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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:

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.

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For more infor­ma­tion, please con­tact:

Sand­hya Myla­bathu­la
Phone: (647) 378‑8468