Volunteer for the Let’s Talk Science Marine Connections Project – May 25th 2017

Volunteer for the Let’s Talk Science Marine Connections Project

Let’s Talk Science UBC, in conjunction with the Vancouver Aquarium and Sigal Balshine from McMaster, is running a one-day scientific outreach event for two Surrey secondary school classes from schools identified as having a high percentage of disadvantaged youth.

This event is completely free for the participating schools and their students (otherwise they couldn’t afford it!).

Project Aims: to show these kids how fantastic science is. We want to demonstrate that science is much more than just sitting in a lab with a white coat and a pipette and that scientists are awesome people like you!!  We want them to learn how valuable the natural environment around them is and why science is so important and relevant to understanding and conserving it!

Project Details: The high school students (60 in total) will be taken to an active scientific research site (Crescent Beach, White Rock), to do marine ecology activities.This beach is a spawning ground of the fish, plainfin midshipman (Porichthys notatus). At low tide nesting males are easily accessible for study and observation.

These fun, interesting and engaging activities that will not only excite the students, but also teach them about evolution, ecology, conservation in BC and how real science research is conducted.

Call for Volunteers

We are currently looking for volunteers to help out on the day. Knowledge of aquatic biology and ecology an asset but not necessary.  Full training will be provided

Who: Students (undergrads and graduates), post-docs and staff!

Date: Thursday 25th May 2016

Time: 10 am – 3pm (Lunch will be supplied for volunteers.)

Location: Crescent Beach, White Rock. Carpooling will be available. All transport costs will be reimbursed.

Training: Friday 19th May 2-4pm at the Vancouver Aquarium

Volunteer Role: The high school students will be split up into groups of 5 and will rotate through ecology stations on the beach. Your main role will be accompanying one group of students and running each station with them.

Email Ruth at ruth@ubclts.com if you are interested or have any questions

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