High School Symposium on Neuroscience!

This coming November, Let’s Talk Science will be collaborating with the Belkin Art Gallery and Brain Bee to bring Let’s Talk Neuroscience on Mon Nov 20th, 2017 at 10:00am – 3:30pm

Let’s Talk Neuroscience is a one day symposium on the topic of Neuroscience for students in Grades 9 -12. The symposium will feature getting hands-on experience in a neuroscience lab at the Centre for Brain Health at UBC, hearing from professionals in the field, and a tour of the Belkin’s brain cell exhibit! This event is completely FREE to all students (including a FREE LUNCH) but they must register by Nov 10! Space is limited. Students who register by Nov 1 will be entered for an early-bird draw for a gift from one of the symposium sponsors!

The registration system is found online at www.ubclts.com/symposium

Scholarship Opportunity | Due October 25, 2017

There are 80 $5,000 Scholarships available through the Horatio Alger Association of Canada Canadian and National Entrepreneurial Scholarship program. Applicants for both the Entrepreneurial and Canadian Scholarships are required to fill out only ONE application. The Association will use the one application to consider you for all programs for which you are eligible. Deadline: October 25th, 2017. Visit their website for full eligibility criteria: https://www.horatioalger.ca/…/about-our-scholarships-progra…

Student Transcript Service

The Ministry of Education has just launched the StudentTranscripts Service (STS), a new online application for students to view their marks, scholarships, and transcripts, and send transcripts electronically to post-secondary institutions and third parties.

The Ministry is opening the ability to send transcripts to post-secondary institutions (PSIs) to all current grades 10, 11, 12, and adult students. These current students may access up to 25 complimentary selections (this represents the number of public PSIs in BC) – please note these 25 complimentary selections are not ongoing after graduation. Past graduates may access additional copies of their transcripts via this service for a fee of $10 per copy.

To access the service, students will go to the Ministry of Education’s transcripts and certificates website at www.StudentTranscripts.gov.bc.ca.

If you are in Grades 10-12, you should register on the Student Transcript service (STS) website.
You will need to create a Basic BCeID login to register for STS. BCeID is a common login used for B.C. government services. It is easy to do and important to have. To register for STS, you will need your 9-digit Personal Education Number (PEN), an email address, legal first and last name, and date of birth.

After registering for a BCeID, students follow the system prompts and register for STS. Finally, they log in to the StudentTranscripts Service using the BCeID. From a student’s STS Dashboard, they are able to make post-secondary institution selections, view their transcript and assessment results, and send transcripts immediately to post-secondary institutions and other third parties.

PLEASE NOTE THAT the ‘transcript send’ service is intended for grade 12 students.  Grade 10-11 students are discouraged from doing PSI selections unless they are applying for post-secondary studies.

2017/2018 Dogwood Planner

The Ministry of Education has released the 2017/2018 Dogwood Planner, an annual document published for B.C. secondary students that answers common questions students may have as they approach graduation. The Dogwood Planner is a companion document to the Grad Planner, which was released earlier this year. (see earlier posts)

The Dogwood Planner contains information on provincial assessments/examinations, receiving and sending transcripts, applying to post-secondary institutions, and much more.

The Dogwood Planner is only available online:

Registration Open for Education & Career Fairs 2017

Education & Career Fairs is back and better than ever for the 21st season!

Welcome to the 21st Annual Education & Career Fairs!

We hope that you had a fantastic summer and are off to a great start to the fall season. We are excited to launch registration to our 2017 events.  Make sure to check out the Education & Career Fairs website to learn more about what’s new this year! Highlights include:

  • Interactive Galleries – Get hands on experience of what it will be like to work in some of British Columbia’s hottest industries
  • Learning Lounge Presentations – Listen to the experts present on various challenges that all students and new workers have to face
  • Personalized “Plan Your Trip” App – Prepare for the fairs by researching what exhibitors will be present and which match your interests.  Details to be released shortly.
  • Job Skills Workshop – Practice your interview skills with the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources (Not available in all locations)

Book your free tickets by clicking on the Public Tickets (Individual) after you click the Register button.

Book Free Tickets for Nanaimo | November 23

Book Free Tickets for Surrey | November 28

Book Free Tickets for Vancouver | November 30

Book Free Tickets for Abbotsford | December 5

Book Free Tickets for Kelowna | December 7

Save the Date: 2017 Education and Career Fairs

You can view the Educations and Career Fair Schedule for each city below, including a list of exhibitors and presentations.
The fairs run from 9 am – 2 pm:
  • Nanaimo: Thursday, Nov 23 at the Beban Park Social Centre
  • Surrey: Tuesday, Nov 28 at the Cloverdale Agriplex
  • Vancouver: Thursday, Nov 30 at the Vancouver Convention Centre, East Building
  • Abbotsford: Tuesday, Dec 5 at the Tradex
  • Kelowna: Thursday, Dec 7 at the Rotary Centre for the Arts
  • Online: If you can’t make it, you can still listen to the Learning Lounge Talks on Facebook Live! 
I will send another note when the registration link is ready.

Post Secondary School Requirements and DL Courses

Hello, Grade 12 Students!

It is very important you check with the universities you plan on applying to see how they treat DL courses.  I have included information for UBC and SFU.

It is also very important that you are checking application deadlines already.


DL Courses and UBC and SFU

UBC requirements can be found here

If you’re taking or plan to take Distributed Learning courses (e.g., online courses, distance learning, or courses at another school) to meet your requirements, you must list these in the Academic Profile section of your UBC application, as courses you will complete this year. Do not provide an in-progress grade for them.


  • You must complete it by February 1; and
  • The Distributed Learning school must submit your final grade in time for UBC to evaluate your application (you’ll receive instructions by email about how to submit your grades to UBC).


To use a Distributed Learning course to meet degree-specific requirements:

  • You must complete it by June 30.

SFU requirements can be found here

Distributed Learning (DL) courses (distance learning/online learning courses) can be used to meet your admission requirements as long as the course is 100% complete by April 30th.

Your DL provider must report your grade to the Ministry of Education to ensure our office receives your official grade electronically in May.

DL courses completed after April 30 can be used to meet course prerequisites but will not be used for admission purposes.