ASTTBC & Science World BC have officially launched the Canada150 partnership Promoting Hands-On STEM Learning Across BC

ASTTBC & Science World BC have officially launched the Canada150 partnership announced at the Technology Recognition & Awards Celebration. ASTTBC, ASTTBC Foundation and Science World BC committed to provide hands-on learning for students in the STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering, and math. This two-pronged initiative will deliver educational resources and community outreach activities across the province, right up to Canada’s 150th birthday on July 1st.

One activity for elementary and high schools is an ASTTBC Blocks for Building Our Future Competition using the KEVA planks building kits. Seventeen KEVA planks kits have been placed in public libraries all around BC. Both elementary and high schools will be able to take the bins out of the library, like books, for a few weeks. KEVA planks kits are a building block system where every piece is the same. You build structures by simply stacking the planks. No glue, no connectors. The versatility of KEVA planks make them an ideal tool for imaginative activities in art and language arts. It gently nudges artistic minds toward science, and motivates the scientific, mathematically minded students to think more artistically. “We want students to build cool stuff, to have fun learning, and to become more aware of the many great careers in technology waiting for them in today’s job market. KEVA planks will help learners experience the fun of science, technology, engineering, and math. We might even inspire a future architect, engineer or scientist!” said John Leech, ASTTBC CEO. The KEVA planks kits have been placed in libraries in: Nanaimo, Kamloops, Fort St. John, Smithers, Victoria, Lillooet, Okanagan region, Prince George, Kootenay region, Salt Spring Island, Terrace, Haida Gwaii and Fort Nelson. You can contact your library for more information.

The second activation of this partnership involves ASTTBC’s participation in the Community Science Celebrations taking place around the Province. The Community Science Celebrations include eye-popping shows, demonstrations, challenges and an opportunity to meet people in the community doing cool STEM every day. During these celebrations, local businesses, schools, organizations and innovators are profiled so each community has the opportunity to share and experience the innovation in STEM that exists in their own backyard. These celebrations have taken place in Vernon and Prince George already and have been a great success. This partnership will bring ASTTBC’s participation to four other community celebrations including: Fort St. John, Port Aberni, and two others.
ASTTBC and ASTTBC Foundation have a strong mandate to provide support for applied science and technology education and awareness for residents of BC. This province-wide initiative is a valuable contribution to ASTTBC’s goals of enhancing technology professional careers and ensuring that technology education is valued and supported.