By Bobinec, Greg on November 4, 2019.
University of Lethbridge students who volunteer with Let’s Talk Science invited children from the community to the Science Commons to have some Halloween fun with some of the schools creepy and spooky sciences.
The Spooky Science day is organized every year to bring the young ones into the institution for an afternoon of fun activities involving the different sections of the science departments. The free-family event is not only a way to spend the day with fun interactive activities, but is also a way to encourage the sciences in young children.
“This is our Spooky Science event and we’ve hosted it every year for the past nine years and we get as many kids as we can on campus to learn science but mainly to have fun,” says Rachel Stark, program co-ordinator.
“There is a big misconception that science is hard and scary and the goal of Let’s Talk Science is to show kids that science isn’t scary but that it is really fun and cool and you can learn a little bit while having fun as well.”
Throughout the day, representatives from the different departments such as neuroscience, psychology, and other departments put together their best science experiment, show or activity to engage the young ones in finding out more about how it all works.
“We have some awesome activities, we have a vortex cannon which is a huge hit, we have some representation from the physics department showing some really cool optical illusions,” says Stark.
“The psychology department are doing spectrograms and kids can make one of their voice and analyze it and look a little more at what birds do, we have a potions class, making bubbles out of dry ice, and various creepy things like brains donated from the neuroscience department.”
All day, children ran around the Science Commons of the university in their Halloween costumes, excited to see the science around them. Stark says that although the day is primarily for the children to enjoy, the parents seem to enjoy it as much as their kids do.
“Getting to see all of the kids in the costumes is my favourite part of the day and they are just excited and enthusiastic about everything and they want to know more,” says Stark. “The parents have fun, too, we have a brain that has a stroke and the parents will elbow their kids out of the way to see it, so as much as this is for the little people, the big people have fun, too.”
Let’s Talk Science is a student volunteer-run group that creates free family events for the community to participate in and bring them into the world of science. The next public events for Let’s Talk Science is their Climate Change Symposium.
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