Taking science on the road

May 17, 2013

As the weather begins to warm, Let's Talk Science Outreach volunteers begin to travel more and more throughout Canada. During the spring and summer months, many Let's Talk Science Outreach volunteers take part in trips to rural areas of Canada, where free hands-on science is harder for youth to access.

This year the trips vary from one day repeat visits (Let's Talk Science Outreach at the University of Winnipeg returned to Carman, MB to explore DNA) to week long summer camps (Let's Talk Science Outreach volunteers from UofT, St. George will spend 5 days in Sandy Lake First Nation for their 3rd annual visit). The Let's Talk Science Outreach volunteers at Laurentian University are excited to work with the Environmental Earth Angels for the first time to teach Grade 3-5 students about the ecology of their region. Alternatively, Let's Talk Science Outreach volunteers at UBC have recently returned from Kamloops and Logan, BC where they have visited at least 3 times since 2008. Check out some of the other amazing science adventures that our volunteers have planned for the coming months:

May 12-15
Kamloops and Logan Lake, BC
Activities: Mini CSI mysteries, Alien Babies and DNA Bracelets.
Hosted By: Let's Talk Science Outreach at University of British Columbia
Contact: trips@ubclts.com 

May 15
Carman, MB
Activity: Magnet Madness
Hosted by: Let's Talk Science Outreach at the University of Winnipeg
Contact: ltsuofw@gmail.com

May 22-23
Yellowknife, NWT
Hosted by: Let's Talk Science Outreach at University of Alberta
Contact: ltspp@ualberta.ca

May 24
Greenville (Laxgalts'ap), Terrace, BC 
Hosted By: Let's Talk Science Outreach at the University of British Columbia
Contact: trips@ubclts.com

May 28 
Himsworth Municipal Park, Powassan, ON
Activity: Regional Ecology with Grades 3-5
Hosted by: Let's Talk Science Outreach at Laurentian University and Environmental Earth Angels
Contact: laurentian@letstalkscience.ca 

Summer
Fraser Valley, BC (Mission, Deroche, Agassiz, Hope, & Chilliwack)
Activities: Slime, Bright Lights, Crime Lab, Playful Machines, Why Live Here, Spaghetti Towers, Super Science Challenges and Bugs
Hosted by: Let's Talk Science Outreach at Simon Fraser University
Contact: ltspp@sfu.ca

June
Powell River and Sunshine Coast, BC.
Hosted By: Let's Talk Science Outreach at University of British Columbia
Contact: trips@ubclts.com

June
Skownan First Nation
Hosted by: Let's Talk Science Outreach at the University of Winnipeg
Contact: ltsuofw@gmail.com

June 7
Dryden, ON
Activity: Mini Science Challenge
Hosted by: Let's Talk Science Outreach at Confederation College
Contact: confederationc@letstalkscience.ca

June 13
Sioux, ON
Activities: Crime Scene and Entrepreneurial Science
Hosted by: Let's Talk Science Outreach at Confederation College
Contact: confederationc@letstalkscience.ca

June 14
Severn Bridge, ON
Hosted by: Let's Talk Science Outreach at the University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus
Contact: r.hu@utoronto.ca

July 11-12
New Tecumseth, ON
Hosted by: Let's Talk Science Outreach at the University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus
Contact: r.hu@utoronto.ca

July 25-26
Dryden, ON – Rec Complex
Activities: Crime Scene and Entrepreneurial Science
Hosted by: Let's Talk Science Outreach at Confederation College
Contact: confederationc@letstalkscience.ca

July 19 – 24
Sandy Lake First Nation
Activies: Nutritional sciences, exercise science, botany, ecology, information technology, astronomy and many more!
Hosted by: Let's Talk Science Outreach at the University of Toronto, St.George campus
Contact: lts.stgeorge@gmail.com

July 23-26
Meaford, ON
Activities: Chemistry magic show, wonders of weather, feast for the senses, crime lab, or super science challenge
Hosted by: Let's Talk Science Outreach at the University of Guelph
Contact: letstalkscience.guelph@gmail.com

Interested in having Let's Talk Science Outreach volunteers visit your community this summer? Find volunteers near you here!

Thanks to BC Hydro for the support of the Aboriginal outreach trips happening in British Columbia. To see the full list of the supporters of Let's Talk Science visit: http://www.letstalkscience.ca/supporters.html

Science Rendezvous 2013!

May 9, 2013

On Saturday May 11, Let's Talk Science Outreach volunteers will be offering hands-on science activities in a number of cities across Canada with Science Rendezvous!

Science Rendezvous is a free, grassroots festival that brings science to the people through engaging, informative and interactive events. Let's Talk Science has participated in Science Rendezvous events for the past 5 years.

Last year over 197 Let's Talk Science Outreach volunteers offered free hands-on activities in 13 cities, in 19 different locations and were able to directly reach over 4950 people! This year, 14 Let's Talk Science Outreach sites will be participating in 22 locations across 5 provinces!

Science Rendezvous takes science to the streets! From the top research institutions in Canada to libraries, farmers markets, and even a zoo, there is bound to be an event happening near you!

Come check out where Let's Talk Science is taking part in Science Rendezvous events:

 

Vancouver, BC

University of British Columbia , Michael Smith Laboratories (2185 East Mall)
11am - 3pm
more details here

Winnipeg, MB

Science-themed carnival
University of Winnipeg, Richardson College for the Environment and Science Complex (599 Portage Avenue) 11am - 3pm
more details here

University of Manitoba, Engineering and Information Technology Complex (EITC), 75 Chancellors Circle, Fort Garry Campus  
11am - 3pm
more details here

Halifax, NS

Science Arcade!
Discovery Centre,1593 Barrington Street
10am - 3pm
more details here

Greater Toronto Area. ON

Main Street Markham Farmers' Market (in partnership with York University)
starts at 10am  
more details here

Toronto Metro Zoo (in partnership with the University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus)
starts at 10am  
more information here

Toronto Public Library, Locke Branch (3083 Yonge Street) – 2:00-4:00pm
Toronto Public Library, Morningside Branch (4279 Lawrence Ave. East) – 2:00-4:00pm
Toronto Public Library, Centennial Branch (578 Finch Ave. West) – 11:30-1:30pm
Toronto Public Library, York Woods Branch (1785 Finch Ave. West) – 2:00-4:00pm
Toronto Public Library, College/Shaw Branch (766 College Street) – 2:00-4:00pm
Toronto Public Library, Malvern Branch (30 Sewells Road) – 2:00-4:00pm
more details for libraries here

Guelph, ON

Guelph Public Library, Main Branch (100 Norfolk Street)
11:00am - 3:00pm
more details here

Hamilton, ON

Hamilton Public Library, Terryberry Branch, 100 Mohawk Road West, Hamilton, Time: 2:00 – 3:00pm
Hamilton Public Library, Ancaster Branch, 300 Wilson Street East, Ancaster, Time: 2:00 – 3:00pm
Hamilton Public Library, Saltfleet Branch, 131 Gray Road, Stoney Creek, Time: 10:30-11:30am
McMaster Children's Hospital, 1200 Main Street West, Hamilton, Time: 2:00 – 3:00pm
more details for all Hamilton events here

Kingston, ON

K-Rock Centre, 1 Barrack Street Kingston
10:0-am - 3:00pm
more details here

Oshawa, ON

University of Ontario Institute of Technology (2000 Simcoe Street North)
10am - 3:00pm
more details here

Ottawa, ON

University of Ottawa, Marion Hall, 140 Louis Pasteur
10:00am - 3:00pm
more details here

Windsor, ON

University of Windsor, CAW Student Centre
starts at 10am
more details here

Saskatoon, SK

University of Saskatchewan, Thorvaldson Building (110 Science Place) and Agriculture Building (51 Campus Drive)
9:00am – 3:30pm
more details here

Spring Break outreach

March 12, 2013

Spring is here! With spring in Canada, comes many elementary and high school students getting a break from school. The Let’s Talk Science Outreach Program is busy during this time, visiting libraries, malls, and other community events. The listing of some of these events are below:

Ontario

 

Friday, March 8

Perry House
Super Science Challenge
Contact: lindsay.beyger@uoit.ca

Sunday, March 10

Oshawa Center
Contact: lindsay.beyger@uoit.ca

Tuesday March 12

University of Guelph Family Housing
Space activity
Contact: letstalkscience.guelph@gmail.com

Locke St. Library, Hamilton Down Town

2:00pm - 3:00pm
Wings Early Years activities
Contact:ltsppmac@gmail.com

Cambrian College
Slime activity
Contact:cambriancollege@letstalkscience.ca

Thursday, March 14

Bruce County Museum , Southampton
Chemistry Magic show and GUTS activity
Contact: letstalkscience.guelph@gmail.com

Whitby Public Library (Main Branch)
Super Science Challenge
Contact: lindsay.beyger@uoit.ca

Helen's Children's Center, East Hamilton
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Wings Early Years Activities
Contact:ltsppmac@gmail.com

Kenilworth Library, East Hamilton
2:30pm - 3:30pm
Marshmallow City, Silly Putty
Contact:ltsppmac@gmail.com

Stoney Creek Library, Stoney Creek
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Silly Putty, Lavalamps, Egg in Container
Contact:ltsppmac@gmail.com

Little Current: Aundeck Community Centre
Super Science Challenge
Contact:cambriancollege@letstalkscience.ca

Canadian National Institute for the Blind
Contact:lts.grad@utoronto.ca

Laurentian University
Exploration Day, 9am
Contact:laurentian@letstalkscience.ca 

Saturday, March 9

Whitby Public Library (Brooklin Branch)
Super Science Challenge

Contact: lindsay.beyger@uoit.ca

Monday, March 11

Saltfleet Library, Stoney Creek
10:30am -11:30am
Balloon Rockets, Silly Putty
Contact:ltsppmac@gmail.com

TerryBerry Library, Hamilton 
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Silly Putty, Lavalamps
Contact:
ltsppmac@gmail.com

Sidney Ledson Institute, Toronto
Dynamic Dinos, Matter Matters, Levitating 
Orbs and Burglar Alarms
Contact:yorku@letstalkscience.ca

Masonville Mall, London
Fingerprinting, Rotors and Optics
Contact:lts_uwo@yahoo.com

Wednesday, March 13

St. Helen's Children Center, East Hamilton
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Silly Putty, Lava Lamps
Contact:ltsppmac@gmail.com

Highland Creek Public Library
Science of Yoga
Contact: ltspp@utsc.utoronto.ca

Better Beginnings Better Futures
Sudbury
Contact: laurentian@letstalkscience.ca

Friday, March 15

Whitby Public Library (Rossland Branch)
Feast for the Senses
Contact: lindsay.beyger@uoit.ca

Saturday March 16 - Sunday March 17

University of Guelph, College Royal
(University of Guelph open house weekend)
Demos and slime
Contact: letstalkscience.guelph@gmail.com

 

British Columbia

Saturday, March 16

Pacific Spirit Regional Park
6:30-11pm
“Night Quest"
Contact: community@ubclts.com

Saturday, March 23

Vancouver Public Library, Georgia St
10am-4pm
E-Fest
Contact: community@ubclts.com


Manitoba

Friday, March 22

George Johnson Middle School, Gimli
DNA, Spaghetti Bridge Competition, Angry Birds,
and Pop Bottle Rockets
Contact: lts.uofm@gmail.com

Monday March 25 – Tuesday March 26

St. Vital Shopping Centre
E. coli, DNA, Angry Birds, Slimey Surprise,

Bone Zone, and It's Electrifying
Contact: lts.uofm@gmail.com

Wednesday, March 27

Little People's Place DayCare
Matter Matters, DNA Extraction
Contact: lts.uofm@gmail.com

Saturday, March 23

Garden City Shopping Centre
It's Electrifying, Slimey Surprise, DNA,
Milky Swirl, and Fingerprints
Contact: lts.uofm@gmail.com

Tuesday, March 26

AfterSchool Science Program, 4:00pm
Film Canister Rockets
Contact: letstalkscienceuw@gmail.com

Thursday, March 28

Children's Museum
DNA Extraction, Angry Birds, E. coli,
Slimey Surprise, and Microscopes
Contact: lts.uofm@gmail.com

Alberta

Saturday, March 23

Science FUNday @ University of Alberta
10am – 4pm
Contact: ltspp@ualberta.ca

Monday, March 25

King George School, Calgary
Bacteria activity
Contact: lts@ucalgary.ca

Nova Scotia

Wednesday, March 13
St. Andrews Rec Centre, Halifax
9:30-11:00am
Dynamic Dinos
Contact: lts@dal.ca

Thanks to all our our generous supporters for allowing us to take part in so many outreach activities over the break.

Classrooms Across Canada Talk DNA with Canadian Experts on April 18

DNA DAY flyer EDTOn April 18th, Let's Talk Science, Ontario Genomics Institute, Genome Alberta, Genome Canada, Genome Atlantic and Genome Prairie are celebrating national DNA Day with an online chat for students on genetics and genomics.

The live, online, text-based chat with Canadian genomics experts gives students, teachers and the public a chance to learn more about DNA. Classrooms across the country have an opportunity to ask questions and get answers from science experts, including past host of the Discovery Channel's Daily Planet, Jay Ingram. Mr. Ingram will be joining other Canadian experts to answer student questions on DNA through Let's Talk Science's web-enabled program, CurioCity.

"Using Let's Talk Science's CurioCity program as a platform for learning, DNA Day gives students and educators the chance to connect directly with Canadian experts," said Bonnie Schmidt, Ph.D, President and Founder, Let's Talk Science. "This connection is critical to engage students in science and help them see the connection between their everyday lives and topics discussed in the classroom."

DNA Day 2013 runs from 10am to 4pm EDT on April 18th. Students will learn about real life cancer genetics research, biorefining, genetic mutations, and discuss controversial topics in genetics. Students, educators and the general public are invited to take part in the online chat. To participate in DNA Day, please visit www.letstalkdna.ca.

Free Sunday Science Event with Let's Talk Science

Families with children ages 6 to 12 — join Let's Talk Science volunteers Sunday, February 24, in Toronto, to learn about space science. This afternoon event is free, and advanced registration is not required. For more information, download PDF flyer.

Learn about the planets and space science!
When: Sunday, February 24, 2013, 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: J.J.R. Macleod Auditorium, Medical Sciences Building, University of Toronto
1 King's College Circle, Toronto, Ontario

 
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