Faculty of Science

Outreach

Students and faculty take an active part in promoting Science outside of the university. Our extensive Outreach program encourages future students to visit the campus for tours and events. Programs range from the Mathematics Challenge for students who are in Grade 5 through High School to hands-on laboratory demonstrations.

The most attended Outreach events are the open houses presented in the Fall and March Break. Western Science makes the most of these important yet informal opportunities for both parents and students to visit and learn more about our programs and the campus as a whole. Visitors can gain an appreciation of what life is like as a science student through an orientation speech from the Associate Dean (Academic), which is followed by a student panel discussion. Students also have the advantage of meeting professors as well as graduate and undergraduate students while touring departmental displays. The public is also invited to attend numerous events such as the Nerenberg Lecture. Here, guest speakers communicate the significant and sometimes surprising ideas of our age to a broad audience. Visitors can also experience more hands-on events such as those held at the Herbarium where they can be introduced to the art and science of dried plant collection, preparation and storage. People are also welcome to take a look at the night sky on the public nights at the Cronyn Observatory.

For Teachers

Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration

Exstensive outreach activities include events such as "Mission Meteorite" to exploring the Cronyn Observatory.

Check out all of the CPSX Outreach Programs or visit the CPSX Training and Networking page.

Mathematics Contest Preparation Sessions

Students interested in mathematics are taught interesting concepts and methods. Practice contests are also reviewed. (Great prep for Euclid, Fermat or Gauss contests as well as the Mathematics Olympiad) Click here to view schedule and contact information

Teacher Workshops - Physics

90 minute sessions. Discussion of teaching techniques and general interest topics. As directed by participants

Science teacher
When: 3 sessions per year
Contact: Patrick Whippey, (519) 661-2111 Ext. 86431

School Visits

Classes can come and see speakers on specific topics from all of the departments within the Faculty of Science, including the Medical Sciences. If schedules permit, chances are we have someone who can visit you.

Virtual school visits are available through the Virtual Researcher On Call (VROC) a project of Partners In Research.

For Elementary Students

Bit by Bit

A summer camp for students interested in computer science. Students age 11-15
Website: http://www.csd.uwo.ca/bitbybit

When: July & August; several other sessions annually
 
Angie Muir
Phone:(519) 661-2111 Ext. 86877
E-mail: bitbybit@csd.uwo.ca

Earth Science Workshops & Lectures

Learn more about dinosaurs and their habits from "Dinosaur Tracks" and "Dinosaur Reconstruction".

When: As arranged 

Cam Tsujita
Phone: (519) 661-2111 Ext 86740
E-mail: ctsujita@uwo.ca

Exploring the Stars

Tours of the observatory, and sometimes slide presentations and interesting astronomy topics for the general Public, school groups and other group tours. 

Website: www.astro.uwo.ca/exploringthestars
Email: explorethestars@gmail.com

Emily McCullough
Phone: (519) 661-2111 Ext 86554

Alexander DeSouza
Phone: (519) 661-2111 Ext 86861

Mission Meteorite

Children in Grades 5 to 6 are split into Mission Teams with cool names and must complete mission objectives. There will be meteorites on display, microscopes, and a "chocolate chip" asteroid mining activity. At the end we will have a ceremony and all the kids will be made "honorary members" of the Centre for Planetary Space Exploration.

Email: cpsx@uwo.ca

Open House Events (March and November)

Open house days in March and November for students to visit Western University and learn more about the university and its programs. These events are geared for students, parents, teachers and the general public. 

When: Saturday in March and November (see web)
For more information: http://welcome.uwo.ca

For Secondary Students

Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration

Students can learn about Moon Mapping, Space Industrialisation to Astrobiology through different programs available at CPSX. Check out other available sessions and services through the link below.  

Centre Homepage: http://cpsx.uwo.ca/outreach

Mathematics Contest Preparation Sessions

Students interested in mathematics are taught interesting concepts and methods. Practice contests are also reviewed. (Great prep for Euclid, Fermat or Gauss contests as well as the Mathematics Olympiad. See the the link below for schedule and contact information for contests.

Mathematics Outreach:
http://www.math.uwo.ca/homepage-external-links/math-challenge/ 

November and March Open Houses

Open house days in March and November for students to visit Western University and learn more about the university and its programs. These events are geared for students, parents, teachers and the general public. Secondary school students and parents are encouraged to register for the open houses.

When: Saturday in March and November (see web)
For more information: http://welcome.uwo.ca (registration details)

Interactions

An invitational program for elite students to introduce them to the topics in Science and Medical Science at Western.

Physics and Astronomy Day

A day of science-related activities. Presentations, hands-on activities and science Olympics-style competitions.

When:TBA

Patrick Whippey
Phone:
(519) 661-2111 Ext. 86431
E-mail:
pwhippey@uwo.ca

Science Olympics

A day of problem solving events that are fun to do and require students to apply their knowledge of science in creative ways. Students work in teams of rather than individually.

Patrick Whippey
Phone:
(519) 661-2111 Ext. 86431
E-mail:
pwhippey@uwo.ca

London District Science Fair

The annual science fair for London area High Schools is hosted by The University of Western Ontario.

Patrick Whippey
Phone:
(519) 661-2111 Ext. 86431
E-mail:
pwhippey@uwo.ca