Our young scientists are thriving at YHS thanks to the support of several generous YHS families who have come together to support a complete summer renovation of our science labs in the Senior School. Re-imagining of our lab spaces as 360-degree learning environments has transformed them into student-centred learning spaces that reflect how modern science and design labs function.
The Senior School Science Wing was originally built in 1988. The revitalized labs include new millwork, flooring, lighting and furnishings that allow for the flexible configuration of student learning spaces. Equipment has been updated, including new smartboards and rolling dividers that double as writing surfaces. The stunning vaulted wooden ceilings have all been preserved. Work began just before the summer break and was completed in time for the 2022-23 school year.
These combined enhancements support student collaboration, inspire creativity, and support the design thinking process. We are so grateful to our generous families for their philanthropic contributions that have made this project a reality.
Every year, the Greater Vancouver Regional Science Fair (GVRSF) hosts a regional fair for approximately 200 students (Grades 7-12) at UBC campus over the course of four days in April. This is nothing like the “old school” science fairs from the past, it is much more engaging, interactive and inspiring! The purpose of the GVRSF is to showcase student work, give students access to UBC profs and scientists from around the community for feedback on their work, and provide opportunities to compete for prizes—especially the coveted prize of representing Team BC at the national fair. It is an all-expenses-paid trip—although this year it was held virtually. This is an incredible opportunity, and extremely rare to win.
Last year three Grade 7 students from our Science Alliance Club were accepted to the fair, but it was cancelled two weeks beforehand due to COVID. The students were devastated. Luckily, with more time to plan, the GVRSF committee was able to run a virtual fair this year with over 200 students and 250 judges from across the region. It took place over three weeks, and thanks to over 250 judges—students virtually showcased their projects and fielded questions from experts in their field. Our Grade 7s from last year (currently Grade 8) were able to bump up their experiments this year and present their work at the fair. We also had four new student entries from the Junior School.
At the awards ceremony in April, we had plenty to celebrate! Grade 8 students Bella and Veronica did exceptionally well. Veronica in particular was invited to the national science fair to present her project and represent Team BC, Vancouver Region, and YHS at the national level! Youth Science Canada (YSC) hosts this national competition called the Canada Wide Science Fair for nine days in May, hosted at Canadian universities across the country.
Veronica’s project, which she completed in the Grade 7 Science Alliance Club and then continued to work on this year in Grade 8 through one-on-one mentorship, is inspirational toward her goal of environmental sustainability. Veronica walked away with a very impressive set of awards. This is rare and extremely exciting! We are so proud of her as has faced many obstacles throughout her science journey. She truly is an inspiring young girl in STEAM!
We could not be more proud of our young students in STEAM. For more information on our top projects, including the research, click on the links below:
- Veronica, Grade 8: Gold medal (top in the country for Grade 7/8); Canada Wide Science Fair Team; NSESRC Award; BC Science Teachers Award; Intact Climate Change Resilience Award (Junior); Challenge Award: Environment and Climate Change (Junior).
- Bella, Grade 8: Bronze medal; Structural Engineering Association of BC Young Members Group Award.
- Kaida, Grade 7: Bronze medal; BC Game Developers Innovation Award.
- Annabelle, Grade 7: Honourable mention; UBC Zoology Award.
- Elisabeth, Grade 7: Ocean Wise Marine Stewardship Award
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