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 accomplishes these objectives through four main activities: 1) in-school workshops, 2) after-school science clubs; 3) summer science camps, and 4) special events and initiatives.
In fall 2016, GLOWS will offer in-class workshops for all interested elementary/science teachers within our four partner school districts: Arrow Lakes (SD 10), Boundary (SD 51), Kootenay Columbia (SD 20), and Kootenay Lake (SD 8). Workshops will address provincial Prescribed Learning Outcomes (PLOs) which set the learning standards for the provincial K to 12 education system and form the prescribed curriculum for British Columbia. PLOs are statements of what students are expected to know and do at the end of an indicated grade or course, and schools have flexibility in determining how delivery of the prescribed learning outcomes can best take place. GLOWS can support teachers, particularly elementary-level teachers by enhancing instruction of science in the classroom.
As with our in-school workshops, our 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.
During the months of July and August, GLOWS offers science camps to youth in grades 2 through 7. Youth in communities not currently served by recreation organization or municipality camps, such as New Denver, Nakusp, Kaslo and others not served by municipal organizations, are eligible to attend our science, engineering and technology-focused summer camps. All summer camp programs mix incredible experiments, fun indoor and outdoor activities, and face time with post secondary science students. Camps emphasize exploration of science, engineering and technology through hands-on activities, labs, games and week-long projects. Campers get the opportunity to explore the university, meet researchers, and conduct experiments in real labs.
Special Events and Initiatives
Since 2007, GLOWS has supported and provided unique and stimulating science events and initiatives throughout the region. Below is a table listing the primary GLOWS-sponsored events:
- West Kootenay Regional Science Fair
- Quantum Leaps
- APEGBC Popsicle Bridge Building Contest
- Kootenay Contraption Contest
Click on links above for more information on each aspect of GLOWS programming.