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.

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.



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


Let’s Talk Science Outreach at Memorial University Hosts Annual Empowering Women to Fuel the Future Conference

November 1, 2013

Today Let's Talk Science Outreach at Memorial University kicks-off their annual Empowering Women to Fuel the Future conference which will run today until November 23, 2013 at the Albatross Hotel in Gander.

Empowering Women to Fuel the Future is a three day conference sponsored by Hibernia Management and Development Company Ltd., and is centered around informing young women about the career options and science associated with the oil and gas industry.

At the conference, the attendees will be introduced to the unique demands of the oil and gas industry, meet professionals currently in the field, attend seminars and participate in hands-on science activities. Representatives from Memorial University will also be on-site to answer questions on the education requirements to pursue careers in the petroleum industry.

Professionals speaking at the conference include Maggie Sutherland, Women in Science and Engineering Newfoundland and Labrador (WISE NL), and Dr. Lesley James from the Memorial University Faculty of Engineering.

We hope the girls and volunteers have a fun and educational few days.


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