Children tackle science, engineering, hands-on

Elementary school students from across the Lower Mainland are getting hands-on experience in science and engineering this summer thanks to GEERing UP, a program developed by UBC engineering students.

The program reaches thousands of students each summer through classroom visits and camps held at UBC.

"We're trying to teach kids through hands-on activities," says GEERing UP's Walter Rosin, one of the UBC students running the program.

Some of the activities used by GEERing UP at the grades 2 to 4 levels include construction of sailboats, electric cars and airplanes, all of which involve lessons in science and engineering.

Now in its third year, the non-profit program runs week-long summer camps to the end of August. Camps are open to students entering Grade 2 to leaving Grade 7. While there is a registration fee of $125, full and partial bursaries are also available.

As registration fees make up only one-third of the operating budget, GEERing UP relies on the generous support of sponsors to operate the program.

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