: Chemistry I - Matters - RELEASED
LESSON 7: Physics II - Light, Sound & Heat
LESSON 8: Biology III- Human Body System
LESSON 9: Chemistry II - Atoms, Elements & More
LESSON 10: Physics III- Electromagnetic
Advanced Science Training through Brilliant
Free for all CANADIAN vanda participants
Scientific Thinking - Open your eyes to the world around you by solving puzzles with science.
Science Essentials - A curated toolkit for learning the most essential science concepts.
Physics of the Everyday - Investigate everyday physics, from household objects to weather patterns.
Waves and Light - Explore waves through sound, light, and more!
Classical Mechanics - Hardcore training for the aspiring physicist.
Solar Energy - Learn the physics of energy harvesting from our most renewable source, the Sun.
Gravitational Physics - Explore Newton's law of gravity and unpack its universe of consequences.
Electricity and Magnetism - Discover what powers the devices you use, from your toaster to your cell phone.
The Chemical Reaction - All the bits and bolts of chemistry.
Astrophysics - Unlock cosmic wonders, from star life cycles to the fate of the universe.
Computational Biology - A back-of-the-envelope approach to problems from RNA folding to Darwin's evolutionary tree.
Special Relativity - Get up to (light) speed on Einstein's theory of relativity.
Vanda Training Session #2
Vanda Training Session #3
Mini Science Contests
To help you practice, we will release several rounds of mini science contests for middle and high school. Questions in this contest are based on National Science Bowl. To motivate you, we have 10 amazing levels for you to achieve. Each round will contain quizzes from general science, physics, chemistry, biology (life science), earth & space science, and energy. You will have an opportunity to improve your score by practicing each quiz until you get a perfect score. You will have a large set of questions to try in each round. Few questions in a real contest will be more advanced, however, these mini-contests will train you well in the core concepts. The first round of these contests is already posted. You may give it a try.
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PRACTICE Thousands of amazing questions
We are serious about helping kids across Canada, hence, we are offering all Canadian VANDA participants a huge set of questions for grades 1-12 students to prepare themselves. Our team of volunteers is working hard to provide you access to a huge database of science questions. You can access over 2,000 questions right away and we are hoping to have 5000+ questions for your to practice. Moreover, we are working on online training sessions which will be free as well. We strongly believe in Learn - Compete - Win.
You can try a fun set of questions. We hope you will like it. We have many easier and harder questions for you to practice after your sign up for the contest.
All students will start with 5 bonus points. The perfect score is 70 points.
Question 1 to 5
+2 / 0 / −1 point for correct/no/wrong answer respectively
Question 6 to 10
+3 / 0 / 0 point for correct/no /wrong answer respectively
Application Question Section
Question 11 to 20
+4 points for correct answer, 0 points for wrong and no answer.
International Local Contest Practice Tests
VANDA International global contest is held locally by the participating countries. April 2022 contest is International Local Contest. Winners of this contest are invited to the Global Finals in December 2022.
You can access the international local practice test for VANDA here.
GLOBAL FINALS Practice TESTS
You can find practice tests for the 2019 finals by clicking the links below
Please download the instruction document. This document contains instructions so that your child may sit for SIMCC competitions from the safety of your home. This is due to the rapidly changing situation regarding Covid-19. Many teachers and parents have expressed their concern whether contests can be run FAIRLY in a home environment and we have done extensive testing and benchmarking to ENSURE that we run a SECURE and FAIR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION for all contestants.
Hence we seek your cooperation and support to implement the measures we have put in place to make the contest a FAIR competition for all contestants. Please advice your child NOT to share the questions with their friends or post them in ANY MEDIA, as this will disadvantage them and will NOT BE FAIR for other contestants.
Parents are recommended to test the necessary equipment the day before the contest as students will not be allowed to take part if any of the required equipment is not working. Thank you for your understanding and support.
Recommended minimum SYSTEM requirements for contest participants
This document contains recommended minimum requirements for the system used for contest participants. Please review this before the contest.
VANDA Contest Instructions
VANDA Online Contest System Guide
The contest fees paid by students to Competitive Kids STEM for hosting competitions are non-refundable. To be allowed to host these contests, our organization pays a fee to the various external organizations that own these competitions. It is a significant amount of time and resource investment, not to mention the various charges paid for processing these payments to the external organizations, various third parties and financial institutions.
As a nonprofit organization, CKSTEM operates in a very lean manner and limited resources to keep our operating costs low in order to make our offerings available at a much lower cost to the students. Hence, we will not be able to offer any refund for contest fees to students for withdrawals or cancellations beyond our control.
If any student has been wrongly charged by CKSTEM, or we cancel an event due to reasons under our control and there are refunds provided to us from the external organizations, we will happily refund the fees paid by the students (deducting the processing charges).