Science Literacy Week

A STEM Perspective on Climate Change Conference 2021


"Science Literacy Week showcases the many ways kids and families can explore and enjoy the diversity of Canadian science. Libraries, museums, science centres, schools and not-for-profits come together to highlight the books, movies, podcasts and events that share exciting stories of the science, discoveries and ingenuity shaping our lives. It’s about each and everyone’s unique relationship with science and how they live it."

This year, the theme for Science Literacy Week is Climate! The University of Toronto, Department of Mathematics will be hosting a half-day Virtual Conference, on Zoom, for students in Grades 8 - 10. The purpose of the conference is to raise awareness of the effects of climate change and have students explore the beauty of nature from a STEM perspective through workshops and hands-on activities. Students will have a chance to select workshops of their choice and receive a customized package with supplies needed for the workshops and UofT swag (within Canada).

General Schedule (September 25th 2021 from 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM)

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Keynote Presentation

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM: Workshop I

1: 00 PM - 2:00 PM: Break

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM: Workshop II

Workshop Options

1. Perspective from Nuclear Reactor Power Generation

Workshop Description: Have you ever wondered how nuclear energy has transformed over the years? In this workshop, we will explore the various types of energy forms and take a deeper dive into the near-future transformation of nuclear power generation and how it will impact climate change. Join this workshop for a hand-on activity on building your own generator!

2. Statistical Data Analysis on Climate Change

Workshop Description: In this workshop, we will discover the history of climate change by looking at data from the past decade. We will learn the fundamental tools and techniques utilized by statisticians to further interpret data from a statistical perspective. Be prepared to transform mere data (facts and figures) into useful information that tells us a story!

3. Effects on Water Cycle from a Water Treatment Perspective

Workshop Description: Even with the increased focus on anthropogenically driven climate change, we don't often think about climate change in the context of human infrastructure. In this workshop, we will examine the effects of climate-driven changes in our interactions with water, and how our water treatment technologies must be adapted in response.

4. The Impact of Climate change on Health and Disease

Workshop Description: Climate change affects our health and diseases in more ways than we can imagine! In this workshop we will explore the impact climate change has affected various medical issues such as Lyme disease, Asthma, Heatstroke and Salmonella. Join us to take discover these issues through case studies and interactive group discussions!

Conference Fees

Conferences: $20 [Includes a customized package with supplies needed for the workshops and UofT swag (within Canada)]

Register for the conference today! Limited spots are available.