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News: Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

Future Science Leaders heads to Abbotsford

The Abbotsford School District and Science World British Columbia are very excited to announce that the Future Science Leaders program is coming to Abbotsford, in January 2018.

Future Science Leaders is an engaging, after-school science program for top high school students who are passionate about science and STEM subjects. Currently, this program is offered at TELUS World of Science and the distance from Abbotsford to Vancouver makes it difficult for Abbotsford students to take advantage of such a great opportunity. 

The expansion to Abbotsford is an exciting first step, as the Science World team tests ways of growing this successful youth development program. 

In the first year of the program, students complete multi-week themes of chemistry, physics, biology, earth and space, and math and technology. Each theme is led by an expert in that field, who is from a local university. The program is then scaled up in year 2 and year 3, to allow students to narrow their area of focus and apply their skill sets to real world challenges. 

“The Abbotsford Board of Education is excited to offer this opportunity to our students,” noted Shirley Wilson, Board Chair. “Providing schools throughout our district access to this specialized program speaks to the vision of our district - providing a world-class, innovative and individualized educational experience for every student.”

“There is a growing deficit of qualified people to fill STEM jobs in BC,” said Dr Scott Sampson, President and CEO of Science World. “We are pleased to be working with the Abbotsford School District to make the Future Science Leaders program more accessible to students. This program will help students further develop the talent, drive and discipline needed to excel in STEM careers.”

Science World leads the delivery of the program and provides a unique opportunity for motivated science students to develop a powerful peer network, while pursuing their interests in science. Program graduates have gone on to win top prizes in regional and international science fairs, as well as entrance scholarships to Ivy League schools.

“The Abbotsford School District is known for its high level sports academies and this program is modeled after that. We want students to be able to pursue a passion in science, much like they can pursue their passion in sports,” said David de Wit, Principal at Rick Hansen Secondary School of Science and Business. 

The program will be hosted at Rick Hansen Secondary, but will be open for applications from all secondary students across Abbotsford.

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MEDIA CONTACTS

 


Kayla Stuckart / Communications Manager
Abbotsford School District
Ph: (604) 859 – 4891
kayla_stuckart@sd34.bc.ca  


Jason Bosher / Communications Coordinator
Science World British Columbia
Ph: (604) 443-7470
jbosher@scienceworld.ca

                                             
                


Media Contact:

Kayla Stuckart, Communications Manager
Phone: (604) 859 – 4891 ext. 1206
Email: kayla.stuckart@abbyschools.ca