Outreach

Here at SBQMI, we are excited by quantum physics!

We want to share this excitement with others and help them to learn more about the science, especially youth who might want to pursue a career in this field. To this end, we engage in initiatives to reach out to talented students from schools with exceptional science departments and students from often marginalized backgrounds.

Our aim is to implement programs with a broad community impact, and these are some of the ways we support our communities:

Verna J. Kirkness Science and Engineering Education Program

Working with the Verna J. Kirkness Science and Engineering Education Program, Grade 11 high school students from Western Canada visit our Institute for one week. The goals of this initiative are to help the students become familiar with a university environment and inspire them to study science. During their stay, the visitors shadow Ph.D. students during their work in laboratories. Our trainees prepare experiments for the visiting Grade 11 students to observe and participate in, even for those with limited experience in laboratory work. Additional activities during their visit include a tour of Science World at Telus World of Science and interacting with other indigenous communities on the campus.

Quantum Indigenous Women Initiative (QuIWI)

In April 2018, thanks in part to funding from WWEST and eng*cite, we launched a one-week outreach program for high-achieving indigenous female students from the Greater Vancouver area. Working closely with the Vancouver School District and the North Vancouver School District to select the participating students, our innovative new program, QuIWI, hopes to inspire a new generation of scientists.

The students work closely with several of our scientific groups by engaging directly in laboratory work. The visitors also have access to a dedicated tour at Science World at Telus World of Science, TRIUMF (Canada’s national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics) and the Museum of Anthropology at UBC, which is renowned for its displays of world arts and cultures, with a distinct emphasis on First Nations peoples and other cultural communities of British Columbia.

The inagural week began with a panel discussion on "Bridging Indigenous Ways of Knowing with Western Ways of Doing Research", which took place at Science World at Telus World of Science. This event was open to the public. For more information about the 2018 panelists and moderator, please visit News & Events.

This new program has ambitious goals: (1) to inspire aspiring young scientists to pursue careers in science or engineering, and (2) to bridge Indigenous Ways of Knowing with Western Ways of doing research. 

Experience Science Day

Every year, elementary school students in Grades 4-7 from Vancouver's Downtown East Side participate in Experience Science Dayat UBC to engage in science-related activities. Launched in 2010, the program provides a fun and interesting introduction to a multitude of science topics.

This year, SBQMI volunteer students will join and support this important outreach activity by educating our young visitors about quantum physics and, more specifically, about the work we do at SBQMI.

Educators, students, and community groups interested in collaborating with us on outreach projects are encouraged to contact us.