23 Canadian post-secondary institutions host Let's Talk Science Challenge

2016-04-22

3,200 Gr. 6-8 students participate in the 2016 Let’s Talk Science Challenge

Meaghan and LauraMeaghan and Laura, two of the 3,200 participants in this year’s Let’s Talk Science Challenge

Meaghan and Laura have been preparing for the Let’s Talk Science Challenge since February. Their team is one of three from Holy Cross Junior High School in St. John’s that will be participating with over 140 students at the Memorial University on April 29, 2016. This is their second year participating.

When talking about her experience at last year’s event, Laura commented, “It was really fun and we learned stuff. There were lots of good questions.” Megan added “and we got pizza”.

Math is their favourite topic, and is one of several science, technology, engineering and mathematics units covered in the Let’s Talk Science Challenge quiz show. Another part of the event is the engineering design challenge. “It’s pretty fun because you get to make it, design it and then test it out,” said Laura.

Students from McGill participate in LTSC
Students participate in the Science Quiz show at the 2015 Let’s Talk Science Challenge at the University of Guelph

The Let’s Talk Science Challenge kicks off this week at the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton on April 22, and will take place at 23 Let’s Talk Science Outreach sites across Canada until May 27. This year over 3,200 students will participate in this free, fun-filled program that encourages students to build their team skills, interact with relevant role models and test their abilities against peers. The Let’s Talk Science Challenge includes an exciting question and answer competition, an interactive, hands-on engineering design challenge, guest speakers and more! It inspires students to acquire science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) knowledge beyond their curriculum.

When asked about her student’s experience from previous years, educator Geralyn Manion of Holy Name from the Toronto Catholic District School Board stated “EVERY single one of my students who has participated in the Let’s Talk Science Challenge will tell you that it is exciting, fun and that they can’t wait until next year to do it again.” (read more about Geralyn’s experience)

Students from McGill participate in LTSC
Students taking part in the design challenge at the 2015 University of Toronto, St. George Campus Challenge

Through its free programs, Let’s Talk Science supports science literacy by engaging students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) from Kindergarten to Grade 12. We would like to thank this years Let’s Talk science Challenge supporters CH2M, The Government of Canada, Honda Canada Foundation, Shaw (media partner), The Trottier Family Foundation, 3M Canada, for making the 2016 Let’s Talk Science Challenge possible. 

For more information about this and other Let’s Talk Science programs please visit - Let’s Talk Science programs.