Butterfly Effect is a global, cross- curricular community where students work collaboratively to guide their own learning and support the learning of others. To learn more about Butterfly Effect, watch the following video

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. Butterfly Effect students move beyond school curriculum to discover and research areas about which they are passionate.

Butterfly Class

Students share inquiry based projects online with the support of mentors and peers from other schools, and countries. We enlist engineers, historians, physicians, chefs, artists, and other global professionals to support and guide student learning. This provides students in Canada and Kenya the rare opportunity to exchange ideas with students and professionals in other countries.

In this global environment, students collaborate rather than compete; students are encouraged to give and find inspiration for their ideas, develop leadership skills, and learn in a supportive, flexible online community that is accessible anywhere, anytime.

Here are just a few of many current and past online exchanges:

Students: Langley, Coquitlam and Surrey (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 Mathai. Their inquiry topic is leadership. They began by looking at the Nature/Nurture debate and are continuing to share their research online using the Butterfly Effect website.

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

Inquiry Topic: Health/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 Topic: 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 Lawrence 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 Topic: 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 Topic: 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.