April 7, 2014
Happy National Volunteer Week! Every day we will be highlighting some of the amazing volunteers of Let’s Talk Science. See below for today’s spectacular people:
Let’s Talk Science Board of Directors, Treasurer
Number of years volunteering with us: 3
Position, Company (or past position): Partner, Ernst & Young LLP
Why do you volunteer with Let’s Talk Science? Science and math are skills that underpin all things that we do in our everyday lives. Understanding the excitement that the Lets Talk Science team brings to the education of these skills is infectious and energizing – something that I want to pass onto my two sons.
Fun fact: Having experienced the energy and excitement (ie, sound) of the Let's Talk Science Challenge, you can see that the desire to learn is alive and well in the students!
Let’s Talk Science Outreach Volunteer at the University of Manitoba
Number of years volunteering with us: First year (September 2013-present)
Program/area of study: General Science Degree
Favourite outreach activity: My favourite outreach activities have always been the mall outreaches, you are able to spend several hours showing experiments and teaching kids about science in a condensed fashion. You meet many new people and you get to spend your time with other volunteers who are so dedicated, passionate and inspiring.
Why do you volunteer with Let’s Talk Science? I started volunteering with Let’s Talk Science because I wanted to improve myself as a person, to increase my public speaking/presentation skills, and to work with kids of all ages as I had not yet been exposed to that experience. Apart from that, I knew that it would be a great way to meet a lot of amazing people who would hold similar interests to me. I continued volunteering and increasing the amount of activities I participated in because the whole process of volunteering had just become so addicting. I still check the volunteer spreadsheet every day in hopes there would be an activity I could pick up! It is one of the best groups at the University of Manitoba and an experience I will never forget.
Fun fact: I used to own a ferret named Gizmo, I liked to take him on walks and show him off!
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.
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.