• Future Science Leaders

    Future Science Leaders

Inspiring and challenging top students to excel in science and innovation.

In weekly meetings, students learn essential skills, meet top experts and innovators and apply their new knowledge and skills.

We have modeled the program after excellence programs in high performance sports, such as Own the Podium and the farm system in hockey. There is a progression where students are increasingly supported and challenged. With the extra support of this program, students will be expected to excel in national and international science, technology, engineering and math challenges.

Program Information

Application Details

All applicants must be entering grade 10 or 11 in September 2015 and must be able to demonstrate a keen interest in science and technology and an ability to excel both as part of a team and as an individual.

Applications will be open until Friday, May 15.

Future Science Leaders will cover many areas of science as can be seen in the overall schedule below. The program runs every Tuesday from 4:30pm–7pm, starting September 2015 through to May 2016. Students are expected to attend each session and will be required to complete a science fair project and/or compete in any other national competition. We are currently considering students in grade 10 and 11 for the 2015/2016 program.

There is a cost of $475 for the Future Science Leaders program. Bursaries are available and no student will be excluded on the basis of financial need.

Apply for the program

Please note: we generally receive twice as many applications as we have space in the program. We aim to find students that are the best fit for the program—we do not accept applicants on a first-come, first-served basis.

Program Structure

Students connect with a powerful peer network of future science leaders, taken from BC's most talented students. With the experiences and lessons of the Future Science Leaders, we expect that they will also connect with students of their calibre from around the world. Future Science Leaders students meet and learn from BC's top science and technology and business leaders. Each week, students participate in innovative learning and skill building activities after learning of cutting edge research, academic theory and industry opportunities.

The Future Science Leaders students are recognized and profiled throughout the province as role models to inspire younger students to reach for science excellence.

Future Science Leaders is a multi-year program. Students must enter in the Discover year.

Discover Year

This is the entry point for Future Science Leaders (grades 10 and 11). Students learn about advanced topics as described in the general program description.

Innovate Year

After completing the Discover Year, students can apply to the Research or Engineering streams of the Innovate Year. These options allow students to apply their skills to real world challenges. The Engineering students participate in robotics competitions and the Research students do original research with the goal of publishing their work.

FSL Blog

Future Science Leaders visit STEMCELL

Discovery Session Summary: January 27

This is a guest post by Ray Liu, one of the students in our Future Science Leaders program.

As a Future Science Leaders student, you have the opportunity to go on great tours to places you wouldn’t normally be able to go. In one FSL session, we visited STEMCELL Technologies Inc, a local biotechnology company. We started our tour by looking at the laboratories. STEMCELL specializes in manufacturing and developing products for isolating, culturing and assaying stem and progenitor cells. We got to see their R&D department and learn about the process required to develop their products. One of their products uses antibodies laced with magnetic particles. These antibodies will bind to a particular type of blood cell. The cell can then be separated from the rest of the cells in a solution using a strong magnet.

After our tour of the R&D department, we had the chance to see living stem cells under the microscope. Multiple samples were shown, each at a different stage of maturity. A special characteristic of stem cells is their large nucleus to cytoplasm ratio compared to other cells. As the stem cells mature, they group together to form larger masses. Some of the stem cells have special properties that are desirable for research. STEMCELL’s products are used to grow the stem cells or differentiate them into more mature progenitor cells.

Finally, we had the chance to learn about STEMCELL’s origins and future. STEMCELL is a privately owned company that has grown to a large international company over the past 20 years. It continues to develop new and innovative products, and increase its revenue every year.

Overall, the STEMCELL tour was a great experience, exposing us to the industries that are available in the field of biology.

Are you a high school student with a passion for science? If you’re looking for an opportunity to work with real scientists and expand your knowledge and your network of mentors, you may want to apply for our Future Science Leaders program.

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FSL Donors

Future Science Leaders would not be possible without the generous support of:

PNG Enterprise Foundation
Jenny Drake & Mike Cormack

Wertz Family Foundation
Craft Geeks

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