K-12 Students & Teachers

Our faculty and researchers engage the university community and the general public in a range of talks and activities related to mathematics.  We offer several programs designed for middle & high school students and for teachers.

Elementary School Outreach Programs

  • Math Catcher supports math education for elementary students through on-campus workshops for Aboriginal students in math and science and school visits to urban and rural schools around BC.  Math Catcher introduces mathematics and science to Aboriginal students through the use of First Nations imagery and storytelling. Match Catcher has produced animated films in several First Nations languages (Blackfoot, Cree, Squamish, Heiltsuk, Nisga’a, Sliammon, Halq’em ́eylem, Hul’q’umi’num’, and Huu-ay- aht) as well as bilingual picture books in Blackfoot/English, Cree/English, Squamish/English, Nisga’a/English, and Sliammon/English.

High School Outreach Programs

  • Academic Summer Camps for Aboriginal Students is a month-long, Burnaby campus camp for Aboriginal high school students who would like assistance preparing for the upcoming school year. Cultural, recreational and social activities are a major part of this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
  • Calculus Challenge Examination offers high school students who learn differential calculus in high school, a way to demonstrate their mastery of the subject and claim credit at a BC university. It is recognized by UBC, SFU, UVic, UNBC and the Ministry of Education. The paper is prepared by University faculty, based on the Provincial Calculus 12 Curriculum.
  • Meet and Greet Math a half-day opportunity for Grade 12 students to discover what it's like to learn how math is taught in a university setting
  • Math Ambassadors are math students currently studying math at SFU. Invite them to your high school classroom to present information about transitioning from studying math at a high school level to a university level. Information about programs and courses can also be discussed.
  • SFU Math Camp for Students is by invitation only and provide an opportunity for high school students to see and experience hands-on exciting, engaging, and challenging mathematics presented by mathematicians from SFU's Department of Mathematics and by visiting faculty. Held during the last week of June, or the first week of July, SFU hosts a week-long day camp for students from grades 9 and 10, along with keen grade 8 students who are familiar with grade 9 math. Students must be nominated by their teacher to attend this camp

Elementary/High School Teacher Outreach Programs

  • Changing the Culture Conference brings together mathematicians, mathematics educators and school teachers from all levels to work together towards narrowing the gap between mathematicians and teachers of mathematics, and between those who do and enjoy mathematics and those who think they don't.
  • Summer Math Camp for Teachers  is designed for teachers who teach mathematics in middle and high school.  The camp explores non-traditional application of mathematics; to Biology (human genome), Games and Strategies, Web Design, etc.