October 12, 2011

What is Let’s Talk Science?

Let’s Talk Science is a national science outreach organization that strives to improve science literacy in the community through leadership, innovative educational programs, research and advocacy. We motivate and empower youth (Kindergarten through grade 12) to use science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to develop critical skills, knowledge and attitudes needed to thrive in our world.



Through our science-based programs for youth and educators, and the science outreach efforts of the award-winning program, LTS reaches over 230,000 children and youth annually. These programs provide an excellent platform on which to build positive attitudes towards science and to enhance life skills, including critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork and communication.



Let’s Talk Science trains more than 3,500 enthusiastic post-secondary volunteers from 40 universities and colleges across Canada to engage kids in exciting hands-on/minds-on science activities. Our volunteers are positive role models who use real-world examples and hands-on activities to bring science to life.

Let’s Talk Science Outreach is free of charge to educators and community groups.

Mission:

Let’s Talk Science motivates and empowers youth to fulfill their potential and prepare for their future careers and roles as citizens. Let’s Talk Science supports learning and skill development using STEM.



Goals:

Let’s Talk Science is unique with its comprehensive approach, include a demonstrated ability to:

  • engage a broad audience of children, youth, educators, and parents in meaningful and relevant learning experiences that help children and youth fill their potentials;
  • motivate and inspire children and youth to pursue STEM in post-secondary and beyond;
  • grow and nurture a world-class volunteer network, a significant number of which are post-secondary students;
  • create quality teaching and learning resources;
  • lead through research and advocacy efforts; and
  • sustain the organization so we can successfully carry our our mission.

Opportunities:

Throughout the year, our graduate student volunteers partake in the following outreach activities:

  • visit classrooms and deliver hands-on science workshops
  • act as mentors for student projects
  • judge science fairs
  • provide information about careers in science
  • facilitate activities at school science days