Glen Abbott, left, and his grandson Matthew Souchuck, 9, peer into the microscopic worlds of tiny sea creatures during GrandKids University, hosted at Vancouver Island University. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Glen Abbott, left, and his grandson Matthew Souchuck, 9, peer into the microscopic worlds of tiny sea creatures during GrandKids University, hosted at Vancouver Island University. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

VIU opens science labs to young and old at ‘GrandKids University’

Event was held on Nanaimo campus on June 30

Students young and old enjoyed science lessons at Vancouver Island University this past week.

VIU held a GrandKids University special event Thursday, June 30, at the Nanaimo campus, where grandparents and their grandchildren were invited to explore different science stations and take part in activities.

VIU’s biology, geography, kinesiology and natural history departments participated, as well as the university’s Deep Bay Marine Centre. The day concluded with an extreme science demonstration.

This week’s event was the first time VIU had been able to hold GrandKids University since the start of the pandemic.

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Matthew Souchuck, 9, and his grandfather Glenn Abbott at GrandKids University, a special event hosted by Vancouver Island University. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Matthew Souchuck, 9, and his grandfather Glenn Abbott at GrandKids University, a special event hosted by Vancouver Island University. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Vicky Scheltzen and her grandchildren Tyler, 8, and Austin, 10, take a cautious gaze at the venomous beak of a giant waterbug at Vancouver Island University’s biology department during GrandKids University. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Vicky Scheltzen and her grandchildren Tyler, 8, and Austin, 10, take a cautious gaze at the venomous beak of a giant waterbug at Vancouver Island University’s biology department during GrandKids University. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)