As we begin our 19th year of children’s science programs we are planning to continue our dynamic work with children, science and nature. The term videophilia has been coined and we recognize that the hands on, experiential activities we plan with children are even more important and help to exacerbate issues that are arising as a result of this current technology focus.
We are currently working quite closely with "Out of School Care" facuilities in taking their kids out on dynamic hikes. For the past six months we have been as you have always known us, at special events, selling ladybugs, engaging kids, running dynamic camps and classroom presentations. We are now gearing up for a new season. This year we will continue focusing on EcoArt which combines learning about Ecosystems , Water as a limiting factor , and creative process as response, and will continue to develop partnerships with UBC Okanagan. Environmental change, loss or preservation of wetlands and learning all about our watershed are still front and centre. The UBC Okanagan learning centre coordinated a SOKS project with eight first year engineering students which will be a focus for us in 2012.
History: Central Okanagan Science Opportunities for Kids Society incorporated in November 1995. We are a federally registered charity dedicated to getting local children and their families excited about all fields of science - from chewing lifesavers that glow in the dark to interactive activities with dry ice and kitchen chemicals. Building bridges, towers, cranes, inventions, room alarms, rockets, veterinary science and wildlife science are all topics that are exciting when studied with real life experiences.
Mission: We are dedicated to providing dynamic, hands-on science programs for the children and families in the Central Okanagan of British Columbia, Canada. Our science programs focus on all fields of science and on introducing youngsters to future career opportunities. Through positive and interactive programs we enthuse , provoke and inspire children to explore and pursue their interests, their knowledge and life-long learning. Our environmental science programs are field-based with visits to natural areas within the Central Okanagan.
SOKS Board and Staff: Our Board of Directors is comprised of community members from a variety of professions who support our goals and philosophy. Youngsters who participate in our programs comprise our membership and their parents have the potential to contribute to the programs or participate in or as board members at all times.