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NWCC and BG Canada give the gift of scientific curiosity

Science kits in schools.

December 2, 2015 - Prince Rupert, BC – This event is part of a larger, multi-year collaboration between University of Victoria’s Science Venture and NWCC to develop and support science programming in Prince Rupert. Science Venture is a non-profit organization that provides hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education for youth entering grades 1 through 12.  BG Canada has been a key contributor to the success of this program throughout 2015.

“We believe that fostering curiosity and developing an understanding of scientific principles and methods will help our youth become engaged and informed citizens”, says Pouyan Mahboubi, Dean of Instruction at NWCC. “This is critical to the sustainable development of our region.”

On Thursday, December 3, NWCC will present the classroom kits to Conrad Elementary, Lax Kxeen Elementary, Port Edward Community School, Pineridge Elementary, and Annunciation School. Media are invited to attend the event at 11:00 am at NWCC’s Prince Rupert campus. There will be opportunities to see the classroom kits and speak with project and school district representatives.

“Many LNG careers require science and math education,” says Simon Nish, VP Sustainability, BG Canada. “We believe it is important to help people prepare at an early age. These classroom kits will provide teachers with more ways to excite youth about science. We hope our support helps youth become more interested in science so that they have more choices when choosing a career.”

This year, in partnership with Science Venture, NWCC delivered a number of programs including:

·       23 Classroom Workshops (549 youth participated)

·       Junior Scientist and Medical Science Camps, delivered in July (51 youth participated)

·       A Community Science Show, which included a one-hour science show and two hours of science activity tables, delivered in September (25 youth participated)

·       Two "Myth-busters" and two "Spooky Science" themed “Mini-camps” delivered in October (97 youth participated)

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Media contact:

Heather Kirk, Director, Communications and Public Relations
Northwest Community College
E-Mail: hkirk@nwcc.bc.ca | Telephone: 250.638.5494

Event details:

11 a.m. Thursday, December 3 2015
Northwest Community College, Prince Rupert Campus

 353 5th Street, Prince Rupert

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