Connecting students to discovery

Highly motivated students work collaboratively with mentors & faculty to solve innovative student-driven projects. These experiential learning opportunities help students grow their network and appreciation of science and how it can be applied to solve significant global challenges. If you are looking to discover more than a traditional education, or have an idea about how to make the world a better place, the SDZ is here to help you get started. 

Our Value Proposition to Students & Innovators

We connect students to discovery by supporting extracurricular experiential learning opportunities and providing mentorship to overcome project challenges. This mode of problem-based learning better engages critical thinking and provides students with a collaborative and meaningful learning experience. In addition, our zone embraces failure and seeks to mitigate risk aversion to help facilitate innovation.

Innovation and entrepreneurship are two words that do not always resonate with young people; while some students are drawn to these phrases, others are not; however, most have an appreciation for creativity, discovery and the scientific method. 

Risk averse students typically feel they’re in a “high-stakes” game when discussing entrepreneurship, but Evidence-based innovation uses the scientific method to refine and validate your idea, before taking unnecessary risk – leading to a more thoughtful and successful venture.

By simply making a few word adjustments; 

  • Hypothesis; becomes “Value Proposition”
  • Experiment Design; becomes “Defining Customer Segments”
  • Test; becomes “Collect Data from Customer Interviews”
  • Conclusion & Insight; becomes “Pivot”

What couldn’t benefit from evidence-based design thinking, and robust scientific underpinning?

The Science Discovery Zone (SDZ) is looking to support your innovative ideas in a number of themes. This list is constantly growing, but thus far, we have recruited mentors in a number of thematic areas ranging from the environment to mental wellness; from food & urban agriculture to policy & literacy; and from digital design to business. 

Our interests are constantly evolving and growing with our customers and we welcome your new ideas in any field where evidence-based innovation can make the difference.

Come see for yourself how we can connect you with the science and mentorship needed to convert your good idea into a great one!