News Release

REF NO.: 191

SUBJECT: Memorial University hosts young science enthusiasts for first All Science Challenge competition

DATE: April 29, 2011

                More than 100 Grade 6, 7 and 8 students from across the Avalon will participate in a day-long science enrichment competition at Memorial University on May 3. The All Science Challenge will see students from 11 St. John’s-area schools take part in a fun-filled day of competition and camaraderie that’s part of the nationwide Let’s Talk Science Outreach program to inspire the next generation.
Following the opening ceremonies, teams will participate in two rounds of questions with professors, staff and university students serving as judges. Students will test their knowledge in a range of disciplines, such as earth sciences, engineering, biology, chemistry and physics.
In the afternoon, teams will compete in a hands-on design activity, where they are challenged to build an object with the materials supplied to them. For example, during a past All Science Challenge, students were tasked with building a bridge capable of holding a bottle full of water using only plastic cups, post-it notes and duct tape. The top three teams will then face off in a final elimination round. The last team standing will become the All Science Challenge Champion. 
The All Science Challenge will take place Tuesday, May 3, from 9:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Photo opportunities and interviews will be available during the design challenge (12 – 1 p.m.) in Chemistry/Physics Building, room C-2039, and during the final elimination round starting at 1:15 p.m. in Innovation Hall, Bruneau Centre for Research.
The All Science Challenge was developed in 2004 by Let's Talk Science Outreach volunteers at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont., and will be held at 19 universities across Canada this year. Shaw Cablesystems, 3M, Honda Canada Foundation and Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) are generous sponsors of this year’s competition at Memorial University.
Let’s Talk Science is an award-winning, national, charitable, science outreach organization. It delivers science learning programs and services that turn kids on to science, keep them engaged in learning and develop their potential to become 21st century stewards, innovators and citizens. Through Let’s Talk Science Outreach, more than 2,600 enthusiastic post-secondary student volunteers are engaged at 33 universities and colleges across Canada to turn more than 120,000 kids on to science, engineering and technology each year. For more information about Let's Talk Science, please visit letstalkscience.ca. 

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