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Friday, May 29 • 12:55pm - 2:15pm
Making Chemistry Fun! | Rendre la chimie amusante

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Despite being “the central science”, chemistry tends to be under-represented at science centres. At the same time, within the general public, there is often a negative perception of issues related to chemistry. This directly impacts how people react to global challenges, such as climate change. Chemistry demonstrations at science centres tend to incorporate fire and explosions, which are great for catching attention, but tend to have little relevancy to everyday life and simply reinforce the notion that chemistry is dangerous and only accessible to scientists. The Ontario Science Centre offers chemistry-themed educational activities facilitated by hosts, that allow visitors to have a hands-on experience with chemistry. Based on our experience, these types of initiatives have been successful in making chemistry fun, relevant, and applicable to daily life. Members of McGill University’s Office of Science and Society, and York University’s Department of Chemistry will discuss their experiences in community outreach and the practices they employ to engage the public.

Community Engagement and Outreach, Education (informal/formal) and Programming, Science Communication

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Bien qu’étant la « science centrale », la chimie a tendance à être sous-représentée dans les centres de sciences. En même temps, le grand public a souvent une perception négative des questions liées à la chimie. Cela a un impact direct sur la manière dont les gens réagissent aux défis mondiaux comme le changement climatique. Les démonstrations de chimie effectuées dans les centres de sciences ont tendance à comprendre du feu et des explosions qui, si elles réussissent bien à attirer l’attention, ont néanmoins peu à voir avec la vie de tous les jours, et renforcent l’idée voulant que la chimie est quelque chose de dangereux et  qu’elle n’est accessible qu’aux scientifiques. Le Centre des sciences de l’Ontario offre des activités éducatives sur le thème de la chimie, animées par des hôtes qui permettent aux visiteurs-trices d’expérimenter de manière concrète ce qu’est la chimie. D’après notre expérience, les initiatives de ce type ont permis de rendre la chimie amusante, pertinente et applicable à la vie quotidienne. Des membres du Office of Science and Society de l’Université McGill, et du Département de chimie de la York University parleront de leurs expériences de vulgarisation pour la communauté et des pratiques auxquelles ils/elles ont recours pour susciter l’intérêt du public.

Engagement et sensibilisation des communautés, éducation (informelle/formelle) et programmation, communication scientifique

Speakers
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Louise Hidinger, Ph.D.

Host, Science Communication | Hôte, Communication scientifique, Ontario Science Centre | Centre des sciences de l’Ontario
Louise Hidinger is a Host, in Science Communication at the Ontario Science Centre. She is also a freelance science communicator, delivering seminars at the Toronto Public Library. Louise holds an AAS degree in fashion design from Parsons School of Design and a Ph.D. in biological... Read More →
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Joe Schwarcz, Ph.D.

Director of McGill Office of Science and Society | Directeur de la McGill Office of Science and Society, McGill University, Office of Science and Society and the Department of Chemistry | Université McGill, Office of Science and Society et Département de chimie
Dr. Joe Schwarcz is the Director of the McGill Office for Science and Society and faculty member of McGill University's Department of Chemistry. Dr. Schwarcz has received numerous awards for teaching chemistry and for interpreting science for the public, including the American Chemical... Read More →
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Christopher Caputo, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor | Professeur adjoint, York University, Department of Chemistry | York University, Département de chimie
Dr. Chris Caputo is an Assistant Professor in York University's Department of Chemistry and a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair. His research spans inorganic, organic and materials chemistry. He has been involved in York University's Faculty of Science outreach program, in partnership... Read More →


Friday May 29, 2020 12:55pm - 2:15pm PDT
Ottawa Convention Centre | centre des congrès d'ottawa
  Concurrent Session | Session simultanée
  • Room Number | Numéro de chambre 210