Sky, Water, Earth Engaging Youth in Science

UBC Faculty of Education has engaged in the Sky, Water, Earth project, a year-long joint initiative between UBC Faculty of Education, the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre, and the HR MacMillan Space Centre. We are sharing this free resource with teachers across the province as an invitation to support secondary students with an interest in the field of science.

The Sky, Water, Earth project guides youth with an interest in science to participate in learning playlists that help them build competencies outlined by the National Research Council Canada (NRC), some of which overlap with the BC Curriculum Core Competencies.

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Learners complete competency-based activities delivered through playlists, which highlight one or more of the NRC competencies for excellence in research (such as creative thinking, communication, teamwork, etc.) and earn points which can be redeemed for a variety of unique Real-World Opportunities. These opportunities are curated to build success in their academic and professional careers (such as job shadowing, personal interviews with science professionals, LinkedIn recommendations, networking events, etc.).

The activities, developed by Educators, Career Counsellors, Graduate Students and Instructional Designers, lead learners to produce concrete evidence that demonstrates such competencies. Participants build on their resume and practical experience, expand personal and professional networks, and ultimately become more employable in their future careers.

Learners receive feedback from experts and peers – including community instructors, UBC graduate students, high-school science teachers, UBC instructors, and experts from the Vancouver Aquarium and the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre.


New playlists will launch throughout the 12-month project. Examples of the playlists include:

  • What is research? Who is a researcher? Why do we research?
  • Scientific communication: Writing for the public
  • Scientific communication: Presenting to the public
  • Scientific communication: Creating explainer videos on STEM topics

Grade Level

Anyone with an interest can engage the Sky, Water, Earth playlists, though activities are developed at a Grade 11 – 2nd year undergrad level.