Scientists and Innovators in Schools (SIS)

Inspiring students with free presentations by STEAM mentors

Scientists and Innovators in Schools, presented by TELUS, is a volunteer-based program that helps address British Columbia's need for more scientists, engineers, technologists, technicians, creative technology professionals and innovators, and to promote students' interest in these areas. Our goal is to inspire students with exciting, interactive presentations by STEAM career mentors. The program is offered to Grades K–12 everywhere in BC.

Who might visit a class? Meet a SIS volunteer "Mentoring for Change"

Curious? Contact us at [email protected]

Scientists and Innovators in Schools ( SIS) will do our best to match you class with a STEM professional whose knowledge is in the general area your students' interests, to be an inspiration and share their enthusiasm for STEM.

Request a visit

Before you request

Before requesting a virtual visit please make sure you have/are able to provide the following:

  • Good working internet
  • A projector/screen that all the students can see
  • A computer or laptop with audio (one with an external speaker and microphone is ideal).
  • A teacher to serve as the facilitator. The teacher will be required to stand near the microphone to transmit feedback/answers to the presenter.

Please note: Our availability is limited. If possible, we will match a mentor for in-person sessions.

Volunteer

Who can be a volunteer?

Scientists and Innovators in Schools, presented by TELUS endeavours to promote science and technology in elementary and secondary schools throughout the whole province. We seek dedicated volunteers from various fields to bring the world of STEAM into the classroom. A volunteer's aim is to use their expertise and knowledge to stimulate interest in science and technology in an exciting and fun way.

Visiting STEM professionals have been proven to increase students’ interest in science by providing them with the kind of role model that is hard to find elsewhere.

We welcome enthusiastic STEM professionals to become part of our program. SIS provides training and support, and will reimburse costs incurred during school visits, including travel & presentation materials (within certain guidelines).

Thank you to our donors

SIS would not be possible without the generous support of:

With funding from:

Other Supporters:

SIS participates in Tech-Up, Science World's initiative to enhance existing programs to include coding and computational thinking. Working with School District, Tech Industry and Community Consultant experts in coding and digital skills, volunteer mentors may utilize prepared workshop modules and to customize their own workshops to highlight their specific expertise and career path while meeting coding, computational thinking and digital skills learning outcomes.

Contact us

604.443.7416 | 1.800.363.1611 (toll free) | [email protected]

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Survivors

Artist: Jeff Kulak

Jeff is a senior graphic designer at Science World. His illustration work has been published in the Walrus, The National Post, Reader’s Digest and Chickadee Magazine. He loves to make music, ride bikes, and spend time in the forest.

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Egg BB

Artist: Jeff Kulak

Jeff is a senior graphic designer at Science World. His illustration work has been published in the Walrus, The National Post, Reader’s Digest and Chickadee Magazine. He loves to make music, ride bikes, and spend time in the forest.

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Comet Crisp

Artist: Jeff Kulak

Jeff is a senior graphic designer at Science World. His illustration work has been published in the Walrus, The National Post, Reader’s Digest and Chickadee Magazine. He loves to make music, ride bikes, and spend time in the forest.

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T-Rex and Baby

Artist: Michelle Yong

Michelle is a designer with a focus on creating joyful digital experiences! She enjoys exploring the potential forms that an idea can express itself in and helping then take shape.

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Buddy the T-Rex

Artist: Michelle Yong

Michelle is a designer with a focus on creating joyful digital experiences! She enjoys exploring the potential forms that an idea can express itself in and helping then take shape.

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Geodessy

Artist: Michelle Yong

Michelle is a designer with a focus on creating joyful digital experiences! She enjoys exploring the potential forms that an idea can express itself in and helping then take shape.

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Science Buddies

Artist: Ty Dale

From Canada, Ty was born in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1993. From his chaotic workspace he draws in several different illustrative styles with thick outlines, bold colours and quirky-child like drawings. Ty distils the world around him into its basic geometry, prompting us to look at the mundane in a different way.

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Western Dinosaur

Artist: Ty Dale

From Canada, Ty was born in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1993. From his chaotic workspace he draws in several different illustrative styles with thick outlines, bold colours and quirky-child like drawings. Ty distils the world around him into its basic geometry, prompting us to look at the mundane in a different way.

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Time-Travel T-Rex

Artist: Ty Dale

From Canada, Ty was born in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1993. From his chaotic workspace he draws in several different illustrative styles with thick outlines, bold colours and quirky-child like drawings. Ty distils the world around him into its basic geometry, prompting us to look at the mundane in a different way.