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Student volunteers and supporters don T-shirts in support of STEM

Let’s Talk Science program delivers hands-on lessons in science and technology
April 20, 2015

Chancellor Robert Thirsk, front left, and other  supporters and student volunteers from Let's Talk Science University of Calgary gather for National T-Shirt Day to raise awareness of their organization and outreach work. Photo by Megan Wong

Emily Ng, a first-year Werklund School of Education student, tweeted: “I volunteer because I believe STEM can change students’ lives!”

Ng joined a chorus of voices on April 15 who were calling on Canadians to support education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). That was the message from student volunteers and supporters of the Let’s Talk Science outreach program at the University of Calgary.

Joined by Chancellor Robert Thirsk, president-elect Mike Webster from the Graduate Students’ Association and Dave Hansen from the Faculty of Graduate Studies, the group demonstrated their team spirit and passion for STEM learning by donning blue T-shirts for the second annual Let’s Talk Science National T-Shirt Day during National Volunteer Week. The organization’s staff and volunteers across the country also took to Facebook and Twitter to share their personal thoughts about why engaging youth in STEM is important.

Let’s Talk Science is an award-winning Canadian charitable organization providing free educational programs for kindergarten to Grade 12 students across the country. The University of Calgary is one of over 40 universities and colleges across Canada where Let’s Talk Science has established its national community-based outreach program. The program connects educators and youth with volunteers to deliver hands-on and minds-on activities in classrooms, at community events, on field trips and on campus.

On May 9, 2015, Let’s Talk Science Outreach program staff at the University of Calgary’s Foothills Campus will host the 10th Annual Let’s Talk Science Challenge. Approximately 250 Grade 6, 7 and 8 students from Calgary and area schools will converge at the Libin Theatre in the Health Sciences Building where they’ll participate in opening ceremonies and  a quiz show in the morning and a design challenge competition and closing awards ceremony in the afternoon. Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi will join the roster of guest speakers at the Let’s Talk Science Challenge.

The Let’s Talk Science Challenge is made possible through the support of a number of donors, volunteers and partners, including Dow Chemical Canada in Alberta. Let’s Talk Science also has partnerships with Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions, Genome Alberta, and the universities of Calgary, Alberta, and Lethbridge. For more information about Let’s Talk Science, visit www.letstalkscience.ca