University of Waterloo Science Outreach engages with local school-aged kids through workshops delivered by University of Waterloo Let's Talk Science volunteers, and through on-campus learning opportunities for visiting schools. The table below shows available UWaterloo Science Outreach resources (e.g. workshops, demonstrations, etc.) associated with topics addressed by the Ontario Science curriculum.
|Grade||Life systems||Structures and mechanisms||Matter and Energy||Earth and space systems|
|K||Tree of Life or Why Live Here|
|1||Needs and characteristics of living things: Arctic Animals||Materials, objects and everyday structures||Energy in our lives||Daily and seasonal changes: Arctic Animals|
|2||Growth and changes in animals: Building Bugs||Movement: Medieval Machines||Properties of liquids and solids: Matter Matters||Air and water in the environment|
|3||Growth and changes in plants: Root of the Matter or Tomatosphere||Strong and stable structures: Earthquake!||Forces causing movement: Earthquake!||Soils in the environment|
|4||Habitats and communities: Wetland Food Web||Pulleys and Gears: Pulling Your Weight||Light and sound||Rocks and Minerals: Earth Sciences Museum visit|
|5||Human organ systems: Fight or Flight||Forces acting on structures and mechanisms: Earth Sciences Museum Disasters talk||Properties of and changes in matter: Crime Labs||Conservation of energy and resources|
|6||Biodiversity: Wetlands Food Web||Flight: High Flyers||Electricity and electrical devices||Space: Exploration Mars; Observatory tour|
|7||Interactions in the environment: Wetlands Food Web||Form and function: Entrepreneurial Science||Pure substances and mixtures: Mix it Up||Heat in the environment|
|8||Cells: Marshmallow Meiosis||Systems in action: Watershed Moments or Entrepreneurial Science||Fluids: Hydro-Logical Cycle||Water Systems: Watershed Moments or Hydro-Logical Cycle|
Let’s Talk Science provides a unique opportunity for you to invite University of Waterloo Science student volunteers into your classroom to conduct curriculum-aligned, hands-on science activities with your students at no cost to you or your school. The workshops that we currently offer to K-8 classrooms are listed below. Please visit our online booking form to register your class for a visit. We would also encourage educators of children aged 13+ to check out CurioCity, an online learning environment to which some of our volunteers contribute.
Crime Labs: Armed with a list of suspects and clues collected from the scene of the crime, students become forensic scientists trying to solve a mystery. Techniques used include chromatography, fingerprinting and chemical analysis.
Earthquake!: Will your structure have what it takes to withstand an earthquake on the Earthquake Table? Students discover why earthquakes occur, and some strategies to design earthquake-proof structures.
High Flyers: What do a huge piece of metal and a bird have in common? Find out how both can take to the skies in this exploration of the relationship between design (both natural and man-made) and flight.
Marshmallow Meiosis: This activity introduces genetics and is an extension to the Gr. 8 curriculum. Students sort parental chromosomes, select new offspring chromosomes and decode the new chromosomes. Meiosis, fertilization, development and birth – all in one class!
Root of the Matter: Within a species, plants show remarkable diversity. Learn about the adaptations within known food plants, and how your bean plant will survive different scenarios (e.g. drought, frost, pests).
Tomatosphere: Join an international and outer-space project! Students compare the growth of tomato seeds that were either exposed to normal Earth conditions or to 22 months in space. More information and resources.
Tree of Life: By looking at the distinct characteristics of animals related to appearance, behaviour, growth and change, students investigate evolutionary pathways and identify how living things connect.
Why Live Here: (outdoor activity, warm months only) What is the difference between living and non-living things? What is a habitat? We explore the schoolyard with hand-held microscopes, and learn about birds.
Wetland Food Web: Looking at the biodiversity within a wetland ecosystem, students learn how all living things are connected and used in energy pyramids that can alter various habitats and communities.
The University of Waterloo's Earth Sciences Museum, located in the heart of Waterloo's main campus, offers a number of hands on workshops and interesting talks for groups of all ages and interests. Possible topics range from talks on Dinosaurs to Volcanoes, the Geology of Ontario to Ground Water. Fill out their online form to book a visit.
The Gustav Bakos Observatory, named in honour of the first astronomer at the University of Waterloo, houses a twelve-inch telescope, which is located on the roof of the Physics building. The observatory has been in operation since 1967. The telescope has been used for research on visual binary stars, undergraduate student assignments and public tours. To book a tour contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Engineering Science Quest
This award-winning joint initiative from the Faculties of Engineering and Science has a number of excellent workshops for your classroom. For more information, visit their workshop page and download the brochure.
Let's Talk Science Challenge
This free, fun-filled program encourages students to build their team skills, interact with relevant role models and test their abilities against peers. The Challenge includes an exciting question and answer competition, an interactive, hands-on design challenge, guest speakers and more! It inspires students to acquire science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) knowledge beyond their curriculum. The Waterloo Let's Talk Science Challenge occurs on campus each spring.
Manager, Science Outreach
Phone: 519-888-4567, ext. 31083
Location: EIT 2010