East Program

East Program Information

May 9th–13th (EDT)

General Sessions

Participants will be able to attend all general sessions.
Saving our Planet with Indigenous Knowledge
Dan Wildcat

Dan Wildcat is an accomplished scholar and writer on Indigenous knowledge, technology, environment, and education. Dr. Wildcat is a Yuchi member of the Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma and will join us on Thursday afternoon during our program week to talk to us about saving our planet with Indigenous knowledge.

You can find Dr. Wildcat’s book, Red Alert! Saving the Planet with Indigenous Knowledge on Amazon.

Indigenous Plants of Significance to Science
Kodiak Herbal, Kalyn Kodiak
Learn about Indigenous plants of Canada, how traditional medicines are discovered, evaluated, and used by Indigenous herbalists; and what plants can teach us about the life processes and ecosystems of our homeland. A Métis herbalist shares knowledge of plants from traditional sources, personal experience and modern research. Focus on the value of respecting Indigenous contributions to plant knowledge and how this knowledge can impact scientific research. 
The Magic of Science
University of Manitoba, John Sorensen

See the science that makes magic work with Professor John Sorensen. Dr. Sorensen currently teaches at the University of Manitoba in the Chemistry Department. In his session he will be using his background in the sciences to show the Magic of Science.

East Program, May 9th–13th (EDT)

Learn more about the different options available for the East Program.
Option A: What’s in my food?
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Sijo Joseph and Team

Explore food science by spending a week with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s grain science and nutrition lab, located at the Richardson Centre for Food Technology and Research on the University of Manitoba campus. Meet the research scientists and technicians who conduct research projects to improve the quality and nutrition of Canadian-grown crops and the foods made from them. Have you ever wondered things like: What kind of machine makes rolled oats? How do they measure all those components on a food label? If someone built a machine to simulate the human digestive system what would it look like? Why is fibre so healthy for you? Is there a way to quantify colour? What is gluten anyway? Discover answers to these questions and more through science discussions, lab equipment demonstrations, virtual lab tour and participation in hands-on food science experiments that can be done together virtually with items from your kitchen. By the end of the week you will know more about what components your food is made up of, how they are measured in the lab, and how they impact things like texture, digestibility and nutrition. 

Option B: Shockwave Science
Queen’s University, Laurent Beland

Students will run a few computer simulations on Queen’s supercomputer, and analyze them. The student will simulate, atom by atom, how high-energy particles create super sonic shockwaves in metals. By doing so, they will simulate, and visualize, how atom-scale defects are created in materials used in nuclear reactors.

This is a project that would be best for a student who is interested in both physics/engineering and computer science. The student will need a computer and a reliable internet connection.

Option C: Picture this – the Science of Light
University of Ottawa, Jeff Lundeen and Aldo Martinez

We’re preparing a series of activities about Optics: the science of light! The students will learn about light, its properties, and applications of them. The activities consist of several hands-on experiments that involve the use of polarizer sheets, natural and artificial light sources, transparent materials. The students will also build their own pinhole camera and explore polarization effects in photography. By creating their optical wave-guides, the students will explore the mechanism behind an optical fiber! Finally the students will have the opportunity to virtually visit our research lab and see our current experiments!

Option D: Human Mechanics behind Robots
Queen’s University, Amy Wu

The Biomechanics x Robotics Laboratory (BxRL) conducts research at the intersection of human biomechanics and robotics with the aim of augmenting human mobility. We are interested in understanding human locomotor and balance control behavior and to apply biologically inspired principles to develop robotic technologies, such as legged robots and powered exoskeletons. Likewise, we aim to leverage robots to reveal the mechanisms behind human behavior. We are passionate about using maker-style manufacturing techniques to build impactful, openly available robotic devices for both research and education. We are a part of Queen’s Mechanical and Materials Engineering department and Ingenuity Labs Research Institute.

Option E: The water we drink
University of Ottawa, Paul Mayer, David Bryce, Darrin Richeson and Adam Shuhendler 

This activity is centred around water.  How do we clean it, how do we test it?  Student will work with four research groups from the Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences at the University of Ottawa spanning the disciplines of Physical Chemistry (Paul Mayer and David Bryce), Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis (Darrin Richeson) and Chemical Biology (Adam Shuhendler).  They will be introduced to the water purification process and then work through a series of four activities focussing on a) physical water purification by filtration, b) conductivity measurements for salinity using a 9-V battery, c) testing water for pH, alkalinity and hardness, and d) mineral content (nitrates, copper, iron).  Experiments will be conducted with prepared kits and “do-it-yourself” activities using materials you find around the house/garden.  We will then analyze the results by location and distribution across the regions.


Option F: Soil, Microbes, and Northern Lights
University of Manitoba, Ayush Kumar

These sessions will introduce you to some of the ongoing research activities in the Faculty of Science. There will be hands-on activities that will demonstrate the functioning of microbes. Students will be introduced to bacteria and discuss the differences between harmful and useful bacteria. There will be a panel discussion with graduate and undergraduate students in the Faculty of Science. Students will also learn about the Wawatay (Anishinaabe for Northern Lights).

More than Dirt
University of Manitoba, Annemieke Farenhorst

We are a research team that studies the quality of soil and water. In this section, we will talk about how soil can be a filter to protect the environment. We will show some of the instruments used to screen for pesticides, antimicrobials and other chemicals in water. We will also talk about biobeds, which is not something you can sleep in but it is actually something that helps to recycle pesticide waste and protects the environment. You will meet some of the students working on biobeds,  We will also show you some of our research findings such as what kind of pesticides we find in the environment and what type of chemicals we are going to look for this summer and where.

Carbon Footprint, Waste
University of Manitoba, Joe Ackerman

Both of these topics have work for the students to complete before the online session (way before!). The Carbon Footprint section lets you navigate a carbon footprint calculator and figure out where you stand on that scale and what you might do to change it. The Waste section asks you to actually collect and sort the waste you generate in a week. It is a pretty interesting thing to do (I collected plastic waste for a year [see The long renovation project: video]). We will pool our data and talk about waste as a potential resource.


Option G: Fundamental Particles – Cosmic Rays and the Aurora
University of Manitoba, Juliette Mammei

Students will learn about the most fundamental particles that we are made of, and the forces that govern their interactions. They will participate in modules developed by quarknet, and guided by Dr. Mammei and members of her research group to analyze real data from an experiment at CERN – the Large Hadron Collider. Dr. Mammei will describe how fundamental particles affect our lives from radiation and its effects to the difference between cosmic rays and the aurora.



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