The following is a guest post from one of our Scientists and Innovators in the Schools (SIS) Volunteers, Wes Wilson.
My name is Wes Wilson and I am a scientist and cancer researcher here in Vancouver. I first learned about the Scientists and Innovators in the Schools (SIS) program in February of 2014 and couldn’t have been more excited to join and share my knowledge.
Some of the moments that I remember very vividly when learning science as a kid, or at least the lessons that stuck with me, were the ones that were taught with enthusiasm and genuine interest from the teachers. One of the great things about Science World's SIS program is that all the instructors are passionate about science and their work, which makes for a great learning experience for everyone involved.
This summer, I had the opportunity to take the SIS program to the children’s activities centre at the Canadian Cancer Society’s Vancouver North Shore Relay for Life. There, I was able to take several basic physics and science concepts and turn them into games and activities that allowed for a high level of engagement, while introducing the kids to some fundamentals of physical science.
It has been a pleasure to be a part of such a fantastic program at Science World and I look forward to the future as we continue to expand our reach and help bring science to the next generation of bright minds.