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.
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)
SIGN UP HERE:
Undergraduate pod member signup here: goo.gl/forms/NuPXpVPPQmIxEjv03
Graduate and postdoc pod leader signup here: goo.gl/forms/EbKkYylYz650I5Eh1
For more information on this program and how to get involved, please contact the SMaRT Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.