Kwantlen Science Challenge gives high school students a taste of university science

Fri, Dec 13, 2013

Over 375 BC high school students competed in Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s (KPU) eighth annual Science Challenge on November 30, 2013. The intense competition, held at KPU’s Richmond Campus, saw 50 teams of junior and senior students battling it out in Biology, Chemistry, Engineering Design, Mathematics, Physics, Botany, Sustainable Agriculture and Geography challenges.

“The event promotes experimental hands-on learning using the university’s science labs, and sparks interest in pursuing science after they graduate from high school, “said Don Mathewson, physics instructor, event co-ordinator, KPU.

Scores were based on successful solution of design problems, good experimental technique and measurement skills, correct application of science concepts, and correct use of data and calculations to draw conclusions. The hands-on activities are designed to be educational, entertaining, and challenging. Prizes are given to the top five senior and top five junior teams.

“The Kwantlen Science Challenge is a fantastic opportunity for future science students to experience science education in an exciting and interactive environment,” said Betty Worobec, dean, faculty of science and horticulture, KPU.

The event itself is a whole lot of fun for the kids,” said David Jamieson, a science teacher who brought a team from Maple Ridge Secondary School, “It helps them see some of the options available to them after high school, and the competition they will be facing from other students across the lower mainland, fraser valley and on the Island.”

Kwantlen's annual Science Challenge was developed for young people in science to showcase how science works, who scientists are, the kinds of work they do, and why science matters in the everyday lives of British Columbians and the communities they live in. Registration for the event is limited to 30 senior and 30 junior teams.

KPU’s science-based programs provide students with an education beyond classroom learning, in a scholarly discipline that also prepares them for professional careers. For more information visit,