Discover and Create with UBC Science Research: Professional Development Day at the Beaty! (Nov. 22nd)

Our professional development day for teachers is now open! Please register using the following EventBrite Link.

 When: November 22nd. 10:00-1:30, Audience: K-12 teachers, FREE

Description: In this three-hour workshop you will Discover the educational resources offered by Beaty Biodiversity Museum and tour research facilities at UBC. You will see where and how ecology and evolution research is conducted and also Create a partnership with a UBC graduate student to brainstorm ideas for a hands-on learning module. The module will introduce a research topic of interest to the graduate student and incorporate your classroom needs. Your graduate student partner will be a participant in a workshop series on science outreach and will develop the module throughout the winter. The module will reach your classroom as early as this spring!This program will require continued connection to your UBC Science student partner for module development and presentation in your classroom this spring.

Participants will:

  • Gain information about how to use the Beaty Biodiversity Museum and affiliates in your classroom learning
  • Visit laboratory and research facilities at UBC to see what equipment and processes are used to understand the natural world
  • Connect with UBC Science students to learn about their research
  • Create a partnership with a UBC Science student to bring current ecology and evolution research into your classroom

Note: Bring a pen or pencil and notebook to plan activities. Lunch will be provided, but please bring a reusable cup or sealable water bottle. Doors will open at 9:30 a.m.

See poster for more information: ScienceWorkshop&OpenHouse2013


Despite an increasing focus on innovative, hands-on science education through programs like Let’s Talk Science (LTS), there is still a paucity of inquiry-based K-12 activities to illustrate cutting-edge research in ecology and evolution. The goal of the MEED program is to provide hands-on learning in ecology and evolution to local K-12 students through modules (experiential classroom learning activities) developed by trained Faculty of Science students and faculty.  Program participants will attend workshops on outreach and science communication, meet with local teachers, and ultimately create their own module for educators and LTS classroom volunteers to use. By serving as a bridge between K-12 education and current research, the MEED program hopes to generate enthusiasm, understanding, and appreciation for the complexity of ecology and evolution. Our proposal specifically targets ecology and evolution education due to the importance of these disciplines to understanding current problems such as the spread of invasive species, the vulnerability of species at risk, range shifts, and the loss of biodiversity with climate change. However, the long-term goal is to develop and expand this program to include other biological sciences at UBC

Who we are

MEED is a UBC outreach program run by:

Catherine Hoffman (MSc Student Zoology), Laura Super (MSc, UBC Research Assistant) and Adriana Suarez-Gonzalez (MSc, PhD Candidate Botany )

With the support of Sally Otto PhD (Zoology, Biodiversity Research Center Director),Santokh Singh PhD (Botany), Alina Chan (Let’s Talk Science Coordinator) and Crispin Jordan PhD (external Postdoctoral Research Assistant).

We are funded by the Faculty of Science Outreach Grant 2013 and the Department of Zoology and Department of Botany


Welcome to our site!

Thanks for your interest on MEED.

We are excited to start with our program and having you on board.

In this website you will find all the information about us, including our goal, links with relevant information and a calendar of events.

Enjoy and keep the feedback coming.