University of Waterloo Science Outreach connects our students with your students! We have developed online workshops and other opportunities to help science discovery happen.
Let’s Talk Science provides a unique opportunity for you to invite University of Waterloo Science student volunteers into your (virtual, online) classroom to conduct curriculum-aligned, hands-on science activities with your students at no cost to you or your school (you provide the basic supplies for activities, if needed). The workshops that we currently offer to Grade 4-8 classrooms and community groups are listed below. Please visit our online booking form to register your class for a visit.
- CREATURES OF HABITATS (Gr 4, 60 min.) Where the wild things are? Right outside our houses! Students explore the importance of communities within their habitats through origami. They will create energy pyramids that not only show who eats who but where all that energy goes! They will then choose their own animals and figure out where they belong as they navigate through several different habitats.
- EARTHQUAKE! (Gr 3-5, 75 min.) Oh no! There’s an earthquake! Wait… what even is an earthquake? Students learn how and why easrthquakes happen and about the technologies that allow structures to resist an earthquake’s powerful force. They are then put to the test as they must build earthquake tables to test their earthquake-resistant structures.
- CRIME LAB (Gr 4-6, 75 min.) CSI? Dexter? Bones? Crime Scene Investigation may seem like it really only happens in movies and TV shows but forensic science applies various disciplines of science like chemistry and biology to find and test evidence to help solve cases. A thief snuck onto UW’s campus and stole the formula to cure hair loss! Students will be applying their knowledge of density, chemical change, and fingerprinting as members of the forensic science team who were hired to find the thief. (Warning: Lots of materials required, but super fun)
- EXPLORATION MARS (Gr 6-8, 90 min.) Experience the challenges of space exploration using unmanned space probes. Explore different types of space probes – Orbiters, Landers, and Rovers. Students will build and test a lander in hopes of discovering new information about Mars and whether it could ever have supported life!
- HIGH FLYERS (Gr 6-8, 60 min.) Explore various aspects of flight and how machines and birds are able to achieve efficient flight. Discuss “what forces act on a plane”, “what causes lift in a plane”, and “how do different wing shapes help achieve different types of flight”. Students will apply their knowledge by building and testing various paper planes in an ultimate paper plane building championship.
- MIX IT UP (Gr 6-8, 90 min.) Flowers and fireworks? Who knew chemistry could be so beautiful?! Chemistry must really matter... (badumtsss!) Students explore why some things dissolve and not others, how particles interact with each other, and how we can use separation techniques in the real world. (Warning: Lots of materials required, but super fun)
- FIGHT OR FLIGHT (Gr 6-8, 90 min.) Grown-ups are not the only ones who experience stress – kids get stressed too! Students explore what happens in their nervous system, endocrine system, and circulatory system when their brain detects stressful situations. Students will also discuss ways to identify, reduce, and manage stress in their lives.
The University of Waterloo's Earth Sciences Museum, located in the heart of Waterloo's main campus, is currently closed to the public. We are working to develop online workshops for your students, and a virtual tour of our exhibits! If you have a specific request for educational support, let us know the topic and age and we will point you towards some of our current online resources. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 an online talk or tour contact email@example.com.
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 for Grades 6-8 encourages students to build their team skills, interact with relevant role models and test their abilities against peers. The Challenge, online for the last two years, is a weekly fun team quiz event that inspires students to acquire science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) knowledge beyond their curriculum. The Challenge runs in the spring, register directly through Let's Talk Science.
Join an international and outer-space project brought to you by Let's Talk Science! 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.
Manager, Science Outreach
Phone: 519-888-4567, ext. 31083
Location: EIT 2010