The Scientist in Residence Program’s mission is to excite, inspire and support elementary school children and teachers to discover the world through hands-on science.

This program is based on the partnerships that develop between teachers and scientists, and their sharing of knowledge and passion for both teaching and science. Two teachers and a scientist in residence work together at each school to create and deliver six or more hands-on science lessons on a specific theme. Critical thinking and confidence are supported as children in grades K-7 engage in science activities and experiments in classrooms and on field trips. Children are encouraged to question, explore, observe and discover as they use the process of science to learn about their world.

The Scientist in Residence Program lesson plans are available to other educators and the public through this website. The lesson plans fit with the BC Ministry of Education guidelines for Science K to 7. These lesson plans, together with the enthusiastic students’ quest to know more and the experiences gained by elementary school teachers and scientists, are the legacies of the Scientist in Residence Program.

The Scientist in Residence Program is made possible through generous support from our Partners in Science since the program’s inception in 2004 (acknowledgements are below). We are very grateful for this support.

Scientist in Residence Program Receives Award of Recognition from the British Columbia School Superintendents Association, April 2013.

Partners in Science

Champion Partner: Vancouver Board of Education
Sustaining Partners: Vancouver Foundation, Rix Family Foundation, RBC Foundation
Supporting Partners: CIBC Wood Gundy (Richmond Office, Miracle Day)
Inspiring Partners: Pfizer, Honda Canada Foundation, NSERC Pacific / CRSNG Pacifique, CIBC Wood Gundy, Bentall Office, Caring for Kids Fund, BC Transmission Corporation, Fisher Foundation, Derek Spratt through the BC Technology Foundation, Paige Axelrood and Ned Glick, West Vancouver School District, Shona Ellis, Sara Harris
Discovery Partners: Cantest, Life Sciences British Columbia, Skunkworks Creative Group, Fasken Martineau, Biodiversity Research Centre, Beaty Biodiversity Museum, Xenon, UBC Botanical Garden & Centre for Plant Research
Founding Partners: Vancouver Board of Education, Vancouver Foundation, BC Research Inc./Vizon SciTec Inc.