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Science Odyssey- Let's Talk Science Guelph

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University of Guelph

Science Complex Room 1511

Guelph, ON N1G 1Y4

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You're invited to join Let's Talk Science at the University of Guelph for FREE hands-on science activities.

Science Odyssey is Canada's largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, featuring fun and inspiring experiences in museums, research centres, laboratories and classrooms from coast to coast. Powered by NSERC, Science Odyssey demonstrates how discoveries and innovations shape our daily lives and foster a strong science culture in Canada.

We will be offering the following activities that are suitable for specific age ranges. Please select a free ticket based on the activity you would like to attend! You are welcome to attend more than one activity, but please collect a corresponding ticket for each. Space is limited.

Saturday, May 19 Activity Descriptions:

10:00 am- 11:00 am Animal Adaptations (Ages 4-7)
How are living things adapted for survival? Kids will learn some of the ways animals survive in different climates – how they stay move around, how they stay hidden, how they catch prey.

11:00 am- 12:00 pm Animal Life Cycles (Ages 5-8)
In this life cycle themed activity, students will learn how some baby animals look the same as their parents, only smaller, while some animals undergo major changes in appearance as they grow up!

12:00-1:00 Dirt Detectives (Ages 6-11)
Kids learn about the different layers and types of soils and how humans can make good and bad changes to the soil. Students will read a story (Doreen Cronin’s A Diary of a Worm), discuss the importance of worms, and learn about composting.

1:00 pm-2:00 pm Biomes in a Box (Ages 8-12)
Kids will have a chance to populate habitat dioramas, deciding which plants and animals belong in each environment. Once they’ve assembled their ecosystems, we’ll investigate the effects of various sources of human impact and interventions, and ways we could minimize this impact.

2:00-3:00 Human Impact on Aquatic Ecosystems (Ages 11-14)
Students will learn about how human activities can affect aquatic ecosystems. We will discuss a real-world example of Guelph's aquatic ecosystem and test water samples for pH level, nitrogen, and phosphates.

Sunday, May 20 Activity Descriptions:

10:00 am - 11:00 am Butterfly and the Bog Beast (Ages 4-9)
Kids will learn about the life cycle and survival tactics of butterflies in the wild. Activities include story time, a craft, and a pollination game.

11:00 am - 12:00 pm Plants and Pollinators (Ages 5-9)
Kids will learn about the main parts of a plant, and things plants need to survive. Kids will handle different seeds and learn how they can be spread, and also learn about pollinators and their favourite plants.

12:00 pm -1:00 pm Biodiversity (9-12)
What do scientists mean when they talk about biodiversity, and why is it important? Kids will play a game to model how biodiversity can preserve the balance in an ecosystem, and they will play a matching game to learn how scientists identify species

1:00 pm-2:00 pm Weather and Climate Change (Ages 10-14)
In this workshop, students will learn about El Niño, ice cores, and climate change. Students will graph data, and construct models of the north and south polar ice caps. If time allows, the activity leader can run a demonstration of a cloud in a bottle.

2:00 pm-3:00 pm Transportation and the Environment (Ages 13-15)
Drive into the multi-faceted world of transportation! In this workshop, students examine current and potential energy sources used for transportation. Kids will test fuel cells cars, wind-powered cards, and explore the various types of fuels used in transportation.

*Note: age ranges are recommendations only

Important Info:

  • Parking on campus is free is ALL parking lots on weekends.

  • Only the children need a ticket for this event.

  • Please do not plan on leaving your child alone on campus.

  • You are welcome to bring food/snacks on campus or purchase food in the University Centre Building.

  • Donations are welcome but entirely optional! Funds raised will go towards our annual School of Witchcraft and Wizardry Event, and other free science-programming in the Guelph community.

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University of Guelph

Science Complex Room 1511

Guelph, ON N1G 1Y4

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