Science on Ice

Update: In  2017 we reached 10,000 students in Ontario through this program. We thank the UofT Varsity Blues, Mattamy Athletic Centre and Wilfrid Laurier varsity for partnering with us.

Science on Ice

$125 of $6,875 raised
Personal Info

Donation Total: $20


My Project

I would like to organize three Science on Ice events in 2018. To organize these events we will work with athletics associations at universities to provide science-based activities and interactive demonstrations at varsity hockey games – both at intermission and throughout the game. These match-ups are themed as “Hockey School Days” and have been attended by thousands of students from local school boards since 2012 (including the Toronto District School Board, Toronto Catholic District School Board, Waterloo District School Board).

Students are engaged in a fun and stimulating exploration of scientific concepts. Shows on ice include visually stunning chemical reactions and impressive liquid nitrogen explosions. The hands-on activities around the ice rink will be themed, such as the science of sports, robotics and fun chemistry! The events, which are currently run in collaboration with the athletic associations at the University of Toronto, Wilfrid Laurier University and Ryerson University, attract an estimated 10,000 students every year. They have provided young students with the opportunity to learn from a small set of interactive demos and watch two spectacular experiments performed on centre ice during the intermission.


Fundraising Target

A fund raising goal of $6,875 is needed for us to provide 3 Science on Ice events in Ontario.

Date and Location of Training

The Science on Ice events will be held in three locations this year: University of Toronto Varsity, Waterloo Recreation center and the Mattamy Athletic Center. The exact dates will be posted on the first week of August.

Changing the attitudes of students towards science

Our goal is to encourage young Canadian students to appreciate how fun and relevant science can be. Through our initiative many children in Canadian schools will now be able to experience the joy of learning science in a very festive environment.

We would like to encourage the students to be curious. Through the demonstrations, we give them a taste of how they can safely do their own experiments at home and at school, and perhaps join science clubs and camps where they can further pursue their newly found interest in science. By engaging them at an early age, we foster the development of their critical thinking, enabling them to make analytical observations and decisions.

Who Am I?

1519832_10152393981504993_1913282110633577288_oMy name is Calvin Cheng and I am Pueblo Science’s director of product development. I am always looking for opportunities to share my enthusiasm for hands-on science, mentoring students and building toys and gadgets. Getting involved with the Science on Ice program allowed me to pursue these interests and also provided an exciting opportunity to creatively design visually stunning experiments that can be performed on ice during the intermission and be used to educate and engage the students.

I am currently pursuing my Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry at the University of Toronto. I also earned a Master’s of Science in Chemistry and a Bachelor’s of Applied Science in Biomedical Engineering.


Where Your Donation Goes

Cost ($) Quantity Total ($)
Materials for experiments on ice 200 3 600
Materials for development of on ice experiments 500 3 1,500
Materials for hands-on activities off the ice 1,000 3 3,000
Printing of instructional manuals 0.03 10,000 300
Volunteer shirts 4 100 400
Car rental and gas 150 3 450
Program development cost 625 1 625
Total Project Cost $6,875

My Impact

The three science on ice events will directly impact 10,000 students per year. Based on previous events held by Pueblo Science, I expect the following impact

  • Students learn that science is fun and relevant
  • Students are encouraged to do their own experiments at home with their parents
  • Students start sharing their experiments to their friends and classmates
  • Students join science clubs and camps