Opening the doors to the exploration of science for young people is the focus of the Growing Learning Opportunities With Science or GLOWS program that has been building momentum in our region over the years. The program has now moved into a partnership with Selkirk College where synergies will help continue the great work.
History of GLOWS
GLOWS has been offering youth programming in the West Kootenay-Boundary region since 2007 under the auspices of Kootenay Association for Science & Technology (KAST). The program is now integrated into Selkirk College’s Community Education & Workplace Training (CEWT) department where hands-on science and technology initiatives will continue to flourish.
GLOWS provides community-based science workshops, camps, events and initiatives, as well as outreach to youth aged five to 19. Programming is provided in many West Kootenay-Boundary communities and includes robotics, coding, chemistry, engineering, environmental science, physics and biology, among other subjects. GLOWS partners with schools, professional associations and other organizations to spur initiatives that allow children of all ages to participate in hands-on science exploration.
One of the annual events GLOWS helps foster is the West Kootenay/Boundary Regional Science Fair that brings together young minds from around the area like three-time winner Dylan Peil who is a Grade 9 L.V. Rogers student. This past year, Peil designed and prototyped an active solar concentrator using a satellite dish covered with mirrors.
Plugging Kids Into Science
GLOWS hosts several major events each year including the West Kootenay & Boundary Regional Science Fair, Quantum Leaps, Robotics Training and RoboGames, the APEGBC Popsicle Building Contest, and the Kootenay Contraption Contest. The Summer of Science camps, offered during July and August throughout the region, offer a mix incredible experiments, fun indoor and outdoor activities, and face time with post-secondary science students.
If you are interested in GLOWS programming, please contact Program Coordinator Beth Corven.