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Our Stories

We recognize the educators, volunteers, staff, advocates and supporters who have played such a critical role in engaging children and youth in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Here, we’ve collected a series of stories that help illustrate the success Let’s Talk Science has achieved over the past two decades, thanks to our incredible contributors.

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Growing Generosity from Classrooms to Communities

2015-12-01 | Nos histoires, Our Stories

Growing Generosity from Classrooms to Communities

“At 11 to 13 years of age, my students are young enough to be here when humankind actually succeeds in colonizing other planets,” says David Lauzon. He is committed to teaching them all that he can about plants on earth — and in space. He gently places a seed in one of his student’s hands. “What’s this?” she asks. “Is it going to become a tomato?” When David replies, “No, it is actually going to become 10 or 20 tomatoes and you’re going to watch the whole process,” the look on the young girl’s face is one of absolute wonder…and joy.

Honouring Cultures and Inspiring Strong Futures

2015-12-01 | Our Stories

Honouring Cultures and Inspiring Strong Futures

Eager faces full of wonderment peer with anticipation into the mesh basket in the middle of the table. Inside, a butterfly is about to emerge from its chrysalis before a mesmerized audience of Grade Two students. Manisha Khetarpal warmly explains, “There is absolute silence as they wait for this miracle of nature.”

Student Volunteer Finds Homemade Slime Can Stretch Minds

2015-12-01 | Our Stories

Student Volunteer Finds Homemade Slime Can Stretch Minds

To Billy Sun, there’s a formula to turning children on to science. Take borax, mix with white glue, and add food colouring. The result? Homemade slime.

That’s his favourite activity when he volunteers with Let’s Talk Science Outreach at Hamilton area schools in Ontario. “The kids love it because it’s fun,” says Billy, a fourth-year health sciences student at McMaster University.

Every Child is An Explorer

2015-12-01 | Our Stories

Every Child is An Explorer

In school, giving the right answer is great. However, science teacher Phil Langford gets even more excited hearing something else from students.

“Science is asking the right questions,” says Phil, head of the science department at Bert Fox High School in Fort Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan.

TVO’s Pat Ellingson on Getting Kids Ready for School and Life

2015-09-15 | Our Stories

TVO’s Pat Ellingson on Getting Kids Ready for School and Life

Twenty years ago, Pat Ellingson stepped into the role of Creative Head, Children’s Programming at TVOKids. In partnership with Let’s Talk Science, Pat’s vision has led the way for TVOKids to help families explore and discover the science in our everyday lives with innovative and award-winning children’s programs. As Pat closes a chapter of her career at TVOKids, she shares her insights on why science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning is so critical for children.

The Science Lady Sparks Summer Fun

2014-12-01 | Nos histoires, Our Stories

The Science Lady Sparks Summer Fun

“Oh Mom, I don’t want to miss the space tomatoes on Friday!”

Not your average response from a seven-year-old in the middle of summer break. Yet that’s exactly what Taeyn told her mom, Keena, this past July. She and her friends at the Bkejwanong Children’s Centre were enthusiastic about the prospect of planting, caring for and observing the growth of seeds that Taeyn said “went to space and came back.”

It Takes a Country to Raise a Child

2014-12-01 | Our Stories

It Takes a Country to Raise a Child

It was 7pm on a Tuesday. Lisa checked in on her son studying and found him fast asleep with a quantum physics book laying on his chest. He had been up since 5am working on a project before school and couldn’t keep his eyes open any longer. Lisa’s son is just eight years old.

Championing our future: mentoring matters

2014-10-17 | Nos histoires, Our Stories

Championing our future: mentoring matters

Fifteen years ago, Cathy, a then graduate student in Physiology at Western University entered a Grade 10 classroom for her very first Let’s Talk Science Outreach visit.

Little did she know that this first visit would become the most important step in her long-term commitment to science outreach.

Role modelling & the “science” of asking questions

2014-10-17 | Nos histoires, Our Stories

Role modelling & the “science” of asking questions

Through the Let’s Talk Science Outreach program, our volunteers act as role models for young people across the country by bringing science to their doorsteps and inspiring them to ask questions and try science, hands on.

Isabel’s Story: Finding fulfillment and a career path through science outreach

2014-10-17 | Nos histoires, Our Stories

Isabel’s Story: Finding fulfillment and a career path through science outreach

Isabel Deslauriers began volunteering with Let’s Talk Science just a few weeks after entering grad school at McGill University. “When I saw a Let’s Talk Science poster in the hallway, I couldn’t believe my luck – it was a perfect opportunity for me!”

Giving inner-city children a voice through science discovery

2014-10-17 | Nos histoires, Our Stories

Giving inner-city children a voice through science discovery

Let’s Talk Science can be found at work through diverse communities across Canada, offering rich rewards for both the volunteers who lead events and activities and the children and youth they interact and engage with.

Bringing science home to Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory

2014-10-17 | Our Stories

Marcy Maracle

At Let’s Talk Science, our volunteers are passionate about the fields they work in as science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) researchers, students or professionals. Many even remember their own interest in STEM from when they were younger.

Let's Talk Science 20 Year Anniversary Video (2013)

2014-10-15 | Our Stories

Let's Talk Science 20 Year Anniversary Video (2013)

In 2013, Let’s Talk Science celebrated 20 years of engaging, inspiring and leading as an organization that prepares youth for their futures through meaningful science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning. This video helps tell the story of our community beginnings and the volunteers, champions, aspirations and determination that has shaped our charitable organization. Thanks to 3M for helping us produce this celebration video.

Science Matters - Cathy Bennett

2014-10-15 | Our Stories

Science Matters - Cathy Bennett

Parents are the first and most important educators in a child’s life. Cathy Bennett, president of Bennett Group of Companies, knows this. Hear more about her belief that exposing children to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and science-based extracurricular activities help develop children’s minds and build future career potential.

Science Matters - Jamie Long

2014-09-28 | Our Stories

Science Matters - Jamie Long

Industry supporters and champions are well positioned to plant the seed of interest in STEM learning early on. In this video clip, Jamie Long, president of Hibernia Management and Development Company Ltd. shares his keen interest in cultivating young people’s interest in STEM and watching it grow into future career potential – careers that will be in demand in coming years in major industries like oil and gas.

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