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U of T hosts young science enthusiasts for All Science Challenge competition

May 25, 2011

SCARBOROUGH, ON – More than 120 Grade 6, 7 and 8 students from Greater Toronto Area schools are poised to compete in the All Science Challenge on Tuesday, May 31 at the Humanities Wing at the University of Toronto, Scarborough campus.

Hosted by University of Toronto science students, the All Science Challenge is a fun-filled day of competition and camaraderie that’s part of the nationwide Let’s Talk Science Outreach program to inspire the next generation.

Following the opening ceremonies, teams will compete against each other in two exciting rounds of questions with professors, staff and university students serving as judges. Teams will test their knowledge in a range of disciplines, such as earth sciences, engineering, biology, chemistry and physics.

In the afternoon, students are invited to participate in a funhouse where they will be encouraged to complete hands-on activities at math, engineering and science stations. Activities include making slime, Alka-Seltzer rockets and extracting DNA from fruit – as well as a secret hands-on design activity where teams are challenged to build an object with the materials supplied to them. The top three teams will then face off in a final elimination round. The last team left standing will become the All Science Challenge Champions.

Photo opportunities and interviews available during the funhouse (12:10-1:10 p.m.) at H-Wing and during the final round at 2 p.m. at Academic Resource Centre, Room 223.



For more information, please contact:

Sherri Thiele
Let’s Talk Science Coordinator at UTSC

To connect with Sherri during the event, call her at 416-898-2559 (cell).


The All Science Challenge was developed in 2004 by Let’s Talk Science Outreach volunteers at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont., and is currently being held at 19 universities across Canada this year. Shaw Cablesystems, 3M, Honda Canada Foundation, Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario and Quanser are generous supporters of this year’s competition at the University of Toronto.



Let’s Talk Science is an award-winning, national, charitable, science outreach organization. We deliver science learning programs and services that turn kids on to science, keep them engaged in learning and develop their potential to become 21st century stewards, innovators and citizens. Through Let’s Talk Science Outreach, we engage more than 2,600 enthusiastic post-secondary student volunteers at 33 universities and colleges across Canada to turn more than 120,000 kids on to science, engineering and technology each year. For more information about Let’s Talk Science, please visit