Surrey Schools - David Brankin Elementary

About the project

UBC students will join the team as Green Machine Team Mentors!

Green Machine Team Mentors will help a team of students from grades 4-7 design, assemble, and accessorize a vehicle made primarily from re-cycled and re-used components. The Mentor will guide the students through the design and assembly stages, and will help the students to personalize their vehicles using household and recycled items.

The program runs for three days (Monday, Thursday, and Friday) after school. The after-school program runs from 2:30pm – 5:00pm, so the volunteers should be available from 2:00pm to 5:30pm each day. 


Kick-off Orientation :

Saturday, February 3 -  12:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Project :

Monday, February 19 - 2:00pm to 5:30pm

Thursday, February 22 - 2:00pm to 5:30pm

Friday, February 23 - 2:00pm to 5:30pm

What you will do

  • Help the students to think of creative uses to use raw materials, and creative ways to assemble a vehicle
  • Guide the students through trials and errors to find ways to accomplish a challenging task
  • Sets up competition spaces and help run the final vehicle competition
  • Lead students in some structured activities at the start and end of each session
  • Help to set up and take down the project space at the start/end of each day.


  • Enthusiastic to work with Grade 4-7 students from a variety of cultural backgrounds
  • Imaginative and creative, willing to take risks
  • Enjoys making things
  • This volunteer position is appropriate for UBC students of all academic backgrounds, but if you have a passion for engineering and mechanics, this is an especially fun opportunity for you

Placement location

David Brankin Elementary School

David Brankin Elementary School

9160-128 Street
Surrey, BC V3W 5MB

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