Community Resources

UVic Speakers Bureau

The UVic Speakers Bureau is a community service provided by volunteer speakers from among the faculty, staff, graduate students and retirees who teach, conduct research, study and work at the University of Victoria.

Through the bureau, experts and knowledgeable individuals from UVic make themselves available to speak to community groups, schools, clubs and other organizations throughout Greater Victoria and southern Vancouver Island. The service is free (although travel expenses may be requested to some locations).

UVic is known for its strengths in the arts and sciences and selected professions. Areas of note are:

  • ocean science and technology;
  • environment, climate and energy;
  • Indigenous research;
  • global studies and social justice;
  • health and life sciences;
  • creativity and culture;
  • data science and cyber physical systems; and
  • physical sciences and engineering, mathematics and computer science.

These and many other fascinating areas of expertise are represented among the 501 topics offered this year by Speakers Bureau members.

More information: www.uvic.ca/communications/speakersbureau/index.php

UVic K-12 Outreach

  • The Forever Annual Math Exhibiition (FAME) is the math equivalent of a science fair.
  • Math Mania is an evening of fun hands-on activities for learning math and computer science geared towards elementary school children.
  • CMS Math Camp is a week long summer math camp for grades 9-11 students.
  • Several different math contests.
  • Science Venture runs weekly summer STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) camps at UVic for students entering grades 1-9.
  • Let’s Talk Science which delivers a wide variety of meaningful STEM learning experiences in both school and community settings.

More information: www.uvic.ca/science/math-statistics/community/home/k-12/index.php

Science Venture Workshops

Two university students from the Science Venture team enter your classroom equipped with supplies, enthusiasm, and excitement for a jam-packed two-hour science, engineering, and technology workshop. These dynamic sessions consist of exciting demonstrations, interactive experiments, and hands-on activities.  Upon completion of the workshop, the class will have developed an excitement for science, engineering, and technology while interacting with positive university role models.

More information: www.scienceventure.ca/workshops/about

Telus World of Science Outreach

Inspiring students with free, in-school 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, in-school presentations by career mentors. The program is offered to Grades K–12 everywhere in BC.

More information: https://www.scienceworld.ca/sis

Greater Victoria Public Library (GVPL)

You can arrange for a visit to/from the GVPL to your school, contact your closest branch for more information: www.gvpl.ca/contact-us/

Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL)

You can arrange for a visit to/from the VIRL to your school, contact your closest branch for more information: virl.bc.ca/about/contact-us/

Junior Achievement of British Columbia (JABC)

JABC is a registered charity that brings a variety of financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship training courses into elementary, middle and secondary school classrooms all over BC.

More information: jabc.ca/who-we-are/

BC Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA)

K-12 teachers can arrange for a BC SPCA humane educator (where available) to deliver an animal-themed presentation (PDF) in the classroom.

The presentations help students gain a deeper understanding of their place in the world by exploring connections and building empathy for all creatures. Students will cultivate compassion as they learn about social responsibility through inquiry-based learning projects.

The presentations are available in single session or three-session formats.

They can tailor presentations to fit your expectations. More information here: BCSPCA School Presentations and Workshops Brochure

Please contact your local BC SPCA humane educator to discuss your specific needs: spca.bc.ca/programs-services/leaders-in-our-field/professional-resources/for-teachers/classroom-presentations/