Events will be added up to the week, so if you don’t see your city listed yet, come back again soon!
Book Reading and Nature Hike
Sit and read stories about great scientists, experiments, and nature with Eleanor Power from 1 – 2pm and then join in a nature hike upstream from 2 – 3pm. Included with admission (under age 5 free with adult) or membership. No pre-registration required.
Sept. 19th, 1-3 p.mThe Manuels River Experience7 Conception Bay Hwy, Conception Bay South, NL A1W 3A2More information
Free Movie Night
Join us for a screening of the BBC Earth film “One Life” narrated by Daniel Craig, rated G, 85 mins. No pre-registration required.
Sept. 20th, 7 p.mThe Manuels River Experience7 Conception Bay Hwy, Conception Bay South, NL A1W 3A2More information
Free Public Lecture, by Dr. Rod Taylor “Avolonia’s Geological Mysteries: an introduction to the palaeontology of Eastern Newfoundland”
Learn about the mysteries of Avalonia and the geology of Eastern Newfoundland with a free lecture from our own Dr. Rod Taylor. Free admission. No pre-registration required.
Sept. 21st, 7 p.mThe Manuels River Experience7 Conception Bay Hwy, Conception Bay South, NL A1W 3A2More information
Free admission day
Drop into the Centre between 9:30 and 5 for a free tour of the exhibits! No pre-registration required.
Sept. 22nd, all dayThe Manuels River Experience7 Conception Bay Hwy, Conception Bay South, NL A1W 3A2More information
Learn more about fossils from our interpreters, check out our touchable trilobite collection, and join us for a fossil dig in our stream table! Included with admission (under age 5 free with an adult) or with membership, no pre-registration required.
Sept. 23rd, 10-12 p.mThe Manuels River Experience7 Conception Bay Hwy, Conception Bay South, NL A1W 3A2More information
Edible Plant Hike
Join us for a nature hike as we discuss and identify edible plants in Newfoundland including berries, roots, and teas! Included with admission (under age 5 free with an adult) or with membership, no pre-registration required.
Sept. 24th, 1-2, 3-4 p.mThe Manuels River Experience7 Conception Bay Hwy, Conception Bay South, NL A1W 3A2More information
World Rivers Day!
Celebrate and protect our beautiful Manuels River with a riverside clean up and nature hike. Then join us back at the Centre for games and crafts! (under age 5 free with an adult) or with a membership, no pre-registration required. Parents & Guardians must attend with children.
Sept. 25th, 1-3 p.mThe Manuels River Experience7 Conception Bay Hwy, Conception Bay South, NL A1W 3A2More information
Celebrate Science Literacy at the Library!
Join the science celebrations at Ferriss Hodgett Library. Check out the giant jeopardy game! Test your science knowledge by completing our quiz and win prizes. Check out a book or dvd from the display and drop off your new book purchase suggestion. Make a button. Learn about upcoming science events, including “Grenfell Science Tricks and Treats” or just drop by to meet with colleagues, enjoy a cup of coffee and piece of cake.
Celebrate Science Literacy Week with some easy and interesting experiments! Ages: 5-12 years. Drop in!
Ages: 2-6 years, Come to enjoy a story time and games about dinosaurs
Let’s Rock Science!
Drop by to see amazing rocks and minerals samples, learn about rocks in Burin Peninsula Area!
Join us with a short extinction talk and Jurassic Park movie!
Teeny Tiny Tuesday
Take a closer look at our tanks! Our super knowledgeable interpreters will make the most of our microscope station to highlight a teeny tiny aquarium animal that might get overlooked because it’s so TINY! All day, test your aquarium knowledge with a game designed to see how closely you really know our tank inhabitants. Magnifying glasses available all day to make sure you don’t miss anything!
Sept. 20th, 2-3 p.mPetty Harbour Mini Aquarium35 Southside Rd, Petty Harbour-Maddox Cove, NL A1S 1L1More information
Animal of the Week
Come attend the unveiling of our Animal of the Week! Learn where it lives, how it moves, and what it eats – then help us feed it!
Sept. 21st, 3-4 p.mPetty Harbour Mini Aquarium35 Southside Rd, Petty Harbour-Maddox Cove, NL A1S 1L1More information
Join us as we focus on the ear – fish ears! Otolith’s are fish ear bones, and very important to scientists for many reasons. Our interpreters demonstrate an otolith extraction as we discuss how (and why) scientists age fish (Hint: it’s similar to how you age a tree!)
Sept. 22nd, 3-4 p.mPetty Harbour Mini Aquarium35 Southside Rd, Petty Harbour-Maddox Cove, NL A1S 1L1More information
They’re green, they’re indestructible, and they’re taking over… they’re…. invasive species! Join us as we highlight Newfoundland’s invasive species and learn out how they got here, and how to blast them back out of our space! Our interactive carnival-style games are sure to be a hit for the whole family. Can you make it to our leaderboard and set a new high score?
Sept. 23rd, 3-4 p.mPetty Harbour Mini Aquarium35 Southside Rd, Petty Harbour-Maddox Cove, NL A1S 1L1More information
SLW Prize Draw
Join us as we draw for the Science Literacy Week Grand Prize. Make sure you get in your completed passports to any of the participating locations. Stick around after the draw for a squid dissection and feeding!
Sunday Morning Bird Watch
Take a guided walk on the Gardens’ nature trails with a Friend of the Garden volunteer and learn about Newfoundland birds. The Garden is not open during this program, so participants must meet in the parking lot across the road from the main gate. The group leaves promptly on time, so please be there a few minutes early. Binoculars are helpful and comfortable footwear is essential. Walks usually last 1 1/2 – 2 hours. Newcomers are welcome. This outdoor program is offered by volunteers and if theweather is inclement, the walk will not go ahead.
Science Literacy Week St. John’s Science Fair
Join us for the opening celebrations of Science Literacy. We will be hosting a science fair with hands on demonstrations, science story times, science shows and more! Visit booths from Let’s Talk Science, the Johnson GEO CENTRE, Petty Harbour Mini Aquarium, MUN Faculties of Science & Engineering, MUN Botanical Garden, Public Libraries and more! Program is free and registration is not required. Everyone is welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Black Hole Detection using Gravitational Waves
On Sept. 14, 2015, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) detected gravitational waves from the merger of a pair of 29 and 26 solar mass black holes, 1.3 billion light years away. With this observation, a new era of astronomy began. This short presentation, given by Dr. Ivan Booth and Dr. Mike Morrow, both of Memorial University, will introduce the new era from the titanic energies release in the merger (for 0.2 seconds the merger radiated 10 times more energy than the rest of the universe combined!) to the astonishing accuracy of the detectors (equivalent to the width of a human hair over the distance from here to Proxima Centauri), to what future observations will teach us about black holes, neturon stars and the Big Bang. A Q&A with the audience will follow.
Family Fun With Science
Stories, fun, and experiments for families with children 2-5. Call 737-3020 to Register!
Super Science Challenge
Join Let’s Talk Science and come test your creativity and engineering skills with making your own roller coaster and complete an egg drop challenge!
SLW Trivia Night!
Test your trivia knowledge at this adult trivia night!
Free Admission to MUN Botanical Garden
MUN Botanical Garden is offering free admission for all visitors today. Everyone is welcome to drop by to visit the flower gardens, and hike the nature trails.
Explore Newfoundland barrens, boreal forest, or bog as you hike one of our nature trails with education staff. Learn about Newfoundland plants and animals while you enjoy plenty of fresh air and exercise.
An Afternoon in the Garden
Join Botanical Garden horticulture staff for a stroll through our flower gardens and see what’s in bloom. Learn our tips and tricks to help your own garden grow. This is an outdoor program. To participate in this program, please check-in at the visitor services counter 10 minutes before the program start time.
Panel Discussion: Back to the Thesis
MUN scientists look back at their Ph.D. theses and reflect on the twists, turns, failures and successes in their research and career paths since graduation.
Join Let’s Talk Science and come check out a robot and do science on iPads!
Library’s Got Chemistry
Make slime and see just how big an explosion we’re allowed to make in the library! Interactive chemistry activities, demonstrations of spectacular chemical reactions and surprising science facts for all ages.
Body Works Presentation
A presentation using some of the magnificent collection of anatomical specimens Dr. Shaki Chandra created for teaching during her sabbatical with Dr. Gunther von Hagens, the inventor of the unique plastination technique and creator of the Body Worlds exhibition. Dr. Chandra, Professor of Anatomy at Memorial University’s Faculty of Medicine, spent a one year sabbatical with Dr. von Hagens in Germany, working on the intricate dissections and this collection is a part of that work. Hear about and view real bones and organs (plastinated) and appreciate the connectedness of the human body. Come meet Dr. Shakti Chandra, discover the world of Plastination and learn about your own body, Inside and Out.
Botanical Boot Camp Educator Workshop
In celebration of Science Literacy Week 2016, MUN Botanical Garden is offering a Botanical Boot Camp; an activity-based introduction to Newfoundland gardening, plants and ecology
Ocean Science Educational Programming
Come explore the underwater world and dip your hands into our salt water touch tank.
Enhancing Teacher Confidence in STEM subjects
Dr. Karen Goodnough of Memorial University’s Faculty of Education will lead a session in which teachers talk about their action research projects in STEM and what they have learned. The session will also focus on tensions and challenges in professional learning in science for teachers. Snacks will be provided.
From Earth to Mars and Back Again: A journey to Mars analogue sites in North America
Dr. Penny Morrill, associate professor with the Department of Earth Sciences, will discuss how scientists and engineers use Earth as a test bed for planetary exploration. Specifically, this presentation will focus on how research performed at Memorial is contributing to search for life on Mars using the Tablelands in Gros Morne National Park and more
Physics Show and Tell
Interactive physics demos and show and tell for the whole family
Family Science Fair
Stop by and check out some clouds in a bottle, find out if you are a super taster and more with Let’s Talk Science
The Story behind Mistaken Point’s UNESCO Designation
Join the Geological Society of Canada NL and the Johnson GEO CENTRE in celebrating the newly designated UNESCO statue of Mistaken Point. Richard Thomas, Reserve Geologist at Mistaken Point will be speaking a few words about the designation. Reception to follow. Program is free. Please RSVP to Annie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Talks, Tours, Science Demos and Star Lab Oh My!
Visit the GEO CENTRE and take ins some special activities for SLW week. There will be talks, tours and science demos throughout the day as well as a look at the night sky in our Starlab
Sunday Morning Nature Hike
Explore Newfoundland barrens, boreal forest, or bog as you hike one of our nature trails with education staff. Learn about Newfoundland plants and animals while you enjoy plenty of fresh air and exercise. Meet in the field centre at 10 a.m.
Meet the Critters
Be sure to drop by the classroom at 2 p.m. to meet our critters, including Squirt the red-eared slider turtle, our composting worms and more. Learn all about their far-away native habitats and find out why some of these visitors don’t always make good pets for everyone
Nature Hike to Oxen Pond/Duck Feeding
Education staff will lead you on a leisurely guided stroll along the exploration trail, down to Oxen Pond. While you feed the ducks (food is provided) staff will help you identify and learn about the different waterfowl, insects, plants and other creatures that live on Oxen Pond
Arts and Crafts
This program may take place outdoors, depending on the weather. You and your family are invited to create some theme-related crafts, play some games and participate in some fun activities