March Madness 2014!

February 28th, 2014

 
As we enter into March, Let’s Talk Science outreach volunteers get busy doing community outreach! From library events to the TIFF kids Film Festival, we will have lots of opportunities to entertain and educate children and youth while they are on their March Break holidays. See below for our March community events:
 
British Columbia
 
Burnaby Brownies District Science Day
Let’s Talk Science at Simon Fraser University
Saturday, March 8
Location: Simon Fraser University
 
Surrey Library Outreach
Let’s Talk Science at Simon Fraser University
Monday, March 17, 3-4PM at Guildford Library (Super Science Challenges)
Tuesday, March 18, 10:30-11:30AM at Cloverdale (Bright Lights for Gr. 3-4)
Wednesday, March 19, 2-3PM at City Centre (Bright Lights for ages 6+)
Thursday, March 20, 10:30-11:30AM at Newton (Crime Lab for Gr. 5-7)
Friday, March 21, 10:30-11:30AM at Semiahmoo (Bugs for Gr. K-4)
Monday, March 24, 1:30-2:30PM at Ocean Park (Predator & Prey)
Tuesday, March 25, 2-3PM at Port Kells (Bugs for ages 6+)
Wednesday, March 26, 10:30-11:30AM at Strawberry Hill (Bright Lights for ages 6+)
Thursday, March 27, 10:30-11:30AM at Fleetwood (Super Science Challenges for ages 8-12 yrs)
 
Vancouver Library Outreach
Let’s Talk Science at Simon Fraser University
Tuesday, March 18, 2-3PM at Terry Salman (Slime)
Wednesday, March 19, 3:30-4:30PM at Firehall (Bugs)
Thursday, March 20, 3:45-4:45PM at Oakridge (Bugs)
Friday, March 21, 2-3PM at Marpole (Super Science challenge)
Monday, March 24, 3:45 - 4:45PM at Oakridge (Slime)
Tuesday, March 25, 3:30 - 4:30PM at South Hill (Magnets)
Wednesday, March 26, 2-3PM at Marpole  (DNA)
Thursday, March 27, 2-3PM at Hastings (DNA)
Friday, March 28, 2-3PM at Terry Salman (Bugs)
 
 
Ontario
 
Lava Lamps
Let's Talk Science at University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus
Friday, March 7, 2:00-3:30PM
Location: Woodside Square Library
Contact: Amanda Bisram (abisram@torontopubliclibrary.ca)
 
Rainbow Milk
Let's Talk Science at University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus
Friday, March 7, 2:00-3:30PM
Location: Morningside Library
Contact: Margaret Saboe (msaboe@torontopubliclibrary.ca)
 
Robert Munsch 50 Below Zero Activity (Ages 4-6)
Let's Talk Science at University of Guelph
Saturday, March 8, 1:30-2:20PM
Location: Guelph Public Library Main Branch
Contact: Andrea Curtis at the Guelph Public Library
 
Matter Matters (Ages 7-12)
Let's Talk Science at University of Guelph
Sunday, March 9, 1:30-3PM
Location: Bruce County Public Library in Kincardine
Contact: Carolyn McKeeman at the Kincardine Library (519-396-3289)
 
Cambridge Libraries Idea Factory 
Let’s Talk Science at University of Waterloo
Monday, March 10, 1:00-4:00PM
A variety of hands on Science demos and activities for families dropping by. 
Location: Clemens Mills Library 50 Saginaw Pkwy, Cambridge, ON ‎ 
Contact: Patricia Pilon - (519)740-6294
 
Hamilton Library Outreach
Let’s Talk Science at McMaster University
Monday, March 10, 2:30PM at Westdale Library
Tuesday March 11, 10:30AM at Saltfleet Library
                            1:30 pm at Locke St. Library
Wednesday, March 12, 2PM at Barton Library
Thursday March 13, 10:30AM at Terryberry Library
                             2:30 pm at Kenilworth Library
 
Joseph Schneider Haus Museum Youth Programming 
Let’s Talk Science at University of Waterloo
Monday, March 10, 12:30-1:30PM 
Location: Joseph Schneider Haus Museum, 466 Queen St S, Kitchener, ON ‎ 
Contact: (519) 742-7752
 
Little Native Hockey League Tournament 
Let’s Talk Science at University of Toronto, Mississauga Campus
Monday, March 10, 9AM-5PM at Erin Mills Arena
March 11-12, 9AM–5PM at Iceland Arena
Activity: Hockey Science and Chemistry demos
Location: Hershey Centre, 5500 Rose Cherry Place, Mississauga, L4Z 4B6 (http://www.lnhl.ca/)
 
March Break program at Mississauga Central Library
Let’s Talk Science at University of Toronto, Mississauga Campus
Monday, March 10, 2-4PM
Location: 300 City Centre Drive, Mississauga, L5B 3C1 
 
TIFF Kids Film Festival
Let’s Talk Science at University of Toronto and York University
March 10-14, 10AM–6PM
We will be at the TVO booth in the digiPlaySpace doing hands-on electricity demos! 
Location: TIFF Bell Lightbox, Reitman Square, 350 King Street West, Toronto, ON (http://tiff.net/tiffkidsdigiplayspace)
 
Ashley Oaks March Break Camp
Let’s Talk Science at Western University
Tuesday, March 11, 9:30-11AM
Activity: Magnet Madness and Super Science Challenge
Location: Ashley Oaks Public School (121 Ashlely Cres., London)
 
Balden Branch Library: Dynamic Dinos and Crime Labs
Let’s Talk Science at University of Waterloo
Wednesday, March 12, 2:15-3PM Dynamic Dinos 
                                  3:15-4:15 PM Crime Labs
Location: Balden Branch Library 115 Snyder’s Rd. E, Baden 
Contact: (519)-634-8933
 
Elmira Library: Dynamic Dinos and Arctic Animals
Let’s Talk Science at University of Waterloo
Wednesday, March 12, 10:15- 11:00AM Dynamic Dinos
                                   11:15-12:15 PM Arctic Animals
Location: Elmira Library 65 Arthur St. S, Elmira
Contact: 519-669-5477
 
Chemistry Magic Show
Let’s Talk Science at University of Guelph
Wednesday, March 12, 15 minute shows from 1-3PM
Location: Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre, Southhampton
Contact: Christine Schmidt at the BCM&CC (519-797-2080 ext. 104)   
 
Robert Munsch 50 Below Zero Activity (Ages 4-6)
Let's Talk Science at the University of Guelph
Wednesday, March 12, 2:30-3:30PM
Location: Guelph Public Library East Side Branch
Contact: Andrea Curtis at the Guelph Public Library
 
Ayr Library: Dynamic Dinos and Crime Labs
Let’s Talk Science at University of Waterloo
Thursday, March 13th, 10:15- 11:00AM Dynamic Dinos 
                                  11:15-12:15PM Crime Labs
Location: Ayr Library 137 Stanley St, Ayr, ON
Contact: (519) 632-7298
 
New Hamburg Library: Dinos and Bright Lights
Let’s Talk Science at University of Waterloo
Thursday, March 13th, 2:00-2:45PM Dynamic Dinos 
                                  3-4PM Bright Lights  
Location: New Hamburg Library 145 Huron St, New Hamburg
Contact: (519)-662-1112
 
March Break Madness at Pickering Nuclear Information Centre
Let’s Talk Science at UOIT
Friday, March 14, 10AM and 1PM
Location: Pickering, ON
 
Catapulting Bird Stuffies
Let's Talk Science at University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus
Friday, March 14, 2:00-3:30PM
Location: Highland Creek Library
Contact: Seema Rambharose (srambharose@torontopubliclibrary.ca)
 
Slime
Let's Talk Science at University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus
Friday, March 14, 2:00-3:30PM
Location: Woodside Square Library
Contact:​ Amanda Bisram (abisram@torontopubliclibrary.ca)
 
Hands On Science at College Royal Open House Weekend
Let's Talk Science at the University of Guelph
Saturday, March 15, 9-5 and Sunday, March 16, 9-4
Location: University of Guelph campus (Science Complex Room 1504)
Contact: Let's Talk Science at the University of Guelph (uguelph@letstalkscience.ca)
 
Spark and Brownie Event at Morton Way School
Let’s Talk Science at University of Toronto, Mississauga Campus
Monday, March 24, 6:30-8PM
Location: 200 Morton Way, Brampton, L6Y 2P8 
 
Toronto Public Library Outreach
Let’s Talk Science at University of Toronto, Scarborough campus
Over March Break, volunteers will be running activities at:
Woodside Square Library (Contact: Amanda Bisram abisram@torontopubliclibrary.ca)
Morningside Library (Contact: Margaret Saboe msaboe@torontopubliclibrary.ca)
Highland Creek Library (Contact: Seema Rambharose srambharose@torontopubliclibrary.ca)
 
 
 
Quebec
 
Touche à tout la science
Parlons sciences a l’Université de Sherbrooke
3 Mars, 13h à 17h
Location: Musée de la nature et des sciences
Contact: Pierre Marcotte
 

 

2014 High School Symposia

 

February 19, 2014

High school students will be taking part in a variety of symposia in the coming months. Let`s Talk Science outreach sites host day-long on-campus events designed to allow students to immerse themselves in a specific topic. Check out the upcoming events below:

Big Ideas in Energy
Let’s Talk Science at McGill University
Tuesday February 18th
Contact: lts.mcgill@gmail.com

Let’s Talk nanoScience
Let’s Talk Science at the University of Alberta
Friday February 21st
Contact: ltspp@ualberta.ca
Website: explorecuriocity.org/Community/Symposia/LetsTalknanoScience

Biomedical Symposium
Let’s Talk Science at the University of Victoria
Thursday February 27th
Contact: lts@uvic.ca

StemCellTalks – Neural Stem Cells
Let’s Talk Science at the University of Toronto, St. George
Friday March 7th
Contact: lts.grad@utoronto.ca
Website: explorecuriocity.org/Community/Symposia/StemCellTalks/Toronto

StemCellTalks – Ottawa
Let`s Talk Science at the University of Ottawa
Monday March 24th
Contact: info@stemcelltalksottawa.ca  
Website: explorecuriocity.org/Community/Symposia/StemCellTalks/Ottawa

StemCellTalks - Hamilton
Let`s Talk Science at McMaster University
Thursday April 17th
Contact: hamiltonsct@gmail.com
Website: explorecuriocity.org/Community/Symposia/StemCellTalks/Hamilton

Engineering Olympics
Let’s Talk Science at the University of Victoria
Friday April 25th
Contact: lts@uvic.ca

StemCellTalks – Stem Cell Therapy to Improve Vision Loss
Let’s Talk Science at the University of British Columbia
Friday May 16th
Contact: stemcelltalksvancouver@gmail.com
Website: explorecuriocity.org/Community/Symposia/StemCellTalks/Vancouver

Quantum Physics Symposium
Let’s Talk Science at the University of Victoria
Friday May 23rd
Contact: lts@uvic.ca

SET Challenge
Let’s Talk Science at the University of Calgary
Saturday June 7th
Contact: ucltspp@gmail.com
Website: explorecuriocity.org/Community/Symposia/SETChallenge

Forensic Anthropology Symposium
Let’s Talk Science at the University of Victoria
Saturday June 14th
Contact: lts@uvic.ca

Social Science Symposium
Let’s Talk Science at the University of Victoria
Date TBD
Contact: lts@uvic.ca

These symposia are coordinated as part of the Let's Talk Science Outreach program, which mobilizes thousands of university and college students each year to deliver fun, exciting hands-on science activities to children and youth across Canada, free of charge. The Science Outreach program is supported through donations, grants and the contributions of participating universities and colleges.

Let's Talk Science would like to thank our primary Science Outreach supporters: Imperial Oil Foundation, NSERC, Pfizer Canada, Synapse-CIHR, The Federal Economic Development Agency of Southern Ontario, The Government of Ontario, Hibernia Management and Development Company, Honda Canada Foundation, Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Trottier Family Foundation.

Science is Beautiful Art Competition

 

January 30, 2014

SiBVideoStillsThe world around us is full of wonder and beauty, from natural to technological creations. Through our ever increasing understanding of the universe, one can glimpse a small slice of the complexity and elegance all around us. Let’s Talk Science is working to spread this wonder with the Science is Beautiful Art Competition.

After a successful competition in 2013 run through Let’s Talk Science at Carleton University and the University of Ottawa, the competition is being run nationally at multiple Let’s Talk Science Outreach sites.

Contest Details
Each entry must be accompanied by both a short description of the work, and a short description of the scientific concept(s) involved or represented (each with a maximum of 200 words). Entries can be submitted individually, or in groups, but only one entry per person/group is allowed. Contest is for high school students (Grades 9-12), and can be in any art medium.  

Deadline: Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 before 4PM
Contact: Katy Hartling at katy.letstalkscience@gmail.com
For more information contact the Let’s Talk Science Outreach sites taking part in the contest:

Let’s Talk Science at University of Ottawa and Carleton University: http://www.letstalkscience.ca/ottawa/news-events/event-listings/science-is-beautiful-art-competition.html

Let’s Talk Science at the University of Manitoba: http://letstalkscience.ca/umanitoba/news-events  

Let’s Talk Science at the University of Victoria:lts@uvic.ca

Let’s Talk Science at McGill University:lts.mcgill@gmail.com

 

Big Ideas in Energy

 

February 18, 2014
 
Let’s Talk Science at McGill University is hosting its first ever Big Ideas in Energy Symposium on February 18, 2014.  Local scientists and energy industry professionals will speak to high school students from the Pearson School Board about some common and some not so common forms of energy production.  
 
Big Ideas shared in the symposium talks include:
  • Learning how harnessing mitochondrial energy could change the future 
  • Hearing how Canada is tapping in to nuclear energy
  • Understanding what effects public and industrial energy consumption have on climate change
  • Exploring opportunities to harness energy from elsewhere in the universe
Support for this event provided by the Trottier Family Foundation and Neuro, along with the volunteer organizers from Let’s Talk Science at McGill University.
 
Big Ideas in Energy Symposium
Let’s Talk Science, McGill University
Location: SSMU Ballroom 3480 rue McTavish Montreal Quebec 
Date: February 18, 2014
 

 

Space Day in Winnipeg

January 9, 2014

Let's Talk Science at the University of Manitoba will be hosting its first Space Day! in partnership with The University of Manitoba Space Applications and Technology Society (UMSATS) and the Manitoba Museum.

Taking place at the Manitoba Museum Science Gallery, the event is geared towards families and youth Grades 4 to 12. Space Day! Will run this Saturday and Sunday, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

The day will consist of many space-themed activities by the Let's Talk Science volunteers including building a Mars Rover, exploring with constellation telescopes, making slime, and sewing a microbe (since many space missions involve seeing how extremophiles survive in extreme conditions). In addition, visitors can explore circuits, microscopic creatures, space stations with UMSATS. The group will even be bringing their satellite that they hope to launch into space in the near future!

The event is open to the public, however general Manitoba Museum fees will apply.

Event Name: Space Day!
Date: Saturday January 11th and Sunday, January 12th, 2014
Time: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Manitoba Museum – Science Gallery (190 Rupert Ave., Winnipeg, Manitoba)
How to Participate: A fun hands-on event – where students will learn the basic science behind space missions! Everyone is encouraged to dress in a "space theme" fashion.
Contact:lts.uofm@gmail.com

 

 

 
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