Meryem Berrada, Let’s Talk Science Outreach volunteer at University of Western Ontario

Meryem has been inspiring youth in STEM through outreach activities with Let’s Talk Science since 2017.

Time volunteering with Let’s Talk Science: 8 months

Area of study: MSc Geophysics, High-pressure and temperature mineral physics

Inspirational Moment:
One great memory that I have is of Grade 4 students using their imagination and common sense to design rockets. Considering that they had just learned about the solar system, I did not expect them to do anything innovative. Yet, with only white paper and craft wooden sticks they successfully impressed me and their teacher. The most inspiring part was to observe them pay attention to each other’s ideas and do their best to modify them for their own design. I received a lot of questions regarding the solar system, meteorites, satellites and space shuttles. I felt really proud and inspired to answer their questions and guide them towards scientific research and exploration.

Favourite Let’s Talk Science volunteering activity:
Feast for the senses, I love seeing kids recognize sounds, the texture of objects, smell unusual scents and learn the different eye sight capacities of various animals.

Why do you volunteer with Let’s Talk Science?
I volunteer with Let’s Talk Science because I believe that motivating youth to use their imagination and brain in STEM is the first step in the development of technology and research. I love answering their questions and teaching them about new topics. I believe that there is nothing more inspiring than kids attempting to apply their knowledge to design experiments, rockets or simply to understand the physics of fluids, for example.

Fun fact: Even though I love teaching others, I also enjoy learning new things myself. I study different languages, try different sports, scuba diving for example and learn about the science of other fields, such as chemistry and biology.