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Kids get science savvy

July 10, 2015       

TERRACE, BC – School-aged students around the northwest are learning about science in fun, interactive summer camps through Northwest Community College in communities from Prince Rupert to Hazelton.       

This is the second year that the University of Victoria’s Science Venture and Northwest Community College have teamed up to jointly deliver science and engineering camps to students in Grades 1-7.

Older campers will be focusing on a hands-on medical science activities while younger campers will become junior scientists for the week.  Instructors are university students enrolled in Science, Engineering or Education; and local high school students have been recruited as volunteers.       

“These camps give students a chance to see that science can be fun and exciting,” says Tanya Rexin, Dean of Instruction at NWCC. “They learn about a range of careers and scientific applications in a dynamic environment lead by enthusiastic instructors.”       

“Ultimately we hope to inspire youth to explore their potential through hands on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) experience,” says Melisa Yestrau, Director of Science Venture.  “As future decision makers, we want youth to build critical thinking skills to understand the world around them.”

The first camps began this week in Prince Rupert and will move to Terrace, Kitimaat Village and Hazelton in the coming weeks.      

Funding for the camps is provided by a number of sponsors including Actua National Funders Google, Suncor Energy Foundation, GE, NSERC and Shell Canada.   

Local funders include the University of Victoria, BG Canada, Praxair and LNG Canada.       

“Science is key to the future – bringing this understanding to young people and making it fun is a great way to inspire the future leaders of our community,” says Susannah Pierce, Director of External Affairs, LNG Canada.        

BG Canada also recently sponsored science workshops in schools across Prince Rupert reaching more than 400 children.      

“We’ve heard from the local community that jobs are important,” says Simon Nish, VP Sustainability, BG Canada. “Many LNG careers require science and math education, so we believe it is important to help young people prepare at an early age. We are supporting Science Venture to excite young people about science and math. We hope our support helps young people in the Northwest have more choices when choosing a career.”

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