Let’s Talk Science Fall Outreach Programs

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Teacher Partnership Program

Interested in sharing your love for science in a classroom? If so, then we have the perfect volunteering program for you! The UBC Let’s Talk Science Partnership Program matches volunteers or pair of students from UBC into K-12 classrooms in Vancouver. The volunteer(s) lead the class in hands-on/minds-on science activities as a means to engage children and youth and get them interested in the sciences.

No experience necessary, everyone is welcome.  If you’re interested, Come out to our TPP training session! (Details below)

Program Expectations of Volunteers:

  • Rank your preference of teachers to get matched (teacher list will be sent later in Oct)
  • Make 3 visits to your partner school throughout the year 2019-2020
  • Log your visits on the Let’s Talk Science Portal
  • If you are new to TPP, attend mandatory training on Oct 19th, 2018 (10:30am-1pm MSL 102) if you cannot attend still sign up but note that in your application.
  • Sign up for the training session here: https://forms.gle/NLbMKpgmSkonDqoY8

So come on out to the training session! We will go over the basics and logistics of being a LTS volunteer as well as practice activities and lesson planning so that you’re prepared and confident going out into the classroom. Come out for a fun and instructional morning!

For more information contact: partnership@ubclts.com

After-School Science Fair Mentorship

Are you interested in a longer-term, relationship-building program, possibly with older students? Then sign up for science fair mentorship! The science fair mentorship program increases student confidence with and understanding of the scientific method and scientific communication by pairing small groups of grade 8-10 students with LTS volunteer mentors. These mentors work with students through the entire process of designing, running, and analyzing a scientific experiment for a science fair project. The program consists of working with students in 7 mentoring sessions (3 digital in November and 5 at Britannia Secondary in January/February, including the Britannia Science Fair) then judging projects and cheering on your mentees at the school science fair on February 12.

For full details and to sign up, see https://sites.google.com/view/science-fair-mentorship/ or contact Hakha Behmanesh at ubcltsmentorship@gmail.com

In-Class Science Fair Mentorship

Are you interested in volunteering in the classroom with high school age students, but worried about presenting alone, planning lessons, that your area of expertise doesn’t fit into the high school curriculum? Would you like to build longer-term relationships with students? Consider the In-Class Science Fair Mentorship Program. This brand-new program puts a small team of dedicated volunteers in charge of running a science fair mentorship program in-class for Grade 8 students at Britannia Secondary School. Volunteers will visit Britannia’s Grade 8 classrooms in teams of 2-3 once a month from November – May on fixed dates, to present pre-designed lessons on conducting scientific experiments. If you’re interested, find more info here and sign-up here or contact Deborah at deborah@ubclts.com.

Lessons in Ecology & Evolution FUNdamentals*

*Formerly Modules in Ecology and Evolution Development

The Lessons in Ecology and Evolution FUNdamentals (LEEF) with Let’s Talk Science is looking for graduate student or post-doc volunteers to present one-hour ecology and/or evolution modules (lessons) related to their own research to K-12 students!

This program runs from October to March and brings together K-12 educators and researchers for science outreach to classrooms. You will be paired with one teacher from any grade level (K-12) you are comfortable with and together you will discuss the lesson that you wish to present to the students.

The total time commitment is 10 to 20 hours over the school year and includes:

  • Wednesday October 16th 5:00 – 7:00 PM: Orientation and instructional training (Workshop 1)
  • Wednesday November 13th 5:00 – 7:00 PM: Additional Training (Workshop 2)
  • End of November: Teacher pairings and meetings to discuss module ideas
  • November – January: creation of your module
  • Late January: Check-in and feedback session regarding your modules (Workshop 2)
  • February – April: Go into the classroom and present your module!

Interested? Please RSVP for the orientation on October 16th by e-mailing leef@ubclts.com. Feel free to come to the orientation to learn more about the program before committing. Food provided! RSVPing helps us have adequate amounts of food.

Please visit our website https://blogs.ubc.ca/meed/ to learn more about the program, get module ideas, and register. The registration deadline is end of October. Please contact us at leef@ubclts.com if you have any questions.

Coding for Kids – Python Workshop

Are you interested in volunteering for an STEM activity? Are you a person involved in programming and familiar with communication skills or teaching? We are a non-profit organization that partners with Lets Talk Science to bring programming to kids! Our goal is to bring computer science to every kid who wants to learn and nurture a new generation of highly skilled programmers. We do it by using Trinket, blocks and Turtle, along with fun hands-on activities like coding cars and sandwiches.

Our program will continue its next installment through the fall! If you are interested please contact codeclub@ubclts.com, or read up on our program at https://sites.google.com/view/ubcltscode/home.