Actua provides training, resources and support to its national network of members located at universities and colleges across Canada in the delivery of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education outreach programming. Actua is Canada’s largest STEM outreach organization inspiring future innovators. Each year, these members engage over 460,000 youth in 600 communities nationwide. In BC, Actua network members include Coast Mountain College, Thompson Rivers University’s EUReKA! Science Program, Simon Fraser University (Science AL!VE), University of Victoria (Science Venture), University of British Columbia (Geering Up Engineering Outreach), and University of Northern BC (UNBC Active Minds).
Science AL!VE is a student-run, not-for-profit organization based at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, BC. Science AL!VE provides opportunities to explore science beyond the textbooks through hands-on, interactive discovery workshops, camps, clubs and events for youth across BC. Programs are for youth in grades K-9 and offer customized programs for girls.
Indigenous Engagement • Mentorship • Elementary School Resources• Volunteering
UBC Geering Up Engineering Outreach is a non-profit organization with the mandate of promoting science, engineering, and technology to youth (grades K-12) across British Columbia. Affiliated with the University of British Columbia, Geering Up is designed, organized and operated by UBC students to provide school workshops, camps, clubs and events. They strive to reach all children and youth, regardless of gender, ethnicity, culture or socio-economic status, with special outreach for those groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences. Girls and online programs available.
Elementary School Resources • High School Resources • Indigenous Engagement • Speaking to youth in community organizations or schools • Volunteering
UVic’s Science Venture is a non-profit organization that offers hands-on, minds-on science, engineering and technology learning opportunities for youth entering grades 1 through 12. Science Venture delivers innovative science, technology, engineering, and math programming to Vancouver Island youth, 5-18 years of age. Programming includes workshops, after school clubs, summer camps, and events – all designed to stimulate the interest and passion for these subject areas.
University of Victoria’s Indigenous STEM program is a reciprocal partnership between Indigenous communities and groups and the University of Victoria’s Office of Indigenous Academic and Community Engagement (IACE), Faculties of Science & Engineering, and Science Venture, to address the gap in scientific literacy by engaging Indigenous youth in STEM and encouraging them to pursue these fields as a career choice. Working with organizations and friendship centres, the Program offers school science clubs, spring/summer break camps, and events in various Indigenous communities.
Elementary School Resources • High School Resources • Indigenous Engagement • Mentorship • Professional Development • Speaking to youth in community organizations or schools
BC’s Tech Association offers a Women in Tech program to support gender equality in technology. Women in Tech provides workshops, community connections to support women in the sector and to nurture leaders and innovators. BC Tech brings together industry leaders dedicated to supporting women in tech to develop and implement proven practices that enable women to thrive.