Our volunteers can become mentors to new volunteers. Longtime volunteer, Shannon, and new volunteer, Yaying, are a dynamic Outreach duo at the University of British Columbia!
Time volunteering with Let's Talk Science: half a year
Area of study: MA/Education
Inspirational Moment: I am so lucky to volunteer with Shannon. She is so friendly and has a lot of teaching science experience. With her help and encouragement, I began my first real teaching in the last activity, which was so inspiring for me.
Favourite Let’s Talk Science volunteering activity: The owl digestion activity.
Why do you volunteer with Let’s Talk Science? I am interested in teaching. I think science education is very import for students.
Fun fact: Some types of bamboo can grow nearly a metre a day.
Time volunteering with Let's Talk Science: 11 years
Area of study: PhD/Fisheries, Zoology
Inspirational Moment: This year, it's been inspiring to be a mentor to Yaying and to see her enthusiasm for the activities and her growth as an educator. It reminds me how much I've gained from being involved with Let's Talk Science.
Favourite Let’s Talk Science volunteering activity: Investigating fish anatomy and using it to predict where different fish live and what they eat.
Why do you volunteer with Let’s Talk Science? I really like sharing the joy of discovery. Seeing the students engaged in generating questions and then finding the answers through hands-on activities always reminds me of why I love science. It's particularly refreshing during tough moments in graduate school.
Fun fact: Yelloweye rockfish off the coast of British Columbia can live up to 120 years.