Queen's University

Science Discovery Day a hit with local youth

Competing to pump "blood" using a model heart while B.Ed candidate Chris Johnston keeps time.
Tina Hilton, a B.Ed candidate, demonstrates how fruits and vegetables can conduct electricity.
B.Ed candidate Stacey O'Brien shows Bryson Wilcock how energy is made from water.
B.Ed candidate Nichole Baker demonstrates her Science Discovery Day station.
B.Ed candidates from left to right Silene Hebert, Amanda Lapensée and Sarah McDonald.

There were 75 science activity centres set up in the foyer and gymnasium of Duncan McArthur Hall on Saturday afternoon, as Queen’s teacher candidates hosted Science Discovery Day for children and their families.

“This event gives teacher candidates the opportunity to demonstrate their initiative, hard work and creativity,” says Diane Lawrence, associate professor of Elementary Science Education at Queen’s. “The day was an exciting way for future elementary teachers to experience how important it is for children of all ages to interact with science materials to make learning come alive.”

The event gave children the opportunity to explore a variety of science and technology topics in a hands-on way. Different stations ranged from competing for the fastest time pumping “blood” using a model heart, to demonstrating how fruit and vegetables can conduct electricity, to racing balloons to demonstrate propulsion.

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