Thompson Rivers University

TRU's EUReKA! gets grant to expand offerings

May 17, 2012

Eureka! Budding scientists

Students in one of the EUReKA! camps from 2011 pose by the Health & Sciences sign outside the Science building.

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) this morning announced the results of its 2011 PromoScience Program Competition at the Canada-Wide Science Fair in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Among the winners, is the TRU Faculty of Science, which has been awarded $11,400 to expand its EUReKA! Science Program for middle school aged children.

The EUReKa! Science Program, started at TRU in 1996, is designed to teach children about the wonders of science. Through hands-on workshops EUReKA! has opened the door to a possible career in science, technology or engineering for hundreds of elementary school kids.

The new funding will be used to support travel to rural population centres outside of Kamloops, with a plan to increase the involvement of under-represented rural and Aboriginal youth.

The program activities will focus on one-hour-long science investigation (CSI type) workshops that will inform students about the job possibilities that come with training in the field of science.

EUReKA! is a non-profit, student-run organization operated by the TRU Faculty of Science. This new initiative, directed at the middle school age group, is provided free of charge to participants.

Teachers of students in grades 7 -10 that wish to have EUReKA! organize science workshops at their school can contact the TRU Faculty of Science, EUReKA! program.

Janice Karpluk, BHE, M.Ed.
Administrative Coordinator
Faculty of Science and EUReKA!
Thompson Rivers University
T: 250-371-5747

Karalyn Mayne
Director of the EUReKA! Science Program
Thompson Rivers University
T: 250-371-5534

Brenda Craig
Media and Communications Supervisor
Thompson Rivers University
T: 250-371-5897