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Camosun welcomes secondary students for a morning of science, technology and trades

Close to 400 high school students from four local school districts are learning how science relates to careers in technology and trades, November 1-5, 2010. Each day two busloads of students in grades 10 through 12 are visiting Camosun’s Interurban campus and the neighbouring Vancouver Island Technology Park for a half day of presentations, tours and activities.

“This week-long event is being organized by the South Island Partnership (SIP), which includes Camosun College and our five local school districts,” says Kelly Knister, SIP coordinator. “And we are extremely pleased to welcome the Vancouver Island Technology Park and Victoria Advanced Technology Council (VIATeC) as participating sponsors.”

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Science and Technology

Starting at the Tech Park, students are welcomed by VIATeC staff and hear about career options in the growing technology sector, followed by a short tour of businesses within the Tech Park. After a short walk over to Camosun’s Interurban campus, they explore the connection between science and technology in a science and technology fair and a tour of the engineering technology labs. 

Science and Trades

To see how science relates to trades, students join Camosun faculty in the plumbing and pipe trades shop and the carpentry shop. In plumbing, they learn about energy efficiency in applications such as home heating, and in carpentry they explore the science of materials such as concrete used in the construction trades.

“Our event is part of the provincial government’s Year of Science,” says Knister. “We want students and teachers to understand how science connects with the real world of careers in trades and technology – and what better way to connect students to the local tech sector than with a one-two punch from VIATeC and Camosun College?”

The south Island school districts participating in this event include:
Monday, November 1             Victoria School District 61
Tuesday, November 2             Saanich School District 63
Wednesday, November 3      Sooke School District 62
Thursday, November 4            Cowichan School District 79 and Victoria School District 61
Friday, November 5                  Cowichan School District 79

For more information contact:
Kelly Knister, coordinator, South Island Partnership
250-370-4828  email:

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Last updated: November 9, 2010 10:37 am

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