Science Literacy Week 2018

 

Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018

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Science Literacy Week Science Fair

Join us for the opening celebrations of Science Literacy Week at Centre Court in the Avalon Mall. We will be hosting a science fair with hands-on demonstrations, science story times, science shows 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.

Centre Court, Avalon Mall, St. John's

   

Palaeontolgy Club

Come and join paleontologist Dr. Rod Taylor for an interactive session about the history of life on Earth. We'll talk about how fossils form, and look at some of the organisms that have been preserved over the past 700 million years. 

$7 per participant. No pre-registration required. Parent/guardian may attend with their child for an additional $7. This program is designed for children in Grades 3 to 5. 

2-3:30 p.m.

Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre, CBS

 

Monday, Sept. 17, 2018

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Feeding Time with the Fish

Join us at the Fluvarium to receive a guided tour throughout the building. We will start outside, talk about the stream, then follow it inside where we can view it from underneath. The tour is roughly 45 minutes and after that it will be feading time! Watch the fish in our aquariums and from the live stream as they gobble up some food. 

Program is free with admission. Everyone is welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

4 p.m.

The Suncor Energy Fluvarium, St. John's

 

Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018

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Making Craters Webinar

This is an online Canada-wide science event where students/public will investigate how different variables affect the craters produced by an impact using a tray of flour and cocoa powder. 

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

2:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Johnson GEO CENTRE, St. John's
   

Feeding Time with the Fish

Join us at the Fluvarium to receive a guided tour througout the building. We will start outside, talk about the stream, then follow it inside where we can view it from underneath. The tour is roughly 45 minutes and after that it will be feeding time. Watch the fish in our aquariums and from the live stream as they gobble up some food. 

Program is free with admission. Everyone is welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

4 p.m. The Suncor Energy Fluvarium, St. John's
   

Evening Plants Hike and Campfire

Celebrate Science Literacy Week and the final evenings of summer with a relaxed and informative hike exploring the variety of plants found along Manuels River, followed by a campfire and marshmallow roast. 

Free event by donation. No registration required. Children under 11 years old must attend iwth a parent/guardian. Weather permitting. To ensure the hike is going ahead, please call the day of at 834-2099

6:30 - 8 p.m.Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre, CBS
   

Driving Towards the Future

Learn about self-driving cars and the ethics related to this.

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

6:30 - 8 p.m.A.C. Hunter Children's Library, St. John's

 

Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018

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Guided Tour of Salmonier Nature Park Nature Trail

Accompany a park interpreter on the trails for an informal tour that expands on the stories of our display animals and the wildlife rehabilitation work that goes on at the park. 

Program is free and registration is required. Call 229-7888 to register. All ages welcome. Dress for the conditions and wear footwear with good grip. 

Meet at the front desk of the Wildlife Discovery Centre

2 p.m.

Salmonier Nature Park, Salmonier

   

Trivia Night

Come out and test your brain with science trivia. Prizes to be won, fun to be had!

Registration is $50 per team (up to six people). Register at www.geocentre.ca. Recommended for ages 19 and up. 

7 - 9 p.m. Johnson GEO CENTRE, St. John's
   

Public Lecture: Neutron Stars and Gravitational Waves

Massive dying stars explode as supernovae leaving behind neutron star or black hole remnants. Neutron stars are the most extreme states of directly observable matter in the universe. Weighing up to two solar masses, they are essentially 10km radius atomic nuclei held together by their own massive gravitational fields. With a little more mass they would collapse into a black hole.

On August 17, 2017 the gravitational wave observatory LIGO tracked its sixth gravitational wave signal. While the first five were mergers of pairs of black holes, this one was different and had the signature of the collision of two neutron stars. That observation triggered the largest ever astronomical collaboration: all the large telescopes in the world immediately turned to observe the event. Ultimately dozens of papers were published simultaneously ranging over astrophysics, nuclear physics, general relativity, cosmology and quantum gravity. It has been estimated that one-third of the worlds astronomers were co-authors on the summary paper!

These observations marked the birth of multi-messenger astronomy: the same event observed with both electromagnetic and gravitational waves. We are now in a new era for astronomy, general relativity, and astrophysics. In this talk we’ll discuss gravitational waves, black holes and neutron stars, the amazing observations of the last few years and preview what’s coming in the next few years. It’s only going to get better!

Presented by Dr. Ivan Booth, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Faculty of Science, Memorial University, in conjunction with the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, St. John's Centre.

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

8 p.m.Room C-2045, Memorial University, Chemistry-Physics Building, St. John's

 

Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018

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Coding with Let's Talk Science

Come and learn the basics of coding! 

Program is free and registration is not required. Recommended for children ages 5-10 years. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

3:30 - 4:30 p.m. A.C. Hunter Children's Library, St. John's
   

Chemistry Magic Show

Interactive chemistry activities, demonstrations of spectacular chemical reactions and surprising science facts for all ages.

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

4 - 4:50 p.m. Room C-2004, Memorial University, Chemistry-Physics Building, Memorial University
   

Critter Tour - Frogs, Insects and Fish

We will be hosting a special Critter Tour for Science Literacy Week that includes an aquatic insect talk, frog and toad talk and feeding time. It will also include time to explore the site.

Program is free with admission. Everyone is welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

3 - 4:30 p.m. The Suncor Energy Fluvarium, 5 Nagle's Place, St. John's
   

Science in the Library

Join us for an afternoon of experiments and fun with our wacky Dr. Library. Watch some awesome science experiments, find out how they work, and try out a few yourself.

Program is free. Please call 737-2621 with your library card to register. Suitable for ages 6-12. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 

3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Micahel Donovan Library, St. John's
   

Special Kids Night Out: Space Adventures

Join Newfoundland and Labrador's astronaut candidate, Bethany Downer, for a one-of-a-kind night of out-of-this-world fun! The evening will include space themed crafts and activities and a special meet and greet/photo opportunity with Bethany. 

Program is $15 and pre-registration is required and available online at www.geocentre.ca. Age groups available are 5-9 years and 10-14 years. All children must be accompanied by an adult.  

*This is a fundraiser to support astronaut candidate, Bethany Downer

6 - 7:30 p.m.Johnson GEO CENTRE, St. John's
   

Space Carnival (19+)

Accompany Newfoundland and Labrador's astronaut candidate, Bethany Downer, for an adult-only space carnival! Have fun with space themed games and activities, including star tours, Mars Rover races and more. Join Bethany for a special meet and greet/photo opportunity.

Program is $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Tickets available at www.geocentre.ca. This is a 19+ event. 

*This is a fundraiser to support astronaut candidate, Bethany Downer

8 - 11 p.m.Johnson GEO CENTRE, St. John's

 

 Friday, Sept. 21, 2018

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Parent and Tot Program

The Botanical Garden's Parent and Tot program encourages garden and nature exploration, hiking, storytelling and songs. It is an excellent opportunities for parents (or caregivers) and children to have fun together while learning about nature and gardening. A respect for nature and all its 'critters' will be emphasized. 

Program is free with admission. Designed for children 0 to 5 years od. All children must be accompanied by an adult. As in past programs, this will include a hike to Oxen Pond to feed the ducks, followed by a snack and storytime. The program is led by Botanical Garden education staff. 

This is a regular on-going program where pre-registration is required, however, for Science Literacy Week we are offering EXTRA drop-in slots. 

9 - 10:15 a.m. Memorial University Botanical Garden, St. John's
   

Parent and Tot Program

The Botanical Garden's Parent and Tot program encourages garden and nature exploration, hiking, storytelling and songs. It is an excellent opportunities for parents (or caregivers) and children to have fun together while learning about nature and gardening. A respect for nature and all its 'critters' will be emphasized.

Program is free with admission. Designed for children 0 to 5 years od. All children must be accompanied by an adult. As in past programs, this will include a hike to Oxen Pond to feed the ducks, followed by a snack and storytime. The program is led by Botanical Garden education staff.

This is a regular on-going program where pre-registration is required, however, for Science Literacy Week we are offering EXTRA drop-in slots.

10:45 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.Memorial University Botanical Garden, St. John's
   

Parent and Tot Program

The Botanical Garden's Parent and Tot program encourages garden and nature exploration, hiking, storytelling and songs. It is an excellent opportunities for parents (or caregivers) and children to have fun together while learning about nature and gardening. A respect for nature and all its 'critters' will be emphasized.

Program is free with admission. Designed for children 0 to 5 years od. All children must be accompanied by an adult. As in past programs, this will include a hike to Oxen Pond to feed the ducks, followed by a snack and storytime. The program is led by Botanical Garden education staff.

This is a regular on-going program where pre-registration is required, however, for Science Literacy Week we are offering EXTRA drop-in slots.

1:15 - 2:30 p.m.Memorial University Botanical Garden, St. John's
   

Young Scientist: Toads and Frogs

It's not easy being green sometimes, but it might make you more likely to get kissed! Hop and jump on over to the river to discover the world of frogs and toads. 

Program is $7 per person. No pre-registration required. All children must be accompanied by an adult. This program is designed for children aged 4-7 years old.

New! Young Scientists that attend five programs earn their Level 1 Young Scientist crest.

2:30 - 4:30 p.m.Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre, CBS
   

Ocean Exploration Evening at the Mini Aquarium

Have you ever wondered how scientists explore the ocean? What mysterious creatures live beneath the waves? Come and join us for a special 'behind the scenes' evening at the Mini Aquarium and learn all about our sensational seas through interactive exhibits, hands on experiments and more.

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

3 - 8 p.m. Petty Harbour Mini Aquarium, Petty Harbour
   

Star B-Q

Join us on the grounds of Admiralty House Communications Museum for a barbecue and stargazing with the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. 

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

6:30 - 8:30 p.m.Admiralty House Communications Museum, Mount Pearl

 
Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018

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Young Scientist @ Toads and Frogs

It's not easy being green sometimes, but it might make you more likely to get kissed! Hop and jump on over to the river to discover the world of frogs and toads.

Program is $7 per person. No pre-registration required. All children must be accompanied by an adult. This program is designed for children aged 4-7 years old.

New! Young Scientists that attend five programs earn their Level 1 Young Scientist crest.

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre, CBS
   

Wildlife Crafts

Build a bee house for mason bees or a paper bag wildlife puppet with a park interpreter. 

Program is free and registration is not required. Activities run while supplies last. Recommended for school age children. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 

Takes place in the Wildlife Discovery Centre

 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Salmonier Nature Park, Salmonier

   

All About Planting

Help set up a space-tomato growing experiment with Let's Talk Science!

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

12 - 2 p.m.Memorial University Botanical Garden, St. John's
   

All About Composting

Come learn all about composting in a special edition of our compost talk. It includes a visit to our composting area. A compost game and activities for kids will be set-up in the display room and there will be an opportunity to learn about red wigglers, their castings, the importance of composting and how to do it.

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

1 - 2:15 p.m.Memorial University Botanical Garden, St. John's
   

The Science of Music at The Rooms

Celebrate Science Literacy Week at The Rooms as we explore the Science of Music with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra. Members of the NSO will be here to show us how sound waves work and explore sound through music. 

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

1- 3 p.m.The Rooms, St. John's
   

Lenny the Leaf: A Fluvarium Kids Club Event

Why do only some trees lose their leaves?
Why does the forest turn such pretty colors in fall?
This program takes Fluvarium Kids outside to examine the awesome changes happening all around us during the fall season. Come on a journey through our stream-side forest in Newfoundland’s most colorful season, hear the Legend of Lenny the Leaf and make a craft to celebrate this mystical time of year.

Program is free with admission and includes story time, craft and game. Registration is not required. Ideal for kids 4-8 and their families. All children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information call 754-3474 or email kids@fluvarium.ca

1:30 p.m.The Suncor Energy Fluvarium, St. John's
   

Family Fossil Site Hike

Celebrate Science Literacy Week with a guided hike to explore our fossil site. 

Free event by donation. Registration is not required. Everyone is welcome. All children under 11 must be accompanied by an adult. Weather permitting. To ensure the hike is going ahead, please call the day of at 834-2099.

2 - 3:30 p.m.Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre, CBS
   

Fish Feeding Fun

Ever wonder what we feed our aquarium creatures? Find out what and how we feed our lobsters, crabs, wolfish and conners. Join an interpreter to assist and view our feeding routine.

Program is free with admission and registration is not required. Recommended for all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

2 - 3:30 p.m. Bonne Bay Marine Station, Norris Point
   

Ocean Afternoon

Join the staff of the Ocean Science Centre and Ocean Learning Partnership for an afternoon of fun and learning. 

Program is free with admission and registration is required. Everyone is welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 

2 - 4 p.m. Johnson GEO CENTRE, St. John's


Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018

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The Dinosaur Tree and the story of its re-discovery

It's not a secret anymore! After quietly growing at Memorial University's Botanical Garden for the last several years, we are set to unveil our dinosaur tree. It was known only in the fossil record until rediscovered in Australia in 1994. Join us for all things prehistoric and be alert - you never know what else you might discover. 

Come and learn all about the Wollemi Pine's unique story with mini-tours running on the hour and conservation activities in the classroom. Be sure to check out our dinos and their nests on the loose in the Woodland Garden. 

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

10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Memorial University Botanical Garden, St. John's

   

Dynamic Dinosaurs

Make your own fossil and dig for bones with Let's Talk Science. 

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

12 - 2 p.m.

Memorial University Botanical Garden, St. John's

   

Let's Talk Science at Admiralty House

Join us at Admiralty House Communications Museum with our friends from Let's Talk Science to carry out fun experiments about electricity and the conductivity of soil. 

In 1915, Mount Pearl was chosen as the site for the Marconi Wireless Telegraph company for various reasons, such as the elevation and distance from the water. One of the other reasons why this site was selected was because the soil was noted to be extremely conductive to electricity. 

Let's Talk Science has developed a special soil conductivity experiment to test out the soil around the museum. Participants will test the conductivity of a few different soil samples and put the theory of our grounds to the test!

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

Parents/guardians are welcome to view our exhibits free of charge while kids take part in the event. 

1 - 3 p.m.Admiralty House Communications Museum, Mount Pearl
   

Lenny the Leaf: A Fluvarium Kids Club Event

Why do only some trees lose their leaves? Why does the forest turn such pretty colors in fall? This program takes Fluvarium Kids outside to examine the awesome changes happening all around us during the fall season. Come on a journey through our stream-side forest in Newfoundland’s most colorful season, hear the Legend of Lenny the Leaf and make a craft to celebrate this mystical time of year.

Program is free with admission and includes story time, craft and game. Registration is not required. Ideal for kids 4-8 and their families. All children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information call 754-3474 or email kids@fluvarium.ca.

1:30 p.m.The Suncor Energy Fluvarium, St. John's

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact

Faculty of Science

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000