Thunderbird Elementary School

About the project

Thunderbird Elementary is a Kindergarten to Grade 7 school in East Vancouver and a long time community partner with the Reading Week Project.

Groups of UBC student volunteers will mentor and engage with small to large groups of Thunderbird Elementary students around two concepts: building & racing cars/aircraft [K-Gr5] and film-making & photography [Gr4-7].

These projects aim to foster critical and creative thinking through fun, hands-on activities.


   Programming Dates
Kick-off Orientation Saturday, February 2 from 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Tuesday, February 19, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at UBC (optional preparation session)

Wednesday, February 20, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm (at school)

Thursday, February 21, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm (at school)

Friday, February 22, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm (at school)

What you will do

  • Teach and supervise small to large groups of Thunderbird students
  • Facilitating activities and provide instruction to the students based on the developed lessons
  • Develop problem solving and critical thinking skills by collaborating with other students to design, build and race cars or flying aircraft
  • Assist with filming, editing, and production of photographs and/or video content using iPads
  • Engage with and inspire Thunderbird students through positive attitudes and behaviors
  • Role model to Thunderbird students the importance of higher education and of community engagement


  • Enthusiasm and interest in engaging with elementary students (K-Gr7) from a variety of cultural backgrounds
  • Ability to work well within a team environment and with a range of individuals
  • Interpersonal and communication skills
  • Imaginative and creative thinking and problem solving
  • Patience
  • Organizational, event planning and management skills
  • Understanding of the challenges faced by East Vancouver schools an asset
  • Knowledge of basic engineering concepts and tool use is an asset but not required
  • Experience with photography, video recording and film editing programs [Photoshop or iMovie] is an asset but not required
  • Ability to work with iPad an asset but not required
  • Ability to have fun with science

Placement location

Thunderbird Elementary School

Thunderbird Elementary School

2325 Cassiar St
Vancouver, BC V5M 3X3

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