Hands-on Science at the Little Native Hockey League Tournament

April 2, 2014

Between March 10-12, Let’s Talk Science staff and volunteers from Fanshawe College and McMaster University were busy making Gak and optical illusions with over 450 kids at the Little Native Hockey League tournament in Mississauga.

Student volunteers There were 164 teams from across Ontario competing at this annual tournament. On the first day, the Let’s Talk Science booth was set up at Erin Mills Arena, where the younger kids were competing. "Some of the kids were very quiet and unsure at first", says Nicole Kaiser, Assistant Coordinator for Let’s Talk Science, "but once they got started they kept coming back, some even staying for over half an hour making different colours of Gak and a number of hockey-themed optical illusions!".

Days 2 and 3 were spent at Iceland Arena where the older kids were playing. With more space available, the volunteers also set up some hockey-themed activities to get the kids thinking about the science behind their sport. "We had the pleasure of welcoming two first-time volunteers to the booth", says Erin Kelly, First Nations, Métis and Inuit Initiatives Coordinator for Let’s Talk Science, "the girls were here to play in the tournament and had been asking if they could come and help all week. They loved it! It was amazing to see them take on a leadership role by guiding their peers through the activities".

In addition to the kids’ activities, Let’s Talk Science volunteer Elliott Corston-Pine from Fanshawe College set up an activity to engage the parents. The brainteaser activity involved figuring out how to balance nails on a block of wood and talking about the importance of balance in our everyday lives.

The Let's Talk Science Outreach program is supported in Ontario by the Ontario Ministry of Education and in southern Ontario by the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario. Let’s Talk Science supporters with a specific interest in First Nations, Métis and Inuit initiatives include: The Ontario Trillum Foundation, Merck, Blachford Group, Canada Foundation for Innovation, BC Hydro and CIBC. For more information on all of the other incredible Let`s Talk Science supporters, visit our supporters page.