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Grade 6-8 students compete and put their science skills and knowledge to the test at the Let’s Talk Science Challenge at the University of Toronto

April 30, 2014

TORONTO, ON – The Let’s Talk Science Outreach Program at the U of T St. George campus site is hosting the 2014 Let’s Talk Science Challenge for grades 6-8 students.

The areas of science, technology, engineering, and math are important for elementary students to engage in to encourage them to pursue them further in their educational careers. The Let’s Talk Science Outreach Program helps to improve literacy and involvement in science, technology, engineering, and math, and does this through innovative education programs, advocacy, and leadership, empowering youth to develop and apply these skills. The Challenge showcases the top students as they compete in a quiz-style show and a design challenge. They will have the opportunity to engage with university students as they learn about specific science topics at the Fun House booths. Natalie Rebot from Google will be opening this year’s event and special guest judges will help select the winning teams.

WHAT:            The Let’s Talk Science Outreach Program at the University of Toronto is hosting the Let’s Talk Science Challenge, a free hands-on and question-and-answer style competition on Monday, May 5. The event inspires teamwork, friendly competition and enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering and math education.

WHO:              LET’S TALK SCIENCE OUTREACH at the University of Toronto, St. George campus will host teams of Grade 6, 7, and 8 students from 33 local schools. A special guest speaker will open the event. The final elimination round will include guest judges and showcase the top teams of science students in an intense competition. Photo opportunities of the Let’s Talk Science Challenge are available throughout the day’s program.

WHERE:         University of Toronto, St. George Campus

7 Hart House Circle, Toronto, ON M5S 3H3

All events will be in the Great Hall at Hart House. Parking is available on Hart House Circle and Kings College Circle. Campus map: http://map.utoronto.ca/

WHEN:           Monday May 5, 2014, 9:30am – 2:30pm

Science quiz show from 10:20am – 12:00pm

Lunch and Fun House activities from 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Design Challenge from 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Developed in 2005 by the Let’s Talk Science Outreach volunteers at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, the Let’s Talk Science Challenge has expanded across the country, providing thousands of Canadian students the opportunity to participate in the event at hosting university Let’s Talk Science Outreach program sites. The Let’s Talk Science Challenge offers a competitive and fun event for Grades 6-8 students to excel in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning, build their team skills, interact with relevant role models and test their abilities against peers. Pfizer Canada, Honda Canada Foundation, Takeda Canada and 3M Canada are generous sponsors of this year’s competition.

To learn more about the Let’s Talk Science, please visit letstalkscience.ca.

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For more information, please contact:

Sandhya Mylabathula
Phone: (647) 378-8468
Email: s.mylabathula@mail.utoronto.ca