Let's Talk Science and the Canadian Space Agency: Bringing Space to Classrooms

To celebrate Chris Hadfield's mission to the International Space Station (ISS) and to interest youth in relevant topics related to his mission, Let's Talk Science has launched a unique collaboration with the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) entitled Project Sky Science. Project Sky Science was created to inspire and engage youth in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through a variety of specialized Let's Talk Science programs.

Chris and Flash, Let’s Talk Science’s mascot, experiment with the bubble detectors

Chris and Flash, Let's Talk Science's mascot, experiment with the bubble detectors.

Bring Chris Hadfield's Experiment to Your Classroom

Through the CurioCity action project: RADI-N2 & You, high school teachers can engage their class in real science by replicating one of the experiments Chris Hadfield will be completing on the ISS. Using a personal neutron detector, students will measure their neutron radiation exposure and compare their results to Chris Hadfield's research and other classrooms across the country. With this project, students will be exposed to real-life, real-time Canadian research. They will learn about the hazards of radiation in space and how that radiation affects us on Earth.

The RaDI-N2 & You project is free and will run from the beginning of January to the end of May 2013. It fits with the Grade 9 science curricula and the higher-level physics curricula across Canada and is available in English and French.  

More information about the CurioCity project.

Chat with Canadian Space Experts

CurioCity by Let's Talk Science will hold several online chats throughout the 2012-2013 school year to interest students in space-related topics. Canadian astronomy, aerospace, aviation and space exploration experts will discuss the topics:

  • Space Medicine with CSA Astronaut David Saint-Jacques – November 15
  • Moon and Astronomy – December 20
  • The Science of Science Fiction – January 17
  • Mars and Robotic Exploration – February 21
  • Aviation – March 21
  • RaDI-N2 & You and The Science of the International Space Station – May 16

 

By participating in the chats, students will have an opportunity to communicate with Canadian experts, ask questions and learn about space science!

More information. Most chats are available in French.

Compete at the All Science Challenge

In April and May of 2013, the All Science Challenge for Grades 6 to 8 students will be hosted at twenty-two Let's Talk Science Outreach locations across Canada. The free one-day, science enrichment event begins with a question and answer competition followed by a design challenge. To prepare for the competition, students study from a handbook beginning in February, and this year, the handbook includes a ‘life in space' chapter. On the competition day, students will hear from Chris Hadfield who has prepared video questions for the competition!

Educators can register a team for the All Science Challenge beginning in December 2012.

Aerospace Activity Kit

The Let's Talk Science Outreach program has also developed a hands-on aerospace activity kit designed to fit with the curricula and interest students in space science. Outreach volunteers will be using the kit in classrooms beginning January 2013. Find a Let's Talk Science Outreach site nearest you.