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CBC creative writing challenge invites students to imagine Canada's future in 150 years

The First Page is a brand new creative writing challenge for students in Grades 7 to 12, created by CBC Books.

The challenge? We want students to give us a glimpse of the great Canadian novel of the year 2167. Write the first page of a book set 150 years in the future, with the protagonist facing an issue that's topical today and setting the scene for how it's all playing out in a century and a half. Find out more by clicking on the link below:

CBC Creative Writing Challenge

Achieve Anything Foundation - Operation: This IS You!

Select females will have the opportunity to see many facets of the Coast Guard at an inaugural experience event. The event will be held at the Coast Guard’s Sea Island base at YVR International Airport on Saturday, October 14.
Activities include tours of base duty stations, an interactive search & rescue exercise, dive demonstration, educational games, firehose challenge, and a ride to sea in the hovercraft. For more information on this, and other upcoming events, please visit

Pacific Institute for Theoretical Physics

These public lectures are intended for a broad audience, from inside and outside the university. They provide a forum for outstanding researchers from around the world, as well as from UBC, to discuss the work in Quantum Physics and to present it in a way accessible to non-specialists, including the general public. 

The seminars will usually take place on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, in the evening at the Fairment Lounge, St. Johns College, 2111 Lower Mall, UBC. Click the link below for more info.

PiTP Lectures

"Discover Physics @SFU" workshop Friday, October 20, 2017 at the Burnaby campus. 

This FREE workshop includes a research talk by an SFU Physics professor, research lab tours, a tour of the Trottier Observatory and Science Courtyard and a session on "What Can You Do With a Physics Degree?". A free pizza lunch will be provided.
For more info and to register just go to the "Discover Physics @SFU" website:
Workshop Schedule (Room P9412)
10:15-10:30 Registration & Snacks
10:30-10:45 Welcome & Learn About SFU Physics
10:45-11:15 Research talk
11:15-12:30 Lab tours
12:30-1:00 Pizza Lunch
1:00-1:45 Observatory & Science Courtyard tour
1:45-2:15 "What Can You Do With a Physics Degree?"​

National Crystal Gowing Competition

The National Crystal Growing Competition is a fun, hands-on experience as well as an exciting competition. Schools are provided with materials and instructions on how to grow crystals and the objective is to grow the biggest and highest quality single crystal. Materials are typically available to order in early September. In 2017, the crystal growing period will run from October 10 to November 13. The deadline for submitting your crystal for judging to your regional coordinator was November 20, 2017.​
Talk to your Chem teacher or find out more at:


Five days of Science! Get out into the world and experience science in a whole new way at the Bamfield Marine Science Centre! Grade 11 and 12 students interested should attend an informational meeting in room A215 next Wednesday, Oct. 4th at lunch. Curious? Check out the following for more information:

Sky, Water, Earth

Sky, Water, Earth is a collection of free, online, and self-paced
experiences that will prepare you for a career in the sciences. Students work their way through activities called "playlists" and earn badges and points that can be used to access "real-world opportunities" such as a behind the scenes tour of the aquarium, perform a gene sequencing experiment and more! 
It is available from September 08, 2017 to September 01, 2018.

Engage at: Sky, Water, Earth​

Applications are now open for the SHAD Program!

Every July, about 900 of Canada’s best and brightest come together to experience SHAD’s unique experiential-learning program - rooted in the STEAM disciplines of science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics – while gaining self-confidence, entrepreneurial and workforce skills, internship opportunities, and a network for life. Application deadline: Nov. 20th. Find out more and apply at:  ​

Archimedes Talks an exciting opportunity at UBC for current grade 11 students interested in Math and Science. Archimedes Talks is a 3-part speaker series held at UBC aimed at talented 11th-graders who are interested in math and science. Students will come to UBC's Vancouver campus to hear engaging talks by experts, introducing them to fields of active research in math and applied science. Students who are interested should be nominated by a teacher by October 15.

When: 10:30am - 3:00pm on Saturday, October 28th; Sunday, November 19th; and Saturday, December 2nd (students to attend all three days). 

Where: Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (1961 East Mall), Room - IBLC 261​

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The Amy Hurn Scholarship

Amy an avid cyclist, a Vancouver teacher and Science Department Head. A scholarship fund has been established in her memory to provide financial assistance to Vancouver public high school students pursuing post secondary education in science. Deadline for applications is June 30th. Find out more at:


Run for One Planet - The Run for One Planet is an ongoing run endeavour focused on "Inspiring Environmental Action, One Step at a Time". Found out more at:


Students please note: be sure to check the bulletin boards in the science wing for other opportunities!


This is a contest open to students in grade 8 and 9 science - 30 multiple choice questions in 30 minutes. Test your science SKILL....NOT knowledge! Find out more at:


Applied Science Summer Advancement Program

Geering Up has exciting summer opportunities for High School students who are passionate about Science, Technology, and Engineering.  Week long junior and senior programs are available! Find out more at:


Phenomenal Physics Summer Camps

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
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:
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:

BC Green GamesC 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: