Lets Talk Science

The history of Let's Talk Science at Memorial University goes back to 1996 when graduate student Scott Hancock from the Faculty of Medicine and 4 volunteers ran the first event. Since then the program has grown tremendously and now includes over 200 registered volunteers who reached out to over eleven thousand youth annually. Let’s Talk Science is an award-winning national charitable organization that provides interactive STEM programming to children and youth across Canada. The MUN chapter of Let’s Talk Science carries out classroom visits, organizes special events, and promotes science literacy week.

The Biology Department participates in the Let’s Talk Science “Lab Extravaganza” where high school students have the opportunity to take part in an enrichment event and take part in hands-on experiences in the Faculty of Science. This free event allows high school students to explore science options at Memorial University. It is a full-day event in which the students participate in two 2.5 hour hands-on science workshops of their choice. This gives them a better sense of the breadth of scientific disciplines taught at Memorial, as well as a sense of how undergraduate lab classes operate. The Biology department hosts two such workshops every year as part of the Lab Extravaganza. The activities vary, depending on available faculty, instructors, and graduate students. Past years have involved exploring plant biology, marine biology, and molecular biology.