Rilea Kynock, Let’s Talk Science Outreach Volunteer at University of New Brunswick, Fredericton

Volunteering can help you remember your own growth and interests as a child. Rilea uses her enthusiasm for science and childhood memories to inspire the next generation.

RileaNumber of years volunteering with Let’s Talk Science: 2 years

Area of study: Earth Science/Geology

Tell us about an inspirational moment from your volunteer work: Every time a child tells me they want to become a geologist or start a rock collection.

Favourite Let’s Talk Science volunteering activity: Squishy Circuits

Why do you volunteer with Let’s Talk Science? I volunteer with Let's Talk Science because I remember having incredible enthusiasm for science as a kid. Getting the chance to see wonder, inspiration and curiosity for the natural world in children is a rewarding feeling and makes the future feel more confident and hopeful to me. I also believe people, in general, need scientific literacy and education to be impervious to falsehoods and protect their best interests; being even a small part of science education feels like a service to the community.

Fun fact: Diamonds are commonly thought to be metamorphosed coal, but almost all of the diamonds on earth predate the plant life coal is made from.