All of WiSE’s outreach programs, including Fall EngSci Day, have been adapted to virtual platforms and will continue to run online. Fall EngSci Day will be held through Google Classroom from November 13th to 15th and will consist of a combination of interactive science and engineering experiments, a robotics design contest, and engaging presentations from other Queen’s University clubs.
Each WiSE outreach volunteer will be in charge of envisioning one experiment that elementary school students can try at home, under the supervision of their parents or guardians. Outreach volunteers must purchase the materials for their experiment, record a video of themselves completing the experiment at home, edit the video, and upload it to the virtual “classroom”. The options for at-home experiments are endless, since outreach volunteers are no longer restricted by time. For example, one experiment that has already been planned will instruct students on how to grow their own crystals from salt! The longer the crystals are able to grow, the larger they will become! Every video will be accompanied by a PDF with written step-by-step instructions and pictures, so the students can follow along at their own pace. Additionally, there will be a comment section under every video, where students and parents can post questions about the experiment, and outreach volunteers will be at their computers answering the question in real time from November 13th to 15th.
The theme of the robotics design contest will be released a few weeks before Fall EngSci Day, so each student will have enough time to draw their robot and have their parents or guardians email a picture to the EngSci Day Coordinators. All of the pictures will be posted in our virtual “classroom” and students will be able to vote for their favourite robot.
Click here to register for EngSci day 2020. We can’t wait to virtually see you there:)