Fun, science, and community collide at Discovery Square

School may be out, but for the curious minded, learning never stops. During the month of July, Waterloo’s Science Outreach team took part in Discovery Square, a STEAM event celebrating Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math hosted by the City of Kitchener at Civic Square in front of City Hall.

Kids learning at Discovery Square

To inspire the next generation of scientists our volunteers brought a variety of hands-on activities to Discovery Square each Tuesday evening.  

From physics and earth sciences to biology and chemistry, activities each week featured a different branch of science. Children and parents alike were mesmerized by hands-on activities that taught light refraction, friction, rocks and minerals and chemical analysis.

“We always enjoy being a part of this event,” says Heather Neufeld, Manager of Science Outreach. “The sunshine, the fountain bubbling, and Erick’s songs stuck in our heads all contribute to an infectiously fun atmosphere in which kids can investigate science with us. It’s great to keep the science discovery going throughout the summer!”

Popular activities included:

  • Learning about the refraction of light using water beads and polarizing frames

  • Creating a giant bubble with a child inside to demonstrate the effect of surface tension

  • Digging for ancient fish fossils and gold panning with the Earth Sciences Museum

  • Making brain hats and learning about the different lobes of the brain

  • Concocting your own fizzy soda pop with citric acid, baking soda and powdered sugar

CTV talking to kids

In collaboration with Let’s Talk Science, a national charitable organization, Science Outreach delivers a variety of engaging activities to local youth of all ages through classroom visits and community events led by an enthusiastic team of science student volunteers.

Come visit our Science Outreach team at the annual Kidspark festival featuring more inspiring, engaging activities in Victoria Park on Sunday, August 21. We look forward to seeing you there!

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