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Community Centres

Kids and parents/guardians work together to build a robot using small motors, cups for the body, and craft materials for decoration.

We offer a Community STEM Partnership program where our volunteers head out to a community centre in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) to bring science experiments to local communities in after school or evening programs. Volunteers visit multiple times and teach the activities to youth ages 6 years and up (parents and guardians welcome).

Below is a list of our activities. When registration for a partnership become available we notify our network through our Educator Newsletter., external link Sign up to stay in up-to-date about all of our programming and activities throughout the year, and how and when to sign up.

Community centre representatives may inquire about a partnership by emailing SciXchange at sciXchange@ryerson.ca., opens in new window Although we try our best to fulfill all requests, a request does not guarantee a visit, and all scheduling is subject to the availability of volunteers. 

Lava Lamps

Chemistry (Grades 2-7)

Description: covers properties of water and oil, molecules, substances and mixtures, rates of reaction; students use water, oil and food colouring to create the basis for lava lamps and add alkaseltzer to create a reaction.

Available: October - April, timing is dependant on volunteer availability

Activity specifications: It is preferable for schools to provide graduated cylinders for each pair of students. If this isn't available, please have students collect clear plastic water bottles for this activity.

Capacity: 24

Digestion Lab (aka Poop Lab!)

Biology (Grade 5)

Description: Students build a model of the human digestive system from intake to excrement.  

Available: October - April, timing is dependant on volunteer availability

Activity Specifications: This is a messy activity, so a lab or classroom where the desks can get a bit wet is ideal. We usually lay down a garbage bag to work on; providing newspaper is also helpful.

Capacity: 24

Pixel Colouring

Computer Science (Grades 3-8)

Description: Students explore computer languages through colouring! They use excel to colour their favourite pixel pic and learn how computers interpret colour using hex codes.

Available: October - April, timing is dependant on volunteer availability

Activity Specifications: Computer lab - one computer for each student. The computer must have Microsoft Excel and we will load the necessary file onto each computer prior to the activity.

Capacity: 24

Register

To register for our programs, sign up for our Educator Newsletter, external link. Registration for  activities will be sent out through the newsletter when it becomes available. 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact SciXchange via the email and phone number listed below.

E: scixchange[at]ryerson.ca

P: 416-979-5000 x3134

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