UBC Let's Talk Science strives to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics literacy through the outreach efforts of members of the research community at the University of British Columbia. Our volunteers work with youth from elementary and secondary schools to ignite science excitement and share their knowledge with eager young minds.
Teacher Partnership Program
Truly unique to Let’s Talk Science, the Teacher Partnership Program (TPP) pairs a volunteer (a.k.a. the scientist) with a teacher in the Vancouver community. The scientist visits the teacher’s classroom throughout the school year and leads the students in hands-on, fun activities. This program exposes the students to a "real-life" scientist and helps the teacher supplement his/her science curriculum.
TPP is the core of Let’s Talk Science at UBC and is by far our most popular program for volunteers, teachers and students alike. The volunteer-teacher pair work as a team to decide on the topic of each visit as well as other visit logistics (date, time, etc). After the topic is chosen, the volunteer can create his/her own activity, check out our pre-assembled classroom activities, or can contact a coordinator for ideas and help (email@example.com). We also supply the volunteer with all the needed materials and even have a modest budget for each visit that can be used to purchase materials we don’t have.
The experience is rewarding for all who participate in TPP. Many of the relationships formed between volunteers and teachers continue from year to year and both parties enjoy working together as part of the team. Volunteers gain experience presenting and communicating with the public. Teachers enjoy have an expert to help with the science curriculum. Most importantly, students have real-time interaction with a scientist who engages them in a hands-on/minds-on science activity. In other words, this program makes science FUN!!
We ask that teachers and volunteers commit to at least three visits over school year (more visits are great!). We train volunteers on how to give an effective presentation and teachers are also able to support the volunteers in this regard. Again, we have a variety of resources to assist volunteers in planning these visits. Teachers are also asked to give evaluations at the end of each visit so that we can continue to improve the program.
If you would like more information regarding this program, please contact the TPP Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org. Teachers looking to sign-up for TPP can do so here.