At Let’s Talk Science, our roots are firmly planted in volunteerism. What started as a tiny outreach initiative with 10 university graduate students in 1991 has grown to now include over 3,500 university, college and industry volunteers annually.
These amazing role models bring science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to life by sharing their passion and experiences. Our Let’s Talk Science Outreach volunteers inspire youth to think big, dream and make connections about where STEM can take them when they stay engaged. They also support educators by sharing their expertise and opening the doors to post-secondary institutions and real-world industry facilities.
In addition, our CurioCity volunteers greatly contribute to the development of valuable online learning resources and career information to encourage youth to pursue future STEM-related careers.
Next to parents and educators, role models have the most significant influence over youth choices. Our diverse national network of volunteers inspire and guide youth, helping open doors to the future, while also benefiting as volunteers by developing important skills such as leadership, communication and time management.
We understand the competing demands for our volunteers’ time. That’s why we provide a strong support network and various ways for them to get involved. Nearly all Let’s Talk Science staff that support volunteers started as our volunteers themselves!
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Each of our programs is unique in how it engages volunteers:
Let’s Talk Science Outreach: a community-based program connecting post-secondary and industry volunteers with children, youth and educators in schools and community settings across Canada
Let’s Talk Science Challenge: a national, team-based, competitive enrichment event for Grades 6-8 students that takes places annually at select Let’s Talk Science Outreach locations from coast to coast
CurioCity: a web-based program that offers an interactive and reliable place to engage teens in STEM, allowing them to explore careers using technology and relevant contexts
IdeaPark: a dynamic online place for early years and K-3 educators, including a suite of planning tools, resources and professional learning opportunities that support young children’s development as critical thinkers and problem solvers
Tomatosphere™: an out-of-this-world educational project for Grades K-12 that examines the effects of space on plant growth through experimentation, observation and data collection
To learn how these programs support and involve volunteers, contact us.