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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