K-12 Outreach Programs

The Faculty of Science is a leader in offering science education to BC high school and elementary students, First Nations communities and the general public. Through these programs, we are able to share our laboratories, classrooms and the expertise of our researchers. Most importantly, our community engagement programs demonstrate SFU's commitment to advance science literacy and inspire curiosity and wonder in our next generation of scientists.

Our students and faculty also support many other events within the community and the BC school system by offering their services as classroom lecturers, judges and coaches. We can also arrange for lab tours and career exploration talks. Please contact sfuscienceoutreach@sfu.ca or call 778-782-6967 if we can assist you in your classroom activity.

Please note:

  • All programs for youth are offered at no-cost at the Burnaby campus. Select activities can be arranged to be held at the SFU Surrey campus, pending lab/instructor availabilities.
  • Most sessions are taught in English, arrangements can be made for selected activities to be taught in French.
  • Unless indicated, all workshops are held at the Trottier Studio for Innovative Science Education, room C9051 Shrum Science Chemistry Building. See map.
  • If your class is arriving by school bus, contact us for complimentary parking arrangements. Otherwise, parking fees apply to private vehicles. See SFU Parking.
  • We require a 1:10 adult to child ratio, please ensure that you have enough parent/teacher volunteers that are able to supervise the children for the length of the workshop. This pertains to both high school and elementary classes.
  • Please let us know if there are any students with special learning needs in your group so that we can modify our learning strategies and content.
  • Our science outreach workshops are run by enthusiastic faculty members, graduate students and volunteers - please treat them with respect and courtesy.
  • These programs/workshops may be photographed and/or video recorded by Simon Fraser University for archival, educational, and related promotional purposes. By attending or participating in these events, you are giving your consent to be photographed and/or video recorded. If you do not wish to be photographed and/or video recorded, please let us know and move to the side prior to the shoot. The full SFU privacy notice is available at: http://www.sfu.ca/contact/terms-conditions/privacy.html.

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NOUVEAU : Ateliers scientifiques gratuits offerts en français!

La Faculté des sciences de l'Université Simon Fraser offre une nouvelle série d'activités et de présentations sur les sciences en français! Développés pour les élèves de la maternelle à la 12e année en immersion française et du programme francophone, ces ateliers sont offerts sur le campus de SFU à Burnaby sur les heures de classe régulières.

Contactez-nous à l'adresse suivante : sfuscienceoutreach@sfu.ca pour obtenir tous les détails et pour inscrire votre groupe d'un minimum de 20 élèves. 

Parents and teachers looking for fun science experiments for students to do at home or in the classroom are free to check out our Seasonal Science Activities page. There will soon be science experiments appropriate to each season, with references to the BC school curriculum and background information on SFU scientists who work in the field. 

Workshop Information

Programs on campus for Elementary School students

Programs on campus for High School students

Other programs for Elementary and High School students

Fall 2017 monthly career workshops for high school students only, are now FULLY BOOKED.

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL THREE SESSIONS OF THE MONTHLY SCIENCE WORKSHOPS FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS, (FALL 2017) ARE NOW FULLY BOOKED.  THOSE ON THE WAIT LIST WILL BE INFORMED OF CANCELLATIONS OR WILL BE BOOKED FOR ALTERNATE WORKSHOPS. 

OUR SPRING 2018 HIGH SCHOOL WORKSHOPS WILL FEATURE: PHYSICS, MATHEMATICS, EARTH SCIENCES, BIOMEDICAL PHYSIOLOGY & KINESIOLOGY AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY & BIOCHEMISTRY. 

Bookings for these workshops will begin in November, 2017.