STEMming with Invasive Youth programs kicks off in the Fall of 2022

This fall the CKISS Education team have delivered our STEMming with Invasive Species Program to over 180 youth from local schools and girl guide groups. The hands on program educates youth on the science of invasion biology, challenges them to put their engineering skills to the test and design a spongy moth trap with their team, and teaches plant ID, data collection and mapping methodologies using digital technology in an outdoor setting.

The students used the engineering design process…..ASK, IMAGINE, PLAN. CREATE, COMMUNICATE to build a trap to catch invasive spongy moths.

If you have a youth group or class between the ages of 10-14 who would be interested in participating in the program in the spring or fall of 2023, please reach out the CKISS Education Program Coordinator, Laurie Frankcom at, 1-844-352-1160 ext. 208.

Youth play the role of ‘Invasive Species Technician’ by using hand held tablets to ID, survey and map invasive plants in their community.

Please note space is limited and preference will be given to female and indigenous youth. Females and indigenous are currently underrepresented in STEM careers and programs like this are hoping to change that!


  • We acknowledge the support of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). Nous remercions le Conseil de recherches en sciences naturelles et en génie du Canada (CRSNG) de son soutien.”
  • We acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia
  • This program is made possible with support from Columbia Basin Trust