Science in the Community
I would like to organize three Science in the Community events in September 2016 and April 2017. Both events will be titled Chemistry Celebrations at the Library and they will run from 10 am to 4 pm. Scientists from Pueblo Science will volunteer and train Youth Advisory Groups (YAG) at the Lillian Smith library on how to conduct the five science demos and five hands-on activities for the general public. Lab safety, safe handling on the household chemicals and teaching techniques will be included in the training. In the afternoon, the YAG group together with the scientists will deliver the demos and activities to 50 children and their families. Older and younger students will be engaged in an interactive and stimulating exploration of chemistry concepts. This event will be organized in collaboration with the Lillian Smith Library and the Toronto Reference Library.
A fund raising goal of $3,454 is needed for us to provide two Science in the Community events in Ontario.
Date and Location of Training
The Science in the Community events will be held in September, October and November, 2016 at the Lillian Smith Library.
Creating scientists with leadership skills
Our Science in the Community event aims not only to encourage young students to appreciate science but also to help them develop leadership skills. We show older students how exciting science is and then train them how to deliver these activities to the public. These students can apply these skills to further work with scientists in researching and creating science kits, which will then be used to engage the public with science.
Who Am I?
My name is Shermaine Li and I am Pueblo Science’s coordinator for the Science in the Community program. I am passionate about bringing my research into society and teaching science to children in a creative and accessible way. I have volunteered for many of Pueblo Science’s programs in the GTA including the Science for Syrians, Hart House Family Sundays and Science on Ice. The impact from those experiences was simply amazing! I am very excited to coordinate these events and be able to help shape up our future researchers!
I received my Hon. B.Sc. in Chemistry and Physiology from University of Toronto and currently pursuing my M. Sc. in Chemistry.
Where Your Donation Goes
|Cost ($)||Quantity||Total ($)|
|Materials for demos||100||10||1,000|
|Materials for 10 hands-on activities||100||10||1,000|
|Printing of manuals for YAG volunteers||0.03||200||60|
|Program development cost||314||1||314|
|Total Project Cost||$3,454|
The two Science in the Community events will provide leadership training to 20 youth (ages 12 – 18) and also connect them with professional scientists who can potentially become their mentors. The public event will engage over 100 students and their parents in science. We expect the following outcomes for the public event:
- Students learn that science is fun and relevant to everyday life.
- Students are encouraged to do their own experiments at home with their parents.
- Students share and teach their experiments to their friends and classmates
- Students start and join science clubs and camps