Science Literacy Week is fast approaching, with an exciting arrangement of events designed to bring out your inner scientist. In its second year, Science Literacy Week is the brainchild of a recent University of Toronto graduate from the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology program, Jesse Hildebrand.In 2014, the week-long celebration of science was localized to Toronto-based institutions. But this year, through Hildebrand’s networking prowess and thousands of emails, the 2015 Science Literacy Week has engaged institutions from coast to coast, using the Twitter hashtag #CanadaLovesScience (@scilit2015).While Canada already ranks incredibly high for science literacy, Hildebrand believes that our culture “doesn’t value science as much” and hopes that the week of events will “change [people’s] ideas on science” by shifting public attention from trivial media topics to science issues such as space exploration.Many of the events organized by the festival are being hosted at the University of Toronto campus. We’ve provided an overview of just a few of the featured events:
The Secret Lives of Animals: The Reproductive World of Common Critters
Learn about animal reproductive behavior with ROM educator Bethany Kempster at this daylong workshop (not recommended for guests under 18).September 20, 2015 @ 10:30 AM – 3:30 PMROM Education ClassroomRegister here ($72 for students).
Jurassic World Movie Screening with Paleontologist discussionhere.
3D Printing Demonstration
Join the Dentistry Library and Instructional Technology Services (IITS) for a 3D scanner demonstration with Andrea Cormier.September 21-25, 2015 @ 12:30-1:00 PM dailyDentistry Library
Panel Discussion on Healthcare and Aging with U of T ScientistsEventbrite.
Panel Discussion on Energy and Sustainability with U of T ScientistsEventbrite.
Cross-Collaboration: Speed Networking for UofT researchers
Connect with faculty during 7-minute speed meetings.September 24, 2015 @ 3:00-5:00 PMGerstein Science Information Centre
Contact Movie Screening and Discussion with astronomers on SETIhere.
Total Lunar Eclipse Viewing Party
Join an army of astronomers, who will be standing by to answer your questions about space and provide activities suitable for all ages, at the total lunar eclipse viewing. Don’t miss this, as you won’t get the chance to view a total lunar eclipse again in North America until 2019. This year’s eclipse is extra special: it will be during a “supermoon”, where the Moon is closest to the earth and will appear subtly larger than normal. There will also be an opportunity to enter a Lunar Eclipse Photography Contest!September 27, 2015 @ 8:30 PM-12:30 AMDunlap Institution for Astronomy and Astrophysics (50 St. George street)RSVP on the Facebook Event Page