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.
GLOWS provides community-based science workshops, camps, events and initiatives, and outreach in the Kootenay/Boundary region of BC to youth ages 5-19. Programming will be provided in at least 10 rural communities and will include robotics, coding, chemistry, engineering, environmental science, physics and biology, among other subjects. GLOWS partners with schools, professional associations and other organizations to provide initiatives that allow children of all ages to participate in hands-on science exploration. Activities are designed and facilitated by Selkirk College students and supported by Selkirk’s facilities, resources and staffing.
GLOWS has three primary objectives:
- To provide engaging, innovative, hands-on youth STTEAM (Science, Technology, Trades, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) programming;
- To support partnerships and collaborate with other organizations to capitalize on efforts to increase youth engagement and interest in science, engineering and technology; and
- To provide youth with the pathways to follow and tools they need to pursue postsecondary education and careers in science and technology.