Let’s Talk Science!
Tables and kids activity centers were set up on the grass outside the Fox Creek School on May 18 during the lunch break. There were draws to enter, prizes to win and a free barbeque for everyone.
The special event was part of a “Let’s Talk Science” Outreach Program; a national, community-based program connecting educators and youth. The event was sponsored by Shell Canada.
The program connects more than 3500 volunteers from 41 university and college, 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. The goal is to engage youth in a wide variety of hands-on/minds-on STEM experiences in schools and community settings.
“One minute to flight, one minute to flight!” said Community Liaison for this project, Dr. Jason Peterson.
One of the interactive activities, was the kids divided into groups to make a paper airplane, then tested their planes and going back to the table to adjust their wings, to see what may work better or needed changing.
Dr. Peterson worked hands on with the students making a paper airplane, after a fun guessing game of his height in metric (2.032 meters or 6 feet, 8 inches).
“It makes me super happy to see the kids interacting and working together,” said Dr. Peterson.
Charlene Parker from Shell Canada explained the program, in its first phase; “is engaging the youth, encourages working together as a team and is fun!”
The Let’s Talk Science Outreach Program started last March at the Fox Creek School, working with students from kindergarten to grade five.
“We realize science is a part of everything we do. It is our hopes to get the students interested and engaged, so students carry on graduating and pursuing a job in math and science,” said Parker.
Let’s Talk Science Outreach Program:
- engages kids in quality learning experiences that will develop their interest and abilities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics
- motivates and inspires youth to enjoy, understand and pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics by connecting them with outstanding role models and mentors
- promotes volunteerism to our post-secondary student and professional scientist volunteers.
- grows skills for employability and entrepreneurship (Source: http://www.letstalkscience.ca/)
Want to try a fun, hands on activity at home?
Try making GAK –
1. Make Borax solution by mixing 7.5 ml of Borax with 250 ml of warm water.
2. Mix 15 ml of water with 15 ml of white glue in a zilpoc bag.
3. Add 7.5 ml Borax solution and stir to make Gak! Dispose in garbage, not sink.Print This Post