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Let's Talk Science at The University of British Columbia

Support Let's Talk Science at UBC! By making a donation, you will ensure our student outreach volunteers have the resources and training to deliver FREE hands-on/minds-on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) experiences to students and youth in and around our community.

Organizer: Let's Talk Science - Donor Relations Manager Andre Motuzas

Type Of Group: Education and Research

Location: Vancouver, BC

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The Group's Purpose

Our dedicated and passionate group of student volunteers at the University of British Columbia are part of the national Let’s Talk Science Outreach program.

Our group is one of 40 Let’s Talk Science Outreach university and college partner locations across Canada and collectively we inspire and engage more than 175,000 children and youth across Canada in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Our volunteers give of their time and expertise to support educators and provide students in Kindergarten to Grade 12 with free hands-on/minds-on STEM learning experiences.

Here are just a few of the learning experiences our volunteers provide:

• Visit classrooms or community groups to engage kids in a wide variety of STEM activities
• Guide field trips and laboratory, facility or campus tours
• Mentor students and engage them in authentic scientific research
• Give school-wide presentations
• Provide science fair mentoring and judging
• Program career panels for teens
• Participate in community outreach events

We also hold an annual one-day enrichment event for Grade 6-8 students - The Let's Talk Science Challenge - that combines a question and answer competition with a hands-on design challenge.

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How to Help

Let’s Talk Science is a national, not-for-profit organization. As such, we rely on the generosity of corporations, foundations, government and individuals – like you – to help us keep our programs free and accessible to all.

Please consider making a donation to Let’s Talk Science at the University of British Columbia so we can continue to make a difference in the lives of children and youth in our communities.

About the Organizers

Let’s Talk Science at the University of British Columbia is managed and organized by student volunteer coordinators.

We are:

Allison McDonald, Executive Coordinator
Where I’m from: Fredericton, New Brunswick I’m researching: I am a PhD candidate researching the interactions between bacteria and the human immune system. Responsibilities: I am responsible for overseeing the program's finances, including budgeting, fundraising and processing expense claims. I also support our team of coordinators in all administrative aspects of the program and manage our website. Email: allison@ubclts.com. My favourite part about Let’s Talk Science: Teaching the public about cool science around them and seeing kids so passionate about it!

Natasha Holmes, Executive Coordinator
Where I’m from: Kitchener, Ontario I'm researching: I'm a PhD student in the physics department, in the field of Physics Education Research. In particular, I am curious to find out how students learn experimental lab skills such as how to design experiments and analyze data. Responsibilities: I take care of signing up new volunteers and keeping in touch with our volunteers during the year. I help volunteers get activities logged on the portal and make sure things are up to date. I also help support our team of coordinators and take care of office hours. Email: natasha@ubclts.com. My favourite part about Let’s Talk Science: Getting kids excited about physics... and other sciences, but mostly physics! Plus helping volunteers get excited about science too!