Space Day in Winnipeg

January 9, 2014

Let's Talk Science at the University of Manitoba will be hosting its first Space Day! in partnership with The University of Manitoba Space Applications and Technology Society (UMSATS) and the Manitoba Museum.

Taking place at the Manitoba Museum Science Gallery, the event is geared towards families and youth Grades 4 to 12. Space Day! Will run this Saturday and Sunday, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

The day will consist of many space-themed activities by the Let's Talk Science volunteers including building a Mars Rover, exploring with constellation telescopes, making slime, and sewing a microbe (since many space missions involve seeing how extremophiles survive in extreme conditions). In addition, visitors can explore circuits, microscopic creatures, space stations with UMSATS. The group will even be bringing their satellite that they hope to launch into space in the near future!

The event is open to the public, however general Manitoba Museum fees will apply.

Event Name: Space Day!
Date: Saturday January 11th and Sunday, January 12th, 2014
Time: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Manitoba Museum – Science Gallery (190 Rupert Ave., Winnipeg, Manitoba)
How to Participate: A fun hands-on event – where students will learn the basic science behind space missions! Everyone is encouraged to dress in a "space theme" fashion.
Contact:lts.uofm@gmail.com

 

 

Let’s Talk Science Outreach at Memorial University Hosts Annual Empowering Women to Fuel the Future Conference

November 1, 2013

Today Let's Talk Science Outreach at Memorial University kicks-off their annual Empowering Women to Fuel the Future conference which will run today until November 23, 2013 at the Albatross Hotel in Gander.

Empowering Women to Fuel the Future is a three day conference sponsored by Hibernia Management and Development Company Ltd., and is centered around informing young women about the career options and science associated with the oil and gas industry.

At the conference, the attendees will be introduced to the unique demands of the oil and gas industry, meet professionals currently in the field, attend seminars and participate in hands-on science activities. Representatives from Memorial University will also be on-site to answer questions on the education requirements to pursue careers in the petroleum industry.

Professionals speaking at the conference include Maggie Sutherland, Women in Science and Engineering Newfoundland and Labrador (WISE NL), and Dr. Lesley James from the Memorial University Faculty of Engineering.

We hope the girls and volunteers have a fun and educational few days.

 

Celebrating National Science and Technology Week & National Chemistry Week

October 10, 2013

Dalhousie Science Rendezvous 2013 018October is a busy month for science education and awareness with National Science and Technology Week and National Chemistry Week both occurring at the end of the month.

Let's Talk Science Outreach volunteers will be taking part in the celebrations with a variety of activities. As a special brand of science fun, many Let's Talk Science Outreach sites also take the time to celebrate the science of all things spooky, with Halloween-themed community events.

To find an event in your community check out the listings below:

ALBERTA

Unique Careers in Science
Let's Talk Science at the University of Calgary
Location: Ernest Manning High School
Date: Wednesday, October 23, 2013, 10:30AM-12:00PM
Description: Volunteers will be visiting Ernest Manning High School to complete air pressure and weather related activities. For media inquiries, please contact: mmaclellan@letstalkscience.ca.

University of Lethbridge Spooky Science Nights
Let's Talk Science at the University of Lethbridge
Location: University of Lethbridge, Atrium of University Hall
Date: Friday, October 25 & Saturday, October 26, 2013, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Description: Who is not fascinated by cool, creepy science? Children will take part in many explorations including testing the sour levels of Halloween candy, testing the density of Halloween decorations, creating a "scientific ghost buster", writing mysterious secret messages, and preparing some gooey, colorful slime! The evening will conclude with some captivating and explosive demonstrations. And to top the night off, there will be ice cream from liquid nitrogen for all.
*Please register by October 22nd at https://ltspookyscience2013.eventbrite.ca or to contact the organizers directly at uleth@letstalkscience.ca.

School of Witchcraft and Wizardry: Science, Magic, and Medicine
Let's Talk Science at the University of Alberta
Location: Katz Group Building, University of Alberta
Date: Saturday, October 26, 2013; 10:00AM – 4:00PM
Description: Witness magic unfold in the form of science! From magical plants to explosive demonstrations, see how much of the magic we know of can be achieved with a little knowledge of science. Let's Talk Science has organized a series of magic-themed hands-on science activities for children ages 7 - 12 to participate in. NB: all children must be accompanied by adults.
*Please register in advance at: sciencemagicmedicine-ualberta.eventbrite.ca.

BRITISH COLUMBIA

Guinness World Record Event
Let's Talk Science at the University of Victoria
Location: 
Victoria, BC
Date: 
Friday, October 18, 2013
Description: 
Thousands of Canadians at hundreds of locations across the country will be taking part in setting a Guinness World Record for the Largest Science Lesson. Let's Talk Science will be joining to help set this record! This event was created to kick-off National Science and Technology Week.
For more information visit: http://www.science.gc.ca/nstw.

Unique Careers in Science
Let's Talk Science at the University of British Columbia
Location: Prince of Wales Mini School
Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Description: Volunteers will be visiting the Prince of Wales Mini School to complete hands-on science activities. For media inquiries, please contact: mmaclellan@letstalkscience.ca.

Brighouse Bash
Let's Talk Science at the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University
Location: Richmond Brighouse Library
Date: Friday October 25, 11:00AM-2:00PM
Description: Join the excitement and take part in some incredible hands on science activities that will be available for both young and old at the 6th annual Brighouse Science Celebration! Learn about the mysteries of the universe, make candy DNA models, and much more!

Health Science Symposium
Let's Talk Science at Simon Fraser University
Location: Simon Fraser University
Date: Friday October 25
Description: With the Faculty of Health Sciences, volunteers are hosting a mini high school symposium. A group of high school students will be visiting the university to participate in a short immunology talk followed by hands-on activities in the science labs using DNA extraction and blood typing to solve a crime!

Halloween Science Spooktacular Day
Let's Talk Science at Simon Fraser University
Locations: Bear Creek Elementary
Date: Thursday October 31
Description: Throughout the day 12 classes will have Halloween-themed science activities!

MANITOBA

Spooky Science Family Night
Let's Talk Science at the University of Manitoba
Date: Friday October 25, 7:00-10:00PM
Location: University of Manitoba, EITC Atrium
Description: Join us on this enchanted evening to unlock the mysteries of science! The event is geared towards children in grades 4-9 and their families. You'll get to meet the school of Witchcraft and Wizardry's top professors and students who will help you learn many exciting, Halloween-themed, hands-on activities such as making slime, creating "scary" microbes, and tons of cool chemical reactions! In addition, there will be a chemistry magic show at scheduled intervals throughout the night.
For more information contact Let's Talk Science at: lts.uofm@gmail.com.

Halloween Howl
Let's Talk Science at the University of Winnipeg
Location: Manitoba Children's Museum (at The Forks)
Date: Saturday October 26, 2013, 6:00-9:00PM
Description: Every year the Children's Museum of Manitoba hosts a Halloween-themed event for children. Children are invited to dress up in costume and participate in a variety of Halloween activities! Let's Talk Science at the University of Winnipeg collaborates with the museum every year to run various science-based activities with a spooky twist. This year, we will be operating a "spooky science lab" that will showcase tons of fun and "scary" experiments.
To learn more about the Halloween Howl visit: http://childrensmuseum.com/.

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NEW BRUNSWICK

Boys and Girls Club outreach
Let's Talk Science at the University of New Brunswick, Saint John campus
Location:
 Saint John, NB
Date: 
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Description: 
Let's Talk Science volunteers at the University of New Brunswick will be doing physics-themed activities.

Let's Talk Science at the Market!
Let's Talk Science at the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton campus
Location: Boyce Farmer's Market, Fredericton
Date: Saturday, October 26, 7:30AM-2:00PM
Description: Children, youth and their families will have the opportunity to do various hands-on Halloween themed science and technology activities such as making slime, brewing witch's potion and creating circuits to play spooky songs!
For more information contact: ltspp.unb@gmail.com.

UNBSJ Open house
Let's Talk Science at the University of New Brunswick, Saint John campus
Location: Saint John, NB
Date:
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Description:
Let's Talk Science volunteers at the University of New Brunswick will be running a booth during the open house.

NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR

I LOVE GRENFELL- Carnival
Let's Talk Science at Memorial University, Grenfell campus
Location: Grenfell Campus, Arts and Science Atrium
Date: Wednesday, October 23, 2013, 10:00AM-2:00PM
Description: Volunteers will be encouraging students to thinking about how science is everywhere with a few interactive demonstrations to celebrate NSTW and the I LOVE GRENFELL events.

ONTARIO

Guinness World Record Event
Let's Talk Science at Cambrian College
Location: Sudbury ON
Date: Friday, October 18, 2013
Description: Thousands of Canadians at hundreds of locations across the country will be taking part in setting a Guinness World Record for the Largest Science Lesson. Let's Talk Science will be joining to help set this record! This event was created to kick-off National Science and Technology Week.
For more information visit: http://www.science.gc.ca/nstw.

Science & Technology Week activities at the Library!
Let's Talk Science at the University of Guelph
Location: Guelph Public Libraries (Westminster Branch and Downtown Branch)
Date: Saturday October 19
Description: Let's Talk Science volunteers will be running 3 one hour activities throughout the day:
@ Westminster Branch:
10:00-11:00AM: Something Good (Nutrition) for 4-7 year-olds
11:00AM-12:00PM: Matter Matters for 7-11 year-olds
@ Downtown Branch:
2:00-3:00PM: Flight for 12-15 year-olds

Let's Talk (Spooky) Science at the Elora Fright Fest
Let's Talk Science at the University of Guelph and the University of Waterloo
Location: Elora FrightFest in the vacant lot beside the Mill St Bakery & Bistro (15 Mill St. East, Elora ON)
Date: Saturday October 19 11:00AM-10:00PM; Sunday October 20 11:00AM-5:00PM
Description: Elora FrightFest is a community fair around the theme of monsters and Halloween. Let's Talk Science at the Universities of Guelph and Waterloo will be enchanting children with spellbinding and spooky science at our booth. Come on by to make some glow in the dark slime! Or learn all about your GUTS!
For more information visit: http://elora.info/events/monster-month-elora/.
Or email: letstalkscience.guelph@gmail.com.

Lucan Hockey Tournament
Let's Talk Science at Fanshawe College
Location: 
Lucan Community Centre, Leprechaun room
Date: 
Saturday October 19 10:00AM-2:00PM
Description: 
Let's Talk Science volunteers will be running hands-on science activities at the Lucan community centre.

Science at Knox Pumpkin Farm
Let's Talk Science at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Location: Knox Pumpkin Farm
Date: Saturday October 26, 10:00AM-2:15PM
Description: Volunteers will be visiting Knox Pumpkin Farm to do hands-on science activities.
For more information contact: Lindsay.beyger@uoit.ca.

Canmet Open House
Let's Talk Science at McMaster University
Location: McMaster Innovation Park, Canmet Facility, Longwood Rd
Date: Saturday October 26, 10:00AM-3:00PM
Description: The open house features various science activities and a tour of the new facility. Let's Talk Science volunteers will be taking part with hands-on science activities.

To see all events taking place to celebrate National Science and Technology Week visit their website

To find a Let's Talk Science Outreach site near you visit our outreach site listing.

 

Winter training workshops

November 18, 2013

Science with Impact workshopFor the eighth year, Let's Talk Science is offering Science with Impact® workshops coast to coast across Canada in partnership with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

Through its Synapse – Youth Connection initiative, CIHR provides funding each year to offer this unique training workshop at selected universities across Canada free of charge!

These workshops, designed and presented by experienced Let's Talk Science facilitators, provide those interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) outreach with effective strategies to plan and conduct outreach with youth in a variety of settings.

Science with Impact® is hands-on and focuses on educational learning theories, teaching strategies and learning styles, designing hands-on learning activities and explains how to make science outreach experiences relevant and fun. This year, workshops are being held at:

London, ON: December 17, 2013, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM at Western University, Canada
Edmonton, AB: January 20, 2014, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM at the University of Alberta
Hamilton, ON: February 11, 2014, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM at McMaster University
Saskatoon, SK: February 13, 2014, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM at the University of Saskatchewan
St. John's, NL: March 7, 2014, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM at Memorial University 
Moncton, NB: March 14, 2014 at Université de Moncton (French workshop)

We are hoping to again work with many excited individuals who are engaged in STEM outreach and to leave them with some new knowledge and inspiration!

If you would like more information or to register for any of the upcoming Science with Impact® workshops, please contact:

Susie Taylor, Special Programs Coordinator, Let's Talk Science
susietaylor@letstalkscience.ca
1-877-474-4081 ext. 240

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Let’s Talk Science celebrates National Aboriginal Solidarity Day with the Six Nations community

June 20, 2013

On June 21st, Let's Talk Science has the honour of celebrating National Aboriginal Solidarity Day by participating in the festivities in the Six Nations community.

In the morning, Let's Talk Science national staff and volunteers from Let's Talk Science Outreach at Fanshawe College and McMaster University are traveling to J.C. Hill Elementary School in the Six Nations community. There they will get the opportunity to observe the traditional opening and thanksgiving address. After, Let's Talk Science will present the Mystery of the Elements show to approximately 150 Kindergarten to Grade 8 students. Following the science show, the students will be split into groups to participate in cultural activities and crafts. Let's Talk Science has organized an activity that incorporates factors that affect fish populations in their traditional territory, the Grand River Watershed. Later, the students will join in the Solidarity Day Walk in honour and remembrance of the ancestors of the Six Nations. The walk will occur in solidarity with other First Nations communities across Turtle Island.

"We're really thankful to be a part of the Six Nations' National Aboriginal Solidarity Day celebrations," said Erin Kelly, Let's Talk Science First Nations, Métis and Inuit Initiatives Assistant. "We're trying to give the students the wow-factor of science with our Mystery of the Elements show, while at the same time putting it into a context that they can identify with. We really hope that they enjoy it!"

In the afternoon, Let's Talk Science will have a booth at the community celebration at Chiefswood Park. Students will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on science explorations and activities with Let's Talk Science volunteers.

Canada's National Aboriginal Solidarity Day is held annually on June 21st to celebrate and honour the First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada. It was originally established in 1996 when Former Governor General Roméo LeBlanc declared June 21st as National Aboriginal Day. Each year, Canadians celebrate with events across the country.

Let’s Talk Science is grateful for support from organizations, like Merck Canada, that provide funding for science, technology, engineering and math outreach with First Nations, Metis and Inuit communities across Canada.

 
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