A mobile science van for the Central Island is another step closer to rolling out thanks to a donation from the people who help ensure you have clean drinking water, health care equipment, telecommunications and many other daily necessities.
The Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of B.C. have given a $2,000 operating grant to the Nanaimo Science and Sustainability Society for use creating the mobile science van and other outreach education projects.
NS3 has already staged a number of educational events and summer science camps for district pre-school and elementary students and NS3 president Sue Durnin said they hope to have the full mobile science van up and running this winter.
"We will have some activities similar to what Science World does with their Big Science for Little Hands programs and we'll be able to bring these activities to local schools or family centres for the kids to learn some handson science," Durnin said.
"We feel that if we can get these activities to the young kids, to keep them curious and exploring and questioning things in the world, they will build an interest in science that they'll keep in later years.
"We're trying to take the mystery and fear out of science so more will follow careers in science. We let them know that the more you question, the more you will learn."
The ASTTBC funding is part of the matching funds that NS3 was seeking to match $20,000 they were given by the Vancouver Foundation.
The van was provided by Woodgrove Chrysler.
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