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people gather around science demonstrationAttendees watch a demonstration of an educational activity during a conference for Let’s Talk Science organizers on the UWindsor campus.

Organizers gather to share ideas on science outreach

About 40 people—including the coordinators of 16 Let’s Talk Science programs from across Ontario—gathered on the UWindsor campus last weekend to share ideas for developing new science outreach projects.

The Let’s Talk Science Outreach Central Conference started Friday at the Ojibway Nature Centre before heading to Essex Hall on Saturday and Sunday, says organizer Michelle Bondy of the Faculty of Science.

The weekend featured two guest speakers from the University: Ziad Kobti, director of the School of Computer Science discussed outreach efforts in his discipline, and aboriginal education coordinator Russell Nahdee gave a short talk and joined a panel presentation about reaching First Nations, Metis and Inuit youth with science programming.

“It was a fantastic weekend and the coordinators enjoyed being on our campus,” Bondy says. “Many had never been to Windsor before.”

Let’s Talk Science works to engage children, youth and educators in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The UWindsor chapter will bring local grade school students to campus for the Let’s Talk Science Challenge, a team-based, competitive enrichment event, on May 13.

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