Scientists and Innovators in the Schools (SIS)

Inspiring students with free presentations by STEM mentors

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

In 2019, SIS volunteers delivered free presentations to over 55,000 students in more than 98 communities across British Columbia.

Request a visit

Before you request

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

  • Good working internet
  • Projector/screen that all students can see
  • Computer with audio (ideal is external speaker, microphone). Laptop with external speakers works well
  • Teacher as facilitator. You need to be able to stand near the microphone to transmit feedback/answers to presenter


Who can be a volunteer?

Scientists and Innovators in the Schools 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 STEM into the classroom. A volunteer's aim is to use his or her expertise and knowledge to stimulate interest in science and technology in an exciting and fun way.

Visiting 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 are always looking for more enthusiastic people to become part of our program. SIS provides training and support, and will reimburse all costs incurred during school visits, including presentation materials (within certain guidelines).

Thank you to our donors

With funding from:

Scientists and Innovators in Schools would not be possible without the generous support of:

Other Supporters:

Association of Consulting Engineering Companies British Columbia

Science and Innovators in Schools is part of 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, new training for volunteer mentors will support volunteers to both 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) |