Improve your science classroom

Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences Educational Programs

PIMS sponsors and coordinates a wide assortment of educational activities for the K-12 level, including teacher workshops, Math Mania, the annual Changing the Culture conferences for school teachers, and more.

Lend an Experiment (LEx) Boxes: Physics

The lack of funding to purchase supplies for hands-on activities is a significant barrier for teachers to tackle physics and climate change in their classrooms. The Lend an Experiment program offers 25 hands-on kits assembled into boxes for local teachers to borrow. Each box includes equipment, exploratory material, and a list of possible activities.

Beaty Biodiversity Museum Teacher Tours

As an educator, how can you help facilitate student learning at the museum? The museum contains a wide variety of specimens and information, which can be catered to learners of all ages. On this unique tour, appropriate for teachers of all grades and ages, you will explore strategies to utilize the museum as part of your teaching plan. Learn about the museum’s collections, programs, activities, resources, and more! This tour is appropriate for educators looking for a group outing or professional development day. Book this free tour and find more teacher resources.

UBC Let's Talk Science

UBC volunteers conduct classroom or community group visits.

UBC Let's Talk Science Teacher Partnership Program

The Teacher Partnership Program (TPP) pairs a volunteer scientist with a teacher in the Vancouver community. This program exposes the students to a working scientist and helps the teacher supplement the class's science curriculum.

Scientists and Professors in Residence in Rural Schools

UBC's Scientist in Residence program offers engaging science demonstrations to students and teachers in rural communities and small towns and cities. Graduate students from UBC Science department visit communities and interact with students and teachers at schools, inspiring young minds and refreshing teachers’ interests in science education. The programming combines hands-on activities and shows for the students to engage them and inspire their interest in science as it applies to our current world.

In Service Math Teacher Initiatives

Two UBC Mathematics faculty (Mark MacLean and Wayne Nagata) initiated a Teachers Circle on Indigenous Mathematics Education to explore various mathematics topics encountered in teaching. The goal is to support the teachers as they learn to implement effective teaching strategies for Indigenous 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.

Earth Science Teacher Workshops

The PME holds dedicated one-day teacher workshops once a year. Topics include the Solar System, rocks and minerals, fossils and geological time, earthquakes, volcanoes and oceans. A fun day of lectures and activities!

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. The UBC Physics and Astronomy Outreach Program offers professional development workshops 1-2 times a year. These workshops are designed for both physics teachers and for teachers of all sciences.

Most Exceptional Escapades in Science (High School Conference)

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. Showcases various scientific pursuits, including the opportunity for you to engage in hands-on activities, as well as interact with some of the most prominent scientists in the world.