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Science World to bring zany science celebrations to lakecity

As part of the Province’s Year of Science activities, Science World British Columbia is bringing its zany brand of science to Williams Lake from Feb. 28 to March 5.

As part of the Province’s Year of Science activities, Science World British Columbia is bringing its zany brand of science to Williams Lake from Feb. 28 to March 5.

Schools in Williams Lake will host Science World and profile local innovators for a week of science fun, exploration and celebration.

School-based programs include Science World On the Road programming in local elementary and middle schools, and an Opening the Door networking event connecting young adults with local science and technology professionals to learn more about future career opportunities in science.

Everyone is invited to the Grand Finale Community Science Celebration on Saturday, March 5. This free family event is a community effort made possible through the efforts of the Thompson Rivers University and a local co-ordinating committee of local leaders in science and technology.

“Through the Year of Science, the B.C. government wants to help raise the level of science awareness and skills in our province,” says Minister of Science and Universities Ida Chong. “These innovative community programs organized by Science World will help British Columbians discover that science is not only fun but important to our health and well being, our lifestyle and our future.”

“We’re thrilled with the level of commitment and co-ordination the province is providing through the Year of Science,” says Bryan Tisdall, president and CEO of Science World British Columbia. “With community collaborators and our school and partner connections throughout the province, Science World can provide dynamic experiences that make science fun and relevant to children, teens and parents in typical Science World style.”

Thompson Rivers University is very excited about hosting Science World’s Community Science Celebration (CSC) for the second year in row with a new set of captivating activities by science staff, TRU faculty and students. Last year more than 1,600 people of all ages attended and over 20 local exhibitors participated.

Through CSC, young people often become very passionate about science. Many of them become inspired to pursue education and careers in science and technology. Adults also gain a greater appreciation of science.

Martin Lettinga, chemistry and physics professor, said that, “TRU Williams Lake campus is well positioned to tap into this enthusiasm with modern undergraduate science lab facilities, reasonable class-sizes and dedicated faculty. Students can complete one year of science or two years of arts and continue their education at the teaching-focused TRU Kamloops Campus.”

Lettinga added: “We thank the community for their involvement last year and sincerely hope for their continued support this year.”