Interested Mentors

Interested Mentors:


We would be honored if you would consider sharing your experiences and skills with a young learner who shares a similar interest.


Butterfly Effect is a global, cross-curricular community where students communicate through a website to guide their own learning and support the learning of others. The name and philosophy of Butterfly Effect comes from chaos theory, which states that a small change in one system can result in large differences in a later state.


To support and guide students through their inquiry projects, we enlist the help of professional mentors like you to direct student learning.  The amount of time each mentor spends with a student varies, typically one hour per week, including reading and commenting on student blogs, skype calls, webinars, or face to face meetings.


Most mentors work with a student for 3-6 months, but mentors are welcome to continue to guide a student for a longer time or take on a different student.   


We hope you will consider this unique opportunity guide and nurture the next generation of young leaders.   Please contact us if you are interested in joining Butterfly Effect.


For further information please contact Donna Usher at:

Some Example Current or Past Butterfly Effect Online Exchanges


Students: Langley, Canada and Nanyuki, Kenya

Mentor: SFU Environmental Science Student- 2nd Year [British Columbia, Canada]

Inquiry Topic: Leadership

A high school student in Langley and a high school student in Kenya are both interested in leadership. Both students have used Butterfly Effect to connect to Deven Azevedo, a second year university student at SFU. Deven and the two high school students are reading a book by Nobel prize winning Kenyan author Wangari Maathai. Their inquiry topic is leadership.  They began by looking at the Nature/Nurture debate and are continuing to share their research using the Butterfly Effect website.

Student: Nanyuki, Kenya

Mentor: UBC Medical Student-2nd Year  [British Columbia, Canada]

Inquiry Topic: Positive Effects of Bacteria

Sanavar is a grade 12 student at Loise Secondary. She is first in her class and hopes to study medicine in the future.  Sanavar is interested in learning about the benefits of bacteria. We linked Sanavar to Kathleen Ennis, a second year medical student at the University of British Columbia.

Student: Nanyuki, Kenya

Mentor: Engineer [British Columbia, Canada]

Inquiry Topic: Aviation/Plane Crashes

George is a science student at Tigithi Secondary in Nanyuki, Kenya. He is interested in aviation and plane crashes and why they happen. Rob Metz is a Burnaby based engineer who works for Transport Canada.  George and and Rob have been skyping for a number of weeks. Rob has been guiding George towards credible information sites such as FAA, EASA, Transport Canada, ICAO and IATA to find useful data to support his findings.

Student: Port Moody, Canada

Mentor: Vancouver Police Inspector [British Columbia, Canada]

Inquiry: Human Behaviour/Lying

Alex, a grade 12 student at Heritage Woods Secondary School in Port Moody, wants to be a police officer and is interested in the human behaviour of lying.  He is being mentored by Laurence Rankin, an Inspector with the Vancouver Police Department, who specializes in polygraph testing. Lawrence visited the school to run mock polygraph tests with the Heritage Woods Butterfly Effect students.



Student: Nanyuki, Kenya

Mentor: Doctor [Alberta, Canada]

Inquiry: Health/ Heart Attack

Brian, a student in Kenya, had an uncle who died of a heart attack. Brian was concerned that this might mean that he is more likely to die of similar causes.  Brian connected with Cameron Stuart, a doctor in Calgary, who guided him through an inquiry to find out why people had heart attacks. Brian was so excited about what he learned, he presented his research at a local community meeting in his village.

Student: Langley, Canada

Mentor: Educator [Nanyuki, Kenya]

Inquiry: Sustainable Gardening

Desi Chek-Harder is a grade 12 student at Langley Fine Arts School. Desi traveled to Nanyuki, in Kenya, in the summer of 2015. She interviewed Joseph, the principal of Irura Primary School, about companion gardening and the “push-pull” system. Desi took the knowledge she learned from Joseph and constructed her own garden when she returned to Canada. She later wrote a letter to Joseph thanking him and shared additional research.