July 25, 2012

Hands-on Activities

At Let’s Talk Science University of Toronto St. George, we have a list of prepared activity kits that are ready-to-go for our volunteers to bring into the classroom and host hands-on activities for specific age groups from Kindergarten to Grade 12.

Please take a moment to browse through our selection and determine if any of these activities match the needs of your classroom. Please also note that if there is a specific topic for which you do not see a prepared activity on the list, we may still have activities for that subject area or we may have a volunteer who is eager to develop on activity for your classroom so please contact us with this information!

Early Years Kits

Bounce and Roll
Wings of Discovery(R) Early Years Kit (ages 3 to 6): Balls can be bounced, rolled, kicked and thrown. Balls can be fun! In this hands-on workshop, children will explore the properties of different balls, how they roll and how they bounce. In the process, they will develop an understanding of energy, motion and forces.

Why Live Here
Wings of Discovery(R) Early Years Kit (ages 3 to 6): Animals live almost everywhere – from ponds and forests to towns and tundra. All living things share the Earth. In this hands-on workshop, children will be guided through various explorations that will allow them to co-construct knowledge and develop skills about different animal habitats, including a habitat’s role in providing sources of food and shelter. In the process, children will develop an understanding of the needs of living things and how habitats meet these needs.

Elementary/Middle School Kits

Ancient Machines
Bring pyramid-building to life in your classroom. In this workshop, teachers will learn how to create an exciting, inquiry-based challenge that will help students gain an understanding of how simple machines make it easier to move heavy loads. For grades 4-5.

The Bone Zone
Experience our ‘bone-ified’ activities to discover how our skeletal system provides protection, support and movement through challenges, demonstrations and role-playing activities. Students build a model hand and test it for strength and stability. For grades 3-5.

Bright Lights Big Science
Where does light come from? How does it travel between a source and our eyes? Learn about light and how it is transmitted, reflected and refracted by materials in our environment. Use this knowledge to make a take home kaleidoscope. For grades 3-4.

Budding Biologists
How are living things adapted for survival? Through hands-on activities, students will learn about the form and function of insects and birds. Try eating like a bird and build or become an imaginary insect! For Kindergarten to grade 3.

Crime Lab
Armed with a list of suspects and clues collected from the scene of the crime, students become forensic scientists trying to solve a mystery. Techniques used include chromatography, fingerprinting and chemical analysis. For grades 5-9.

Driving Towards the Future
Students will learn about the current topic of self-driving cars and use it as a platform to learn about the big ideas behind computational thinking – how to break down a problem into steps, and how to create a process that can be followed to reach a goal. This hands-on workshop does not require the use of a computer. For grades 4-10.

Dynamic Dinos
How does a scientist determine when and how the dinosaurs lived? Become a palaeontologist and reconstruct a model of a dinosaur. Make inferences about form and function and learn how to tell what a dinosaur might have eaten. Students will make a fossil footprint to take home. For Kindergarten to grade 3.

Feast for the Senses
The search for food is on. In this workshop teachers will observe interactive, sensory activities that help students understand how animals use their senses to locate food, one of the keys to survival. For Kindergarten students.

It’s Electrifying!
Students gain a basic understanding of electricity by experimenting with electrical circuits, conductors, insulators and electromagnets. for grades 4-6.

Magnet Madness
Through hands-on learning centres the students will determine which things are attracted to magnets and which are not. Explore magnetic attraction and repulsion. (Discover the force field around magnets; Grade 2 and 3 students will create a magnet and make their own compass) or (Students will discover the force field around magnets and make their own compasses). For Kindergarten to grade 3.

Matter Matters
What are the states of matter? How are solids, liquids, and gases different from each other? What happens when you mix a solid and a liquid? What are the properties of liquids and how do we use them in our lives? Students will explore the properties of liquids and the interactions between solids and liquids in exciting hands-on stations. For grade 2.

Rube Goldberg
The point of a Rube Goldberg machine is to do a simple task in a complicated way.  For this to work, you need to consider how energy will be transferred throughout your machine and how simple machines might help your machines to work efficiently. For grades 5-9.

Super Science Challenges
Teamwork is essential as students  solve these engineering, science and  math challenges. Can they design a  method to move ping-pong balls  without touching them or passing  beyond specific boundaries? How  many pennies can they get onto a paper bridge? Designs are improved and tested until the “best” design is determined. For grades 3-5.

Tectonics Rock!
This workshop takes your class from magma to mountains. Drifting back in time, students will use scientific evidence to put together a puzzle of ‘Pangaea’. Students gain an understanding of plate tectonics by demonstrations of convergent, divergent and transform plate movements. After creating model mountains, students become cartographers by designing and drawing their own topographic map. For grades 7-9.

High School Kits

Air Forces: The Science of Flight
Air Forces explores the history of flight, basics of forces, the four forces of flight, and how Newton’s Laws of motion apply to flight. The final activity challenges students to design the ‘best paper aircraft ever’ based on the Paperang(TM) design. This kit includes PowerPoint slides and is intended for grades 9-12.

Biotechnology
This kit has the materials to run agarose DNA gels, as well as set up PCR reactions, extract DNA, make models of DNA and a ‘Whodunnit’ presentation. There are powerpoint slides to accompany this kit and it can be tailored for grades 6-12.

Crime Lab
Armed with a list of suspects and clues collected from the scene of the crime, students become forensic scientists trying to solve a mystery. Techniques used include chromatography, fingerprinting and chemical analysis. For grades 5-9.

Driving Towards the Future
Students will learn about the current topic of self-driving cars and use it as a platform to learn about the big ideas behind computational thinking – how to break down a problem into steps, and how to create a process that can be followed to reach a goal. This hands-on workshop does not require the use of a computer. For grades 4-10.

Rube Goldberg
The point of a Rube Goldberg machine is to do a simple task in a complicated way.  For this to work, you need to consider how energy will be transferred throughout your machine and how simple machines might help your machines to work efficiently. For grades 5-9.

Stem Cell Science and Ethics
Based on the annual StemCellTalks symposium for high school students, we have various stem cell science and ethics talk and case studies for debates and discussions about stem cells. Developed by the volunteers and coordinators at our site so you get a unique experience and visit by stem cell researchers in Toronto! Intended for grades 9-12.

Tectonics Rock!
This workshop takes your class from magma to mountains. Drifting back in time, students will use scientific evidence to put together a puzzle of ‘Pangaea’. Students gain an understanding of plate tectonics by demonstrations of convergent, divergent and transform plate movements. After creating model mountains, students become cartographers by designing and drawing their own topographic map. For grades 7-9.

Coming Soon…

Science of Sport
Super Animals