What GLOWS does

Community-based youth science education
Go to RoboGames


RoboGames is open to all youth ages 10-16 from four school districts within the West Kootenay/Boundary region. It begins in November with six to eight weeks of robotics programming and circuit training and culminates with teams of youth competing in the RoboGames event in February.

Go to After School Clubs

After School Clubs

After-school clubs are provided by Selkirk science students one day per week at an elementary or middle school. Clubs typically run 1-2 hours and are full of interactive, hands on, and experiential science learning.

Go to School Workshops

School Workshops

Selkirk student instructors arrive in each classroom equipped with supplies, enthusiasm, and excitement for a busy two-hour science, engineering, and technology workshop. Sessions consist of exciting demonstrations, interactive experiments, and hands-on activities on subject matters in chemistry, computers, physics, biology and more.

Go to Quantum Leaps

Quantum Leaps

Quantum Leaps provides inspiration and opportunities for girls to meet female science professionals through panel discussions, hands-on workshops and a keynote speaker. Girls learn about critical requirements for entry and advancement into science and technology education and careers.

Go to Kootenay Contraption Contest

Kootenay Contraption Contest

The Kootenay Contraption Contest invites students in Grades 2-8 to imagine and design a “contraption” that solves some future problem, typically presented as a question such as “Imagine the year is 2050. How will we cook, heat and cool our homes?”

Go to Regional Science Fair

Regional Science Fair

Participation in the regional science fair increases youth understanding and use of scientific inquiry and offers direct feedback on student projects, including research, experimentation and innovation. The event also showcases local science education and career opportunities to public and families.

Go to Summer of Science

Summer of Science

GLOWS offers science camps to youth in grades 2 through 7. All summer camp programs mix incredible experiments, fun indoor and outdoor activities, and face time with postsecondary science students. Camps emphasize exploration of science, engineering and technology through hands-on activities, labs, games and week-long projects.

Go to Popsicle Bridge Building Contest

Popsicle Bridge Building Contest

Youth design and construct popsicle bridges which are tested by APEGBC professionals to determine their load bearing capacity. Participation increases understanding about engineering and physics. Held in conjunction with the West Kootenay & Boundary Regional Science Fair.


community-based, hands-on science and technology education designed to inspire youth

Growing, Learning Opportunities for Science (GLOWS) is a program of Selkirk College’s Community Education and Workplace Training (CEWT) department. Selkirk College is a learner-centered regional community college that provides educational experiences and pathways to prepare students for work, further education, service and lifelong learning. With a mission and mandate to inspire lifelong learning, transform lives through education and training, and to serve our communities, Selkirk and GLOWS are natural partners in providing community-based youth science education and engagement. GLOWS was founded in 2007 by the Kootenay Association for Science and Technology (KAST) and became KAST’s annual program of fun, hands-on science and technology initiatives and events for children and youth in the Kootenay/Boundary region. In 2016, GLOWS became a program under Selkirk College in an effort to enhance sustainability, partnerships, and reach.

Our Major Sponsors

Thank you to our funding partners!

Selkirk College

Kootenay Association for Science & Technology

Columbia Basin Trust

Fortis BC

Teck Resources


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