K-12 Outreach Programs

Our faculty and researchers work in the wider community offering programs and resources designed for middle and high school students and teachers.


Elementary School Outreach

Math Catcher

Math Catcher supports Aboriginal elementary students’ education in math and science through on-campus workshops in math and science and school visits to urban and rural schools around BC. The program 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.

To learn more about the Math Catcher program, and see the available resources, please visit the program website.


Highschool Outreach

Academic Summer Camp for Aboriginal Students

This is a month-long, Burnaby campus camp for Aboriginal high school students who would like help preparing for the upcoming school year. Cultural, recreational and social activities are a major part of this once-in-a-lifetime experience. For more information on the Math Catcher high school summer camps, please visit the program website.

Calculus Challenge Examination

The Calculus Challenge Examination offers high school students who study differential calculus a way to claim credit at a BC university. The exam 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. For more information, please visit the Calculus Challenge Exam page

Math Ambassadors

Math Ambassadors are student volunteers currently studying math at SFU. Invite them to your high school classroom to talk to your class about transitioning from math at a high school level to math in university.

A program coordinator can arrange with teachers and administrators for a Math Student Ambassador to visit their school. Each visit consists of a presentation and a Q&A period.

Please contact one of the program coordinators for more information:

  • Veselin Jungic: vjungic@sfu.ca
  • Natalia Kouzniak: kouzniak@sfu.ca
  • Petra Menz: pmenz@sfu.ca

SFU Math Camp for Students

The SFU Math Camp for Students is an invitation-only opportunity for high school students to see and experience hands-on exciting, engaging, and challenging mathematics presented by mathematicians from our department. Held during the last week of June, or the first week of July, SFU hosts a weeklong 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. For more information, please visit the SFU Math Camp for Students website.


Teacher Outreach Programs

SFU Math Camp for Teachers

The Summer Math Camp for Teachers is for those who teach mathematics in middle and high school. The camp explores non-traditional application of mathematics, from human genomes to games and strategies to web design. For more information on the Summer Math Camp for Teachers, please visit the website.

Changing the Culture Conference

This conference brings together mathematicians, mathematics educators and school teachers from all levels. We work together to narrow the gap between mathematicians and teachers of mathematics, and between those who enjoy mathematics and those who think they don't. For more information on the conference, please visit the website.