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High School Campus Visits

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High School Lab Programs

Campus Visits

SciXchange offers high school activity visits on Ryerson University's campus, with a few of the Computer Literacy activities available as in-class visits (see breakdown below). A typical on-campus visit includes a lab from one of the options listed below, along with a tour of either (1) Ryerson campus, or (2) iBest: The Institute for Biomedical Engineering, Science, and Technology. iBest, external link, opens in new window is a research facility and partnership between Ryerson University and St. Michael's Hospital. 

Teachers may fill out this google formform, external link to request a visit. Note that visits are scheduled on a first come first serve basis, and a request does not guarantee a visit. Chemistry Lab visits are currently closed as it has reached maximum capacity.

If your class is not able to travel to Ryerson to participate in our on-campus activity, we may be able to schedule a class visit at your school. Classroom visits are reserved for high schools where transportation makes visiting Ryerson prohibitive. All requests to be visited in your own classroom are evaluated on a case-by-case basis, and a request does not guarantee a classroom visit. 

Chemistry - C.S. Rye

Description: Students will be given a forensic science scenario where they will be tasked with creating a dilution series, plot a calibration curve, and use a photo spectrometer!

Available: 2 hour on-campus workshop, October - March, Mondays 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Optional: Campus tour (Subject to availability of Campus Tours and Admissions Department) *OR* iBest Tour (subject to availability of iBest)

Capacity: 48 students

Registration is closed.

Biotechnology - Gel Electrophoresis

Description: Students learn about DNA including its structure and function. Students will visualize DNA through gel electrophoresis and consider how DNA can be a powerful tool in forensic investigations.

Available: 1 hour on-campus workshop, October - March, Tuesday or Wednesdays 10:30am-11:30am

Optional: Campus tour (Subject to availability of Campus Tours and Admissions Department) *OR* iBest Tour (subject to availability of iBest)

Capacity: designed for 24 students; maximum of 30 can be accomodated comfortably

Registration is open. google formPlease complete this form, external link.

Physics - Bubble Physics

Description: Students will explore the scientific processes behind the making, existence and breaking of bubbles on a fundamental level. A discussion of research applications is also included.

Available: 1 hour on-campus workshop, October - March, Tuesday or Wednesdays 10:30am-11:30am

Optional: Campus tour (Subject to availability of Campus Tours and Admissions Department) *OR* iBest Tour (subject to availability of iBest)

Capacity: designed for 24 students; maximum of 30 can be accomodated comfortably

Registration is open. google formPlease complete this form, external link.

Computer Literacy - Activities available on campus only 

(Choice of workshop but subject to availability)

1. MIT App Inventor - Game development for android

Description: Students learn about the front and back end of game development by creating a simple game app for android phones.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with block coding. (Students must have a google account to log in to the online platform; they may bring an android phone to test their app however spare phones will be available)

Available: 2 hour on-campus workshop, November - April, exact dates and times TBD

Optional: Campus tour (Subject to availability of Campus Tours and Admissions Department) *OR* iBest Tour (subject to availability of iBest)

Capacity: 1 class

Registration is open. google formPlease complete this form., external link, opens in new window

2. Robotics - Coding movements of a pre-built robot

Description: Students are given code to direct and move the robot and must work in teams to create code that moves it through an obstacle course.

Prerequisites: This is an advanced lesson. Familiarity with Arduino IDE code is necessary.

Available: 2 hour on-campus workshop, November - April, exact dates and times TBD

Optional: Campus tour (Subject to availability of Campus Tours and Admissions Department) *OR* iBest Tour (subject to availability of iBest)

Capacity: 1 class

Registration is open. google formPlease complete this form., external link

3. MATLAB - Using code to analyze images

Description: This lab demonstrates how MATLAB is used in image processing research as it relates to lung disease. Students will be introduced to MATLAB and explore its functions.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with C, C++, C#, Java, Fortran or Python is helpful.

Available: 2 hour on-campus workshop, November - April, exact dates and times TBD

Optional: Campus tour (Subject to availability of Campus Tours and Admissions Department) *OR* iBest Tour (subject to availability of iBest)

Capacity: 1 class

Registration is open. google formPlease complete this form, external link.

Computer Literacy - Activities available in class or on campus

(Choice of workshop but subject to availability)

1. Pixel Colouring Lab - Using Excel to explore colour theory

Description: In this introduction to computer languages, students explore HEX codes and colour theory by creating their own pixel art piece.

Equipment Needs: Each student needs a computer with access to either Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets

Prerequisites: None. This is an introductory lesson.

Available: 1 hour on-campus or in-class workshop, November - April, exact dates and times TBD

Optional for on-campus: Campus tour (Subject to availability of Campus Tours and Admissions Department) *OR* iBest Tour (subject to availability of iBest)

Capacity: 1 class

Registration is open. google formPlease complete this form, external link.

2. Micro:Bits Temperature Lab - Coding simple temperature sensor to measure local environment

Description: This activity uses scratch (block) coding to introduce students to the logic of computer coding. Students will code a simple temperature sensor to sample air temperature in their classroom, school and/or outside.

Equipment Needs: Each pair of students needs a computer with access to the internet. All other equipment is supplied.

Prerequisites: None. This is an introductory lesson.

Available: 1 hour on-campus or in-class workshop, November - April, exact dates and times TBD

Optional for on-campus: Campus tour (Subject to availability of Campus Tours and Admissions Department) *OR* iBest Tour (subject to availability of iBest)

Capacity: 1 class

Registration is open. google formPlease complete this form, external link.

3. Micro:Bits Infection Lab - Programming bluetooth machines to simulate an infection outbreak

Description: Using JavaScript, students program MicroBits to interact with each other and play a game to find patient zero. This activity can focus on coding in JavaScript or introduce game theory, Bluetooth and the science and math behind coding.

Equipment Needs: Each pair of students needs a computer with access to the internet. All other equipment is supplied.

Prerequisites: Students should be comfortable with computer languages generally; this activity does not use block coding. Either a beginner to intermediate knowledge of JavaScript and familiarity with Microcomputers (MicroBits or another type of microcomputer/microcontroller like Arduino, etc.) is required.

Available: 1 hour on-campus or in-class workshop, November - April, exact dates and times TBD

Optional for on-campus: Campus tour (Subject to availability of Campus Tours and Admissions Department) *OR* iBest Tour (subject to availability of iBest)

Capacity: 1 class

Registration is open. google formPlease complete this form, external link.

High School Symposia

SciXchange hosts a symposium for high school students with a new theme each year! It includes talks from researchers, professionals in the field, and Ryerson professors, as well as engaging workshops.

More information will be released closer to the date of the symposium. Check back in January 2020!

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Register

To register for our programs please contact our coordinators with your requested program and a preferable date/time. We will endeavor to return your request within 2 business days. Please note that many of our programs fill up. To be notified when program registration is open, please sign up for our Educator Newsletter, external link, opens in new window.

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E: scixchange[at]ryerson.ca

P: 416-979-5000 x3134