Future Science Leaders (FSL) is an after-school science enrichment program for teens designed to unleash creative potential and build a life-long network of like-minded peers while engaging curious minds with the nature of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art & design, and math).
How Future Science Leaders Works
Discover: the first-year program of Future Science Leaders
Future Science Leaders can be a multi-year program. All prospective students apply to the first-year program called Discover.
Each week of Discover, students participate in innovative learning and skill-building activities in a wide variety of STEAM topics lead by diverse experts and professionals. Students go on field trips to STEAM businesses, learn about career paths into STEAM, and create a life-long network of peers.
In Discover, you will learn the following advanced skills useful for university STEAM classes:
- Keeping records in a lab notebook
- Researching reliable information
- Presenting data in a meaningful manner
- Writing proposals and designing experiments
- Visually and verbally communicating experiments through scientific posters
- Reading a scientific journal article efficiently
- Communicating scientific ideas to the public through blogging. Please check out our students’ work.
After Discover, students can apply to Innovate, the second-year program.
Innovate: the second-year program of Future Science Leaders.
After completing Discover, students can apply to Innovate, our second-year program that focuses on skill-building in either engineering or research. In Innovate, students learn advanced laboratory techniques and develop and carry out a major 10-week project that is written up as a scientific paper.
More information about Innovate is available upon acceptance into Discover.
Where and when does Future Science Leader's first-year Discover program happen?
Students entering the first-year Discover program of Future Science Leaders will choose from one of the following weekly sessions:
- Tuesdays, 4pm–6pm at Science World, Vancouver
- Tuesdays, 6:30pm–8:30pm at Science World, Vancouver
- Wednesdays, 4pm–6pm at the Health and Technology Innovation Hub, Surrey
- Wednesdays, 6:30pm–8:30pm at the Health and Technology Innovation Hub, Surrey
Who can apply?
Candidates for Future Science Leaders are:
- Curious, up for a challenge, and willing to take risks
- Open-minded, collaborative, compassionate, and creative
- In grades 10 and 11 in Sept 2021
Students in grade 12 as of Sept 2021 will not be considered for the program. If you have questions about your eligibility, contact us.
What is the cost?
The cost of the program is $500 plus tax. Financial assistance is available for those who need it.
What are alumni saying?
“I loved FSL because of the opportunities I gained and the people I met. Every week was new, exciting, and definitely something to look forward to. Coming in to sessions was often the highlight of my week.”--Megan Nantel, FSL Discover 2011
“We will never know the ultimate, perfect truth because that doesn’t really exist. It’s the process that matters most. I learned that in Future Science Leaders.”--Nicole Rzhemovskiy, FSL Discover 2015
“I can say 100% I would not be doing this job right now which I really love (research engineer at VGH) without FSL. The network and support continue when you leave the program.”--Edward Wang, FSL Discover 2012
Find more stories about our alumni at the bottom of this page.
Thank you to our donors
Future Science Leaders would not be possible without the generous support of:
Andrew and Nuala Harries
Health and Technology District, Surrey
James and Janet Dean
Jenny Drake and Mike Cormack
John Murphy and Leslie Lee
Pankaj and Rita Agarwal
Paul and Nicole Geyer
Walter and Nancy Segsworth
Wertz Family Foundation
We also acknowledge the financial assistance of the Province of British Columbia.
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