Science Outreach ignites curiosity at Discovery Square

From digging for fossil fish to creating an instant cloud in a bottle, children have been channeling their inner scientist as they explore a variety of hands-on science activities at Discovery Square.

Each Tuesday night in July, the University of Waterloo’s Science Outreach Team takes part in this children's event held at Kitchener City Hall’s Carl Zehr Square, celebrating STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math). Engaging activities such as electrifying Van de Graaff demonstrations, snow rocks and gold panning help children learn about basic science concepts in a fun and interactive way.

Kids and families engaging with the Waterloo Science booth at Discovery Square

Events like these allow us to continue bringing science discovery to the next generation of scientists outside of our usual school visits program,” says Ally Jewell, Interim Science Outreach Coordinator.

Child playing with fossilsCurrently in it’s third year, the partnership between the City of Kitchener and the University of Waterloo’s Faculty of Science aims to inspire future innovators through a variety of intriguing activities. Early educational experiences in STEAM are shaping today’s children and youth into the leaders of tomorrow.

“Discovery Square encourages children and their families to spend time together, engage with their community and explore the world around them,” says Natasha Stoyakovich, Kitchener Events Coordinator. “Together with the University of Waterloo, we are able to provide unique activations that spark imaginations and interest in understanding how our world works.”

Cloud in a bottle demonstration

The Faculty of Science Outreach volunteers focus on delivering educational and engaging science activities to local children of all ages. In collaboration with Let’s Talk Science, a national charitable organization, Science Outreach delivers a variety of innovative activities to the local youth.

We invite members of the community to join us this Tuesday, July 21 from 5 to 8 p.m. for physics-themed activities featuring a giant bubble demonstration, an optics and laser experiment and the return of the ever-popular Van de Graaff generator. Admission is free.

The following week, on July 28, chemistry takes centre stage as children and parents can make their own slime and become Forensic scientists to solve a crime.