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 2016 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 from March 18–May 13 for the 2016/17 year.

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 2016 through to May 2017.

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.

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

8 months 2 weeks ago

This is a guest post by Future Science Leader, Olivia Lim.

Have you ever wondered what the difference between a mammoth and a mastodon is? Or perhaps, you might even be wondering what a mastodon is in the first place?

The answers to these questions, and many more like them, can be found in the field of Paleontology, the scientific study of fossils and the history of life.

Set up in the Search: Sarah Stern Gallery, visiting paleontologist Dr Grant Zazula, manager of the Yukon Government Palaeontology Program, gave Science World’s visitors a chance to both see some amazing artifacts and learn more about the world these animals existed in.

The visiting exhibit included many spectacular fossils of ice age mammals ranging from the tiny skull of an arctic ground squirrel to the giant rib of a woolly mammoth. I quickly learned that ice age fauna was a lot more diverse than I had imagined it to be. Beyond woolly mammoths and bison, camels and lions used to exist in North America too.

I had the opportunity to talk with Dr Zazula and gain some insight into his field and work as a paleontologist.

Although he originally started in Anthropology, through a combination of events Grant found his interests shifting towards prehistoric animals and ecologies rather than prehistoric humans. After finishing his PhD in Biological Sciences, he accepted the position of Yukon Paleontologist and began working there. In the summer, he and his team focus on collecting new fossils and preserving them for research. This involves trips to remote areas, lots of camping, and plenty of good stories, including hunting porcupines and surprise overnight flash floods! The majority of the specimens they uncover are found by miners accidentally, from industry giants to small one-man operations, who alert the paleontologists of the fossil’s location. During winter the focus shifts to studying the fossils found during the summer and writing and publishing scientific papers. With advancements in other scientific fields, especially in genetics, researchers can now gain a lot more data from the fossils they find and use the data to slowly fill in the pieces of the massive jigsaw puzzle that depicts prehistoric life.

While many questions are being answered, there are still many mysteries that remain. Why are these amazing mammals no longer with us today? There are many theories, but no one really knows for sure. Maybe you might be the paleontologist that fills in the next big piece of the puzzle.

Contact Us

Interested in being part of the Future Science Leaders program in 2016/17? Check back here on March 18, 2016, for info on how to apply.

Questions? Try our FAQ page, or contact us at 604.443.7494 or

FSL Donors

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

STEMCELL Technologies
PNG Enterprise Foundation
Jenny Drake & Mike Cormack
Schneider Electric
Wertz Family Foundation
Craft Geeks
SAP Canada Inc

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