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Science Literacy Week and Alumni Week(end)

September 21-27, mark your calendars! To show off how DiscoverE celebrates Science Literacy Week and Alumni Week(end) we are preparing a whole week, packed full of fun activities and videos! Learn about your favorite engineering and science topics through the eyes of our mentors. Or test your knowledge with our educational trivia quizzes. Designed to get your brain thinking about the most intriguing topics about Canada’s Western and Northern ecosystems. Not to mention, demonstrations of the coolest experiments you can do at home with everyday items!

There are three ways to stay engaged:

  1. Stay tuned to our social media for the daily releases of these fun, free activities!
  2. Bring the fun home with the purchase of a DiscoverE Activity Box. These boxes have everything you need to complete three activities, puzzles, games and learn more about the engineering and science community. They are designed for youth in grades 1-9, and connect to the Alberta curriculum. These boxes ship anywhere in Canada, so you can take the fun of DiscoverE with you!
  3. We have lots of mentor videos and activities from our DiscoverE at Home series. Check out a few below and explore our social media for more content.

Faculty of Engineering online events and details for Alumni Week(end) can be found here, you can also check out the full content listing for Alumni Week(end) events across the University of Alberta.



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The Pendulum Catch Experiment


Jack, Pendulum Scientist, Mechanical Engineering Student, 2nd year, UAlberta

Project Description: How does a Pendulum work? #DiscoverEAtHome
In the Pendulum Catch Experiment, Jack shows you how to catch a pendulum (spoon) using another object and explains the science behind why this happens!
What You Need: Please make sure you have permission to use these materials: 1. Spoon, 2. String, 3. Coffee mug
Safety Precautions: We recommend that you get help from an adult with this project and to use soft objects.

Walking Water Experiment


Maria, Expert Water Water, Engineering Student, 2nd year, UAlberta

Project Description: Can water WALK? #DiscoverEAtHome
In the Walking Water Experiment, Maria explains the science behind how water travels from one place to another through absorbent materials. This colourful and exciting experiment teaches you how plants absorb water. Learn more about how water can "walk" by capillary action!
What You Need: 1. Water 2. Paper towel 3. Food colouring 4. Transparent cups (glass/ plastic) 5. Elastic band or marker
Safety Precautions: None, this experiment uses safe materials!

Milk Explosion Experiment


Nicole, Milk Explosion Specialist, Education Student, 3rd year, UAlberta

Project Description:

This week, Nicole uses dish soap to "explode" the fat in milk using everyday household items (and food colouring!) and explains the science behind it. ‍ This experiment is one of the most interesting ways of studying fat or lipid behaviour around the chemicals in soap - which makes it so effective in defeating viruses and germs on our hands!

What You Need: 1. Tupperware 2. Dish soap 3. Milk (2%) 4. Food colour 5. Toothpicks 6. Vinegar 7. Baking soda 8. Garbage bags (to protect table from spills) 9. Gloves (to protect hands from colours)
Safety Precautions: It is recommended to wear gloves and to layout a plastic bag or newspaper on top of the area you are working on, as this experiment can get messy!

How to Build a Snow Scientist!


Emma, Builder of Awesome Snowpeople, Psych-Soc Student, 3rd year, UAlberta
Project Description:

In this video, Emma from DiscoverE takes you out in the snow and explains the science behind why ice sticks together (H-bonds and a low centre of gravity) when you build a snowperson. She also literally builds you the perfect Snow Scientist!

What You Need: 1. Snow! 2. Any fun accessories you want to your Snow Scientist Personality
Safety Precautions: Dress for the weather. Keep warm while making your snowperson by wearing a coat, snow boots, gloves or mittens, hat, and scarf.