To support and nurture high school students' love for science discovery, the University of Waterloo Science Outreach team has developed several in-class workshops and on-campus activities to complement the Ontario Science Curriculum.
You can learn more about what we offer through either the subject-specific table shown here, or the expandable categories below the table. To book a workshop, either in class or on campus, please visit our online booking form or contact Heather Neufeld at email@example.com for more information.
|Grade||Biology||Physics||Chemistry||Environmental Science, Earth and Space Science|
Endangered Earth or Water Resource Sustainability with the ESM
|The Characteristics of electricity:
Canadian Energy Resources with the ESM
|Atoms, elements and compounds:
Timeline of the Elements project or Chemistry of the Cosmic Calendar
|10||Tissues, organs and systems of living things:
The Ins and Outs of Digestion
|Light and geometric optics:
|Chemical reactions||Climate change:
Energize: Sustainable City Challenge
Diversity of living things
Animal structure and function
Plant anatomy, growth and function
Energy and society
Waves and sound
Electricity and magnetism
Chem Lab Day Acetaminophen Synthesis Lab involves most of the topics below
Open Science Online Interactive Chemistry Lessons involve most of the topics below
Matter, chemical trends and chemical bonding
Quantities in chemical reactions:
Solutions and solubility:
Gases and atmospheric chemistry:
Human health and the environment:
Sustainable agriculture and forestry
Reducing and managing waste
Conservation of energy
Open Science Online Interactive Chemistry Lessons involve most of the topics below
Chem Lab Day: Acetaminophen or C17H14O Synthesis Lab covers Organic Chemistry, Structure and properties of matter, Energy changes and rates of reaction, and Chemical systems and equilibrium
Let's Talk Science workshops
Let’s Talk Science provides a unique opportunity for you to invite University of Waterloo Science student volunteers into your classroom (or on campus) to conduct curriculum-aligned, hands-on science activities with your students at no cost to you or your school. Please visit our online booking form to register your class for a visit.
The workshops that we currently offer are:
Ancient Astronomy: Follow in the footsteps of the great astronomers and discover how they learned about the cosmos through the use of ancient tools and simple math. Compare this with the tools used in observational astronomy today.
Chemistry of the Cosmic Calendar: (in development) From the formation of the planets to the construction of smartphones, how do elements make up the world around us? Explore how elements formed the planets, and where we discover and use certain elements today.
Einstein and Beyond: A quick survey of modern physics: from general relativity to particle accelerators, explore modern physics concepts through hands on activities. Learn about the research that is happening today at PI, IQC, the University of Waterloo, and other world class physics institutions.
Endangered Earth: Students assume the role of conservation biologists and work in teams to protect endangered species and their habitats. Learning about species at risk, teams allocate funding and advise on land development.
Energize: Sustainable City Challenge: In a board game simulation, students develop a sustainable energy strategy for the Waterloo Region using real-world data. Teams are challenged to reduce their carbon emissions by 80% before the year 2050!
The Ins and Outs of Digestion: Our bodies digest food everyday, but what's really happening inside us? Explore digestion with this hands-on kit that discusses digestive anatomy, processes and some ways digestion can go wrong!
Viral Vaccines: To discover the world of viruses and vaccines, students work together to cure an outbreak in hopes of stopping a zombie apocalypse. This workshop may also function as an enrichment activity for mixed age groups.
Available December and April (dates TBD), your students will engage in Physics lab stations specially designed to ignite their curiosity and to encourage them to make connections between various aspects of Physics. Contact Heather Anderson (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information, or register your interest on the form.
The Earth Sciences Museum has developed several workshops that are tailored specifically to meet the Ontario Science curriculum. For full workshop descriptions and to sign up your class, please visit their Programs page.
The Department of Chemistry offers on-campus laboratory activities that correspond to the Ontario science curriculum. Your students will conduct hands-on science in a university lab setting. Science tours and lectures might also be arranged. These visits occur during our exam periods in December and April. For more information and a booking form, see the Chem Lab Days info page or contact email@example.com.
Geochem tour and activity (120 minutes, on campus). Students tour a clean laboratory and mass spectrometry facility where they will learn how geological samples are analyzed for element concentrations. In the workshop, students calculate the concentration of an element in a geological sample based on mass spectrometry data. They learn how element concentrations in sedimentary rocks can be used to tell us about the amount of dissolved oxygen in ancient oceans. Contact Heather Neufeld to schedule your visit: firstname.lastname@example.org
Young astronomers can view the universe through the telescope at the University of Waterloo Gustav Bakos Observatory. Free tours include a short talk on astronomy (around 30 minutes) plus an opportunity to ask questions, followed by a tour of the dome. If you have any questions or would like to arrange a private tour for your class, please email the observatory coordinator at email@example.com.
The Gairdner Awards have become Canada's foremost international award to recognize and reward the achievements of medical researchers whose work contributes significantly to improving the quality of human life. Each October, a Gairdner award winner visits the University of Waterloo to deliver a lecture specifically directed at a high school student audience, and we provide students with a related workshop. For a list of previous speakers, see all Science public lectures here.
The Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) shares quantum information science and technology with those fascinated by it and those who will benefit from it in the very near future. See the IQC Outreach page for more details.
The Department of Chemistry has developed freely available, interactive online chemistry lessons covering select topics from grade 11 and 12 Canadian high school curricula. Each lesson focuses on clearly articulated learning objectives using a combination of text, images, animations, interactive questions with immediate feedback, and narrated example problems with solutions. For more information and to access the lessons, visit open.science.uwaterloo.ca.
In celebration of International Year of Chemistry (IYC), the University of Waterloo's Department of Chemistry and the Faculty of Science encouraged chemistry educators and enthusiasts worldwide to adopt an element and artistically interpret that element. The project created a periodic table as a mosaic of science and art, with interactive apps available for android and iPhone. Visit the Periodic Table Project to find out more!
Celebrate 2019 as the International Year of the Periodic Table by investigating the discovery of the elements. This project consists of a website resource, posters for high school classrooms, and a mural in the Science Teaching Complex. Explore more at the Timeline website.
Chem 13 News is an online magazine published for teachers of introductory chemistry by the Chemistry Department at the University of Waterloo.
Each issue contains articles, labs, puzzles, cartoons and helpful advice. Most of our authors are high school teachers. We encourage our subscribers to become contributors and be part of the active community of sharing amongst chemistry teachers.
To find out more, visit the Chem13news home page.
The Faculty of Science is proud of our strong ties with the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. Perimeter’s award-winning outreach team brings science to life and raises scientific literacy through classroom resources, public lectures, teacher workshops, an educator network, and a summer school where students interact with Perimeter researchers. For more information, visit the Perimeter Institute Outreach page.
Science Subject Contests
Challenge your students. Test their knowledge. Arrange for a Waterloo Science Exam.
- Sir Isaac Newton Exam: A prestigious physics prize exam, written each spring by thousands of students from across Canada and around the world. Covers basic physics, mainly from the Ontario Secondary School Physics Curriculum. Annually in May.
- Chem 13 News Exam: Students compete for prizes and undergraduate research experience. Covers material a well-read senior high school chemistry student is likely to encounter. Annually in May.
- Avogadro Exam: Ontario Grade 11 chemistry students and students anywhere at a similar level are eligible. This 40-question, multiple choice exam covers the Structure of Matter, Bonding, Reactions, Solutions and Gases. Written during one 75-minute period. Annually in May.
For general inquiries please contact:
Manager, Science Outreach
Phone: 519-888-4567 x31083
Location: EIT 2010