Volunteer Profile: Quincy Poon

Quincy Poon is a Pueblo Science Board Director

When and how did you first hear about Pueblo Science?

I had heard about Pueblo Science years ago through the UofT Impact Centre community, but it wasn’t until I attended their fundraiser in 2018 that I really got to know the organization, their vision and the work they do.

What volunteering job have you done with Pueblo Science?

Last year, I was an instructor for the teacher’s training workshop in the Philippines. Since then, I have been helping more with internal operations. Now I serve as Member and Secretary of the Board of Directors.

Teaching the earthquake engineering module in Coron, Palawan (top) and Davao City(bottom), RISE Philippines, 2019.

What attracted you to this cause?

Since visiting several developing countries, I have become increasingly concerned with the need to reduce inequality and poverty. I believe that a scientific mindset enables people to question the world they live in, better understand it, and ultimately change it for the better—and there’s no better way to develop that mindset than through hands-on exploration and experimentation.

Why do you continue to support Pueblo Science?

My experience in the Philippines proved to me that STEM education is lacking and that teachers are under-equipped. I believe that training teachers is the first step to building scientific capacity in developing countries.

What do you think other people should know about Pueblo Science?

Pueblo Science is about more than just fun, hands-on STEM activities. It’s also about teaching a scientific, engineering mindset that enables change and innovation.

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