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Outreach and Community

 

UBC Science is committed to a variety of exciting outreach programs targeting K-12 students and teachers, special communities, and the general public.

From science Olympiads and fairs to math or biotech challenges, from discovery workshops to museum tours into the plant and animal worlds, to programs that bring science to Vancouver's downtown East Side. There's science for everyone.

For Everyone

Beaty Biodiversity Museum

The Beaty Biodiversity Museum is home to UBC's collection of over two million natural history specimens, including the magnificent 26-metre skeleton of a blue whale. Daily programming at this active research collection includes guided tours, films, lectures, family programs, hands-on science activities, Discovery Lab, biodiversity games and trivia.
» www.beatymuseum.ubc.ca

Pacific Museum of the Earth

The newly renovated PME offers a range of exciting exhibits to the public, including a digital OmniGlobe, the complete skeleton of a lambeosaur, a seven-foot-tall Amethyst Geode, and a tornado machine.
» www.pme.ubc.ca

UBC Botanical Garden

Established in 1916, UBC’s Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research is Canada’s oldest continuously operating university botanic garden. The mission of the Garden includes research, conservation, teaching and public display of temperate plants from around the world, particularly Asian, alpine and native plants.
» www.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca

Nitobe Memorial Garden

The Nitobe Memorial Garden, a traditional Japanese Tea and Stroll garden, is considered to be the one of the most authentic Japanese gardens in North America and among the top five Japanese gardens outside of Japan. The Nitobe Garden includes a rare authentic Tea Garden with a ceremonial Tea House.
» www.nitobe.org/

TRIUMF Saturday Morning Lectures

TRIUMF and UBC's Department of Physics and Astronomy sponsor a Saturday morning lecture series for the general public and high school students. Essential facts about the quantum world and a strong cup of coffee. Free, though registration appreciated.
» www.triumf.info/public/students/lectures.php

UBC Faraday Science Show

Annual event emphasizes the joy of science and inspires the imagination of children of all ages. Demonstrations are based on undergraduate physics courses. Typically held in December.
» www.physics.ubc.ca/outreach/web/faraday/faraday.php

Life Sciences Workshops

The Advanced Molecular Biology Lab, the educational arm of the Michael Smith Laboratories, works to inform the public at large on the societal, cultural, corporate, political, economic, and ethical nuances of the life sciences.
» www.bioteach.ubc.ca

GEER Up! Summer Camps

GEERing Up! UBC Engineering & Science for Kids is offers camps at UBC's Point Grey Campus. These week-long camps offer a dynamic mix of science, engineering and technology demonstrations, hands-on projects, design competitions and labs.
» www.geeringup.apsc.ubc.ca/index.php

Teaching Science in the Community: Science 101

A non-credit, barrier-free course offered to residents of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside and other inner-city communities. Science 101 provides an introductory science education in physics, astronomy, chemistry, computer science, earth and ocean science and biology and is taught by UBC professors and graduate students.
» www.science.ubc.ca/support/community/101

For Researchers

Advanced Molecular Biology

The educational arm of the Michael Smith Laboratories provides life science learning experiences for both the general public and the scientific communities. This includes a bifocal mandate to train scientists (university students and faculty) and to inform the public at large on the societal, cultural, corporate, political, economic, and ethical nuances of the life sciences.
» www.bioteach.ubc.ca

Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences: Geophysical Inversion Facility

EOAS's Geophysical Inversion Facility promotes fundamental awareness and understanding about inversion, and to make inversion codes available to geoscientists in the public and private sectors.
» www.eos.ubc.ca/ubcgif

For Employers and Industry

Tri Mentoring: Guiding, Advising, Motivating

The Tri-Mentoring programs establish triads–a junior student, a senior student and an expert in the field–who meet and correspond throughout the year. The Computer Science program matches industry or faculty mentors with senior and junior students, at undergraduate or graduate levels. The students exercise their networking and communication skills, learn about the IT industry and career options, and get a sense of belonging in the computer science community.
» www.careers.ubc.ca/mentoring.cfm?page=programs

Science Co-Op

The UBC Science Co-op program offers employers temporary staff that are motivated and skilled to work on a variety of projects for four or eight month terms. Students can help employers meet deadlines, reduce product costs, solve problems, improve designs, and free up staff to concentrate on other projects.
» www.sciencecoop.ubc.ca

Computer Science Industry Relations

The Department of Computer Science offers a number of outreach opportunities for employers in the IT sector and beyond—career fairs, industry panels and networking events, and industry-oriented degree programs.
» www.cs.ubc.ca/industry

Statistical Consulting

The Department of Statistics' Statistical Consulting and Research Laboratory provides a spectrum of statistical design and analysis services. The Lab offers assistance in the formulation of research questions, in the design of experiments and surveys, in the choice and explanation of statistical methodology, in statistical computing and graphics, in data analysis, and in the interpretation of findings.
» www.stat.ubc.ca/SCARL

Beaty Biodiversity Museum

The Beaty Biodiversity Museum is home to UBC's collection of over two million natural history specimens, including the magnificent 26-metre skeleton of a blue whale. Daily programming at this active research collection includes guided tours, films, lectures, family programs, hands-on science activities, Discovery Lab, biodiversity games and trivia.

» Museum Site

Pacific Museum of the Earth

The newly renovated PME offers a range of exciting exhibits to the public, including a digital OmniGlobe, the complete skeleton of a lambeosaur, a seven-foot-tall Amethyst Geode, and a tornado machine.
» Museum Site

UBC Botanical Garden

The UBC Botanical Garden is a collection of nine gardens growing about 8,000 documented plant species sprawling across UBC campus. The Garden lures backyard gardeners, tourists and leading academics from around the world.
» Garden Site

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