What’s Happening

Discover what STEM programs and events are available in your community to locate the one that best suits your needs!

Chembassador Chemistry Outreach

UBC Chembassador Chemistry Outreach engages learners through laboratory experiments at UBCO, hands-on kitchen chemistry activities, open house events, and explosive live-action demonstrations.

Computer Science Outreach

Computer Science faculty members and students lead various outreach events that provide hands-on learning experiences with programming and non-screen coding techniques.

iSTAND (integrative STEM Team Advancing Networks of Diversity)

iSTAND at UBCO hosts spring break camps, summer camps, and individual classroom visits in which Grade K-7 students will participate in hands-on activities and encounter design challenges focused on neuroscience, coding, robotics, and broad sciences inclusive of health and health technologies to introduce youth to a variety of STEM concepts and disciplines. In addition to formalized youth outreach programs, iSTAND also supports Science Odyssey Week.

Let’s Talk Science Outreach

Let’s Talk Science Outreach at UBCO is a program connecting educators and youth with outstanding volunteers to deliver a wide variety of meaningful STEM activities for children as young as three years old and youth up to Grade 12.

School of Engineering

School of Engineering at UBCO hosts a variety of programs to foster skills in the applied sciences, develop a love of learning and exploration, and build teamwork capabilities.

UBC Geering Up Engineering Outreach

The Geering Up program at UBCO largely supports engineering, with a back drop to broad science. Geering Up offers innovative and hands-on STEM Summer Camps, Spring Break Camps, After-School Clubs, Day Events, In-School Workshops, Teacher Professional Development, and supplementary outreach to support Science Literacy Week.

Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) Mentoring Program

The WiSE Mentoring Program at UBCO was developed to support students as they start to build their careers. Students find mentoring invaluable, but mentors also experience rich and sometimes unexpected benefits.

iSTAND (integrative STEM Team Advancing Networks of Diversity)

iSTAND works closely with profit and not-for-profit partners to bring engaging and informative sessions to academic and non-academic STEM professionals, and develop strategies to ensure regional opportunities for women and other underrepresented persons in STEM fields. Activities focus on teacher engagement for optimizing strategies for all learners, promoting integration and increasing retention rates of women in STEM fields, both within and outside academia. Explore partnership opportunities

UBC Geering Up Engineering Outreach

Geering Up hosts professional development events focused on integrating STEM activities into your classroom! They focus on activities related to the ADST and Science Curriculum. The professional development days will leave you with ideas, inspiration, and resources to further include STEM in your classroom. Learn more about Teacher Pro-D Days

Interested in attending fun and engaging STEM-related events? Explore upcoming camps, outreach events, and/or workshops opportunities with each STEM program in the community. Program updates and developments are also listed below.

WiSE Mentoring

Computer Science Outreach

Sept 2019: As part of the UBCO Homecoming community outreach event, Dr. Bowen Hui and 12 undergraduate and graduate student volunteers ran 6 stations to introduce young children to computing concepts. These stations include: encryption, algorithm, coding, animation, photo forensics, and alternative user interface design. We had approximately 32 families who participated at our event!

 

December 2019: Workshop proposal for STEM 2020 has been accepted (but now postponed to STEM 2021, last updated March 2020). Dr. Bowen Hui will be leading a workshop at the STEM 2020 conference that teaches others how to run computational thinking activities for pre-literate and young children. Each of these activities teach a Computer Science concept through hands-on tasks suitable for children in Grades K-6. Due to COVID-19, the conference has been postponed to STEM 2021 to be held in July 2021. Learn more about STEM 2020.

June 2020: Launch of our computational thinking website. Computational thinking skills are a crucial part of problem solving, scientific inquiry, and coding. Nowadays, there are a lot of research prototypes and commercial products that promote computational thinking. From a teacher’s or a parent’s perspective, how should we choose which resource is best for our children? At UBCO, we launched a website in May 2020 to help guide interested parents and teachers in understanding the different aspects of computational thinking. A key feature of this site is our ongoing evaluation of existing non-screen exercises, toys, and technologies so that our website readers can make more informed choices. Please visit our website and send us feedback!

Chembassadors

iSTAND

iSTAND is excited to be participating in Science Odyssey 2021 by providing teachers with 2 learning opportunities for kids aged 7-12, and grades 3, 4 and 5!

1. May 6th, ages 7-12: Dr.E. Paul Zehr presents, Project Superhero: Science and the Superhero in You! This event will introduce the science behind superheros and the superhero abilities of the human body. Register here.

2. May 3- 16th, gr. 3- 5: iSTAND presents two  virtual classroom activities exploring the neuroscience of vision, reflexes and reactions! Teachers will be provided with student videos and accompanying activities to help students engage with the material and basic neuroscience concepts. Learn more and register here.

Let’s Talk Science Outreach

 

UBCO is hosting a Let’s Talk about Science marine life demonstration during the virtual Fat Cat Festival this year and we are so excited!!🐟⁠

⁠Let’s Talk Science supports and empowers all youth to be creative, critical thinkers and knowledgeable citizens who are prepared to participate and thrive in a complex global environment. 👩‍🔬⁠They create and deliver unique learning programs and services that engage children, youth and educators in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).📱⁠Make sure your children are registered for this event because they’re not going to want to miss it! Click here to RSVP today! #FatCatFun

School of Engineering

UBC Geering Up Engineering Outreach