Expanding Young Scientists’ Minds: Experience Science Day

Help bring students from downtown east side schools to Vancouver Campus for a day of activities designed to expand their scientific interests.

Experience Science Day brings Grades 4 to 7 students to UBC’s Vancouver campus for a fun and interactive introduction to a wide array of topics in the physical, natural, life and computational sciences.

Launched in 2010, the program enables 160 students from downtown east side schools to get hands on experience in DNA extraction, circuit making, math puzzles and games, and computer programming. UBC Physics and Astronomy hosts the pan-UBC event, with extensive support from Math, Computer Science, the UBC Learning Exchange Trek Program, Let’s Talk Science, and the Beaty Biodiversity Museum.

“Providing Vancouver public school students with these types of educational opportunities is invaluable,” says Sue Stevenson, Vice-Principal of Mount Pleasant Elementary, one of the many schools that participated in Experience Science Day in 2010.

“Not only did our students have the chance to expand their scientific interests, they also had the experience of witnessing firsthand what university life is really like. Opportunities such as these may be the impetus to encourage them to seek post secondary schooling in the future.”

Experience Science at UBC Day is also a great outreach and teaching experience for UBC’s undergraduate and graduate science students.

How You Can Help

The inaugural Experience Science was funded by the British Columbia Year of Science with a one-time grant of $3,500 – leaving little opportunity to expand. With sufficient funding UBC Physics and Astronomy would like to build the capacity to deliver the the event twice per year, and to expand the programming. Your gift will support programming costs, as well as transport and lunch costs for students, making the program accessible to children regardless of their family’s financial means.

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