The Year of Science

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If you are an Educator looking for information about how to better inspire and excite your students about science, then this is the place for you!

If you have physics wiz-kids in your class, enter them in the Physics Olympics. Plan a field trip to a science centre or wildlife refuge, or arrange for a fun and interactive workshop to take place right at your school. There are also professional development opportunities and resources for the classroom. Everything you need to energize your science curriculum and get your students passionate about science is right here!

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Arrange Workshops for Your Classes

Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup

Plan Field Trips and Enter Your Students in Competitions

Arrange Workshops for Your Classes

GEERing Up! UBC Engineering & Science for Kids offers hands-on, interactive workshops for Grade 1 to 7 classes in Vancouver, Richmond, West Vancouver and North Vancouver. Instructors bring two-hour workshops right into the classrooms with interactive demonstrations, activities, and take-home projects for students to create. Teachers can enjoy watching their students become engaged in the fun of science and engineering.

UBC’s Faculty of Science Website is an excellent source of information on opportunities at UBC for workshops and tours during and outside of school hours.

Science Venture offers hands-on, minds-on science, engineering and technology learning opportunities for youth entering Grades 1 through 12. Workshops can be arranged during May and June for elementary and middle school classrooms, Girl Guide and Scouting Groups and homeschooling groups.

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Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup

Have you ever thought about what you can do to get your students excited about conservation? The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup Curriculum Guide K-7 is designed to teach your students about shoreline stewardship through fun, hands-on activities that support the BC curriculum. The activities will lead you and your class to doing your very own shoreline cleanup in May!

Click here for more information about The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup.

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Plan Field Trips and Enter Your Students in Competitions

Physics Olympics at the University of British Columbia is an annual event that last took place in March 2010 with schools from across B.C. competing. See pictures of past Physics Olympics and watch for more information about the next competition at Physics Olympics.

The Canadian Association of Physicists Prize Exam is a high school physics examination targeted for upper year physics students across Canada. The exam stresses logical and creative thinking by asking questions that go beyond the expectation of the classroom. Prizes are awarded to the top students both provincially and nationally. For more information visit UBC Physics and Astronomy Outreach.

The University of British Columbia’s Mathematics Department organizes workshops that expose, excite and challenge students in mathematical thought. The department also hosts national and international mathematical examinations, and conducts studies that correlate secondary school and University first-year academic performance.

The Refuge for Endangered Wildlife on Grouse Mountain is a great place for students to learn firsthand about endangered wildlife through fun and interactive education programs designed for school groups. These innovative programs help teachers to meet curriculum objectives while providing students with hands-on, motivating experiences such as wildlife education, First Nations culture, and nature hikes.

The Centre of the Universe at the National Research Council’s Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics near Victoria features interactive exhibits and curriculum-linked educational experiences, including a behind-the-scenes tour of the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory. Curriculum-linked multi-media programs and workshops are offered at Grade 1 to 12 levels. The Centre of the Universe may also visit your school with the Starlab Portable Planetarium. Starlab visits may be arranged for some locations outside the Greater Victoria area.

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