6 – 12 Educators

Science Rendezvous

Hosted by the University of Manitoba and the University of Winnipeg, our science and engineering festival at UM is usually a messy and magical event. Featuring hundreds of pounds of cornstarch, thousands of servings of liquid nitrogen ice cream, and hundreds of bags of popcorn!

In 2019, over 800 university student volunteers put on the festival that attracted over 7000 participants! It featured live shows and over 60+ hands-on science activities!

We look forward to the day when we can safely welcome you back to Science Rendezvous Winnipeg for in-person celebrations! Until then, stay safe, be healthy!

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Let’s Talk Science

At Let’s Talk Science, we connect educators and youth with outstanding volunteers to deliver a wide variety of meaningful science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning experiences in both school and community settings. The national Let’s Talk Science Outreach program is offered free of charge thanks to our more than 3,500 post-secondary student volunteers at over 50 post-secondary Outreach sites, including ours.

We’re here to work with your group or class to help youth develop positive attitudes toward STEM, while building critical skills and gaining career awareness. Visit the links along the top blue menu to learn more about the specific activities we do locally.

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Math Mania and Bio Buzz

Math Mania & Bio Buzz is a popular alternative science education event sponsored by the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences and the University of Manitoba. It welcomes grades 2 to 5 and is free and open to the public.

Math Mania & Bio Buzz presents interactive demonstrations, puzzles, games, and art. It is usually presented in a school gymnasium after school for about 90 minutes. It requires about 20 volunteers. New activities are added each time. The volunteers are university students, faculty, and staff from the PIMS University site, or volunteers from nearby high schools. This effort is an experiment in using peer instruction to potentially recruit to PIMS universities and encourage students to explore math and science. Contact Darja.Barr@umanitoba.ca

Saturday Science Club

The Saturday Club is an opportunity for youth in inner-city Winnipeg, grades 5 to 11, to engage in hands-on science activities. The program is hosted by the Faculty of Science, and the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences. It runs each year, from January to April, activities take place over a three-hour period on alternate Saturday mornings at the Faculty of Science, Fort Garry Campus, and Inner City Science Centre. Each three-hour session focuses on one main topic or a theme ranging from current environmental issues, alternative energy sources, sustainable products and design, biochemistry, microbiology, and medicine and health sciences. Students will also explore opportunities to link basic science to art and social science, for example, previous sessions have included expert scientists from the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg on HIV detection, and social implications of the spread of disease. The Saturday Club aims to nurture curiosity, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills in our next generation of students, and be a meeting place for science experts, enthusiasts, teachers and parents. Students will be exposed to a range of scientific disciplines and will have access state-of-the-art equipment. For more information please contact Krystyna Koczanski, Associate Dean and Dr. James Gilchrist, director of the biomedical youth program, professor (oral biology), College of Dentistry, bmyp@umanitoba.ca

SHaRK

The Solar Materials Discovery Group is part of the Solar Army Network and involves students and teachers from Winnipeg-area high schools working with the Herbert Group to develop research skills and explore new photoelectrode materials for artificial photosynthesis. This outreach program is run as part of our collaboration with CCI Solar. We are excited to keep the strong tradition of discovery-based science and collaboration with talented high school researchers! Contact: David Herbert

Computer Science High School Day and the Manitoba High School Programming Contest

Contact: Al Marshall

Physics and Astronomy Day

On Physics and Astronomy Day , high school students are guided through a day of physics and astronomy, including presentations on current research and promising careers in the field of physics and the history of the field through people and theories, small group experiments, a tour of the Lockhart Planetarium and our various research laboratories. Contact Susan.Beshta@umanitoba.ca

Wise Kidnetic

Founded in 1990, WISE Kid-Netic Energy is the largest community outreach program offered by the University of Manitoba. Our primary support is from the Price Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Science.

WISE Kid-Netic Energy is a non-profit organization that offers hands-on, curriculum-based science, engineering and technology deliverables for youth in Kindergarten through Grade 12. Use the navigation bar at the top of the page to learn more about our program and how you can get involved!

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Plan a field trip

We encourage you to plan a field trip during Science Rendezvous. Field trips can be arranged throughout the year for grades K-12, depending upon instructors, and staff availability. A field trip might include tours of our campus and facilities, as well as hands-on science activities in our Eureka Centre. Please contact Leigh McKinnon, the outreach coordinator.

Professional Development for K-12 Educators

Mathematics Summer Workshop for Early and Middle School Teachers
The Mathematics department hosts a two-week professional development workshop in August for Early and Middle School teachers. Participants will work on enriching their problem-solving and reasoning skills and learn about proofs and the foundations of mathematics. Discussions moderated by a K-12 educator will generate ideas for classroom activities and will enable participants to address the challenges of various topics. Contact: Darja Barr or Nick Harland.