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Science students plan Earth Day activities at Markham mall

Students from the University of Toronto Scarborough will be bringing their love of science to others when they take part in an Earth Day celebration on Sunday, April 22 starting at 12 noon at First Markham Place Mall.

The graduate students are science majors who volunteer their time to support the Let’s Talk Science Partnership Program (LTSPP), a national initiative in which students share the excitement and wonder of science through community outreach.

Members of the campus chapter will be on stage in the mall to conduct demonstrations and lead hands-on science activities at First Markham Place Mall,  3255 Highway 7 east (on the south side of Highway 7, between Warden and Woodbine Avenues. Table displays by various organizations will be set up between 12 noon and 4 p.m. and stage demonstrations will take place from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

“Science is all around us every day, and many people don’t realize just how important science is in our lives,” says PhD student Edward Eng, coordinator of the campus chapter of the program. “Our activities are designed to highlight the relevance of science in our everyday lives and to remind people that science can be fun and cool.”

The students are Master’s and PhD students. Their Earth Day demonstration taking place at 1 p.m. on stage will focus on the theme of Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. Another activity for children which they will lead will be Chromatography Art, a colourful and vibrant activity in which markers and alcohol are used to demonstrate the separation of molecules. Children create artistic designs while learning how molecules interact. 

Demonstrations being led by other organizations on stage include: a self-defense demonstration, a student project presentation about volcanoes, and a presentation by fire and emergency services workers on the importance of detectors for carbon monoxide and smoke.

The events are part of the TAP (Toronto After-School Program) Earth Day Celebration being organized by the Cross-Cultural Community Services Association (formerly called the Toronto Chinese Community Services Association). Supporting organizations for the TAP Earth Day event are: the Let’s Talk Science Partnership Program, Markham Fire & Emergency Services, the Toronto Chinese Environmental Ambassador, and York Regional Police. An RBC After-School Grant sponsors the TAP program.

by Mary Ann Gratton

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