2016

Science Literacy Week 

 

Sunday, September 18, 2016
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Sunday Morning Bird Watch

Take a guided walk on the Gardens' nature trails with a Friend of the Garden volunteer and learn about Newfoundland Birds. The Garden is not open during this program, so participants must meet in the parking lot across the road from the main gate. The group leaves promptly on time, so please be there a few minutes early. Binoculars are helpful and comfortable footwear is essential. Walks usually last 1.5 - 2 hours. Newcomers are welcome. This outdoor program is offered by volunteers and if the weather is inclement, the walk will not go ahead.

Program is included with admission and registration is not required. Recommended for teens to adults. 

8-9 a.m.

MUN Botanical Garden,
306 Mount Scio Road

Science Literacy Week St. John's Science Fair

Join us for the opening celebrations of Science Literacy Week. We will be hosting a science fair with hands on demonstrations, science story times, science shows and more! Visit booths from Let's Talk Science, the Johnson GEO CENTRE, Petty Harbour Mini Aquarium, Memorial University faculties of Science and Engineering, MUN Botanical Gardens, Newfoundland and Labrador Public Libraries and more. 

Program is free and registration is not required. Everyone is welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 

12-5 p.m. 

GAP Court
Avalon Mall

 

Monday, September 19th, 2016

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Black Hole Detection Using Gravitational Waves

On Sept. 14, 2015, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) detected gravitational waves from the merger of a pair of 29 and 26 solar mass black holes, 1.3 billion light years away. With this observation, a new era of astronomy began. 

This short presentation, given by Dr. Ivan Booth and Dr. Mike Morrow, both of Memorial University, will introduce the new era from the titanic energies release in the merger (for 0.2 seconds the merger radiated 10 times more energy than the rest of the universe combined!) to the astonishing accuracy of the detectors (equivalent to the width of a human hair over the distance from here to Proxima Centauri), to what future observations wil teach us about black holes, neturon stars and the Big Bang.

A Q&A with the audience will follow.

Program is free and registration is not required. Recommended for teens to adults. 

7:30-8:30 p.m. MUN Chemistry-Physics Building, Room C-2045

 

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

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Family Fun with Science

Stories, fun and experiments for families with young children. Call 737-3020 to register.

Program is free and registration is required. Recommended for children 2-5 years old. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 

10-11 a.m. Marjorie Mews Public Library

Super Science Challenge

Come test your creativity and engineering skills by making your own roller coaster and complete an egg drop challenge! Hosted by Let's Talk Science.

Program is free and registration is required. Recommended for children 7-10 years old. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 

10-11:15 a.m. A. C. Hunter Library

Teeny Tiny Tuesday

Take a closer look at our tanks! Our super knowledgeable interpreters will make the most of our microscope station to highlight a teeny tiny aquarium animal that might get overlooked because it's so TINY!

Test your aquarium knowledge with a game designed to see how closely you really know our tank inhabitants. Magnifying glasses available to make sure you don't miss anything!

Program is included with admission and registration is not required. Everyone is welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 

2-3 p.m. Petty Harbour Mini Aquarium

SLW Trivia Night

Test your trivia knowledge at this adult trivia night! 

Program is free and registration is not required. Recommended for ages 16-100!

7-8 p.m. AC Hunter Library

 

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

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Free Admission to MUN Botanical Garden

MUN Botanical Garden is offering free admission for all visitors today. All are welcome to drop by to visit the flower gardens and hike the nature trails. All programs are free today.

Admission is free and registration is not required. Everyone is welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. MUN Botanical Garden,
306 Mount Scio Road

Nature Hike

Explore Newfoundland barrens, boreal forest or bog as you hike one of our nature trails with education staff. Learn about Newfoundland plants and animals while you enjoy plenty of fresh air and exercise.

Program is free and registration is not required. This program is suitable for people of all ages who can walk for at least one hour. The nature trails are not wheelchair accessible. 

10:30 -11:30 a.m. MUN Botanical Garden,
306 Mount Scio Road

Explore Technology

Come check out a robot and do science on iPads! Hosted by Let's Talk Science.

Program is free and registration is not required. Recommended for ages 5 and up. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 

3:30-4:30 p.m.AC Hunter Library

An Afternoon in the Garden

Join Botanical Garden horticulture staff for a stroll through our flower gardens and see what's in bloom. Learn our tips and tricks to help your garden grow. This is an outdoor program. To participate, please check-in at the visitor services counter 10 minutes before program start time.

Program is free and registration is not required. Recommended for adults. 

2-3 p.m.MUN Botanical Garden,
306 Mount Scio Road

Panel Discussion: Back to the Thesis

MUN scientists look back at their Ph.D. theses and reflect on the twists, turns, 'failures' and successes in their research and career paths since graduation.

Program is free and registration is not required. Recommended for adults. 

2:30-3:30 p.m.QEII Library, Centre for Newfoundland Studies, 3rd Floor

Animal of the Week

Come attend the unveiling of our Animal of the Week! Learn where it lives, how it moves and what it eats - then help us feed it!

Program is included with admission and registration is not required. Everyone is welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 

3-4 p.m. Petty Harbour Mini Aquarium

Library's Got Chemistry

Make slime and see just how big an explosion we're allowed to make in the library! Interactive chemistry activities, demonstrations of spectacular chemical reactions and surprising science facts for all ages. 

Program is free and registration is not required. Everyone is welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 

3:30-4:30 p.m. Marjorie Mews Library

Body Works Presentation

A presentation using some of the magnificent collection of anatomical specimens Dr. Shakti Chandra created for teaching during her sabbatical with Dr. Gunther von Hagens, the inventor of the unique plastination technique and creator of the Body Worlds exhibition.

Dr. Chandra, professor of Anatomy at Memorial University's Faculty of Medicine, spent one year  with Dr. von Hagens in Germany, working on intricate dissections and this collection is a part of that work. Hear about and view real bones and organs (plastinated) and appreciate the connectedness of the human body.

Come meet Dr. Chandra, discover the world of plastination and learn about your own body, inside and out. Click here for more information about Dr. Chandra's work. 

Program is free and registration is not required. Everyone is welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 

7-9 p.m. Johnson GEO CENTRE

 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

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Botanical Boot Camp Educator Workshop

In celebration of Science Literacy Week 2016, MUN Botanical Garden is offering an activity-based introduction to Newfoundland gardening, plants and ecology.

This free educator workshop is suitable for teachers, early childhood educators, youth group leaders and volunteers. Register online

9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. MUN Botanical Garden
306 Mount Scio Road

Otolith Observation

Join us as we focus on the ear - fish ears! Otoliths are fish ear bones and very important to scientists for many reasons. Our interpreters demonstrate an otolith extraction as we discuss how (and why) scientists age fish. (Hint: It's similar to how you age a tree!)

Program is included with admission and registration is not required. Everyone is welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 

3-4 p.m. Petty Harbour Mini Aquarium

Ocean Science Educational Programming

Come explore the underwater world and dip your hands into our salt water touch tank.

Program is free and registration is not required. Everyone is welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult.  

3:30-4:30 p.m.Michael Donovan Library

From Earth to Mars and Back Again: A Journey to Mars Analogue Sites in North America

Dr. Penny Morrill, associate professor with the Department of Earth Sciences, will discuss how scientists and engineers use Earth as a test bed for planetary exploration. Specifically, this presentation will focus on how research performed at Memorial University is contributing to search for life on Mars using the Tablelands in Gros Morne National Park and more.

Program is free and registration is not required. Everyone is welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 

7-9 p.m.MUN Chemistry-Physics Building, Room C-2004

Enhancing Teacher Confidence in STEM Subjects

Dr. Karen Goodnough of Memorial University's Faculty of Education will lead a session in which teachers talk about their action research projects in STEM and what they have learned. The session will focus on tensions and challenges in professional learning in science for teachers. Snacks will be provided. 

Program is free and registration is not required. Recommended for educators.

7-9 p.m. MUN Education Building, Room ED-2018A

Friday, September 23, 2016
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Physics Show and Tell

Interactive physics demos and show and tell for the whole family. 

Program is free and registration is not required. Everyone is welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 

2-4 p.m. MUN Chemistry-Physics Building, Room C-2039

Space Invaders

They're green, they're indestructible and they're taking over. They're ... invasive species! Join us as we highlight Newfoundland's invasive species and learn about how they got here and how to blast them back out of our space! Our interactive carnival-style games are sure to be a hit for the whole family. Can you make it to our leaderboard and set a new high score? 

Program is included with admission and registration is not required. Everyone is welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 

3-4 p.m.Petty Harbour Mini Aquarium

Family Science Fair

Stop by and check out some clouds in a bottle, find out if you are a super taster and more! Hosted by Let's Talk Science.

Program is free and registration is not required. Everyone is welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 

3:30-4:30 p.m.AC Hunter Library

The Story Behind Mistaken Point's UNESCO Designation

Join the Geological Society of Canada Newfoundland and Labrador and the Johnson GEO CENTRE in celebrating the newly designated UNESCO statue of Mistaken Point. Richard Thomas, reserve geologist at Mistaken Point will be speaking a few words about the designation. Reception to follow.

Program is free. Please RSVP to Annie at AnastasiaPharrell@gov.nl.ca. Everyone is welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 

7-9 p.m.Johnson GEO CENTRE

 

Saturday, September 24, 2016
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Talks, Tours, Science Demos and Star Lab, Oh My!

Visit the GEO CENTRE and take in some special activities for Science Literacy Week. There will be talks, tours and science demos throughout the day, as well as a look at the night sky in our Star Lab. 

Program is included with admission and registration is not required. Everyone is welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.Johnson GEO CENTRE

 

Sunday, September 25, 2016
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Sunday Morning Nature Hike

Explore Newfoundland barrens, boreal forest or bog as you hike one of our nature trails with education staff. Learn about Newfoundland plants and animals while you enjoy plenty of fresh air and exercise. Meet in the field centre at 10 a.m. 

Program is free and registration is not required. This program is suitable for people of all ages who can walk for at least one hour. The nature trails are not wheelchair accessible. 

10-11 a.m.

MUN Botanical Garden
306 Mount Scio Road

Science Literacy Week Prize Draw

Join us as we draw for the Science Literacy week grand prize. Make sure you get your completed passports in to any of the participating locations. Stick around after the draw for a squid dissection and feeding! 

Program is included with admission and registration is not required. Everyone is welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 

2-3 p.m.Petty Harbour Mini Aquarium

Sunday Afternoon Nature Programs

Programs will include:

Meet the Critters

Be sure to drop by the classroom at 2 p.m. to meet our critters, including Squirt, the red-eared slider turtle, our composting worms and more. Learn all about their far-away native habitats and find out why some of these visitors don't always make good pets. 

Nature Hike to Oxen Pond/Duck Feeding

Education staff will lead you on a leisurely guided stroll along the exploration trail down to Oxen Pond. While you feed the ducks (food is provided) staff will help you identify and learn about the different waterfoul, insects, plants and other creatures that live on Oxen Pond.

Arts & Crafts

This program may take place outdoors, depending on the weather. Families are invited to create theme-related crafts, play games and participate in fun activities. 

Story Time/Puppet Shows

This program may take place outdoors, depending on the weather. Join our education staff for story time, a sing-a-long or a puppet show.

These programs will go ahead rain or shine. To participate in these drop-in programs, pleae check in five minutes prior to start time at the visitor services desk, located in the Garden's field centre. 

Programs are included with admission and registration is required. Everyone is welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

2-3:30 p.m.

MUN Botanical Garden
306 Mount Scio Road

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact

Faculty of Science

230 Elizabeth Ave

St. John's, NL A1B 3X9 CANADA

Tel: (709) 864-2530

Fax: (709) 864-2552

becomestudent@mun.ca