Scientist in Residence program makes science fun

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University of British Columbia Scientists in Residence program participants Erin Conroy (left) and Amanda Zimmerman entertained four members of the Ellingson family at an event hosted by the Literary Society at Northern Lights College in Fort Nelson.

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Encana sponsored the University of British Columbia (UBC) Scientist in Residence program in Fort Nelson for a second year running. Throughout the month of May, the program exposed students, teachers and community members to the field of science at five schools in Fort Nelson: Fort Nelson Secondary, Toad River, R.L. Angus Elementary, G.W. Carlson Elementary and J.S. Clark Elementary.

The program welcomed UBC graduates Erin Conroy and Amanda Zimmerman, who shared their time to conduct presentations, demonstrate chemical experiments and encourage students of all ages to participate and become engaged. The hands-on learning enriched the students’ understanding of new concepts and provided the students with information and motivation to pursue scientific careers and education.

With their sparked interest in the wonders of science, students from the R.L. Angus School documented their own experiments in the classroom on tablets funded by Encana in 2012. The tablets, enough for an entire class, are used at R.L. Angus and G.W. Carlson by students in grade five to seven grade and by the Kindergarten to grade two students. Small groups from each grade in the Elementary Challenge Program at R.L. Angus also used the tablets for special projects and were able to spend additional time learning from Erin and Amanda.

Encana thanks Erin and Amanda for their time spent inspiring young minds and the many students who eagerly participated in the program.

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