Junior Scientists: Ocean Exploration

An illustration of a deep sea ecosystem, featuring an anglerfish, sperm whale, jellyfish and squid.

Investigate some of Earth’s most mysterious underwater ecosystems during a four-part virtual series full of fun and learning for the whole family!

Are you ready to dive in? Join the Science Centre online for Junior Scientists: Ocean Exploration!

This engaging program includes four 90-minute sessions broadcast live from the Ontario Science Centre. Examine a different theme each week through live demonstrations, at-home lab activities and fun crafts using simple household materials. Design your own coral reef, experiment with the special properties of water, learn all about bioluminescence and so much more.

Separate Junior Scientists programs are available for children ages 5 to 7 and 8 to 10, but there’s no age limit on science! With only one registration required per family, this program is a great opportunity to spend time learning and playing together.

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Junior Scientists: Ocean Exploration is an online program composed of four 90-minute sessions. This program is being offered Saturdays in February, including Family Day weekend, with limited spots available. Participants will register once for all four sessions of the program:

Saturday, February 5, 12, 19* & 26
•  Ages 5-7 — 9 to 10:30 a.m.
•  Ages 8-10 — 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

*Family Day Weekend

Price: $105 including HST, $95 for members. (Planetary, Stellar, Galactic or Cosmic levels only)

As with all virtual Science Centre programming, adult supervision is required for Junior Scientists sessions. Participants will be able to ask questions and engage with Science Centre sessions using the chat function of Zoom, though cameras will be off for privacy reasons.

Space is limited, and registration will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. After you have registered for Junior Scientists: Ocean Exploration, you will receive a Zoom link, activities and materials list for each session via email at least one day in advance. To ensure each session begins and ends on time, please log on 5 to 10 minutes before your session’s start time.

Program Schedule

Week 1 (February 5): Secrets of the Sea
Dive in and learn about the special properties of water including cohesion and adhesion. Examine the differences between oceans and lakes, and find out how animals survive in salt water. Experiment with surface tension to move a boat across the water and learn about buoyancy while creating a cool creature that doesn’t fully sink… or float!

Week 2 (February 12): Colourful Coral Reefs
Uncover the diverse animal and plant life that call coral reefs their home, from algae and anemones to sea turtles and sea stars, and learn how these species interact with each other in this incredible ecosystem. Then put your judging skills to the test in a fun reef fashion competition game! Plus, design a coral reef that displays the unique shapes and colours of this important underwater habitat

Week 3 (February 19): Deep Sea Mysteries
Plunge into the ocean depths to meet some of the strange creatures that lurk below. Be spooked and surprised as you discover fun facts about anglerfish, vampire squids and more! Experiment with cool camouflage tricks used by sneaky deep-sea creatures and learn how some create their own light through bioluminescence.

Week 4 (February 26): Our Changing Oceans
Explore how human activity is harming our oceans and investigate the relationship between rising temperatures and rising sea levels. Play a game to learn about a pollution problem called biomagnification. Plus, get crafty while understanding how ocean animals often mistake garbage for food. And most importantly, learn how to take action to help protect our oceans!