Future Science Leaders (FSL) is an after-school science enrichment program designed to engage curious minds with the nature of science, unleash creative potential, and build a life-long network of like-minded peers.
Through meeting and interacting with experts from diverse STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Design, and Mathematics) fields, and hands-on experiential learning of scientific skills, participants will be inspired to achieve and excel in their future endeavours.
Program Structure: FSL can be a multi-year program. The Discover program is the first-year program that all prospective students apply to. Each week, students participate in innovative learning and skill-building activities in a wide variety of STEAM topics lead by experts. After having completed the Discover program students can then apply to the Innovate program which focuses on skill-building in either engineering or research as well as the development and carrying out of a 10-week project that is written up as a scientific paper.
Who can apply?
The ideal student for the FSL program is:
- Insatiably curious, eager for a challenge, and willing to take risks while exploring new ideas.
- Open-minded, collaborative, compassionate, creative, engaged and a go-getter!
- Students who will be in grades 10 and 11 in Sept 2020 can apply for the FSL Discover program.
What alumni are saying
“I loved FSL because of the opportunities I gained and the people I met. Every week was new, exciting, and definitely something to look forward to. Coming in to sessions was often the highlight of my week.”
Megan Nantel, FSL Discover 2011
“We will never know the ultimate, perfect truth because that doesn’t really exist. It’s the process that matters most. I learned that in Future Science Leaders.”
Nicole Rzhemovskiy, FSL Discover 2015
“I can say 100% I would not be doing this job right now which I really love (research engineer at VGH) without FSL. The network and support continue when you leave the program”.”
Edward Wang, FSL Discover 2012
FSL Discover program makes learning fun and dynamic by
- Taking students on field trips to businesses where employees have STEAM backgrounds
- Introducing students to experts from diverse STEAM fields, whom they can interact with
- Creating a lifelong network of like-minded peers
- Developing students’ skills, such as:
- Keeping records in a lab notebook
- Researching reliable information
- Presenting data in a meaningful manner
- Writing proposals and designing experiments
- Visually and verbally communicating experiments through scientific posters
- Reading a scientific journal article efficiently
- Communicating scientific ideas to the public through blogging. Please check out our students’ work.
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