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High School Campus Visits

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High School Lab Programs

We're going virtual!

Due to COVID-19, all in-person programs will not run during the 2020/21 school year. We look forward to visiting students and communities every year, but we know it is best to stay apart for now so we can come together again sooner.

Instead, we've moved online! Below is a library of virtual teaching resources available for educators to use for both virtual and in-class learning. Each theme comes with a variety of topics and lesson plans that can be adapted to suit the unique needs of the class. Educators are welcome to use any of our resources, free of charge, at any time.

You may also request our volunteers to join your class virtually to help facilitate the activity. As a safety precaution SciXchange will not provide materials for each activity. This will be the responsibility of the school. If this provides a barrier to accessing our programs we can arrange alternatives.

In-class Educators will share the activity video with students and get them started. Our volunteers will help trouble-shoot issues that students have and provide a wrap-up for the activity. In the case of a virtual classroom, our volunteers will show the activity video and walk students through the steps of the activity.

Stay connected with us so you never miss an announcement!

Educator Newsletter, external link - Generally sent once per term, this email announces all of our available school programs for the term and how to register.

Volunteer Sign-up, external link - Our monthly volunteer newsletter allows volunteers to sign up for the events and shifts they're interested and available to help with. We'll provide training to get you started. See our volunteer page for more information.

SciXchange Newsletter, external link - Our general newsletter keeps the public and our community informed about upcoming public events and programs related to science outreach.

Lastly, follow us on Facebook, external linkTwitter, external link, and Instagram, external link to see what we're up to throughout the year!

Virtual Teaching Materials

Egg Experiment

Description: Put de-shelled eggs in different fluids and watch them swell and shrink.

Subject: Chemistry / Biology

Max. Class Size: 30

Format: Virtual visit online or in-class

Length of Time: 1 hour

Support materials: PDF fileLesson plan, opens in new window

Registration, external link, opens in new window for Winter 2021 is open.

DIY Solar Oven S'mores

Description: Build a makeshift solar oven while learning about renewable resources. 

Subject: Physics/ Environmental Science

Max. Class Size: 30

Format: Virtual visit online or in-class

Length of Time: 1 hour

Support materials: PDF fileLesson plan, opens in new window

Registration, external link for Winter 2021 is open.

Ecology Mapping Workshop

Description: Students will learn about some of the basic techniques of mapping ecological data and the roles of citizen scientists in ecological conservation. 

Subject: Physics/ Environmental Science

Max. Class Size: 30

Format: Virtual visit online or in-class

Length of Time: 1 hour

Support materials: PDF fileLesson plan, opens in new window

Registration, external link for Winter 2021 is open.

Bacterial Colony Isolation

Description: Students will learn about some of the basic techniques used in microbiology (including aseptic techniques). Students will also have a chance to isolate (virtually) bacterial colonies. 

Subject: Microbiology, bacteria

Max. Class Size: 30

Format: Virtual visit online or in-class

Length of Time: 1 hour

Support materials: PDF fileLesson plan, opens in new window

Registration, external link for Winter 2021 is open.

Computer Literacy

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. We will provide a pre-coded spreadsheet to share with students.

Format: Online

Max Class Size: 30

Length of Time: 1 hour

Support materials: PDF fileLesson plan, opens in new window, excel fileworksheet, opens in new window

Registration, external link for Winter 2021 is open.


Micro:Bits - Rock, Paper Scissors Game

Description: This activity uses scratch (block) coding to introduce students to the logic of computer coding. Students will code a simple game and use the Micro:Bit simulator to play against the computer.

Equipment Needs: Each student needs a computer with access to the internet. Students do not need a Micro:Bit to participate in this program.

Format: Online

Max Class Size: 30

Length of Time: 1 hour

Support materials: PDF fileLesson plan, opens in new window

Registration, external link for Winter 2021 is open.


Machine Learning - Train a computer to do simple tasks

Description: This activity is being developed. It will be available in November 2020.

Equipment Needs: Each student needs a computer with access to the internet. 

Format: Online

Max Class Size: 30

Length of Time: 1 hour

Support materials: Visit Machine Learning for Kids, external link, opens in new window

Registration, external link for Winter 2021 is open.

Let's Talk Health High School Symposia

We're offering our Health Research series for free on Saturdays, Feb. 6 - Mar. 6. Please share google formthis registration, external link with your students and/or caregivers.

This series of events is open to high school students (grades 10-12) and will introduce them to different topics and careers in health beyond more well-known occupations. At each event students will meet researchers and professionals who will answer their questions and lead them through interactive demonstrations.

Schedule:
Each event will take place 1:00 - 3:00 pm EST

  • Saturday, Feb. 6 - Let's Talk Health: Physics
  • Saturday, Feb. 20 - Let's Talk Health: Biology
  • Saturday Mar. 6 - Let's Talk Health: Sports
Cancer Pathology Slide

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.

We enjoy posting photos of our school visits.  Please have your students submit PDF fileimage consent forms, opens in new window and let us know if any parents decline consent.

E: scixchange[at]ryerson.ca

P: 416-979-5000 x3134