Scientific Methods and Research Techniques (SMaRT)

In conjunction with UBC’s Centre for Community Engaged Learning, UBC volunteers visit classrooms in the Downtown Eastside and lead students in fun, hands-on activities that complement the grades’ specific science curriculum.
Volunteers are grouped into SMaRT Pods consisting of one graduate student leader and 3-4 undergraduate science students. Each Pod is assigned to one class (Grades 5, 6, or 7) at various schools around East Vancouver. The Pod visits the classroom four times between January and April to deliver activities. All activity protocols and supplies are provided. There are training sessions held in November/December so that Pods can meet each other and decide on the dates they will visit the classroom.
The tri-mentoring structure of this program enables volunteers to interact with the students and act as positive role models. In turn, undergrads are mentored by the graduate student and have the opportunity to ask questions about life after graduation.
Training Dates 2016:

Thursday November 10th 5:00-7:00 PM (Pod Leaders only)
Friday November 25th 5:00-7:00 PM (Everyone)
Undergraduate pod member signup here:
Graduate and postdoc pod leader signup here:
For more information on this program and how to get involved, please contact the SMaRT Coordinator at


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