For Teachers and Classes
For Middle School Classes and Parents
Science Day Camp for Aboriginal Students
The UBC Faculty of Science is proud to be one of the sponsors of the CEDAR Day Camp, a free day camp for Aboriginal middle school students. The camp introduces campers to Aboriginal heritage and academic life—they discover the links between science, forestry, the arts and the Aboriginal ways of knowing through hands-on activities, demonstrations and events.
Connecting Girls with Computing: GIRLsmarts
A day-long computer science workshop for grade six girls designed and led by UBC Computer Science graduate students. GIRLsmarts provides CS students with a rewarding opportunity in teaching and outreach, while increasing awareness and computing fun for girls. Modules help students learn fundamental concepts in computer science and their relevance to the arts, biology and language.
Let's Talk Science
In support of the science literacy mandate of this national organization, student-led LTS programs at UBC Science pair student volunteers with school teachers, provide hands-on science activities in elementary schools, organize on-campus science challenges, and promote science education by visiting students in rural communities.
UBC Math Euclid Workshops: Grades Five to Eight
These one-and-a-half-hour workshops include a recess, and are designed to excite students about math. Programme includes interesting and challenging problems, group work, and discussion about careers in the mathematical sciences. There is usually one workshop presenter for every eight students.
Environmental Sciences and Fisheries Road Show
Sponsored in part by UBC Science, Road Show is designed to increase enrolment of Aboriginal students in fisheries and environmental science at UBC. The program offers graduate student-delivered high-impact presentations and activities for a variety of venues attended by Aboriginal youth, parents and community members, focusing on grade 6 to 10.
GEER Up! Workshops
GEERing Up! UBC Engineering & Science for Kids offers six hands-on, interactive workshops for Grade K to 7 classes in Vancouver, Richmond, West Vancouver and North Vancouver! Instructors bring two-hour workshops straight to the classrooms with interactive demonstrations, activities, and take-home projects for students to create.
For High School Classes
CSI @ the LSI
Have your students ever wondered how CSI investigators on TV solve the crime? Or how that critical experiment is done to identify the suspect? CSI @ the LSI combines the techniques seen on a CSI-style TV show with a murder mystery. High school students are invited to explore science through this annual outreach activity. CSI @ the LSI introduces students to the field of research and the diverse career options for a trained researcher. Students are guided through various experiments by LSI graduate students and post-doctoral fellows.
UBC Science is proud to host the annual Greater Vancouver Regional Science Fair (GVRSF). Each year more than 300 students from grades 7 to 12 showcase their innovative science projects on the University's Point Grey campus , with a group of selected winners going on to compete at the national and international levels. Participants go on lab tours across campus, experiencing the diversity that science has to offer and some of the amazing research opportunities at UBC. UBC Science supports the vision of the Science Fair Foundation BC: To build British Columbia's future by supporting science and technology education and by inspiring curiosity.
Pacific Museum of the Earth
Offers K-12 initiatives that provides resources on loan for teachers: rocks, minerals, audio-visual materials, curricula and lesson plans. The Museum's Teacher's Resource Centre is a room attached to the museum which can be booked for teachers.
UBC Herbarium Tours
While the Herbarium is open to the public during office hours, Monday through Friday, tours can be arranged for high school, college or university classes, and special interest groups. Roughly 15 to 20 people can be accommodated in a tour, which last about 30 minutes.
UBC Math Euclid Workshops: High School
Two-hour workshops for Grade 11 and 12 classes are held between January and May, and are designed to excite students about math. Programme includes introductions, interesting and challenging problems, group work, and discussion about careers and university programs in the mathematical sciences.
UBC SFU Calculus Examination
Offers students who learn differential calculus in high school a way to demonstrate their mastery of the subject and claim credit at a BC university. It is recognized by UBC, SFU, UVic, UNBC and the Ministry of Education. The exam is prepared by university faculty, based on the Provincial Calculus 12 Curriculum.
Physics and Astronomy Outreach
The Department leads a variety of UBC science-related camps for children of various ages. You can also find information about the Michael Smith Science Challenge exams, the Western Canada Physics Olympiad, the UBC Physics Olympics, and the Canadian Association of Physicists Prize Exam for high school students.
C21 - Physics Teaching for the 21st Century
Physics Teaching for the 21st Century is a resource for teachers who are interested in teaching physics concepts in real-world contexts. C21 provides articles, take-home experiments, lecture notes, problem sets and data sheets that allow teachers to relate physics concepts to their students with practical, relatable and realistic examples.
Michael Smith Labs: Life Sciences Educational Programs and Conference
MSL's Advanced Molecular Biology Laboratory is a fully equipped research unit that specializes in educational programs and is in the fortunate position of being resourced to provide a superb learning environment complete with state of the art equipment. The Lab also runs a one-day conference for high school students.
Michael Smith Science Challenge
A national competition written by students in Grade 10 Science or lower. It emphasizes logical thinking, and covers material in the science curriculum common to all provinces. Named in honour of UBC's Nobel Prize Winner Dr. Michael Smith, the event is proudly sponsored by UBC Science and NSERC PromoScience.
Weekend IT Workshops: TechTrek
A series of Saturday morning workshops for grade 11 and 12 students development by the Department of Computer Science and supported by industry partners. The department pairs a faculty member with an industry speaker to give a talk on interesting topics ranging from graphics to artificial intelligence to networking.
Professional Development for Teachers
Michael Smith Labs Teacher Conferences
MSL's educational facilities offer two-day conferences for science teachers. Teachers interact with scientists, participate in science literacy activities, collaborate with other teachers, and build interactive activities for the classroom. Registration required.
Physics Teacher Workshops
Designed for both physics teachers and science teachers in general, the UBC Physics professional development workshop series was launched in 2008. Workshops feature hands-on activities that teachers can take back to the classroom immediately. Involves a modest supply fee.
Earth Science Teacher Workshops
Contact the Museum Curator firstname.lastname@example.org in the UBC Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences for the next K-12 Teacher Training Workshops scheduled for October 19-21, 2012.
Dual Degree in Math or Physics and Education
A new dual degree program for science students looking towards a professional career as teachers. This five-year program is a great opportunity professionally, and part of an effort to tackle a shortage of physics and math teachers across Canada.