Students from Grades 7-12 gathered at Kwantlen’s Surrey campus to display their science projects on Thursday and Friday.
The school hosted the South Fraser Regional Science Fair, which doubled as a chance for elementary and high school students to tour the campus and learn a little about the post-secondary institution. Over the course of the two-day event, students showcased their projects to judges, fellow students, family, community members and Kwantlen students.
The displays were classified as either an experiment, innovation or study. Projects studied mold growth, the human brain and wind energy, and included projects like one titled “Effects of Okra Mucilage on Non-Pathogenic Escherichia Coli Growth.”
Up to eight students from the fair will be awarded the opportunity to fly to Toronto to compete in the Canada-wide science fair, all expenses paid. The national competition runs from May 14-21, and the regional participants will be announced on Tuesday.
The winning students will have scored the highest marks after judges graded them on their oral presentations, the construction of their displays and the logic of their projects, among other things.
Both of the Kwantlen soccer teams played their final home games of the season, against the Capilano Blues, on Oct. 17 at Newton Athletic Park.
Just like last year, the men’s team couldn’t wait for a dreadful season to end, while the women’s team was set to play in the provincial championships, which are being co-hosted between Kwantlen, Capilano and Langara.
Going into the match, the women hadn’t lost in three games, and were hoping to extend that run.
They were also sitting in second place; four points behind UBCO.
On the other hand, the men’s team was struggling before the match, only picking up one point so far this season.
They had only scored seven goals in nine matches going into this encounter with Capilano, including a streak where the team went over 450 minutes without scoring.
Nicole Gibbons gives the Eagles the lead after 10 minutes into the match against the Blues. (Photo by Kyle Benning)
The ball trickles into the goal after the Blues keeper Samantha Duncan's lapse of concentration causes her team to go down by two after 20 minutes. (Photo by Kyle Benning)
The second goal was scored by Marissa Dionne (left), who celebrates with her teammate. (Photo by Kyle Benning)
Shanay Sangha (left) wraps up the scoring just before the break after lobbing her header over the goalkeeper to hand the Eagles a 3-0 win. (Photo by Kyle Benning)
Despite his best efforts, goalkeeper Tom Johnston can't contain the pressure as Capilano take the lead inside 11 minutes. (Photo by Kyle Benning)
Connor Sheepwash (red) breaks free from his defender, but can't direct his chipped attempt on target. (Photo by Kyle Benning)
The Blues goalkeeper Skyler Causey (right) is able to keep a clean sheet for his team as Capilano would add a late goal through Thomas Mallette to beat the Eagles 2-0. (Photo by Kyle Benning)
KSA offers at Kwantlen’s Richmond Campus five fitness classes: Yoga, Boot Camp Circuit Training, Kickboxing, Group Groove and Group Centregy. All classes are held at the Blossoming Lotus Studio (Room 1320) in Richmond. Membership is $25/30 a month, drop-in purchases are available at KSA Member Services.
One of KSA's information desks with flyers for this semester's intramurals. (Photo by Paul Fleischanderl)
Boot Camp Circuit Training with Travis Tomlin. (Photo by Paul Fleischanderl)
Eddie Lee with an elastic band, instructor Travis Tomlin is blurred in the background. (Photo by Paul Fleischanderl)
Boot Camp classes are Tuesdays and Thursdays 4pm - 5pm. (Photo by Paul Fleischanderl)
David Yao's yoga class in the Blossoming Lotus Studio on Wednesdays 5:15pm to 6:15pm. (Photo by Paul Fleischanderl)
Movement at Yao's yoga class. The first 30 minutes of the class are active... (Photo by Paul Fleischanderl)
... the second part of the class is relaxing and recreational. (Photo by Paul Fleischanderl)
Kickboxing instructors Milo and Marcy Hilario show movements and combinations in their Monday class (4pm - 5pm). There is a second session on Wednesdays. (Photo by Paul Fleischanderl)
James Rai is aiming at a boxing pad in front of him. (Photo by Paul Fleischanderl)
Participants at Kickboxing train in there bare feet and sport clothes. (Photo by Paul Fleischanderl)
A clock simulates a three-minute round. (Photo by Paul Fleischanderl)
Yoga instructor Miki Tse in a yoga possition during one of her Monday sessions. Session 1 is from 11:55am to 12:55pm, session 2 from 1pm - 2pm. (Photo by Paul Fleischanderl)
People raise their hands in Monday's second yoga session. (Photo by Paul Fleischanderl)
The indian greeting 'namaste' is the end of every yoga class. (Photo by Paul Fleischanderl)
Students’ return to campus for the fall semester was eased with Welcome Week activities on all Kwantlen campuses last week. There was free food, information booths and a number of challenging games, all captured by Matt Law.
As the countdown for the Winter Olympics went from weeks to days, Kwantlen journalism students spent Wednesday on the streets of Vancouver, capturing images of the city. They went out to explore four different themes: display, excitement, disruption and dissent. The results — more than 80 photos — are presented in the following four slideshows.
You read it, hear it and speak it every day if you’re a student here, but you might not know what Kwantlen means.
The name of the university is also the name of the Kwantlen First Nation, which was the largest first nation in the Fraser Valley in the mid-19th century, according to the Kwantlen First Nation website.
In theÂ Halq’emeylem language, spokenÂ by the Sto:lo people, the larger band council that it belongs to, Kwantlen means Tireless Runner. That’s also the title of a scholarship given to Kwantlen First Nations students who display financial need, but also contribute to their local First Nations communities.
On Friday, Nov. 13, Kwantlen’s First Nations co-ordinators office hosted a silent auction and dinner benefit to raise scholarship funds for the Â award and celebrate First Nations culture. Reporter Justin Langille was there to talk to event organizers and watch attendees bid for a variety of literature, crafts and fine art donated by supporters.
â€œWeâ€™re very pleased with how it turned out. I was overwhelmed with the silent auction,â€ said Barb Gorman, administrative assistant for educational transitions and aboriginal initiatives. Almost 100 people gathered for the event and nearly $ 5,000 was raised from bidding wars for carved masks, prints, paintings and weavings, according to Gorman.
Approximately 150 students identify themselves as aboriginal at Kwantlen, but about 360 students are enrolled at all Kwantlen campuses, according to Marylin Waithman, director of educational transitions and aboriginal initiatives at Kwantlen. â€œOur goal is to significantly increase the number of aboriginal students who attend school here,â€ Waithman said.
A bidder contemplates competing for a drum with a painted eagle design, donated by Emily Carr University.
Along with the auction, patrons were treated to traditional dancing and a gourmet meal of aboriginal foods. The event was the first fundraiser for the Tireless Runner award since 2006. Every year, the award provides three $750 scholarships to aboriginal students who are in financial need and are active in First Nations communities.
â€œOur people stand so proud, just for the mere fact that we have survived for so long,â€ Lekeyton Antone, a member of the Kwantlen First Nation, told the crowd before a dinner of smoked salmon began.â€œ Weâ€™re also trying to make sure that our next generations coming have a better way than we did. Itâ€™s all about people working together and itâ€™s all about who we are and what our beliefs are.â€
Taking inspiration from the popular show “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” Kwantlen Horticulture students remodeled the yards of a deserving Coquitlam family, the Yules. The students were just one part of the renovations, with a group called the Home Team completely remodeling the inside of the house.
This is the third year that the department has partnered with the Home Team. See the full story in Abby Wiseman’s article, which follows the photos.
Jared White puts down a piece of sod in the backyard. Sod is a strip of grass and soil used to quickly create lawns. (Mitch Thompson photo)
Emily Balzer and Sam Keefer carry in a piece of the new swing set. (Mitch Thompson photo)
Keefer secures the ladder that will lead up to a new wooden playhouse for the children. The house was donated to the family by the Vancouver Golf Club. (Mitch Thompson photo)
With barely half an hour to go before the reveal, Alyssa Chuback and Kasia Kilner quickly plant one of two new trees for the backyard. (Mitch Thompson photo)
Adam Graham lends a hand to the carpenter by hammering the final section of fence into place. (Mitch Thompson photo)
The littlest Yule takes her first ride on her new swing set. The entire family was stunned by the work of the Kwantlen Horticulture students. (Mitch Thompson photo)
Kwantlen horticulture students got the opportunity to get out of the classroom and put their lessons to practical use last weekend.
While Cornerstone Community Church members were renovating the home of the Yule family in Coquitlam, Kwantlenâ€™s students designed and landscaped the backyard.
This is the third year Kwantlen students have worked with the church and the second time student Alyssa Chuback has been part of the churchâ€™s Home Team project.
â€œGiving back to someone who has given a lot is very rewarding, and it makes you feel good about yourself,â€ Chuback said.
Stan Kazymerchyk, turfgrass management instructor, feels the project is good for the students, who not only get to put their knowledge to practical use, but also get a rewarding experience, saying the students learn how â€œto help people, how to be people.â€
The 13 students worked for two days to create a yard for the Yule family. Sunday the renovated house and yard was revealed to the family.
Homeowner Brian Yule was overwhelmed by the changes, saying that he was lost for words.
â€œThank you all so much. Beautiful people, beautiful people,â€ Yule said.
Kazymerchyk hopes to continue getting his students involved in The Home Project for years to come.
â€œIt would be tough to turn down,â€ Kazymerchyk said.
Each year, the church chooses a family in need and carries out a complete home renovation.
Wednesday it was Richmond and Thursday it’s the turn of Surrey as employers ranging from health care centres to Canada’s intelligence agency set up shop for the annual Career Fair. Here’s what it looked like at Richmond, earlier this week.
Students and employers gather in the Richmond campus rotunda for Career Day on Wednesday March 4.
The YMCA was one of the many employers that visited the Richmond campus for Career Day, looking for students interested in both full-time and volunteer positions.
Sue Sparlin gives Daniel Lin information on the Boucher Institute for Natropathic Medacine.
Kwantlen students Crishna Delleva and Shirley Chan explore their career options in the Kwantlen Richmond campus rotunda.
Mike Babcock from the Canadian Navy, recruits Kwantlen students in the Conference Center at the Richmond campus
Peter Chan looks into employment with the Canadian Security Intelligence Services. Chan graduated from Kwantlen five years ago and is now the owner of a small business.