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Annual Review 2017

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YO RK U NIVERSIT Y FACU LT Y O F SCIEN CE - 3 4 cO m m u Nit y Ou tRE acH aN d sciEN cE EN gagEm ENt Community Outreach and Science Engagement Expanding science engagement opportunities for high schoolers Do you know any high school students who want to escape the traditional classroom and learn science by doing science? In 2017, the Faculty expanded its high school science camps with Spark Lab, a new open enrolment program offering week-long sessions designed for students who want more hands-on science. Using experiment- based learning, students explore physics, biology and chemistry through lab work. In summer 2017, the program offered courses in Animal Anatomy, Forensic Science, Astronomical Society, Catalytic Chemistry, and Animal Anatomy and Physiology. Spark Lab runs in addition to the Helix Summer Science Institute, an application-only summer enrichment program for high-performing high school students. Solar Fair brings thousands to campus On August 21, 2017, the world was treated to a solar eclipse. While a total eclipse could not be seen from Canada, the view from Toronto was still predicted to be stellar, with about 70 percent of the Sun's surface covered by the Moon. So, the Faculty of Science hosted Solar Fair — a public event to view the solar eclipse — and more than 2,000 people attended. At the event, the York University Observatory Team distributed solar glasses and set up several solar telescopes to make the viewing experience safe for enthusiasts. Let's Talk Science at York University organized interactive science stations, including a booth where guests could build their own pinhole camera to watch the eclipse. Students in the York Science Explorations Summer Camps also attended the event and received special training on viewing the eclipse. The Faculty of Science also offers the follo ing science camps for kids in grades three to eight: • Science Explorations Summer Camps • March Break Camps • York Science Saturdays For more details about these programs, visit science explorations.info.yorku.ca Speaker series unravels the mysteries of the universe The Faculty of Science hosted its fth public lecture series in partnership with the Toronto Public Library in fall 2017. The new series, Chronicles of a Peculiar Universe, took nearly 200 people on a dazzling cosmic journey to explore some of the most fascinating corners of our universe. The talks were free and presented by our researchers over ve weeks at library branches across the city. Our scientists spoke about supermassive black holes, galaxies, dark matter and energy, planetary exploration missions and the search for life. The speakers included Patrick Hall, Paul Delaney and PhD students George Conidis and Alexandra Terrana from the Department of Physics & Astronomy, and John Moores from the Lassonde School of Engineering.

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