Resources: secondary school

Secondary school students physics demo

To support and nurture high school students' love for science discovery, the University of Waterloo Science Outreach team offers 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 in class or on campus please visit our online booking form or contact Heather Neufeld at for more information.

High school teacher resources: Curriculum connections and outreach programs

IP: in person; VO: virtual/online; OC: on-campus only

Grade Biology Physics Chemistry Environmental Science, Earth and Space Science
9 Sustainable ecosystems:
Endangered Earth IP
The Characteristics of electricity:
Canadian Energy Resources with the ESM IP
Atoms, elements and compounds:
Timeline of the Elements project or Chemistry of the Cosmic Calendar IP

The study of the universe:
Ancient Astronomy IP or Gustav Bakos Observatory tour OC or Chemistry of the Cosmic Calendar IP

10 Tissues, organs and systems of living things:
The Ins and Outs of Digestion IP
Light and geometric optics:
Enlightened Optics IP
Chemical reactions Climate change:
Energize: Sustainable City Challenge IP

Diversity of living things: Evolution and the Tree of Life IP

Evolution: Evolution and the Tree of Life IP

Genetic processes:
Gels and Genes IP or Marshmallow Meiosis IP

Animal structure and function 

Plant anatomy, growth and function

Physics Lab Day engages students in all topics OC



Energy and society

Waves and sound

Electricity and magnetism

Chem Lab Day Acetaminophen Synthesis Lab OC involves most of the topics below 

Open Science Online Interactive Chemistry Lessons involve most of the topics below

Matter, chemical trends and chemical bonding

Chemical reactions

Quantities in chemical reactions:Geochemistry in Water Resources with the ESM OC

Solutions and solubility:
Geochemistry in Water Resources with the ESM OC

Gases and atmospheric chemistry: Geochemistry in Water Resources with the ESM OC

Scientific solutions to contemporary environmental challenges:
Geochemistry in Water Resources with the ESM OC or Energize: Sustainable City Challenge IP

Human health and the environment

Sustainable agriculture and forestry

Reducing and managing waste

Conservation of energy


Let's Talk Cancer IP

Metabolic processes 

Molecular genetics:
Gels and Genes IP


Population dynamics: Viral Vaccines IP

Physics Lab Day engages students in all topics OC


Energy and momentum

Gravitational, electric, and magnetic fields

The wave nature of light

Revolutions in modern physics; quantum mechanics and special relativity:
Einstein and Beyond workshop IP (also refer to IQC resources and Perimeter Institute resources)

Open Science Online Interactive Chemistry Lessons involve most of the topics below

Chem Lab Day: Acetaminophen or C17H14O Synthesis Lab OC covers Organic Chemistry, Structure and properties of matter, Energy changes and rates of reaction, and Chemical systems and equilibrium


Geochemistry in Water Resources with the ESM OC

Gustav Bakos Observatory tour OC

Planetary science

Recording the Earth's geological history

Earth materials:
Rocks, Minerals, and Microscopes OC with the ESM

Geological processes

For general inquiries please contact:

Heather Neufeld
Manager, Science Outreach
Phone: 519-888-4567 x31083
Location: EIT 2010