Math Mania visits Sandy Hill Elementary School

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Math Mania kicked off their year at Abbotsford’s Sandy Hill Elementary School on October 5, 2016. Math faculty Ian Affleck, Ben Vanderlei, Stan Manu, Cindy Loten and Karin Loots in addition to 25+ UFV student volunteers provided a fun filled evening to a packed gymnasium. Each table provided different games and puzzles to intrigue parents and students of all ages.

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 Upcoming Math Mania Events:

  • February 1, 2017 – Yarrow Community School
  • May 17, 2017 – Chilliwack Adventist Christian School (This event will be put on for both the students and parents from this school in addition to the children that are part of the Fraser Valley Home School Group)

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Parents and children: If you’d like to see Math Mania in your school, ask your teacher to get in touch with us!

Teachers and principals: If you are interested in bringing Math Mania to your school, please contact math.mania@ufv.ca. We can come to your school, if it’s in Mission, Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Agassiz, or Hope.

Math Mania is supported by the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Science

UFV welcomes chemistry students from Sardis Secondary School

gr11-cep-tour2The Chemistry department at UFV welcomed 28 students in the honours grade 11 chemistry class from Sardis Secondary School on Friday, October 7, 2016. They were given the grand tour of our Chilliwack campus at CEP by Shawna Dyck, Chemistry/Biology Lab Technician. Following the tour, the students used our Vernier equipment to discover the melting point on some caffeine they had extracted. This marks the 5th year that Sardis Secondary has visited the campus for this activity.

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Job Opportunity – Science Outreach Fall 2016

For science students and students interested in teaching!

The Faculty of Science is running a science outreach program at Eugene Reimer Middle School this fall.

Super Science Club is an after-school program for elementary students that UFV offers in collaboration with Science World.  The goal of this program is to inspire children to be inquisitive about the world around them, and to develop a long-term interest in science and technology.  Science World provides paid training and UFV student facilitators will be using the Science World curriculum. See Science World – Super Science Club for more information.

Super Science Club will be running at Eugene Reimer Middle School in Abbotsford on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday afternoons from about 2:30 – 4:30 beginning the week of October 17. (The day of the week will depend on UFV student facilitator availability). The students will be grade 5 students from feeder elementary schools.

Topics for the program will include: magnets, static electricity, human grossology, states of matter, exploring space, forces, topological turmoil, wonderful water, balance, sound, and more!

We are looking for students with a passion for science and who love working with kids!

The pay for the positions is $10.85 per hour.  Please apply by sending your resume and a brief letter of interest to christine.dalton@ufv.ca ASAP and NO LATER than Friday, September 30, 2016.

Successful candidates will be required to obtain a criminal record check.

For more information please contact:
Christine Dalton, christine.dalton@ufv.ca
Biology Department

Math Mania + Kids = 90 Minutes of FUN!

This is an evening of mathematical demonstrations, puzzles and hands-on activities for elementary or middle school children. It’s been designed by members of the University of the Fraser Valley’s Department of Mathematics & Statistics to show children and their parents how much fun you can have playing with mathematical concepts.

mm1mm2Upcoming Math Mania Events

  • October 5, 2016 – Sandy Hill Elementary School
  • February 1, 2017 – Yarrow Community School
  • May 17, 2017 – Chilliwack Adventist Christian School (This event will be put on for both the students and parents from this school in addition to the children that are part of the Fraser Valley Home School Group)

blocksContact us:

Web: ufv.ca/math/math-mania/
Email: math.mania@ufv.ca

Math Mania is presented by the UFV Mathematics & Statistics Department in conjunction with the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences.

 

 

Is the Work-study program worth the effort? You bet!

How can you go wrong at building your skills while you study! The Work-study program allows you to gain 120 hours of professional employment experience over the course of one semester in conjunction with your studies.

Biology Professor and Outreach Coordinator, Christine Dalton put out a call in January for a work-study student to organize science outreach programs in the Fraser Valley. Along came 2nd year BSc student, Megan. She began with the Super Science Club program at Rick Hansen Secondary School. It quickly grew to include Dewdney Elementary Mission, Shortreed Elementary Langley and Yarrow Community School in Yarrow.

experimentMegan provided interesting science activities with groups of students from grades 3-6. They were given the opportunity to investigate and explore various topics including animal grossology, elastic energy, flight, solar system and starts, solar energy, balloons, pollinators, plants, states of matter, illusions and more!

Megan received training from Science World and the opportunity for hands-on teaching experience. She has gained valuable experience in all aspects of outreach, including recruiting students, promoting, managing and executing the program.

The Super Science Club is a partnership between the UFV Faculty of Science and Telus World of Science. For more information on the Super Science Club please visit out our website.

Do you looking for more information on the Work-study Program? Please visit the UFV Career Centre

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UFV Faculty of Science welcomes GearBots Makerspace Summer Camp!

The Faculty of Science is happy to be teaming up with GearBots Makerspace who provides learning opportunities for kids ages 9-15+. Students are introduced to the exciting world of engineering and technology. The Faculty of Applied and Technical Studies at UFV initiated the program with GearBots. They hosted last week’s camp in their Electronics Lab at the Trades and Technology Campus in Chilliwack and will be back out there next week.

Dereck Dirom from GearBots Makerspace and 8 of his young apprentices have taken up residence in our Physics Lab at that Abbotsford Campus for a fun filled week of coding using the robotic devices.

GearBots3The main goal is to promote the “design process” while reinforcing key concepts such as applied physics, math, effective problem solving, critical thinking, and teamwork skills. GearBots currently offers after school courses (non-credit), themed summer camps, annual one day robotics challenge for students interested in learning more about robotics and the field of mechatronics.

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For more information on upcoming classes and workshops please visit GearBots Makerspace

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Science Rocks! 2016 Summer Camps Finished for the Year

UFV-ScienceRocksLogo2016The final Science Rocks! camp of 2016 finished up on Friday, August 12th. Over the past 6 weeks, 95 campers from grades 4-7 enjoyed week long science based demonstrations and activities from finding out why some things stink to mystery solving and forensics. We hope all our campers had fun and learned something new, and just maybe made some new friends along the way.

Thank you to our Science Rocks! Supervisors for a job well done!

  • Robin Endelman, Science Rocks! Coordinator and Camp #1 – Things that explode!
  • Alan Reid, Camp #2 – Things that stink! & Camp #5 – Amazing Activities!
  • Cory Beshara, Camp #3 – Things in our genes!
  • Avril Alfred, Camp #4 – Things that glow!
  • Ian Affleck, Aboriginal Youth Camp

AND to our Science Rocks! Team Leaders, Rebecca, Ali and Valerie who attended every camp and weren’t afraid to get their hands dirty!

Hope to see you all again next year!

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Registration for next year will open April 2017


Check out all the fun on Flickr from this year and previous years!

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For more information on Science Rocks! please visit our WEBSITE

 

 

Science Rocks! The 2016 Aboriginal Youth Camp!

SR electricThere was so much fun had at the Science Rocks Aboriginal Youth Camp last week it would make your hair stand up!

24 kids from Grades 4 – 7 signed up for a week of fun activities and found out how cool science really is!

Thanks to Ian Affleck and our Science Rocks! Team Leaders, Rebecca, Ali, Valerie and our special volunteer for the week Holly for making yet another Science Rocks’ week fun and fabulous!

Be sure to check out the fun in our SCIENCE ROCKS! Flickr album! More photos to come!

For more information on Science Rocks! please visit our WEBSITE

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Science Rocks! Camp #3 – Things in our genes underway!

UFV is buzzing with the sounds of future scientists!

detective-152085_960_720-600x600Students in grades 4 – 7 who have registered for this week’s Science Rocks! camp will be taking part in activities involving mystery solving, forensics and finding out what’s in our genes!

Be sure to check out the fun from our past 2 weeks in our SCIENCE ROCKS! Flickr album!

Next week’s camp theme will focus on Things that glow! Campers will study interesting behaviours of light or even observe safe demonstrations using fire. There are a few spots still available so it’s not too late to register!


Camp #4Things that glow! July 25-29
Abbotsford Campus

Camp #5Amazing Activities! August 8-12
Chilliwack Campus (CEP)

For more information on Science Rocks! please visit our WEBSITE


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Email: sciencerocks@ufv.ca

Robin Endelman, Co-ordinator
Phone: 1-888-504-7441, ext 4779

 

Science Rocks! Summer Camp Goes off with a BANG!

19594712491_0d91bd7833_oPublic school is out for the summer so let the fun begin! UFV Science Rocks! Camp 1 welcomed our newest campers this morning.

Each day will include activities and demonstrations organized by our A+ science leaders! Over the course of the week, campers can expect to experience activities from Physics, Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics!

Registration is still open for Camps 2 – 5 so don’t miss out!


Camp 2: Things that stink! July 11-15 (Abbotsford Campus)

Camp 3: Things in our genes! July 18-22 (Abbotsford Campus)

Camp 4: Things that glow! July 25-29 (Abbotsford Campus)

Camp 5: Amazing Activities! August 8-12 (Chilliwack Campus)


For more details, visit:

Email: sciencerocks@ufv.ca

Robin Endelman, Co-ordinator
Phone: 1-888-504-7441, ext 4779

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