Science Travels is the combined initiative of a number of science outreach programs at the University of Ottawa. The primary goal of this project is to enhance the experiences of youth in northern Ontario, Quebec, and Nunavut in the areas of science and technology. The program is designed to share the knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm of university science graduate students with youth in remote and aboriginal communities. The program provides these youth with new, fascinating and interactive experiences in all areas of science, including biology, physics, chemistry, engineering, medicine, health sciences and technology.
What we do
Teams of four uOttawa graduate students travel to schools and community centres in northern Ontario, Quebec and Nunavut to deliver science-based interactive workshops. During these week-long trips, each team spends one day at each school and/or community centre. The graduate student volunteers have expertise in science, engineering and technology, and have received training to deliver age-appropriate, interactive science activities. Science Workshops are delivered during two periods each year: in the fall (late October or early November) and in early spring (late March or April).
Aboriginal Mentorship Program
Science Travels offers opportunities for high school students in in the Ottawa region who have strong interests in science to be a scientist for two days in May. Selected high school students will be invited to the University of Ottawa for the Aboriginal Student Scientist Program, where they will meet with professors, hear talks on various aspects of science and technology, perform laboratory research and meet with student mentors.
Interested to know more?
If you are a teacher or community leader who would like to invite a team of science volunteers to deliver a workshop with your class or youth group, or would like more information, contact us.
If you are a uOttawa graduate student in the Faculty of Science, Engineering, Medicine or Health Sciences and would like to participate in Science Travels, contact us.
In 2015, Science Travels was sponsored by a NSERC PromoScience grant, and support from Air Creebec, Air Inuit and the following University of Ottawa programs: Student Academic Success Services, Aboriginal Resource Centre, and the Faculties of Science, Engineering, Medicine and the Center for Global and Community Engagement.
Additional sponsors in the last three years have included: CIHR Synapse, Cancer Care Ontario, the Nunavut Research Institute, Buffalo Airways, and Canadian North.