programs

Discovery Stream

— Are you looking to gain new skills and learn from STEM professionals? Our Discovery Stream offers youth the opportunity to dive deeper into STEM through a workshop series.

Build the unique skills & confidence needed to prepare you for the career of your dreams

Get a head-start and gain the unique skills and confidence you need to succeed in your dream industry. 

Teaching by leading experts across a variety of traditional and non-traditional STEM-disciplines 

Focused programming led by experts in the field from national and globally-renowned organizations. 

Program flexibility allows you to participate in multiple discovery streams or join the Mentorship Program

Our discovery stream is all about experimentation! Apply for multiple discovery streams to discover what field is right for you and hop into our Mentorship Program so we can pair you with a mentor in that field. New discovery streams will be added throughout the year. 

  •  New streams announced      every month 

  • Biology, neuroscience,

        earth sciences, & more 

  • Spots are limited!

Discovery Stream
October - BIOLOGY

 

For the month of October, our Discovery Stream will focus on Biology. Register to participate in a 3-week virtual workshop series led by professionals and further your knowledge in Biology. At the end of all 3 workshops, you will receive a certificate outlining all the skills and knowledge that you have learnt. This is open to grades 7-12. 

Registration for the Biology Discovery Stream closes October 12th

Workshop 1

Thursday Oct 13th
7pm EST

Plant Agriculture
Hosted by Vanessa Vongnhay &  Sarah Koeppe

Department of Plant Science, University of Guelph

Sarah Koeppe will talk about her research with a new fungal pathogen in strawberries . It's very aggressive and is killing numerous strawberry plants in Florida. She will talk about the process that she uses-  RNA interference, where she uses the pathogen's own genes against it to attempt to kill it. The Vanessa Vongnhay will talk about her research and how it focuses on improving the regeneration of various plants, using medicinal plants such as Tulsi. The processes that occur within tissue culture and the techniques used are so interesting.

Workshop 2

Thursday Oct 20th
6pm EST

Freshwater Turtle Ecology and Conservation
Host by Anni Auge 

Wildlife Biologist

Turtles are among the most ancient and evolutionary oldest species on earth, and they are unique among animals with their protective outer shell.Unfortunately, most freshwater turtle species in Ontario and Canada are listed as species at risk - threatened to go extinct due to habitat loss, road mortality and nest predation. With ever increasing urbanisation, turtles - as many other species at risk - need not only protection, but also further monitoring and studying. Over five years I have studied Blanding's and Painted turtles in Ontario to investigate their responses to natural changes in environmental temperature and to human-caused urban and road development. I will talk about my research, specifically my field work, how I designed my study and what impact my findings have on species at risk conservation in Canada.

Workshop 3

Thursday Oct 27th
6pm EST

How Can We Use Math To Study Ecology?  
Hosted by Carling Bieg

Department of Integrative Biology, University of Guelph

Have you ever wondered what determines if a wildlife population will grow or go extinct, how the balance between predators and prey is maintained in nature, or how human activities like fishing and hunting impact this balance? These are some of the questions ecologists and wildlife managers ask all the time. To answer these questions, we often combine math with our biological knowledge of species to model these processes. In this workshop, we will first discuss what regulates population growth and the interactions between different species, and then how to build conceptual “equations” to model some real-world examples.

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Discovery Stream
September - NEUROSCIENCE

For the month of September, our Discovery Stream will focus on Neuroscience. Register to participate in a 3-week virtual workshop series led by professionals and further your knowledge in neuroscience. At the end of all 3 workshops, you will receive a certificate outlining all the skills and knowledge that you have learnt. This is open to grades 7-12. 

Registration for the Neuroscience Discovery Stream closes September 13th

Workshop 1

Wednesday Sept 14th
6:30pm EST

Drugs on the Mind
Hosted by Marieka DeVuono

Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology, Western University

Curious about studying the effects of drugs on the brain and mind? Join Marieka DeVuono to learn about different techniques with laboratory animals to study the positive and negative effects of drug use. Marieka will also discuss her educational journey in neuroscience and psychology and her fascinating research on the effects of cannabis use on the brain."Let me know if this works! 

Workshop 2

Wednesday Sept 21st
6pm EST

Understanding the Landscape for Girls in Science
Host by Myra Fernandes
 

Department of Psychology, University of Waterloo

How do people make decisions about career paths? In this workshop I will touch on my own experiences in cognitive neuroscience, while highlighting statistics on careers by women in science. I’ll be discussing the many opportunities and ways to get involved in science and engineering. I’ll highlight some strategies to stay organized, create your own opportunities, and develop supportive connections. I’ll recommend some concrete steps one can take at each career stage to advance scientific theories, get credit, and build an identity in STEM fields. There are many ways to get involved, broadcast your contributions, and overcome societal stereotypes and bias, that will allow science to progress with equal contributions from males and females alike. 

Workshop 3

Wednesday Sept 28th 6pm EST

Neural Networking
Hosted by Kaitlyn Hoesterey

Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, Queen's University

How to make a neural network.

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