The Department of Ocean Sciences Memorial University participates in "Lab Extravaganza Days" which is organized by the "Lets talk Science" national outreach program.
Let's Talk Science at Memorial University was started in 1996 by graduate student Scott Hancock from the Faculty of Medicine and had just 4 volunteers. Since then the program has grown tremendously and now includes over 200 registered volunteers who reached out to over eleven thousand youth in 2012.
Lab Extravaganza Days is a free enrichment event that provides high school students with the opportunity to explore their options at Memorial University. Students spend a full day at Memorial University and participate in 2 science workshops of their choice. This allows students to get a feel for the program and experience exciting activities and lab demonstrations. Workshops include: Ocean Sciences, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Biochemistry, Pharmacy, HKR, Engineering, Computer Science, and Earth Science.
On February 18th, 2014 high school students from the Avalon area had the opportunity to get up close and personal with sea urchins, sea stars, sea cucumbers and other amazing marine creatures in the Biology Department as part of the program "Let's Talk Science-Lab Extravaganza Day". The event was a joint effort between Biolgy and Ocean Sciences to engage students in the wonders of the ocean.