What's Happening This Summer

June 30th, 2014

As we enter into summer, Let’s Talk Science outreach volunteers get busy doing community outreach! From library events to summer festivals, we will have lots of opportunities to entertain and educate children and youth while they are on their summer holidays. See below for our summer community events and keep checking back for updates!

 Alberta

Science Day
Let's Talk Science at University of Alberta
Wednesday, July 16, 9:00AM-3:00PM
Location: Maskwachis 
* Not open to the general public
 
Five Senses of the Human Body
Let's Talk Science at University of Alberta
Tuesday, August 6, noon-3:00PM
Location: Westmount Community Centre, Edmonton
*Offered through the Alliance Francais d'Edmonton
 
Exploring the Solar System
Let's Talk Science at University of Alberta
Saturday, August 16, 10:00AM-4:00PM
Location: University of Alberta, CCIS Centre 5th floor
 
Save the Earth
Let's Talk Science at University of Alberta
Tuesday, August 26, noon-3:00PM
Location: Westmount Community Centre, Edmonton
*Offered through the Alliance Francais d'Edmonton

Ontario

Colours Activity
Let's Talk Science at University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus
Friday, July 4, 10:30-11:00AM
Location: Highland Creek Library, Toronto

Hands-on Science
Let's Talk Science at McMaster University
Monday, July 7, 2:30PM
Location: Kenilworth Library, Hamilton
 
Hands-on Science
Let's Talk Science at McMaster University
Wednesday, July 9, time TBD
Location: Westdale Library, Hamilton
 
Feast for the Senses
Let's Talk Science at University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus
Wednesday, July 9, 2:00-3:00PM
Location: Highland Creek Library, Toronto
 
From Asteroids to Meteorites, What's on Your Mind Speaker Series
Let's Talk Science at Western University, Canada
Thursday, July 10, 7:00-8:00PM
Location: Stevenson Room, Central Library, London
 
Rube Goldberg Challenge
Let's Talk Science at University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus
Thursday, July 10, 2:00-3:00PM
Location: Highland Creek Library, Toronto
 
Bouncing Bubbles
Let's Talk Science at University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus
Friday, July 11, 10:30-11:00AM
Location: Highland Creek Library, Toronto
 
Hands-on Science
Let's Talk Science at McMaster University
Tuesday, July 15, time TBD
Location: Locke Library, Hamilton
 
Action Potential Relay
Let's Talk Science at University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus
Wednesday, July 16, 2:00-3:00PM
Location: Highland Creek Library, Toronto
 
Hands-on Science
Let's Talk Science at Western University, Canada
Wednesday, July 16, 2:00-3:00PM
Location: Carson Library, London
 
Lava Lamps
Let's Talk Science at University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus
Thursday, July 17, 2:00-3:00PM
Location: Highland Creek Library, Toronto
 
Hands-on Science
Let's Talk Science at McMaster University
Tuesday, July 22, 10:30AM
Location: Saltfleet Library, Hamilton
 
Slime
Let's Talk Science at University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus
Tuesday, July 22, 2:00-3:30PM
Location: Goldhawk Park Library, Toronto
 
Hands-on Science
Let's Talk Science at McMaster University
Tuesday, July 22, 2:00PM
Location: Stoney Creek Library, Hamilton
 
Lava Lamps
Let's Talk Science at University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus
Wednesday, July 23, 2:00-3:00PM
Location: Highland Creek Library, Toronto

Dynamic Dinos
Let's Talk Science at York University
Wednesday, July 23, 2:00-3:00PM
Location: Maria A. Shchuka Public Library, Toronto

Lava Lamps
Let's Talk Science at University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus
Thursday, July 24, 2:00-3:30PM
Location: Goldhawk Park Library, Toronto
 
I Like to Move It
Let's Talk Science at University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus
Thursday, July 24, 2:00-3:00PM
Location: Highland Creek Library, Toronto
 
Hands-on Science
Let's Talk Science at McMaster University
Tuesday, July 29, 1:30PM
Location: Locke Library, Hamilton
 
Slime
Let's Talk Science at University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus
Tuesday, July 29, 2:00-3:30PM
Location: Bridlewood Library, Toronto
 
Summer Science at the Library
Let's Talk Science at University of Guelph
Tuesday, July 29, 1:00-2:30PM
Location: Meaford Public Library, Meaford
 
Hands-on Science at Discovery Square
Let's Talk Science at the University of Waterloo
Tuesday, July 29, 6:00-8:00PM
Location: Civic Square, Kitchener
 
Hands-on Science
Let's Talk Science at McMaster University
Wednesday, July 30, 10:30AM
Location: Dundas Library, Hamilton

Building Aliens
Let's Talk Science at York University
Wednesday, July 30, 2:00-3:00PM
Location: Downsview Public Library, Toronto

Biodiversity
Let's Talk Science at University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus
Wednesday, July 30, 2:00-3:00PM
Location: Highland Creek Library, Toronto
 
Hands-on Science
Let's Talk Science at McMaster University
Wednesday, July 30, 2:00PM
Location: Terryberry Library, Hamilton

Canada-Wide Science Fair at the University of Windsor

 

May 12, 2014

This week, over 2000 students will be welcomed to the University of Windsor for the Canada-Wide Science Fair! Each year, Youth-Science Canada hosts this national competition in a different Canadian city. The event brings together 500 top young scientists (in grades 7-12/Cégep) from across the country to compete for highly prized cash, scholarship, and science experience awards.

Let’s Talk Science at the University of Windsor will be taking part in this weeklong event. After viewing the science fair finalists’ projects, visitors will take part in multiple fun and hands-on/minds-on activities including a biotechnology mystery and a catapulting birds challenge.

Details:

What: Canada-Wide Science Fair

When: May 10-17, 2014

Where: University of Windsor, St. Denis Centre

For a full event schedule visit: https://cwsf.youthscience.ca/ 

Let’s Talk Science and Youth Science Canada have worked together to inspire and engage Canadian youth in science, technology, engineering and technology (STEM) for a number of years. Let’s Talk Science has been involved at the regional science fair level through the organizing committee, offering volunteer judges, and/or providing hands-on activities the day of the fair. At the national Canada-wide Science Fair, Let’s Talk Science has sat on the organizing committee in the past and for the past four years, our Let’s Talk Science local outreach coordinators and volunteers have been involved in the organization and planning of some of the events during the Canada-wide Science Fair in their city. 

Recently, we have extended this partnership in a virtual way, through CurioCity. Select finalists will have summaries of their projects posted on CurioCity so that their research can be shared with the public and hopefully inspire other youth to participate in the fair. You can read about the 2013 finalists here: explorecuriocity.org/YSC and we look forward to reading the 2014 finalists’ projects soon!

 

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
 

 

Canadian experts connect with students during DNA Day 2014

DNADay2014On Tuesday, April 29th, Canadian science experts will answer questions from students, educators and the general public for Canada's DNA Day 2014. Developed by Let’s Talk Science and Genome Alberta, DNA Day is a unique day where students, teachers and the public can learn more about genetics and genomics in Canada. DNA Day in Canada is modeled on the U.S. DNA Day to acknowledge the discovery of DNA's Double Helix in 1953 by James Watson and Francis Crick. It is also an opportunity to mark the April 2003 announcement of the completion of the Human Genome Project.

Classrooms across the country have been preparing genetics and genomics-related questions to ask Canadian science experts. Hosted on Let's Talk Science's CurioCity program, DNA Day includes a one-hour Google Hangout with Jay Ingram, past host of the Discovery Channel’s, Daily Planet; five Q&A sessions with Canadian experts; and, video answers to pre-submitted student questions.

The Canadian experts include:

Sean Myles, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Agriculture, Dalhousie University Canada Research Chair, Agricultural Genetic Diversity

Dennis McCormac, Director, Genomics Services and Technology Assessment, Ontario Genomics Institute & the Centre for Applied Genomics at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto

Thomas Merritt, Geneticist & Associate Professor, Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Laurentian University, and Canada Research Chair, Bioinformatics & Genomics

Jay Ingram, Science Writer and Broadcaster, former host of the Discovery Channel’s Daily Planet

Paul Gordon, Bioinformatics Support Specialist, Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute

Monique Haakensen, President & Principal Scientist, Contango Strategies, and Member of Canada's Science, Technology and Innovation Council (STIC)

DNA Day takes place from 9am EDT to 5pm EDT on Tuesday, April 29th. To learn more or take part in DNA Day, please visit www.letstalkdna.ca.

 

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.

 
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