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Community learns about science of water


UTSC volunteers with the Let’s Talk Science program taught 200 community residents all about water in a program called Waterwise: Every Drop Counts, presented at the East Scarborough Storefront.

Let’s Talk Science is a national charitable organization that delivers science learning programs and services to children and youth. The program was coordinated with the East Scarborough Storefront with support from the Office of the Vice-Principal, Research, The Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, Live Green Toronto Animation Program, and Seed to Table.

 “This was a fantastic outcome,” says Malcolm Campbell, UTSC vice-principal, research. “This event is an example of a partnership that enriches both the university community and the local community.”

 The UTSC volunteers taught community members about where water came from, how it could be protected and conserved, and how it is celebrated in various cultures. The volunteers led interactive displays that included: Water Testing in Highland Creek, and Test your water Tastebuds - How does Toronto’s water compare to bottled water?

 “By participating in this event, Let’s Talk Science delivered opportunities for learning science in a community that often does not receive such services,” says Sherri Thiele, Let’s Talk Science coordinator on the UTSC campus. “I learned just as much from the community members as they learned from us and I can’t wait to go back and do more work in this community.”

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