Science Games Registration FAQ

New to Science Games? Check out the list below for answers to our most asked questions.

Have any other questions about Science Games 2022? Email us at [email protected].

  • 1. Why is the Science Games being held online?

    In order to ensure our participants and volunteers are safe, we will be keeping the 2022 Science Games online for a 3-week program in February to March. 

  • 2. What can I expect when participating in the Science Games virtually?

    At the Science Games, you’ll be in a group of like-minded students, where you’ll experience different aspects of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) through the eyes of your engineer or geoscience mentors. Together you’ll deep-dive into the world of innovation and work towards creating unique solutions for each weekly challenge.

    For more information on the role of parents/guardians of Science Games participants, view our 2022 Science Games Parent Information Package.

  • 3. How much does it cost to participate in the Science Games?

    It costs $20 per individual to participate in the Science Games. If there is a financial barrier to your participation in the 2022 Science Games, you can apply for a bursary for a reduced rate when registration launches. 

  • 4. What materials will my child need to participate in the 2022 Science Games?

    Many of the materials that your child will need to complete these activities are common household items. You need to ensure that activity materials are available for use during the Saturday Activity Sessions. Materials will vary from week to week, so make sure to read the Science Games emails (sent out each Sunday) to confirm what you need for the week ahead.

    The full materials list will be distributed to parents/guardians 1 month prior to the first Saturday Activity Session, so you can prep any items you don’t have in advance.

    The Science Games participants will also receive a package from Engineers and Geoscientists BC in mid-February. This package includes items that may not be readily available to participants, but are necessary for participation in a particular Science Games activity.

  • 5. What and when are the “Meet an Expert” sessions?

    Meet an Expert sessions will be live sessions hosted virtually. Each expert will talk about what they do as an engineer or geoscientist and answer questions during their session.

    Dates for these sessions will be updated as they are confirmed.

  • 6. What should we expect in the lead up to the Saturday Activity Sessions?

    Participants will be emailed each week with an introduction to the week’s theme and details on how to prepare for this week’s challenge. This will include the list of suggested materials which was circulated 1 month before the program launch, and may include additional information like prompting questions, video links, or mini activities to further explore the theme.

    During our Saturday Activity Session, each participant will be guided as a group through the challenge activities by their mentors in real-time, online.

  • 7. What’s the program for the Saturday Activity Sessions?

    During each Saturday Activity Session, everyone will start out in one big group for a welcome/introduction, then you’ll be split into breakout rooms to work as small groups, or pods, during the hands-on activity. At the end, everyone will regroup for a wrap up before the session ends.

    Pod groups will have 2–3 mentors leading the activity and between 6–7 student participants.   

  • 8. How does the Bursary work?

    The 2022 Science Games bursary was created to remove financial barriers from participation in this program. To learn more about the bursary and how to apply please visit the Science Games Bursary Application.

  • 9. Who will my mentors be?

    Your group will be paired with two mentors who will be engineers and geoscientists from a variety of backgrounds in BC.

  • 10. What are the registration steps?

    For our 2022 program, you can register as an individual participant or group your registration with up to 2 other participants. When registration Phase 1 launches in November, you’ll need to complete 2 steps to register:

    1. Participation Form: The Participation Form is where you include your participant information. Please double check to ensure all information on this form is accurate before submitting. You can also use this form to link group registrations (maximum of 3 participants) by creating a group code. For more information on group registrations, please review question 12 and 13 below.  
    2. Program Registration/Payment: Space permitting, you will move onto the second step which is to pay for your registration. Please note: You will only move to the second stage of registration if space is available. 

    After these 2 steps have been completed, you’ll receive a confirmation email. 

  • 11. Why are there two registration phases?

    Registration has been split into 2 phases because our participation numbers are directly tied to the number of volunteers recruited. 

  • 12. How can I register a group to participate?

    For the 2022 Science Games, you must register each participant individually through a separate participation form. These forms can be linked by creating a group code. The first member of your group needs to create the group code in their participation form, and then share that code with their other group members. Please note: The group size maximum is 3 participants, so you can only share your code with 2 other Science Games participants. 

  • 13. What’s the maximum group size when registering?

    The registration group size maximum is 3 participants, so you can only share your code with up to 2 other Science Games participants. If more than 3 registrations are received with the same group code, you may not receive the group pairings that you want for this program.

  • 14. How is the organization using the Science Games to increase participation of women in the professions?

    Engineers and Geoscientists BC has endorsed Engineers Canada’s goal of having 30% of new engineering registrations be women by 2030. Since the Science Games began in 2012, many Girl Guide groups and other all-girl teams have participated in this event. Our organization actively promotes the Science Games to local organizations and after-school groups that engage girls.

  • 15. Have other questions about registering or about the Science Games in general?

    Please contact [email protected] for assistance.