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CAP Prize Exam Workshop for Physics Students
The Physics Department at Simon Fraser University is offering a free workshop to help students prepare for the CAP High School Prize Physics Exam. The ultimate goal of the workshop is to enhance the students' understanding of physics concepts and methods, and to strengthen their problem solving skills.  Therefore, students who are not planning to take the CAP exam are also welcome. The workshop will be held on Tuesday March 14, 2017 from 9:30am to 11:30am at Simon Fraser University (Room C9051, Burnaby Campus) . There will be an ongoing online discussion forum after the workshop. Students who are interested should register online:

Canadian Association of Physicists annual lecture tour.
Exotic New Forms of Subatomic Matter
A Lecture by Professor Randy Lewis, Department of Physics and Astronomy, York University
Monday, March 27, 2017, 7pm (Doors 6:30pm), KPU Richmond, Melville Centre for Dialogue, 8771 Lansdowne Rd, Richmond
Abstract: Our everyday world is made of protons, neutrons and electrons.  The electron

appears to be a fundamental particle, but protons and neutrons are each built from 3 quarks.  Throughout the second half of the 20th century, scientists discovered and categorized hundreds of other particles that are also made of either 2 or 3 quarks.  Now, 21st century experiments are finding subatomic particles that do not fit the pattern.  Are they 4-quark objects, 5-quark objects, or something else?  This talk will review what is known about quarks, why the new particles are puzzling, and what researchers are doing to solve the mysteries.
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Phenomenal Physics Summer Camps

Registration for 2017 camps is now open

The UBC Phenomenal Physics Summer Camps are for kids (Grades 2 - 10) who enjoy building things and learning cool new science stuff! Come make flash lights and robots, observe the sun using a solar telescope, go scuba diving, learn the physics of sound, and build cardboard boats that can actually carry people, etc. We offer four different week-long day camps that cater to a range of ages and interests. Camps this year will run from July 10 to August 4th, 2017.
Volunteer opportunities for Grade 11-12 Know any Grade 11/12 students with experience working with children and also passionate about science? Encourage them to volunteer with us! Volunteer application is now open. To apply or for more information about volunteering with us, visit our website




The Department of Physics at Simon Fraser University is pleased to invite female students in grades 9 and 10 to our Girls Exploring Physics workshop on Friday, March 24, 2017 at our Burnaby Campus. This free workshop includes two hands-on activities: Exploring Physics with Candy and LED's: Lighting for Efficiency and Drama. Also included is a discussion of the career opportunities available to students who study physics at the university level. During the lunch provided to the participants they will have a chance to interact informally with SFU women physics faculty and students. The workshop ends with a tour of the new Trottier Observatory and Science Courtyard.
Information on how to register is posted on the Girls Exploring Physics website:


TRU Chemistry Contests

The 2017 TRU Chemistry Contests for grade 11 and 12 chemistry students are scheduled to take place on Wednesday, May 17th. A range of prizes are awarded to top scoring students. Find out more and see past tests at:

See Mr. Benson in room A308 if you are interested in registering.


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Monday, 08 May 2017 8:00 PM

Chan Centre for the Performing Arts
6265 Crescent Road, UBC Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1

Prof. Lawrence M. Krauss is an internationally known theoretical physicist with wide research interests, including the interface between elementary particle physics and cosmology, where his studies include the early universe, the nature of dark matter, general relativity and neutrino astrophysics. He has investigated questions ranging from the nature of exploding stars to issues of the origin of all mass in the universe.

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TRIUMF's High School Fellowship program offers fellowships each year to graduating secondary students entering their first undergraduate year at a recognized post-secondary institution. The Fellowship includes an award of $3,000 and a six-week summer research experience at TRIUMF.
The intent of TRIUMF's high school fellowship program is to motivate graduating students with a passionate interest in science to pursue a career in the sciences, especially physics, by offering them the opportunity to experience a real life research environment. Registration deadline is Monday April 3.
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TRIUMF and SFU’s upcoming ATLAS Masterclass event for grade 10, 11 and 12 students.
ATLAS Masterclass is an event that invites students to explore leading research institutes and help unravel the world of particle physics. Students have the opportunity to attend lectures by active scientists, tour research facilities, perform measurements on real data from the ATLAS project, and participate in live videoconferences to share their results. For more information about the event , click here. To learn more about ATLAS, one of CERN’s Large Hadron Collider detectors, click here.
This year’s ATLAS Masterclass will occur on Saturday, April 8th at two different locations: SFU and TRIUMF. The event is available for grade 10, 11, and 12 students. It is free to participate in the ATLAS Masterclass, however there are limited spots available at each location. Registration is now open at the following link:
UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO National Biology Competition
Competition Date: Thursday, April 27
Registration: Opens Monday, January 23, Closes Friday, March 3
Cost:  $7 per student
Time: The exam is 75 minutes in length
Eligibility: Any student can participate in the National Biology Competition, and on more than one occasion (e.g., a student can write both the 2016 and 2017 exams).
To find out more and see past exams, go to:
You can register with Ms. Jay in room A216
The Clean Tech Competition is a unique, worldwide research and design challenge for pre-college youth. The program encourages scientific understanding of real-world issues and the integration of environmentally responsible energy sources. Each year, the Clean Tech Competition addresses an issue that is grounded in core technological competency areas and focuses on the next great engineering challenges. The competition is designed to foster a deeper understanding of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) related concepts, recognize outstanding talent, and prepare the next generation of globally competitive innovators. Find out more at:
Archimedes Talks
- a speaker series aimed at talented high school students in Vancouver interested in mathematics and engineering. Our goal is to provide promising students with opportunities to explore different aspects of math and applied science in an engaging environment.
Once a month during the semester, students come to the University of British Columbia's main Vancouver campus. Every session includes two expert speakers, as well as lunch.
Students are nominated to participate by their teachers. Go to:
UBC Physics and Astronomy Outreach
Many excellent upcoming events! Physics Olympics, Prize Exams, Summer Camps and more! Please go to:
Oxbridge Academic Programs
Science programs designed for students of ages 13-18 are available in the topics of medicine, physics, zoology, astronomy, astrophysics and more! Would you like to study in New York, LA, or Paris??!! Find out more at:
Art of Physics Competition
The challenge of the annual Art of Physics competition is to capture a beautiful or unusual physics phenomenon in a photograph and explain it in less than 200 words in terms that everyone can understand. The deadline is April 15th each year to allow physics teachers the opportunity to tie this competition to a wider range of possible physics segments in their curriculum.
The Verna J. Kirkness Science and Engineering Education Program
This program addresses the under-representation of First Nations, Métis and Inuit students at Canadian universities. One of the factors contributing to this is the lack of academic role models for these students.  The Foundation addresses this by offering scholarships to Aboriginal grade 11 students to spend a week at a Canadian university interacting with scientists in their research laboratories. During their week on campus the students have the opportunity to meet role models, learn about the support systems that are available to them on campus and experience the excitement of doing research. Find out more by following the link below:
Upcoming Events at UBC - see the flyer below!
North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad
Solve linguistics problems in a foreign language! Find out more here:

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BC Green Games - Science World's digital eco-storytelling contest supports BC teachers and promotes place-based environmental education. This project-style, inquiry-based program is a 21st century learning opportunity in scientific exploration, storytelling, media arts and advocacy. Document and share your green stories, win prizes and celebrate your team’s greenest achievements! Find out more and register at:
Greater Vancouver High School Science Association - a student-run non-profit society dedicated to making science opportunities accessible to youth. Looking to get involved and participate in fun, educational science events with other High School students? There are essentially three current activities: Science Olympics, Portal Tours – see scientists in action and tour science facilities, and Scope Distribution – an opportunity to read and write about science. Check out:
Tomatosphere - Students investigate the effects of the space environment on the growth of food that will inevitably support long-term human space travel. For more details and to register, visit
Spin Master New Toy & Game Competition - If you're in Grade 7 - 12 and living in Canada, this is your chance to invent what could become the world's next big toy or game. For more information go to:
VANCOUVER INSTITUTE LECTURE SERIES - A series of free lectures hosted by Green College, UBC on an incredible variety of topics. For more information and a detailed listing go to:
Saturday Morning Lecture Series - Investigate the frontiers of modern physics. Lectures start at 10:00 am and 11:10 am at a variety of venues. For information, registration and directions see: