Let's Talk Science Outreach
Let’s Talk Science Outreach is a national, community-based program connecting educators and youth with outstanding volunteers to deliver a wide variety of meaningful science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities for children as young as three years old and youth up to Grade 12.
Let’s Talk Science Outreach sites can be found at over 40 university and colleges across Canada. Available free of charge, more than 3,500 post-secondary student volunteers and a growing number of industry partners engage youth in hands-on/minds-on STEM learning experiences in both school and community settings.
We support educators while also helping youth understand and form positive attitudes about the role STEM plays in their lives and futures. We also provide professional training and invaluable experiences for post-secondary volunteers, enabling them to develop their own essential employability skills.
Scroll below to learn about this successful program, what we offer across Canada and how you can get involved!
Children and youth who experience Let’s Talk Science programs are opening doors to their future by exploring the many options available to them through STEM.
For over 20 years, Let’s Talk Science Outreach has been working to:
- engage kids in quality learning experiences that will develop their interest and abilities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics
- motivate and inspire youth to enjoy, understand and pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics by connecting them with outstanding role models and mentors
- promote volunteerism to our post-secondary student and professional scientist volunteers.
- grow skills for employability and entrepreneurship
So far, we’ve been doing an amazing job reaching out to youth, educators and volunteers:
In 2015-16 Let’s Talk Science Outreach:
- engaged more than 3,500 Outreach volunteers
- reached more than 260,000 children and youth
- had partnerships with 2,600 educators
- reached 62,000 parents/general public
- delivered over 5,900 hands-on/minds-on activities
- visited 488 unique communities
- donated 55,000 hours volunteering with Outreach
Every outreach event is unique, as our volunteers tailor their workshops to the needs of the children, youth and educators they visit. Read about inspirational Let’s Talk Science Outreach experiences.
What We Do
We create, test and deliver free curriculum-aligned workshops for children and youth ages 3-17. Below, you’ll find some of the common types of science outreach provided by our volunteers. Outreach workshops and events can be tailored to meet the needs of your classroom or group. For a list of sample workshops, check out our hands-on/minds-on workshops. If you’re interested in a specific topic, contact your local outreach site and they’ll work with you to fit the your class or group’s needs.
Classroom & Community Visits
We connect with youth through classroom and home school group visits. We also take requests from community groups (such as Scouts and Girl Guides), libraries, summer camps, after-school programs and community festivals. Free of charge, our Outreach volunteers arrive onsite to incorporate hands-on/minds-on STEM learning experiences for your programs or events.
We want all children across Canada to have access to fun, hands-on STEM experiences. To see if a volunteer is available to reach your community, contact the Let’s Talk Science Outreach site nearest you.
Let’s Talk Science Challenge
The Let’s Talk Science Challenge is a team-based, competitive enrichment event for Grades 6-8 students that takes places each Spring at over 20 different locations across Canada. Free of charge, this fun-filled event encourages students to build their teamwork skills, interact with relevant role models and test their abilities against peers.
We support competitors by providing a national study guide, practice questions and online forums led by STEM volunteers. This helps prepare students for the full-day Let’s Talk Science Challenge event, which features an exciting question and answer competition, hands-on design challenge, special guest speakers and more! Learn more about the Let’s Talk Science Challenge.
Locally, each Let’s Talk Science Outreach site creates programs that are unique to their post-secondary institution and location. From Spooky Science Nights on Halloween to StemCellTalks Symposia, a variety of opportunities are available. Why not bring your group to our events? For a listing of on-campus special events hosted at the Outreach site near you, visit Find Local Outreach.
Our trained and enthusiastic Let’s Talk Science Outreach volunteers pass their passion for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) on to Canada’s future citizens. We prepare our volunteers with our in-house Science with Impact® training program, which allows them to design innovative, custom, hands-on activities on any STEM topic and also provides them with pre-made, tested and curriculum-aligned workshops in a variety of subjects.
Volunteers also shatter negative stereotypes, inspiring children and youth to become engaged in their learning and to aspire to post-secondary STEM pathways and careers. Volunteerism allows Let’s Talk Science to make our programs accessible and free of charge to educators and students across the country.
“Being able to go out in the community and being that mentor I would have looked up to as a child is incredibly rewarding. The more of the community you get involved with, the bigger impact you have, but the greatest impact is the one the community has on you.”Gabrielle VeilleuxLet’s Talk Science Outreach coordinator, Laurentian University
Become a Volunteer!
Interested in becoming a Let’s Talk Science Outreach volunteer? Whether you’re a post-secondary student or an industry professional wanting to give back to the community, we’d love to talk more about how we can support you.
- Ask if your post-secondary institution hosts a Let’s Talk Science Outreach program (Find Local Outreach). If your campus doesn’t host a program yet, contact National Outreach Coordinator Isabel Deslauriers to discuss possibilities.
- Industry professional? Contact Glenda Casimir, Manager, Volunteering and Community Partnerships
- Want more? Take a look at our other volunteer opportunities.
Through partnerships with post-secondary institutions across Canada, many of our volunteers are organized locally at a Let’s Talk Science Outreach site. This allows us to better cater to your community’s specific needs. Get in touch with an Outreach site in your area.