Getting Inspired in Fort Nelson

Students in Fort Nelson and Toad River Schools took part in the INSPIRE program, a month-long residency in partnership with the University of British Columbia.

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It’s often difficult to provide quality science education opportunities in rural communities. To help meet that need in Fort Nelson, we once again partnered with the University of British Columbia (UBC) to bring back the INSPIRE – Interactive Scientists and Professors in Residence – program to local schools throughout the month of May.

INSPIRE sees these graduate students, or Scientists in Residence, from UBC travel to Fort Nelson where they spend a month leading interactive demonstrations and workshops, inspiring young minds and refreshing teachers’ interests in science education. In addition to their service to the community, the Scientists in Residence gain valuable teaching, communication and outreach experience.

Chemistry PhD students, Amanda Zimmerman and Lev Lewis, spent their first week at the high school as well as one day with the students at the Toad River school. They also visited students at RL Angus, JS Clarke, JW Carlson and Chalo School.

Teachers were happy to have the INSPIRE team back in town and spending time at the schools. A community event was also held on May 15 to celebrate another successful INSPIRE term and to thank Amanda and Lev for their commitment to furthering science education.

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