SciXchange partners with Let's Talk Science, external link, a national science outreach organization, to deliver free hands-on science engagement opportunities for schools and the community. We offer a number of opportunities for our volunteers to engage students:
- In-class activities brought to your school
- High school lab activities on Ryerson campus
- High school symposia hosted on Ryerson campus
Please visit our High School and Elementary School outreach pages for more information and to register. Teachers can receive updates on our classroom opportunities by signing up for our Educator Newsletter, external link.
SciXchange hosts events for the general public, families and youth to make science engaging, comprehensible and accessible. Our goal is to increase science literacy and foster critical thinking about scientific issues. We participate in several national science events and celebrations throughout the year:
- Science Odyssey Week, external link (May) - The week starts off with Science Rendezvous, external link - a national day to celebrate science, held the second Saturday in May. At Ryerson, this street-style festival features thrilling science experiments, hands-on activities and experiences from Ryerson researchers. Previously held at Yonge-Dundas Square, it now happens on campus each year.
- Science Literacy Week, external link (September) - Annually held the third week of September this week is a celebration of science in our society and a way to promote and enhance science literacy. SciXchange takes part each year with activities, workshops and lectures open to the Ryerson community and general public.
- Soapbox Science, external link Toronto (September) - This international science outreach program was brought to Toronto by Ryerson University. We host this event each year at Word on the Street to promote female scientists, share cutting edge research with the public and support equity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.
- Computer Science Education Week (December) - We participate in Hour of Code, external link each year to introduce adults to the power and fun of coding. Coding and Cocktails is held the first week of December and gives hands-on experience while nurturing problem-solving skills, logic and creativity.
For up-to-date information on our events please see our events page.
We would like to acknowlegde the support of NSERC Promo Science, external link for our Science Odyssey and Science Literacy Week events.
Each year we host a school science fair for grade 7 & 8 classes. Students work under the mentorship of our volunteers to develop Science Fair projects to present to Ryerson student judges in February. Students will then refine their projects and go on to present at the Toronto Science Fair. We look forward to working with these budding scientists!
Women in Computer Science (WiCS) Ambassador Program
SciXchange, in collaboration with the Ryerson campus group, Women in Computer Science (WiCS), provides mentorship to female high school students interested in Computer Science. WiCS is a supportive student-led initiative for marginalized groups in Computer Science.
This program provides leadership opportunities for high school students while building competency and knowledge in specific areas like coding, etc. They will receive mentorship and training from Ryerson University students and members of WiCS both on campus and through student-led events in their community.
Ryerson University supports this innovative mentorship program for female youth interested in technology and entrepreneurship. SciXchange will host the Toronto 2019 kick-off event on campus. For more information about the program see the Technovation website, external link.
Scientists in Action
The Dragon Academy is a small, independent, progressive school for gifted adolescents. They have implemented Scientists-in-Action, an exciting mentorship program for their budding scientists, that connects them with leading researchers. The program is entering its fifth year and Ryerson University has expanded their relationship with the program by hosting all 8 high school students within the Faculty of Science with mentors from the Biomedical Physics Graduate Program.
We're always looking for enthusiastic volunteers who love explaining the science behind everyday life! Visit our Volunteer page to join our team.
We rely on volunteers to help facilitate our events, run activities for the public and educate youth about the sciences. We always have new opportunities and welcome suggestions for events and activities from our volunteers.