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What is VROC?   

Virtual Researcher On Call (VROC) is an educational program that connects K-12 classrooms with Canadian subject matter experts for customized, interactive video calls. The best part? VROC is available to teachers across Canada at no cost.



BIG NEWS!!! VROC has recently expanded to include ALL SUBJECT AREAS. If you don’t find an appropriate subject matter expert for your desired topic in our directory, please email the details to vrocpc@pirweb.org and we will be happy to seek an appropriate expert on your behalf! (2-3 weeks notice recommended)

Over 350 Canadian researcher and professional profiles are listed in our online directory, ExpertBook. Educators can sign in here and search this directory using key word(s) and contact these subject matter experts directly to request one or more video calls. VROC connections can take place in English or French.


Typical VROC video calls include one or more of:

VROC in the classroom

    • Informal Q&A
    • Short Presentation
    • Virtual Tour
    • Demonstrations

Technical Requirements:

    • Internet Connection
    • Computer/Tablet
    • Webcam
    • Microphone
    • Speakers

Not sure where to begin? Check out our FAQs. Ready to get started? Sign up here.


 What are people saying about VROC?

“Dr. Skerjanc was an amazing partner for our class. She not only shared her work and experience in biochemistry but mentored and became a role model for the students.”
Brandon Zoras, Toronto District School Board

“I had a great time with Brandon’s class. They were very interested in what I had to say and asked a lot of questions. I felt that if I can reach a high school teacher with what I’m doing, then this can get passed on to many students over the years.”
Dr. Ilona Skerjanc, University of Ottawa

“VROC provided a real life, positive experience for my students and it allowed them to see the application of the chemistry we were studying in class to today’s society. It also exposed them to facets of post-secondary life and allowed them to peek through the door that they’re about to walk through when they are finished high school.”
Craig Orieux, Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board

“I have found the VROC program to be especially rewarding. The students are keenly interested in science and I have the opportunity to highlight some of our ongoing work, as well as new research results from the rest of the world. I continue to be impressed with the probing questions they ask.The fact that we hook up via the internet means that we can communicate no matter which continent I am on!”
Dr. John Smol, Queen’s University

“VROC has provided me with an outlet to share my passion for research and science with children and youth, and my hope is that in some small way it inspires our future leaders to consider a career in science. It is in this way that the VROC program is symbiotic and mutually beneficial. I strongly believe in the VROC mandate and will continue to support the program to ensure our science and research base remains competitive and among the best in the world.”
Dr. Nick Bellissimo, Ryerson University