Imagine a place, where you could compete with others about your knowledge of science, learn from the great minds of university professors, or earn university-prep science and math credits while having fun. Look no further, the Ontario Science Centre is the place! When you think of the Science Centre, you picture this dome-shaped structure where all you can do is watch IMAX movies, visit interesting Science exhibits, and watch little kids frolicking around in the Kid’s Zone. But where’s the fun for us?
Last year I discovered that teens, 14 and over, can engage in many science-related activities called Sci-Fri (applause for the originality of their name). This is a free event held usually in the last Friday of the month between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
This Friday, November 25, the theme will be ‘How well do we know H2O’. This event will feature a distinguished group of speakers like U of T professors Aziza Chaouni and Liat Margolis, Alex and Tyler Mifflin, also known as Water Brothers, and high school students who founded the organization TAPH2O (Teens against the privatization of water). It looks like it’ll be an interesting discussion of current issues regarding water, not just a boring lecture. Music, snacks, activities, and games will add to the fun.
Ontario Science Centre also offers a program called Science School, which is an enriched full-time semester in science and math for Grade 12 students. If you are in Grade 11 and looking for a challenge, check this out! The Science School seeks well-rounded students with a passion for learning and strong performance in academics. Up to 30 lucky students are selected from across Ontario for each semester. For more information you can check the Ontario Science Centre website.
In the mean time, I hope to see you this Friday at the Sci-Fri!