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IN THIS NEWSLETTER: We are a bit tired of the rain, but spring is almost here! If you are keen to stay indoor, you might consider one of the upcoming science and outreach talks including the Girl Smart Parent Workshop, Unveilling the Universe Lecture, and TRIUMF Saturday Morning Lectures. Spring is also the season for science challenges. Michael Smith Challenge, our bilingual science challenge or Grade 10 (or lower) students, is coming up on February 14. If the student is in grade 11 or 12, consider the CAP High School Prize Exam on April 11 instead.

Last but not the least, remember to mark your calendar - registration for our summer camp program is scheduled to begin in the first week of march!


Don't forget to check out our website for more information, and like us on Facebook. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at any time.









From our friends at UBC Dept of Computer Science
Girl Smart Parent Workshop
1:30-3:00pm on Saturday, Feb 17 @ SAP Office
RSVP by Feb 12 via email


UBC Dept of Computer Science would like to invite parents with daughters in grades 3-10 to a special parent workshop where you can learn more about ways to support your daughter in the field of computer science and technology. The session will include a panel discussion and a special tour of the SAP office to gain insight on what it is like to work at a software company. 

RSVP by February 12th by emailing girlsmarts@cs.ubc.ca with the first and last name of the parent(s) or guardian(s). Sign-in will take place at 1pm and discussion with the panelists will run from 1:30pm to 3:00pm. The talk will be followed by an office tour. 







From our friends at TRIUMF
Unveiling the Universe lecture
"We are made of star stuff" with Dr. Reiner Kruecken
6:00-8:30pm on Tuesday, Feb 13 @ Science World

Vancouver is home to one of the few facilities in the world capable of producing and studying these short-lived particles: TRIUMF, Canada’s particle accelerator centre. And, as part of TRIUMF’s 50th anniversary celebrations in 2018, this inaugural Unveiling the Universe lecture will summarize our current knowledge, the lab’s ongoing research, and the burning, yet-unanswered questions regarding the creation of elements in our universe.

Discover how TRIUMF has evolved over its 50-year history, from corralling stellar explosions to tuning into neutron-star collisions, to become a Canadian pioneer in studying the atomic nuclei and galactic events that give rise to the stardust we are all made of.

The event is free but regsitration is required. Register via its Eventbrite page.






2018 Michael Smith Challenge
Wednesday, February 14 @ Across Canada

The Michael Smith Science Challenge is a bilingual (English/French) national competition written by students in Grade 10 Science or lower. It emphasizes logical thinking, and covers material in the science curriculum common to all provinces. Join us this year - there are prizes for top provincial and national writers!

Registration is now open - Visit the website to register, or for past exams and more information. Feel free to contact us at mschall@phas.ubc.ca if you have any questions.






TRIUMF Saturday Morning Lectures

TRIUMF, UBC, and SFU are proud to present the Saturday morning lecture series on Frontiers of Modern Physics. These free lectures are at a level appropriate for high school students and members of the general public.  Everyone is welcome. There is no charge for admittance, however registration is required.

Parallel lecture series will be held at TRIUMF on the UBC South Campus, and at SFU Surrey Campus.

Next lectures: 10am-12pm on Feb 24 @ SFU Surrey 

  • Ideas in Collision: Physics at the High Energy Frontier
  • Understanding the universe one atom at a time: ion traps for nuclear astrophysics







Save The Date!
Phenomenal Physics Summer Camps 
Registration scheduled to open in March, 2018

The Phenomenal Physics Summer Camps will be running again this year on the UBC campus from July 9th to August 3rdWe are scheduled to open our registration in March . Mark your calendar - our camps are very popular and usually full by the end of April! In the mean time, you can check out the descriptions of our camps from 2017 (please note that as planning is ongoing, some camps might be changed - camp descriptions will be updated before registration opens).







Physics Prize Competition for Senior Students
CAP High School Prize Exam
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Every year, the Canadian Association of Physicists puts together a physics examination targeted at upper year high school physics students across Canada. It stresses logical and creative thinking, by asking questions that go beyond the expectations of the classroom. Prizes are awarded to the top students both provincially and nationally.

Interested teachers and students should contact the provincial coordinator. For past exams or more information, visit the prize exam website.






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