Looking for a fun, educational project to work on at home with your kids? Join Stephanie MacQuarrie this Wednesday, May 27 as she participates in Ryerson University’s “Let’s Talk Science Challenge” as their Guest Chemist. Let’s Talk Science is designed as a STEM enrichment event for grades 6, 7 and 8 and connects educators and youth to encourage them to participate in meaningful STEM learning experiences.
Part of the CBU family since 2009, Stephanie is the Associate Dean of Science and Technology and Associate Professor in Organic Chemistry, teaching students in their second, third and fourth year. Teaching remotely is no easy feat, and when asked how she is managing her work-from-home routine, she says it can often be challenging.
“I miss my students and my colleagues, but being able to participate in programs like the Let’s Talk Science Challenge is exciting,” says Stephanie. “I’m also getting much more tech-savvy, and buffing up on grades 2, 5 and 9 math with my own kids, so that’s fun!”
Like most of us, Stephanie is also trying to find creative ways to keep her kids busy, and says she often finds great, educational resources through the Women in Science and Engineering Program.
In this week’s Let’s Talk Science Challenge, Stephanie will be covering plant biology with a specific focus on biochar, a charcoal-like substance that’s used as a soil amendment and made by burning organic material from agricultural and forestry wastes.
Participants from all grades are welcome. Each chat is hosted through Zoom on Wednesdays at 12:00pm ET (1:00pm AT). Students may submit questions prior to or during the chat. Once you are registered, you will receive a link to the Zoom chat for the events. To register for this week’s Let’s Talk Science Challenge, please click here.