Area students to innovate and explore

On October 25 and 26, 77 budding scientists and entrepreneurs from 14 different regions of BC and the Yukon will embark on a voyage of exploration and discovery in Vancouver. Dubbed “Innovation Exploration,” students will participate in highly interactive tours and explore activities hosted by science outreach groups, post-secondary institutions, and local companies across the lower mainland.

“Innovation exploration is a good opportunity for these bright minds to explore some of the educational opportunities available and it’s gratifying seeing students excited about science and technology – industry sectors that will play a vital role in BC’s long-term economic growth. BCIT staff and faculty are proud to be part of this event,” says Paul Dangerfield, Vice-President of Education, Research and International at BCIT.

The students are secondary school Regional Science Fair winners who represented BC and the Yukon at the Canada-Wide Science Fair and at international science fairs this year. In recognition of their efforts, and their keen interest in science and technology, the Science Fair Foundation of BC (SFF BC) with the BC Innovation Council’s support, is providing the students and their delegates with an all-expenses paid trip to Vancouver.

Four students from the area will be attending the event. Keltie Murdoch, from Mount Baker Secondary will be displaying a ‘GeoAir’ exhibit and Luke Baxter will show his ‘Pothole Prevention’ experiment. Jocelyn Tanton, from the Fernie Academy will participate with her ‘Wheelchair Bowling Ramp’ and Rosaele Tremblay, also from the Fernie Academy, will demonstrate an ‘Infrared Black Ice Detector’.

Interactive tours will take place at BCIT, Simon Fraser University, The Centre of Excellence for Simulation Education and Innovation at Vancouver General Hospital, and Science Centre at Science World.

“Through the ‘hands-on’ activities of the tours, students gain insight into the excitement that science and technology careers offer,” says Patti Leigh, Founder and Executive Director of SFF BC.

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