SFU Academic Summer Camp for Aboriginal Students

Between July 2nd  – August 1st, 2014, the Department of Mathematics, the Office for Aboriginal Peoples and the Interdisciplinary Research in the Mathematics and Computational Sciences Centre (IRMACS), with the support of Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the SFU Faculty of Science and the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS) will be offering the first SFU Academic Summer Camp for Aboriginal Students. 

The main goal of the camp is to help aboriginal students currently in grades 8-11 to accelerate in Mathematics and English.  In addition this camp will offer the participants the opportunity to be exposed to the life of a university student.

The SFU Academic Summer Camp for Aboriginal Students will be held at the IRMACS Centre on SFU’s Burnaby Campus.  The schedule of the Camp is as follows:

The First SFU Academic Camp for Aboriginal Students in news:

 

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The First SFU Academic Camp for Aboriginal Students - A Student's View:

 

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From Mr. Fred Heep, a lab technician with the School of Engineering, about his experience with the SFU Academic Summer Camp for Aboriginal Students participants:

"Before I forget & just for the record...

...the 3 sessions of aboriginal high school students for soldering demo worked out very well. Each successfully completed and tested the LED circuit project within the given time.

They all presented as enthusiastic, polite, bright folks.  On average, they demonstrated above average hand-skill abilities.  Most, when asked (male or female), already had a fairly broad intro to many practical skills in school (many skills that the bulk of our regular students don't seem to have or weren't offered).  As well, their native background has very likely exposed them to a broader range of general life skills than is commonly seen among too broad a sector of today's urban youth - at least as observed from my perspective.

Overall, a refreshing and pleasant deviation from our regular routine."

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The First SFU Academic Camp for Aboriginal Students in pictures: