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Mount Allison teams up with national organization Letís Talk Science
2013-01-29 11:04:15

Mount Allison University has partnered with Letís Talk Science, a national outreach program designed to inspire youth interest in scientific fields. This formal partnership draws from the work of Mount Allison science students and faculty in facilitating local outreach activities and opportunities. The University joins a network of 38 Canadian universities and colleges as a Letís Talk Science Outreach Site.

The Letís Talk Science partnership will allow Mount Allison science students and faculty to create more structured programs for outreach initiatives. Volunteers will have an opportunity to travel to local classrooms and lead exciting, science-based demonstrations, as well as help in designing new activity kits to be implemented in years to come.

Mount Allison Acting Dean of Science Dr. Suzie Currie says, ďWe are so pleased to be part of the Letís Talk Science network. This new partnership will see even more opportunities for youth interested in exploring the sciences at Mount Allison. Iíd like to thank our students, faculty, and staff in the sciences for their support behind this exciting program.Ē

This new initiative builds on a number of Mount Allison activities and programs designed to encourage scientific interest in youth and community members. Science-themed camps for children of all ages have been offered for a number of years on campus through the faculty of science and summer conference program and the Mount Allison Gemini Observatory hosts community groups for stargazing sessions as well as public lectures through the Sackville Starry Nights events. Mount Allisonís chemistry department also hosts an annual Chemistry Day for local schools and community members and is home to the Wild Toads research group, which welcomes students of all disciplines into the lab on Saturday mornings to learn about chemistry.

A Letís Talk Science Training Day will be held at Mount Allison on Thursday, January 31. Interested students and faculty are invited to attend the information and training session with representatives from Letís Talk Science. The session will be held at 4 p.m. in the Barclay Chemistry Building, room 115.

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