Junior Scientists: Fall Series

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The fall series is now fully booked.

Take science learning to a fun new level this fall with our exciting virtual programs, perfect for curious kids and their families.

Discover the fascinating world of forensic science and explore the human body in two separate Junior Scientists series. First, learn all about DNA extraction, fingerprint identification, handwriting analysis and more in Junior Scientists: Forensic Fun. This brand-new workshop will have you honing your research and investigative skills in no time! Due to popular demand, our series Junior Scientists: Human Body is back. Go on a tour of your heart, bones, digestive system and brain to learn all about you!

These engaging programs include four 90-minute sessions broadcast live from the Ontario Science Centre on weekend mornings with different themes explored through live demonstrations, at-home lab activities and fun crafts using simple household materials.


Junior Scientists: Human Body

This workshop is being offered once this fall, with limited spots available for each set of dates. Participants will register once for all four sessions of the program:

Saturdays
REGISTRATION CLOSED

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

Program Schedule

Week 1: How the Heart Works
Learn how the heart pumps blood, and find out why eating healthy foods and staying active can help prevent heart disease. Get moving for a heart rate investigation lab, and then make a stethoscope from household items.

Week 2: How Bones, Muscles and Joints Work
Take a close look at bones, muscles and joints, including why bones change, what muscles do and how joints work. Examine X-rays, then engage in an interactive lab about joints. Finish the session by making your own functional hand model using household materials.

Week 3: How the Digestive System Works
Get the breakdown on how food travels through the digestive system, how the body stores nutrients and how it gets rid of waste. Examine the different parts of the digestive system and watch a mock demonstration about how stomach acids react to food. Grab a snack for a food testing lab, and then put your new knowledge to work to create a digestive system diagram.

Week 4: How the Brain Works
Uncover the science of thinking and so much more. Test your nerve endings to learn about neurons, and watch a demo to see how these cells transmit signals to the rest of the body. Finish this exciting session by making your very own memory game—and don’t forget to challenge your family members to a match later!



Junior Scientists: Forensic Fun

This workshop is being offered twice this fall, with limited spots available for each set of dates. Participants will register once for all four sessions of the program:

Option 1: Saturdays
REGISTRATION CLOSED

Option 2: Sundays
REGISTRATION CLOSED

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

Program Schedule

Week 1: Paper Proof
From handwriting to ink and beyond, there are many clues to discover by studying paper! Learn about the science behind different types of paper evidence by creating colourful designs with water and simple household materials. Then, put your handwriting analysis to the test. 

Week 2: Fingers, Fibres and Feet
Did you know every person’s fingerprints are unique? Get familiar with how forensic scientists lift and identify fingerprints to solve crimes. Examine other trace elements left behind in crime scenes, like fibres, with a fun matching game. Then, focus on your feet as you take your own shoe print at home!

Week 3: Blood and DNA
Dive into DNA, blood type and more as you uncover the science of blood-based evidence. See how the DNA of a banana is extracted, make your own DNA strand bracelet and finish the session by making a detective log book—you’ll need it for the final workshop!

Week 4: Evidence in Action
Put your new forensic knowledge to the test during this final workshop. Use your detective log book to keep track of clues to solve a mystery. Can you crack the case? Earn a special detective badge and decorate it at home.



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

Event capacity is limited, and registration will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. After you have registered, you will receive a Zoom link, activity PDF 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.