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Vancouver School Program

The Vancouver School Program gets students involved in all aspects of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) through fun food science experiments. Student volunteers from UBC and SFU visit classroom across the Greater Vancouver Area to teach STEAM concepts using food. 

50+ Classrooms

1000+ Students

50+ Classroom Hours

Lesson Plans


Milk and Soap Art Swirls


Skittle Statistics


Thermodynamics of Ice Cream


Spaghetti Structures


Natural pH Indicators + Acid Rain 


Milk and Soap Art Swirls

This project introduces students to the concepts of surface tension, hydrophobia, hydrophilia, and polarity. By the end of the project each student will have created their own coloured milk artwork and understand the concepts behind it.



Skittle Statistics

This lesson introduces students to the fundamentals of statistics. By the end of the project each student should have done a statistical analysis on the frequency of different colours in skittles packages.


Thermodynamics of Ice Cream

This lesson teaches students the concepts of phases of matter, particles of matter, movement of particles under different conditions, equilibrium, heat transfer By the end of the lesson, each student will have learned about how ice cream can be made through heat transfer and created their own ice cream by following a recipe using thermodynamics!



Spaghetti Structures

This lesson teaches students the concepts of strength, shapes, forces/loads (tension and compression), stability
By the end of the lesson each student will have built a series of structures from spaghetti and marshmallows, tested various shapes under different loads and understand the fundamentals of strength and structures.

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Natural pH Indicators + Acid Rain

This lesson aims to teach students about concepts such as acidic and basic solutions and indicator function. By the end of the activity, each student will be able to test out a natural indicator on multiple testing materials of varying pH. The second part of this experiment introduces students to the concept of acid rain and its effects on the environment. Students will make observations on the effect of acid rain on plants.

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