The Province is wrapping up the Year of Science with a $1.1-million investment to create a legacy of science education for British Columbia youth helping prepare them for jobs in the knowledge-based economy of the future.
Science World will receive $1.0 million to support outreach programs such as the Program for Awareness and Learning of Science, focussed on improving interest in science for students in grades kindergarten through eight. Additionally, the Pacific Institute for Mathematical Sciences will receive $100,000 to support targeted programs, including math camps and mentorship programs, focussed on improving educational outcomes for Aboriginal students in math.
Quick Facts about the Year of Science:
- Last fall, the Province proclaimed the 2010-11 school year the Year of Science in B.C. to raise awareness among B.C. families, particularly young people, about the many exciting, and rewarding careers in science-related fields.
- Over the next 10 years, approximately one in every eight job openings will be in a science-related occupation.
- With its partners - Science World, Vancouver Aquarium and the Science Fair Foundation - the Year of Science took science on the road to communities throughout B.C.
- Estimated Year of Science participation to date: K-12 students - 198,270; Parents - 28,799; Post-secondary students - 18,534
Public Affairs Officer
Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation