New Partnership Expands Science Fairs to Students Throughout B.C.


    BRITISH COLUMBIA, Oct. 29 /CNW/ - The Science Fair Foundation of British
Columbia (SFF BC) is partnering with the British Columbia Innovation Council
(BCIC) to enhance and deliver The Science Fair Program across B.C.

    "This new partnership expands student outreach from Kindergarten to Grade
12, significantly increasing participation in science fairs throughout the
province," said Dean Rockwell, CEO, BCIC. "Through B.C.'s regional science and
technology councils, BCIC will engage technology industries with local
communities to increase science fair activities at all education levels."

    The Science Fair Program serves as a connecting point for industry,
science fair alumni, mentors, educators, and students. It supports the
promotion and awareness of regional science fairs, assists teachers in the
classroom, and provides opportunities for members of B.C.'s technology
industries to connect with students.

    "Science fairs offer students the opportunity of discovery," said Patti 
Leigh, Executive Director, SFF BC. "The valuable skills and experiences gained
by participating in the program enable students to achieve many great
successes. In British Columbia, there are numerous success stories of science
fair alumni moving forward to accomplish great things."

    At the young age of 30, Devon Ross is one such science fair alumni. She
is a science teacher extraordinaire at Vancouver Technical Secondary School
and has been recognized nationally with a Prime Minister's Award for Teaching
Excellence in May 2008. Science fairs had a strong impact on her life and she
hopes that her story, passion and dedication will inspire students to pursue
science as she did.

    "For me, science fair projects provided a unique medium for examining the
world around us. I gained the confidence and passion to teach science through
these new discoveries and by also having the opportunity to share my work with
professors and scientists," said Ross. "I see these same revelations and sense
of belonging as my students participate in science fairs. As a teacher,
science fairs allow students freedom in their learning to pursue an experiment
or study that interests them. This builds positive attitudes towards science
and encourages active learning and creativity."

    By bringing scientists into schools, hosting student career fairs, and
organizing industry school tours, BCIC and SFF BC are providing students with
opportunities to explore and enjoy science. This shared passion for supporting
excellence in science is connecting young innovators with mentors in the
science and technology fields-inspiring the next generation of leaders who
will play a crucial role in B.C.'s future.

    About the British Columbia Innovation Council

    The British Columbia Innovation Council (BCIC) is the lead organization
charged with advancing innovation and commercialization in British Columbia.
BCIC is focused on accelerating the growth of our science and technology
communities and competitively positioning British Columbia in the global
science and technology economy in order to provide significant employment
opportunities and a high standard of living for British Columbians.

    For more information about BCIC, visit

    About the Science Fair Foundation of British Columbia

    The Science Fair Foundation supports science education through the
science fair program to foster curiosity and build for the future. The Science
Fair Foundation of British Columbia (SFF BC) is a non-profit, charitable
organization incorporated in February 1998 to support and promote science fair
activity in British Columbia. The Foundation is committed to ensuring ongoing
financial support in order to build a stronger and more visible Science Fair
Program throughout the province.

    To learn more about the Foundation, please visit our website at:

For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Stephanie Leung, Communications
Coordinator, British Columbia Innovation Council, (604) 602-5249,

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