Science comes alive for young

Feb 20, 2003, vol. 26, no. 4
By Marianne Meadahl

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Science ALIVE instructors (from left) Brita Main, Sharina Dodsworth, Brian Newbold and Aimee Kumpula create smokey excitement in anticipation of two new programs this spring.

Science ALIVE instructors hope that spring break will be anything but a rest for kids who are keen on science.

They're hoping to draw young science enthusiasts from grades 3-7 to a series of half-day workshops (9 a.m.- noon) on campus during the week of March 17-21.

Program director Sharina Dodsworth says the new spring break workshops will involve students in hands-on activities as well as take-home projects on a variety of science topics and themes, everything from toothpaste chemistry to rocketry and computerized Lego projects.

“We're hoping to build on the success of our summer camp program and classroom workshops by adding some new opportunities for students,” says Dodsworth, noting the SFU student-run science education program is nearing its 10th year.

A second new program starting this month is a girls-only science club called Girls Unlimited. “Females continue to be under-represented in the science and technology workforce, as well as in our summer camp programs,” says Dodsworth. “We want to provide girls in grades 3-7 with positive role models and hands-on experience to help them build confidence and inspiration.”

Club members will meet bi-monthly on Saturday afternoons. They'll join Science ALIVE female instructors for activities or presentations from female scientists in the SFU or UBC science labs, or for science-related field trips throughout the Lower Mainland. The fee is $30 for the year and includes a subscription to Yes Magazine and a Science ALIVE t-shirt. For more information on the new programs contact Dodsworth at 604-291-5912, email yescamps or check their website.

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