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News: Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

Aboriginal Students Experience UBC

This spring seven Aboriginal secondary students from the Abbotsford School District were accepted into the Verna J. Krikness program at the University of British Columbia to participate in a range of Science and Engineering programs. These students were selected to work with UBC faculty and researchers in programs such as Forestry and Civil Engineering, to learn from and alongside current UBC students. During the week long program, students stayed in residence on campus and were invited to participate in experiments and labs within the Faculty of Science and Engineering. Students were also taken on a number of field trips and site visits to expand their experience beyond the university campus. 

The Kirkness Program is a national initiative geared towards increasing enrolment for Aboriginal students in Science and Engineering programs. Students attending this years session at UBC came away with new academic understandings, as well as many new friends and great stories of their experience using some of UBC's high tech equipment, such as virtual reality glasses and 3D modelling programs. The final culmination of their work was shared at a formal dinner and presentation, where each program reported to the larger group on the activities and learning that had taken place. Each of our students returned to their schools with fond memories and tremendous excitement about the prospect of becoming university students in a few short years.  

A special thank you to the Aboriginal Teachers and Cultural Support Workers that supported students with their applications.  This was a great opportunity for our students to see themselves in this potential career and education path.

Submitted by 

Taryn MacDonald BFA, BEd, MEd

Aboriginal Education Teacher

Robert Bateman Secondary