Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, the Scientist in Residence Program excites, inspires and supports elementary school children and teachers to discover the world through hands-on science. The Program’s mission is to inspire children with extraordinary science. Scientists collaborate with teachers throughout the school year and engage children in the process of science through six or more visits in classrooms and on field trips. Through these direct interactions, scientists are positive role models, teachers enhance their comfort and abilities to teach science, and students develop positive attitudes and have fun while they learn about diverse aspects of science. Children gain skills such as keen observation, critical thinking, and thoughtful communication. These are essential life skills as well as science skills.
Lisa Tautz, B.Sc., is the Managing Director of the Scientist in Residence Program, and Peggy Griesdale, PDP, M.Sc., is the Associate Director. They collaborate with Ms. Nancy Brennan, Associate Superintendent of Learning Services, Barbara Anderson and others at the Vancouver Board of Education to deliver the Program to Vancouver schools. Paige Axelrood, Ph.D., is the Founder and Chair of the Scientist in Residence Program. Dr. Valerie Overgaard, former Associate Superintendent of Learning Services, Vancouver Board of Education, provided invaluable guidance and collaboration for Program delivery from 2004 through 2012. Since 2004, 172 teachers, 22 scientists in residence, and more than 4,229 students in kindergarten through grade 7 have participated in the program at 57 elementary schools in the Vancouver School District, plus one elementary school in the West Vancouver School District.
The current scientists in residence have M.Sc. or Ph.D. degrees in fields including botany, geology, environmental sciences, marine biology, oceanography and genetics. The scientists are researchers, instructors, project managers, and consultants.
The successes of the Program are directly related to the involvement of our passionate, creative, and dedicated scientists and teachers, their collaborative work, and the engaged and energized elementary school students. Please visit our Gallery to learn about their experiences and to catch glimpses of the program through photos and students’ drawings. Program delivery in elementary schools is highlighted in the following articles and a radio interview.
- VSB District News, Scientist in Residence Program Receives $20,000 Cheque to Support Student Programming, May 2013
- Scientist in Residence Program Receives Award of Recognition from the British Columbia School Superintendents Association, April 2013.
- The Vancouver Courier, Scientists partner with elementary school teachers and their students, University science program taps young brains (page A22), May 2, 2012; Photo Gallery/Story, May 1, 2012
- VSB District News, Partners in Science Recognize the Value of VSB Scientist in Residence Program, December 2011
- LifeSciences British Columbia, Official Publication 2011 (pages 20-22), Hooked on science, Courtesy of BIV Magazines, a division of BIV Media Group. Copyright © 2011, BIV Magazines
- BC Ministry of Education, Green Schools Newsletter (page 3), Resources: Scientist in Residence, February 2011
- The Early Edition hosted by Rick Cluff on CBC Radio One, Paige Axelrood discusses the Scientist in Residence Program, January 4, 2011, listen to the interview below.
- VSB District News, Students become scientists, January 2011
- VSB News, VSB’s Scientist in Residence program: Bringing science alive in classrooms, 2009
- VSB News, Scientist in Residence, A role for students in solving the problem of marine pollution, 2007
- Ming Pao, Special Training Classroom, The Scientist in Residence, 2007
- VSB News, Scientist-in-residence a huge success, March 2006
- VSB News, Science education expands, 2006
- The Province, Science comes alive in the classroom, 2005