May 13, 2016 – Five UBC projects that support hands-on learning, including an Aboriginal science camp, have received funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) PromoScience Program.
Two UBC Science initiatives will receive a total of $135,000 over a period of three years: the Cedar Science Camp and Mentorship Program, geared towards Aboriginal youth, and the Pacific Museum of Earth outreach program, which focuses on the geological sciences.
“This support from PromoScience will enable us to expand our programming for Aboriginal youth,” says Joel Liman, UBC’s Aboriginal Science student coordinator. “It will help us extend the Cedar camp from one to two weeks in the summer and to create an Aboriginal mentorship program that runs throughout the school year.”
Every year, Cedar Summer camp enables 45 British Columbia Aboriginal youth between the ages of eight and 12 to explore UBC through fun and interactive programming. Campers get a whirlwind tour of the research being conducted by students and researchers around the Vancouver campus. They also take part in daily arts and crafts and outdoor recreational activities. All the while, campers learn about the wealth of post-secondary educational opportunities that exist right in their own backyard.
Other UBC programs receiving support from NSERC are Geering Up Aboriginal Outreach Across BC, Intergenerational Landed Learning on the Farm Program, and the UBC Summer Science Program.
NSERC’s PromoScience Program offers financial support for organizations working with young Canadians to promote an understanding of science and engineering.