Winter training workshops

November 18, 2013

Science with Impact workshopFor the eighth year, Let's Talk Science is offering Science with Impact® workshops coast to coast across Canada in partnership with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

Through its Synapse – Youth Connection initiative, CIHR provides funding each year to offer this unique training workshop at selected universities across Canada free of charge!

These workshops, designed and presented by experienced Let's Talk Science facilitators, provide those interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) outreach with effective strategies to plan and conduct outreach with youth in a variety of settings.

Science with Impact® is hands-on and focuses on educational learning theories, teaching strategies and learning styles, designing hands-on learning activities and explains how to make science outreach experiences relevant and fun. This year, workshops are being held at:

London, ON: December 17, 2013, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM at Western University, Canada
Edmonton, AB: January 20, 2014, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM at the University of Alberta
Hamilton, ON: February 11, 2014, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM at McMaster University
Saskatoon, SK: February 13, 2014, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM at the University of Saskatchewan
St. John's, NL: March 7, 2014, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM at Memorial University 
Moncton, NB: March 14, 2014 at Université de Moncton (French workshop)

We are hoping to again work with many excited individuals who are engaged in STEM outreach and to leave them with some new knowledge and inspiration!

If you would like more information or to register for any of the upcoming Science with Impact® workshops, please contact:

Susie Taylor, Special Programs Coordinator, Let's Talk Science
susietaylor@letstalkscience.ca
1-877-474-4081 ext. 240

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Celebrating National Science and Technology Week & National Chemistry Week

October 10, 2013

Dalhousie Science Rendezvous 2013 018October is a busy month for science education and awareness with National Science and Technology Week and National Chemistry Week both occurring at the end of the month.

Let's Talk Science Outreach volunteers will be taking part in the celebrations with a variety of activities. As a special brand of science fun, many Let's Talk Science Outreach sites also take the time to celebrate the science of all things spooky, with Halloween-themed community events.

To find an event in your community check out the listings below:

ALBERTA

Unique Careers in Science
Let's Talk Science at the University of Calgary
Location: Ernest Manning High School
Date: Wednesday, October 23, 2013, 10:30AM-12:00PM
Description: Volunteers will be visiting Ernest Manning High School to complete air pressure and weather related activities. For media inquiries, please contact: mmaclellan@letstalkscience.ca.

University of Lethbridge Spooky Science Nights
Let's Talk Science at the University of Lethbridge
Location: University of Lethbridge, Atrium of University Hall
Date: Friday, October 25 & Saturday, October 26, 2013, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Description: Who is not fascinated by cool, creepy science? Children will take part in many explorations including testing the sour levels of Halloween candy, testing the density of Halloween decorations, creating a "scientific ghost buster", writing mysterious secret messages, and preparing some gooey, colorful slime! The evening will conclude with some captivating and explosive demonstrations. And to top the night off, there will be ice cream from liquid nitrogen for all.
*Please register by October 22nd at https://ltspookyscience2013.eventbrite.ca or to contact the organizers directly at uleth@letstalkscience.ca.

School of Witchcraft and Wizardry: Science, Magic, and Medicine
Let's Talk Science at the University of Alberta
Location: Katz Group Building, University of Alberta
Date: Saturday, October 26, 2013; 10:00AM – 4:00PM
Description: Witness magic unfold in the form of science! From magical plants to explosive demonstrations, see how much of the magic we know of can be achieved with a little knowledge of science. Let's Talk Science has organized a series of magic-themed hands-on science activities for children ages 7 - 12 to participate in. NB: all children must be accompanied by adults.
*Please register in advance at: sciencemagicmedicine-ualberta.eventbrite.ca.

BRITISH COLUMBIA

Guinness World Record Event
Let's Talk Science at the University of Victoria
Location: 
Victoria, BC
Date: 
Friday, October 18, 2013
Description: 
Thousands of Canadians at hundreds of locations across the country will be taking part in setting a Guinness World Record for the Largest Science Lesson. Let's Talk Science will be joining to help set this record! This event was created to kick-off National Science and Technology Week.
For more information visit: http://www.science.gc.ca/nstw.

Unique Careers in Science
Let's Talk Science at the University of British Columbia
Location: Prince of Wales Mini School
Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Description: Volunteers will be visiting the Prince of Wales Mini School to complete hands-on science activities. For media inquiries, please contact: mmaclellan@letstalkscience.ca.

Brighouse Bash
Let's Talk Science at the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University
Location: Richmond Brighouse Library
Date: Friday October 25, 11:00AM-2:00PM
Description: Join the excitement and take part in some incredible hands on science activities that will be available for both young and old at the 6th annual Brighouse Science Celebration! Learn about the mysteries of the universe, make candy DNA models, and much more!

Health Science Symposium
Let's Talk Science at Simon Fraser University
Location: Simon Fraser University
Date: Friday October 25
Description: With the Faculty of Health Sciences, volunteers are hosting a mini high school symposium. A group of high school students will be visiting the university to participate in a short immunology talk followed by hands-on activities in the science labs using DNA extraction and blood typing to solve a crime!

Halloween Science Spooktacular Day
Let's Talk Science at Simon Fraser University
Locations: Bear Creek Elementary
Date: Thursday October 31
Description: Throughout the day 12 classes will have Halloween-themed science activities!

MANITOBA

Spooky Science Family Night
Let's Talk Science at the University of Manitoba
Date: Friday October 25, 7:00-10:00PM
Location: University of Manitoba, EITC Atrium
Description: Join us on this enchanted evening to unlock the mysteries of science! The event is geared towards children in grades 4-9 and their families. You'll get to meet the school of Witchcraft and Wizardry's top professors and students who will help you learn many exciting, Halloween-themed, hands-on activities such as making slime, creating "scary" microbes, and tons of cool chemical reactions! In addition, there will be a chemistry magic show at scheduled intervals throughout the night.
For more information contact Let's Talk Science at: lts.uofm@gmail.com.

Halloween Howl
Let's Talk Science at the University of Winnipeg
Location: Manitoba Children's Museum (at The Forks)
Date: Saturday October 26, 2013, 6:00-9:00PM
Description: Every year the Children's Museum of Manitoba hosts a Halloween-themed event for children. Children are invited to dress up in costume and participate in a variety of Halloween activities! Let's Talk Science at the University of Winnipeg collaborates with the museum every year to run various science-based activities with a spooky twist. This year, we will be operating a "spooky science lab" that will showcase tons of fun and "scary" experiments.
To learn more about the Halloween Howl visit: http://childrensmuseum.com/.

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NEW BRUNSWICK

Boys and Girls Club outreach
Let's Talk Science at the University of New Brunswick, Saint John campus
Location:
 Saint John, NB
Date: 
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Description: 
Let's Talk Science volunteers at the University of New Brunswick will be doing physics-themed activities.

Let's Talk Science at the Market!
Let's Talk Science at the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton campus
Location: Boyce Farmer's Market, Fredericton
Date: Saturday, October 26, 7:30AM-2:00PM
Description: Children, youth and their families will have the opportunity to do various hands-on Halloween themed science and technology activities such as making slime, brewing witch's potion and creating circuits to play spooky songs!
For more information contact: ltspp.unb@gmail.com.

UNBSJ Open house
Let's Talk Science at the University of New Brunswick, Saint John campus
Location: Saint John, NB
Date:
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Description:
Let's Talk Science volunteers at the University of New Brunswick will be running a booth during the open house.

NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR

I LOVE GRENFELL- Carnival
Let's Talk Science at Memorial University, Grenfell campus
Location: Grenfell Campus, Arts and Science Atrium
Date: Wednesday, October 23, 2013, 10:00AM-2:00PM
Description: Volunteers will be encouraging students to thinking about how science is everywhere with a few interactive demonstrations to celebrate NSTW and the I LOVE GRENFELL events.

ONTARIO

Guinness World Record Event
Let's Talk Science at Cambrian College
Location: Sudbury ON
Date: Friday, October 18, 2013
Description: Thousands of Canadians at hundreds of locations across the country will be taking part in setting a Guinness World Record for the Largest Science Lesson. Let's Talk Science will be joining to help set this record! This event was created to kick-off National Science and Technology Week.
For more information visit: http://www.science.gc.ca/nstw.

Science & Technology Week activities at the Library!
Let's Talk Science at the University of Guelph
Location: Guelph Public Libraries (Westminster Branch and Downtown Branch)
Date: Saturday October 19
Description: Let's Talk Science volunteers will be running 3 one hour activities throughout the day:
@ Westminster Branch:
10:00-11:00AM: Something Good (Nutrition) for 4-7 year-olds
11:00AM-12:00PM: Matter Matters for 7-11 year-olds
@ Downtown Branch:
2:00-3:00PM: Flight for 12-15 year-olds

Let's Talk (Spooky) Science at the Elora Fright Fest
Let's Talk Science at the University of Guelph and the University of Waterloo
Location: Elora FrightFest in the vacant lot beside the Mill St Bakery & Bistro (15 Mill St. East, Elora ON)
Date: Saturday October 19 11:00AM-10:00PM; Sunday October 20 11:00AM-5:00PM
Description: Elora FrightFest is a community fair around the theme of monsters and Halloween. Let's Talk Science at the Universities of Guelph and Waterloo will be enchanting children with spellbinding and spooky science at our booth. Come on by to make some glow in the dark slime! Or learn all about your GUTS!
For more information visit: http://elora.info/events/monster-month-elora/.
Or email: letstalkscience.guelph@gmail.com.

Lucan Hockey Tournament
Let's Talk Science at Fanshawe College
Location: 
Lucan Community Centre, Leprechaun room
Date: 
Saturday October 19 10:00AM-2:00PM
Description: 
Let's Talk Science volunteers will be running hands-on science activities at the Lucan community centre.

Science at Knox Pumpkin Farm
Let's Talk Science at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Location: Knox Pumpkin Farm
Date: Saturday October 26, 10:00AM-2:15PM
Description: Volunteers will be visiting Knox Pumpkin Farm to do hands-on science activities.
For more information contact: Lindsay.beyger@uoit.ca.

Canmet Open House
Let's Talk Science at McMaster University
Location: McMaster Innovation Park, Canmet Facility, Longwood Rd
Date: Saturday October 26, 10:00AM-3:00PM
Description: The open house features various science activities and a tour of the new facility. Let's Talk Science volunteers will be taking part with hands-on science activities.

To see all events taking place to celebrate National Science and Technology Week visit their website

To find a Let's Talk Science Outreach site near you visit our outreach site listing.

 

Taking science on the road

May 17, 2013

As the weather begins to warm, Let's Talk Science Outreach volunteers begin to travel more and more throughout Canada. During the spring and summer months, many Let's Talk Science Outreach volunteers take part in trips to rural areas of Canada, where free hands-on science is harder for youth to access.

This year the trips vary from one day repeat visits (Let's Talk Science Outreach at the University of Winnipeg returned to Carman, MB to explore DNA) to week long summer camps (Let's Talk Science Outreach volunteers from UofT, St. George will spend 5 days in Sandy Lake First Nation for their 3rd annual visit). The Let's Talk Science Outreach volunteers at Laurentian University are excited to work with the Environmental Earth Angels for the first time to teach Grade 3-5 students about the ecology of their region. Alternatively, Let's Talk Science Outreach volunteers at UBC have recently returned from Kamloops and Logan, BC where they have visited at least 3 times since 2008. Check out some of the other amazing science adventures that our volunteers have planned for the coming months:

May 12-15
Kamloops and Logan Lake, BC
Activities: Mini CSI mysteries, Alien Babies and DNA Bracelets.
Hosted By: Let's Talk Science Outreach at University of British Columbia
Contact: trips@ubclts.com 

May 15
Carman, MB
Activity: Magnet Madness
Hosted by: Let's Talk Science Outreach at the University of Winnipeg
Contact: ltsuofw@gmail.com

May 22-23
Yellowknife, NWT
Hosted by: Let's Talk Science Outreach at University of Alberta
Contact: ltspp@ualberta.ca

May 24
Greenville (Laxgalts'ap), Terrace, BC 
Hosted By: Let's Talk Science Outreach at the University of British Columbia
Contact: trips@ubclts.com

May 28 
Himsworth Municipal Park, Powassan, ON
Activity: Regional Ecology with Grades 3-5
Hosted by: Let's Talk Science Outreach at Laurentian University and Environmental Earth Angels
Contact: laurentian@letstalkscience.ca 

Summer
Fraser Valley, BC (Mission, Deroche, Agassiz, Hope, & Chilliwack)
Activities: Slime, Bright Lights, Crime Lab, Playful Machines, Why Live Here, Spaghetti Towers, Super Science Challenges and Bugs
Hosted by: Let's Talk Science Outreach at Simon Fraser University
Contact: ltspp@sfu.ca

June
Powell River and Sunshine Coast, BC.
Hosted By: Let's Talk Science Outreach at University of British Columbia
Contact: trips@ubclts.com

June
Skownan First Nation
Hosted by: Let's Talk Science Outreach at the University of Winnipeg
Contact: ltsuofw@gmail.com

June 7
Dryden, ON
Activity: Mini Science Challenge
Hosted by: Let's Talk Science Outreach at Confederation College
Contact: confederationc@letstalkscience.ca

June 13
Sioux, ON
Activities: Crime Scene and Entrepreneurial Science
Hosted by: Let's Talk Science Outreach at Confederation College
Contact: confederationc@letstalkscience.ca

June 14
Severn Bridge, ON
Hosted by: Let's Talk Science Outreach at the University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus
Contact: r.hu@utoronto.ca

July 11-12
New Tecumseth, ON
Hosted by: Let's Talk Science Outreach at the University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus
Contact: r.hu@utoronto.ca

July 25-26
Dryden, ON – Rec Complex
Activities: Crime Scene and Entrepreneurial Science
Hosted by: Let's Talk Science Outreach at Confederation College
Contact: confederationc@letstalkscience.ca

July 19 – 24
Sandy Lake First Nation
Activies: Nutritional sciences, exercise science, botany, ecology, information technology, astronomy and many more!
Hosted by: Let's Talk Science Outreach at the University of Toronto, St.George campus
Contact: lts.stgeorge@gmail.com

July 23-26
Meaford, ON
Activities: Chemistry magic show, wonders of weather, feast for the senses, crime lab, or super science challenge
Hosted by: Let's Talk Science Outreach at the University of Guelph
Contact: letstalkscience.guelph@gmail.com

Interested in having Let's Talk Science Outreach volunteers visit your community this summer? Find volunteers near you here!

Thanks to BC Hydro for the support of the Aboriginal outreach trips happening in British Columbia. To see the full list of the supporters of Let's Talk Science visit: http://www.letstalkscience.ca/supporters.html

Let’s Talk Science celebrates National Aboriginal Solidarity Day with the Six Nations community

June 20, 2013

On June 21st, Let's Talk Science has the honour of celebrating National Aboriginal Solidarity Day by participating in the festivities in the Six Nations community.

In the morning, Let's Talk Science national staff and volunteers from Let's Talk Science Outreach at Fanshawe College and McMaster University are traveling to J.C. Hill Elementary School in the Six Nations community. There they will get the opportunity to observe the traditional opening and thanksgiving address. After, Let's Talk Science will present the Mystery of the Elements show to approximately 150 Kindergarten to Grade 8 students. Following the science show, the students will be split into groups to participate in cultural activities and crafts. Let's Talk Science has organized an activity that incorporates factors that affect fish populations in their traditional territory, the Grand River Watershed. Later, the students will join in the Solidarity Day Walk in honour and remembrance of the ancestors of the Six Nations. The walk will occur in solidarity with other First Nations communities across Turtle Island.

"We're really thankful to be a part of the Six Nations' National Aboriginal Solidarity Day celebrations," said Erin Kelly, Let's Talk Science First Nations, Métis and Inuit Initiatives Assistant. "We're trying to give the students the wow-factor of science with our Mystery of the Elements show, while at the same time putting it into a context that they can identify with. We really hope that they enjoy it!"

In the afternoon, Let's Talk Science will have a booth at the community celebration at Chiefswood Park. Students will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on science explorations and activities with Let's Talk Science volunteers.

Canada's National Aboriginal Solidarity Day is held annually on June 21st to celebrate and honour the First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada. It was originally established in 1996 when Former Governor General Roméo LeBlanc declared June 21st as National Aboriginal Day. Each year, Canadians celebrate with events across the country.

Let’s Talk Science is grateful for support from organizations, like Merck Canada, that provide funding for science, technology, engineering and math outreach with First Nations, Metis and Inuit communities across Canada.

Science Rendezvous 2013!

May 9, 2013

On Saturday May 11, Let's Talk Science Outreach volunteers will be offering hands-on science activities in a number of cities across Canada with Science Rendezvous!

Science Rendezvous is a free, grassroots festival that brings science to the people through engaging, informative and interactive events. Let's Talk Science has participated in Science Rendezvous events for the past 5 years.

Last year over 197 Let's Talk Science Outreach volunteers offered free hands-on activities in 13 cities, in 19 different locations and were able to directly reach over 4950 people! This year, 14 Let's Talk Science Outreach sites will be participating in 22 locations across 5 provinces!

Science Rendezvous takes science to the streets! From the top research institutions in Canada to libraries, farmers markets, and even a zoo, there is bound to be an event happening near you!

Come check out where Let's Talk Science is taking part in Science Rendezvous events:

 

Vancouver, BC

University of British Columbia , Michael Smith Laboratories (2185 East Mall)
11am - 3pm
more details here

Winnipeg, MB

Science-themed carnival
University of Winnipeg, Richardson College for the Environment and Science Complex (599 Portage Avenue) 11am - 3pm
more details here

University of Manitoba, Engineering and Information Technology Complex (EITC), 75 Chancellors Circle, Fort Garry Campus  
11am - 3pm
more details here

Halifax, NS

Science Arcade!
Discovery Centre,1593 Barrington Street
10am - 3pm
more details here

Greater Toronto Area. ON

Main Street Markham Farmers' Market (in partnership with York University)
starts at 10am  
more details here

Toronto Metro Zoo (in partnership with the University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus)
starts at 10am  
more information here

Toronto Public Library, Locke Branch (3083 Yonge Street) – 2:00-4:00pm
Toronto Public Library, Morningside Branch (4279 Lawrence Ave. East) – 2:00-4:00pm
Toronto Public Library, Centennial Branch (578 Finch Ave. West) – 11:30-1:30pm
Toronto Public Library, York Woods Branch (1785 Finch Ave. West) – 2:00-4:00pm
Toronto Public Library, College/Shaw Branch (766 College Street) – 2:00-4:00pm
Toronto Public Library, Malvern Branch (30 Sewells Road) – 2:00-4:00pm
more details for libraries here

Guelph, ON

Guelph Public Library, Main Branch (100 Norfolk Street)
11:00am - 3:00pm
more details here

Hamilton, ON

Hamilton Public Library, Terryberry Branch, 100 Mohawk Road West, Hamilton, Time: 2:00 – 3:00pm
Hamilton Public Library, Ancaster Branch, 300 Wilson Street East, Ancaster, Time: 2:00 – 3:00pm
Hamilton Public Library, Saltfleet Branch, 131 Gray Road, Stoney Creek, Time: 10:30-11:30am
McMaster Children's Hospital, 1200 Main Street West, Hamilton, Time: 2:00 – 3:00pm
more details for all Hamilton events here

Kingston, ON

K-Rock Centre, 1 Barrack Street Kingston
10:0-am - 3:00pm
more details here

Oshawa, ON

University of Ontario Institute of Technology (2000 Simcoe Street North)
10am - 3:00pm
more details here

Ottawa, ON

University of Ottawa, Marion Hall, 140 Louis Pasteur
10:00am - 3:00pm
more details here

Windsor, ON

University of Windsor, CAW Student Centre
starts at 10am
more details here

Saskatoon, SK

University of Saskatchewan, Thorvaldson Building (110 Science Place) and Agriculture Building (51 Campus Drive)
9:00am – 3:30pm
more details here

 
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