October Outreach Events

October 2, 2014

For Canadians interested in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), October holds many opportunities to have fun and explore!

This week across Canada, Let's Talk Science is celebrating the 11th National Biotechnology Week! Yesterday, in London, ON the annual BIOlympics event was hosted by TechAlliance, bringing together teams of Grade 7 and 8 students and community and business leaders. Let's Talk Science Outreach volunteers from Western University took part with their Crazy Crop Conundrum challenge for students to learn about biotech in agriculture. Also this week, our Let's Talk Science Outreach volunteers at the University of Toronto, St. George campus have been busy raising stem cell awareness. Each year, they celebrate Stem Cell Awareness Day by visiting local schools to do hands-on activities.

Later this month there are even more dates to look forward to! October 17-26th is National Science and Tech Week, while October 18-25th is National Chemistry Week. And of course, we can't forget about Halloween! Our local Outreach programs have been busy recruiting and training volunteers, getting ready for some fun events this month. See below for some of our highlights in October:

British Columbia

SFU Science Spooktacular
Let's Talk Science Outreach at Simon Fraser University
Date: October 25
Hundreds of families visit the University for the annual Science Spooktacular event to share wicked science activities, phantom physics and cryptic chemistry! Let's Talk Science Outreach volunteers will be set-up outside the theatre with some spooky circus-related activities. Contact ltsevent@sfu.ca or visit the Halloween Spooktacular website for more information.

SWEET: Murder Mystery
Let's Talk Science at University of British Columbia
Date: October 10, 7-10pm
Presented by Genome BC, Science World's Extravagant Evening for Teen's (SWEET) is featuring a Murder Mystery at the Telus World of Science! UBC Let's Talk Science volunteers will guide teens in DNA extractions, ELISA and chromatography assays to solve this whodunnit! Contact Sherie for more information on how to get involved.

Brighouse Science Bash
Let's Talk Science at University of British Columbia
Date: October 24, 1-4pm
Representing UBC Let's Talk Science and Genome BC, volunteers will engage kids in a variety of fun, hands-on activities. Contact coordinators, Brent (community@ubclts.com) or Sherie ( trips@ubclts.com) for more information on how to get involved.

Do It Yourself Weekend at Telus World of Science
Let's Talk Science at University of British Columbia
Date: October 25-26, 10am - 6pm
Representing UBC Let's Talk Science and Genome BC, volunteers will help kids build three-dimensional models of DNA using candy and extract DNA from kiwi fruit! Contact Sherie for more information on how to get involved.

UBC Chemistry Open House
Let's Talk Science at University of British Columbia
Date: October 25
Just in time for National Chemistry Week, UBC's Chemistry Department is opening its doors to the public! UBC Let's Talk Science volunteers will be on hand with fun, hands-on activities amid the festivities! Contact Brent for more information on how to get involved.

Alberta

Crystallography 100 Years at TELUS World of Science
Let's Talk Science Outreach at the University of Alberta
Date: October 18-24
Over the week, our volunteers will be at TELUS World of Science helping to celebrate the Year of Crystallography. Contact ltspp@ualberta.ca for more information.

Spooky Science Nights
Let's Talk Science Outreach at the University of LethbridgeSpooky Science Poster
Date: October 24 & 25
Have you ever made fake blood? Are you interested in making Lava Lamps or have your face glow in the dark? Do creepy, crawlies excite you? Then be sure to attend one of the nights at the 4th annual Spooky Science Weekend! The event is geared towards youth 5 to 12 years old. The 4th annual spooky science event will have 3 scheduled times to visit over the weekend. Registration is required, so visit letstalkscience.ca/uleth to learn more and to register.

School of Withcraft and Wizardry
Let's Talk Science Outreach at the University of Alberta
Date: October 25, 10am-4pmScience of Magic Poster
Come and explore a series of magic-themed hands-on science activities held at the University of Alberta! Put on your favorite Harry Potter costume and join us - prizes will be awarded for the best dressed! Classes offered this year include Care of Magical Creatures, Charms, Muggle Studies, Potions, and Defense Against the Dark Arts. These classes are intended for children between 6-16, but everyone is welcome to attend. Registration is required, so visit letstalkscience.ca/ualberta to learn more and to register.

Manitoba

Spooky Science Family Night
Let's Talk Science Outreach at the University of Manitoba
Date: October 24, 7-10pmSpooky Science Poster
Trick or treat! Join us for exciting, Halloween-themed, hands-on activities at the Spooky Science Family Night. Students will extract DNA from pumpkins, create "scary" microbes, mix tons of cool chemical reactions, and much more! There will also be a chemistry magic show at scheduled intervals throughout the night. This event is geared towards students in Grades 4-9 and their families, but all are welcome to attend. Contact lts.uofm@gmail.com for more information. 

Halloween Howl
Let's Talk Science Outreach at the University Winnipeg
Date: October 25, 6-9pm
Outreach volunteers will be at the Children's Museum for the annual Halloween Howl! Contact letstalkscienceuw@gmail.com for more information.

Ontario

Stem Cell Awareness Days
Let's Talk Science Outreach at the University of Toronto, St. George Campus
Date: October 
Outreach volunteers will be visiting numerous schools across Toronto to explore stem cells! Contact lts.grad@utoronto.ca to invite volunteers in Toronto to bring stem cell awareness to your class.

Lava Lamps!
Let's Talk Science Outreach at the University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus
Date: October 21
Outreach volunteers will be visiting Highland Junior High School to explore chemistry by making Lava Lamps! Contact outreach@letstalkscience.ca to invite volunteers to make Lava Lamps with your class.

University of Waterloo Science Open House
Let's Talk Science Outreach at the University of Waterloo
Date: October 25, 10am-4pm
Outreach volunteers will be on the UWaterloo campus throughout the day with hands-on STEM activities! Contact WaterlooLTS@gmail.com for more information.

Spooky Science School Visit
Let's Talk Science Outreach at the University of Windsor
Date: October 31
Outreach volunteers will be visiting Walpole Island Elementary School for a school-wide Halloween-themed science event! Contact ltsuwindsor@gmail.com for more information about bringing Outreach volunteers to your Windsor-area classroom or group.

McMaster's School for Witchcraft and WizardryWitchcraft school poster
Let's Talk Science Outreach at McMaster University
Date: November 1
Come and explore a series of magic-themed, hands-on science activities held at the McMaster University! Contact ltsppmac@gmail.com for more information. The event is free, but please register at: mcmasterfamilyscienceday.eventbrite.com. This is a public family event.

New Brunswick

Project Gaia Outreach at George Town Middle School
Let's Talk Science Outreach at University of New Brunswick, Fredericton
Date: October 23-24
In partnership with Project Gaia, our Outreach volunteers will be visiting the school with their Energy Mobility Vehicle. For more information on bringing Let's Talk Science Outreach volunteers to your class in the Fredericton area, contact ltspp.unb@gmail.com

Tech South East's Tech Trek
Let's Talk Science Outreach at Mount Allison University
Date: October 25, 8am-12pm
Outreach volunteers will be taking part in this annual event in celebration of National Science and Tech week! Contact letstalksciencemta@gmail.com for more information. 

Halloween Activites at Boyce Farmer's Market
Let's Talk Science Outreach at University of New Brunswick, Fredericton
Date: October 25
Outreach volunteers will be at the Halloween-themed market with some spooky science activities! Our volunteers are also taking part in the Pumpkin Auction, to help raise money for Autism Connections Fredericton. To learnn more, visit the Facebook Event Page.

Newfoundland and Labrador

Tricks and Treats
Let's Talk Science Outreach at Memorial University, Grenfell campsus
Date: October 29
Members of the community (adults and children) are invited to visit campus on the evening of Wednesday October 29 to participate in a series of science stations. Trick-or-treat from station to station. At each station guests will get a candy treat and participate in science "tricks". Contact letstalkscience@grenfell.mun.ca for more information.

Science Literacy Week in Toronto

September 22, 2014

This week, the Toronto libraries are celebrating Science Literacy Week and Let's Talk Science Outreach at University of Toronto, Mississauga is taking part!

Our volunteers will be set-up at the University of Toronto – Mississauga library and at the Mississauga Central Library. Visitors of all ages are welcome to drop by our tables of activities to take part in some of the fun!

Let's Talk Science Outreach at UofT, Mississauga Library
When: Monday, Sept 22; Wednesday, Sept 24; Friday, Sept 26
What: Volunteers will lead demonstrations and hands-on activities with students, faculty and staff. Visitors can try their hand at extracting DNA from fruit, making an electromagnetic motor from 3 basic materials, testing the pH of common household solutions, and using their smart phone to examine microscopic objects.

Let's Talk Science Outreach at Mississauga Central Library
When: Saturday, Sept 27
What: Volunteers will be taking visitors to the library through demonstrations and activities to learn more about the science in their everyday lives.

To see the list of the many events taking place across the city visit their website or follow the activity on Twitter with #SciLitTO. Participants throughout the week include University of Toronto Libraries (St. George, Mississauga and Scarborough campuses), York University, Toronto Public Library, and Mississauga Public Library.

 

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!

 

What's Happening This Summer

August 1, 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

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
 SUN2 500
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
 
British Columbia
 
Hands-on Science at the Victoria Drive Summermulticultural Festival
Let's Talk Science at Simon Fraser University
Sunday, August 17, 12:00-5:00PM
Location: Victoria Drive BIA, Vancouver
 
Newfoundland
 
Activities at the Royal St. John's Regatta
Let's Talk Science at Memorial University of Newfoundland
Wednesday, August 6, 8:00AM-8:00PM (weather permitting)
Location: Quidi Vidi, St. John's

Ontario

Colours
Let’s Talk Science at University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus
Friday, August 1, 11:00AM – 12:00PM
Location: Woodside Square Library, Toronto
 
Lava Lamps
Let’s Talk Science at University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus
Tuesday, August 5, 2:00-3:30PM
Location: Steeles Library, Toronto
 
Bouncing Bubbles
Let’s Talk Science at University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus
Wednesday, August 6, 1:30-3:15PM
Location: Woodside Square Library, Toronto
 
Hands-on Science at the Library
Let’s Talk Science at McMaster University
Wednesday, August 6, 2:00PM
Location: Valley Park Library, Hamilton
 
Alka-Seltzer Rockets
Let’s Talk Science at University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus
Friday, August 8, 2:00-3:30PM
Location: Steeles Library, Toronto
 
Water Science at Grand Bend Aquafest
Let’s Talk Science at Western University
Saturday, August 9, 10:00AM-1:00PM (on the beach); 2:00-5:00PM (at the YMCA)
Location: Aquafest, Grand Bend
 
Hands-on Science at the Library
Let’s Talk Science at McMaster University
Monday, August 11, 2:30PM
Location: Kenilworth Library, Hamilton
 
Hands-on Science at the Library
Let’s Talk Science at McMaster University
Tuesday, August 12, 1:30PM
Location: Locke Library, Hamilton
 
Slime
Let’s Talk Science at University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus
Tuesday, August 12, 2:00-3:00PM
Location: Agincourt Library, Toronto
 
Slime
Let’s Talk Science at University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus
Wednesday, August 13, 1:30-3:15PM
Location: Woodside Square Library, Toronto
 
Hands-on Science at the Library
Let’s Talk Science at McMaster University
Wednesday, August 13, time TBD
Location: Westdale Library, Hamilton
 
Alka-Seltzer Rockets
Let’s Talk Science at University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus
Thursday, August 14, 2:00-3:00PM
Location: Agincourt Library, Toronto
 
Hands-on Science at the Library
Let’s Talk Science at McMaster University
Thursday, August 14, 2:30PM
Location: Lynden Library, Hamilton
 
Hands-on Science at the Library
Let’s Talk Science at McMaster University
Monday, August 18, 2:30PM
Location: Millgrove Library, Hamilton
 
Hands-on Science at the Library
Let’s Talk Science at McMaster University
Tuesday, August 19, 2:30PM
Location: Freelton Library, Hamilton
 
Rainbow Milk
Let’s Talk Science at University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus
Wednesday, August 20, 1:30-3:15PM
Location: Woodside Square Library, Toronto
 
Hands-on Science at the Library
Let’s Talk Science at McMaster University
Wednesday, August 20, 2:30PM
Location: Carlisle Library, Hamilton
 
Hands-on Science at the Library
Let’s Talk Science at McMaster University
Thursday, August 21, 10:30AM
Location: Dundas Library, Hamilton
 
Hands-on Science at the Library
Let’s Talk Science at McMaster University
Thursday, August 21, 2:30PM
Location: Waterdown Library, Hamilton
 
Hands-on Science at the Library
Let’s Talk Science at McMaster University
Tuesday, August 26, 1:30PM
Location: Locke Library, Hamilton
 
Alka-Seltzer Rockets
Let’s Talk Science at University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus
Wednesday, August 27, 1:30-3:15PM
Location: Woodside Square Library, Toronto
 
Hands-on Science at the Library
Let’s Talk Science at McMaster University
Thursday, August 28, 2:00PM
Location: Barton Library, Hamilton
 

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.

 

 
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