Students at Osler Elementary got an introduction to forest ecosystems with a presentation from UBC scientist Linda Herbert. During her lesson, Herbert got the students examining animal specimens from the Beaty Biodiversity Museum as well as various local plant species.
"The observations were guided to an extent (especially for the plants) to help them become familiar with the features they will use in the next lesson where they focus on plant ID," said Kathy Heise, Managing Director of the Scientist in Residence Program.
Then it was time for Heise, Osler teacher Jessica Rosenblatt and Principal Shannon Burton to thank one of the program's partners - RBC. RBC Foundation had decided to donate $20,000 to support science in the classroom and Beth Compton, the Assistant Manager at the Oakridge RBC was there to hand over the giant cheque.
Heise says it was a very generous donation that'll go along way in schools across the district.
"The continued support from the RBC Foundation has been and continues to be instrumental in enabling the Scientist in Residence Program's success and the achievement of our mission 'to excite, inspire and support elementary school children and teachers to discover their world through hands-on science," says Heise.