Though Emily is new to Let's Talk Science this school year, she is already working with fellow volunteers to combine Tomatosphere™ and Let's Talk Science Outreach in her community.
Time volunteering with Let’s Talk Science: I started volunteering at Queen’s University in September of 2015.
Area of study: Bachelor of Science Honours, Major in Biology
Inspirational Moment: The most inspirational moment I have experienced was following a Let’s Talk Science workshop. We were working with a very sweet group of kids supported by the Helen Tufts Child Outreach Program and they were really enjoying the workshop! It was such a fun group of kids! Afterwards, we were told that programs like Let’s Talk Science really help these kids when they might be having a difficult day or week. I was very inspired by the attitudes of the group and I was so happy to really see the positive effect Let’s Talk Science has on the community.
Favourite Let’s Talk Science volunteering activity: My favourite Let’s Talk Science activity is working on the Tomatosphere™ project. The “Tomatosphere™ team” at Let’s Talk Science Outreach at Queen’s is designing a workshop to compare germination success between tomato seeds that have experienced simulated space conditions and normal tomato seeds. Because I am a plant biologist, designing this workshop has been a lot of fun and very interesting!
Why do you volunteer with Let’s Talk Science? I have a passion for science and I love working with kids, so this seemed like the perfect combination of both! It is a great way to reach out to the Kingston community and inspire kids who are also interested in science to further pursue their interests.
Fun fact: I run a theatre company that produces musical theatre shows with young performers.