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 or call 778-782-6967 if we can assist you in your classroom activity.

Please note:

  • All programs for youth are offered for free at the Burnaby campus.
  • 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.

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Thank you so so much for doing such a fabulous job...My students thoroughly enjoyed the lab exercises you provided. The demos were lots of fun and kept them on their toes!
You have such a wonderful program and thank you so much for welcoming us with open arms.

Ms. Gill, Semiahmoo Secondary School

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September 23, 2016

Boston Pizza
1045 Columbia St., New Westminster
(2 blocks from New West Skytrain station)

7:00 - 9:00 pm

“Rebirth of curiosity and wonder: how do we achieve this while teaching science at university?”

What is students’ meaning and interpretation of effective, helpful, inspiring, skillful, and wonder-full teaching? Does the perception of wonderful teaching vary between elementary, high school and university students, and if so, how? How do parents perceive effective teaching? Does a generation gap between parents and students create different impressions and expectations of effective teaching? How can we address the transition from high school to university and help students adjust? These are just some of the questions that go through my mind in my every-day work that I love to do – teach biology to university students. At this Café, I would like to share my thoughts about effective teaching with you and ask you: what do you expect of a biology instructor teaching your first-year science daughter or son?

Dr. Ivona Mladenovic joined SFU’s Department of Biological Sciences in 2003 after having worked for University of British Columbia, and University of London, UK. Her love for education did not stop with her first PhD in Andrology. She is currently pursuing another PhD, this time in Curriculum Theory and Implementation at Faculty of Education at SFU. Her research focuses on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

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New workshops for Fall 2016!

High School Science Career Series

Your school is welcome to sign up for any or all of these free workshops. Workshops are open to all Grade 9-12 students and are held at the SFU-Burnaby campus. Activites include lab tours and activities, research talks and career panel discussions.

  • Teachers are asked to email to register their class.
  • Registration on a first come, first served basis
  • Maximum of 60 students per session
  • Sessions are from 9:30am - 2:00 pm
  • Teachers are encouraged, but not required, to register their class for more than one session (space-permitting)

Molecular Biology & Biochemistry               Oct 17, 2016
Biomedical Physiology & Kinesiology           Nov 8, 2016
Chemistry                                                            Nov 18, 2016
Biology                                                                 Nov 21, 2016

"Science First" for Aboriginal High School Students

Teachers may register students for only one of the listed dates (this is not a series of workshops).  However, it is possible for teachers to sign up different sets of students for different dates (space-permitting).Aboriginal students in Grades 9 - 12 must be nominated by their teacher in order to attend these free workshops held at the SFU-Burnaby campus. These workshops are designed to encourage Aboriginal students to deepen their appreciation for science and see university as their next step after high school. Sessions include lab tours/activities, research talks and career panel discussions.

  • Sessions take place Oct 26, Nov 2 and Nov 9, 2016
  • Maximum of 60 students per session
  • Registration on a first come, first served basis
  • Sessions are from 9:30 am - 2:00 pm
  • Nomination form for teachers coming soon!

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