Multiple Sites System for Youth Science Canada

Client Description: 

Since 1962, Youth Science Canada (YSC) has played a vital role in nurturing the scientific impulse amongst our youth - encouraging them to get their hands dirty and develop scientific and technological knowledge and skills through project-based science. Fired by the energy of over 8,000 volunteers — educators, scientists, engineers and parents across a network of over 100 regional organizations — Youth Science Canada works to capture the imaginations of young Canadians and broaden their access to science. Today's youth are the next generation of researchers, innovators, and entrepreneurs. We want to ensure that all young Canadians have the chance to peer through a microscope and be mesmerized by what they see. We want a country where teachers look forward to teaching science, where parents are thrilled to be "science parents," and kids can't wait to play science.

Project Objective: 

Youth Science Canada (YSC) was looking for flexible content management system to manage their family of sites geared towards youth interested in science.


We transitioned their proprietary CMS to the open source content management system Drupal. Their original site contained all their programs. We created a number of different sub-sites with the domain module to provide better differentiation to each of their programs. Each subsite has a common look and feel for the family of YSC sites.

With the domain module, content can be posted to one or multiple domains. For instance, a news item can be posted once and be displayed across all sites. Some content is restricted to just an individual site.

The whole site implementation was made so that the YSC staff can easily manage each part of the page separately. For example, the front page contains a rotating block where webmasters can select what content and what picture is shown.

The site allows webmasters to embed Flickr photos directly in the site posts and also browse them without having to leave the YSC site.

Custom translation workflow was implemented to help keep track of what content needs to be translated and which should have translations updated because the original text has changed.

Ongoing support and implementation is provided to adjust the site as per client needs.

Update: YSC was recognized, at the latest international science fair in Bratislava, for having the Best Website. This award -- for a "very intuitive and complete website" -- comes from the International Movement for Leisure Activities in Science and Technology (MILSET).