Planning is well underway for BCIC’s 2011 Innovation Exploration (IE) program, coming up this October 24 – 25. Now in its 21st year, IE recognizes British Columbia and the Yukon’s leading secondary school students who represent their regions at the Canada-Wide Science Fairs (CWSF). The program provides these young scientists and innovators an opportunity to meet and network with leaders in BC’s science and technology community and ultimately raises their awareness to many science-related education and career choices in BC.

This year, for the very first time, IE participants will experience a different twist as they travel to Victoria for two action-packed days in the province’s capital. Sixty- six BC students, who brought home 87 awards for a total of $84,150 in prize money at the 2011 CWSF, will meet and engage with a number of Victoria’s leading technology and science organizations including:  Victoria Advanced Technology CouncilVancouver Island Technology ParkCentre of the Universe (Astronomy Interpretive Centre)The University of VictoriaNatural Resources Canada and the Institute for Ocean Sciences. IE will culminate at a Grand Opening Dinner where BC’s brightest will have a chance to meet and mingle with prominent members of government, academia and business.

“BCIC is very excited to be collaborating with some of Victoria’s top leaders in the technology community to host this event,” said Tomica Divic, Manager of Imagination Strategies (Secondary Schools) at BCIC says,  “This is an incredible opportunity for BC’s young student scientists and budding entrepreneurs to have a unique look into potential science and technology careers in BC .”

For more information about Innovation Exploration, visit our website at http://www.bcic.ca/programs/talent/innovation-exploration