Secondary School Programs


BCIC has a long history of working with secondary schools to acknowledge students demonstrating outstanding achievement in science-related studies and to encourage further education and career choices in science, technology and entrepreneurship in BC. Through a variety of programs and awards targeting senior students in secondary schools, BCIC has achieved tremendous results in encouraging innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership among BC’s brightest students.

In 2012, BCIC’s mandate was revised to focus on supporting startups and the development of entrepreneurs. As a result, BCIC’s secondary school programs were transferred to the Science Fair Foundation of BC (SFF BC). SFF BC’s close integration with BC’s secondary school system and mission to support science and technology education make it the ideal organization to advance these programs.

As of April 1, 2012, SFF BC is the delivery partner for the following secondary school programs. For more information, contact Madeline Guenette  at SFF BC (604-602-5219 & or visit the SFF BC website.

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Innovation Exploration

In 1990, BCIC launched the Innovation Exploration program to give young scientists and innovators a unique opportunity to explore the many post-secondary and career opportunities available to them in BC’s science and technology industries. Participants are selected from top students who represent BC and the Yukon at the regional and Canada-Wide Science Fairs. Between 1990 and 2012, more than 800 secondary students participated in the program.

“Meeting all the different people involved in various science careers was a highlight. All the different activities opened my eyes to how many careers there are in relation to science. It was also really great to meet up with Canada-Wide Science Fair participants again and have a chance to talk about projects.”

Andrew Schultz,
2011 Innovation Exploration participant

Science Achievement Awards

In 1983, BCIC launched the Science Achievement Awards in partnership with the BC Science Teachers’ Association to recognize students who demonstrated exceptional academic performance in science during Grades 11 and 12. Between 1983 and 2012, over 8,000 students received this award with the purpose of encouraging them to pursue careers in science and technology.

“I’m a Grade 12 student at Lord Byng Secondary School, and I would like to express my gratitude at receiving one of the Science Achievement Awards this year. I am grateful to have the opportunity to pursue a career in the field of Medicine, particularly with the encouragement of this award. I would also like to thank you for the time and effort that goes in to organizing and distributing these incentives, as I believe it is a very commendable initiative.”

Paloma Prieto,
2011, Science Achievement Awardee

Young Innovator Scholarship

In 2008, BCIC launched the Young Innovator Scholarship, to encourage students to continue their education in the province and pursue careers in BC’s advanced technology industries. Registered schools host a Science Fair OR Idea MashUp competition involving Grade 11 and 12 students, and select the winner(s), who are awarded the scholarship upon acceptance in to a post-secondary program at a BC institution. To be eligible for the award winner(s) must be enrolled in one of the following post-secondary programs: Science, Mathematics, Technology, Digital Arts+Media+Design, Engineering, Business Entrepreneurship. Between 2008 and 2012, BCIC awarded 88 scholarships, each valued at $2,000. Through partnerships with the Northern Development Initiative Trust and Southern Interior Development Initiative Trust, scholarships are valued at $4,000 in select regions.

Gordon Minaker Success Story


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