The On The Road program is run by Science World’s fantastic touring science team.
Our outreach team travels to schools province-wide with fun, inquiry-based demonstrations that pique science curiosity, boost science literacy and inspire future science and technology leaders.
In an abundance of caution given the current situation with COVID-19, Science World is planning alternatives for our province-wide school support offerings in fall 2020. We will notify teachers of our offerings through our educator's newsletter in September.
Outside the Lower Mainland
Science World On The Road visits more than 30,000 students each year, at schools outside the Lower Mainland, who might not otherwise have a chance to visit Science World at Science World. Our high energy gymnasium presentations are curriculum linked and provide an unforgettable science experience for students.
Within the Lower Mainland
While On The Road is designed to provide a Science World experience to students in schools outside of Metro Vancouver, we can also offer the same shows at schools within the Lower Mainland on a fee-for-service basis, depending on schedule availability.
Current show offerings
How2Science: Discover and practise the ways that scientists observe, predict and test, with demonstrations that will have audience members spinning on platforms, launching rockets and riding hovercrafts. Recommended for grades K–3.
Earth, Wind & Science: Explore the incredible weather events that occur within our atmosphere, with demonstrations such as the shocking Van de Graaff Generator, the mind-boggling Cloud In A Bottle and the spectacular Fire Tornado. Recommended for grades 4–7.
Fantastic Forces: Experience push, pull, lift, friction and drag—some of the fantastic forces that affect our lives every day. See amazing demonstrations like the Rubber Chicken Slingshot, the Giant Tablecloth Pull and perhaps a rocket launch or two. Recommended for grades K–7.
Since 1988 (even before we opened in our current building) Science World has toured throughout the province with our On The Road program. From 1988 to 2005 we visited schools, festivals, and public events supported by specific donors or on a fee for service basis.
From 2005 to 2012 with support from the provincial government and donors, On The Road reached more than 1.3 million people through free school visits across British Columbia, including more than one million students in grades K–12. The On the Road team made more than 1,000 visits to communities, both large and small, throughout BC.
Currently, the On The Road program is funded internally with additional support from presenting sponsors. We are in the fifth year of a five-year mandate to provide free visits to every school in BC outside the Lower Mainland whose students might not otherwise have a chance to visit Science World in Vancouver. From 2020 and onward, we will look forward to continuing this important outreach to communities across the province.
Thank you to our donors
On The Road would not be possible without the generous support of:
Our Presenting Partner in Victoria, Kelowna, Fort Nelson, Cariboo Region and Kootenay Region, British Columbia:
Our Presenting Partner in Victoria, Campbell River, Kamloops:
Our Presenting Partner in Enderby/Salmon Arm, Duncan, Fort Nelson, Golden, 100 Mile House:
NSERC—Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
We also acknowledge the financial assistance of the Province of British Columbia.
For more information or to book Science World On the Road for your event