SCI-FI Science Camps 2009
2009 will be a big year for SCI-FI! For one, it is the organization's 20th summer of delivering camps
to youth in Saskatchewan. It's going to be our biggest summer ever, with between 32 and 36 full-time
summer positions filled.
We have some large goals:
- Reach over 1,800 campers through week-long summer camps
- Expand our geographic footprint with week-long camps running in over 20 locations across Saskatchewan
- Explore new outreach opportunities in the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and beyond
- Continue to provide strong leadership and guidance to an ever-growing staff
- Generate new partnerships and relationships with schools, companies, organizations,
and university entities; strengthen existing partnerships
- Prepare the program for a full-time, year-round director, and transition that person
effectively to keep SCI-FI on its course of strong growth and impact
It's a tall order, but it's possible with a great team. I am very excited to work with
a fantastic group of people this summer to make these goals happen!
Here are some things that we have already achieved, as of July 19, 2009:
- Partnered with the Department of Computer Science to host eight weeks of a brand-new computer science-themed camp for kids
in grades 3-9.
- Partnered with three students from the College of Medicine to offer a brand-new week of health science-themed camp
during our last week of camp (August 17-21, 2009).
- Hosted a 20-Year SCI-FI Staff Reunion at the U of S Faculty Club; approximately 50 instructors from 1989 to 2009 attended.
- Reached our 1,800-camper mark. With the remaining outreach camps we're delivering, and our involvement with Actua's Dream Team,
we're now hoping to break the 2,000-camper mark.
- Received a $51k 2-year NSERC Grant (more info)
Now that the summer is over, we're focusing on some other goals: getting our clubs programs up and running, and jumping
straight into the challenge of finding a full-time director. I am in the midst of completing our final reports, and hope
to be able to add some additional successes from the summer to this page soon!
Last Modified September 13, 2009