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Students' science knowledge tested

Teams of middle school students will broaden their science horizons by spending May 3 at the University of Victoria competing in a series of science, technology and engineering challenges.

The Let’s Talk Science Outreach Program at UVic hosts the All Science Challenge, a hands-on and question-and-answer-style competition to test their knowledge, innovation and problem-solving skills. The event inspires teamwork, friendly competition and enthusiasm, with 25 teams of Grade 6-8 students from across the Island registered.

Challenges are divided into a game show-style quiz of material students have been studying throughout the school year, as well as a design challenge round for hands-on practice—such as building the tallest and strongest tower from popsicle sticks and tape.

“Students get to put some of their science knowledge into practice and relate their knowledge to real-life situations,” says Anna Patten, UVic Let’s Talk Science coordinator. “It’s also a really fun way to promote science and get kids excited about science.”

What: “All Science Challenge”
When: Friday, May 3 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Where: Room A120, Social Sciences & Mathematics Building, UVic

Let’s Talk Science is an award-winning, national, charitable science outreach organization. It engages more than 3,000 enthusiastic post-secondary student and faculty volunteers at 34 universities and colleges across Canada to turn more than 140,000 kids on to science, engineering and technology each year. More info: www.letstalkscience.ca/uvic

Media advisory: This event is not open to the public. Photo opportunities are available throughout the day’s program.

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Anna Patten (Let’s Talk Science Coordinator) at 778-679-2244 or lts@uvic.ca

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