18th Century Literature – Superheroes (By: Dr. Peter Walmsly & Dr. Eugenia Zuroski)
November 25, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm HSC-1A1, Ewart Angus Centre, MUMC
Who gets to be a superhero? What does a superhero look like to you? Did you imagine someone like Superman, Iron Man, or Thor? Everyone has a favourite fictional superhero, but did you know that superheroes are everywhere, making the world safe for regular people like us? Have you ever wondered about what makes a hero, and where they come from? Or if there can be girl heroes as well as boy heroes? Join us and find out, as we explore how ideas of the hero have shifted over time – don’t miss out on inventing a superhero that suits you!
December 2, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Burlington Public Library, Central Branch, 2331 New Street, Burlington – 2nd Floor
Water You Talking About? - Together, we will celebrate one of the necessities of life on Earth; water! Get ready to get dirty and experience the effects of local water contamination. Explore how it affects your everyday life and discover how to get involved and protect our Hamilton waters!
December 2, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Hamilton Public Library, Central Location, 55 York Boulevard – 4th Floor
Space Food Odyssey - Our team of astronauts are stranded on a strange planet. They are hungry! What will they eat? What can nutritional labels tell us about healthy meals? Be a food scientist to design healthy meals for our astronauts to survive
Ages 8 -12 (whole family welcome)
Why Don’t Dinosaurs Throw Snowballs? (By: Dr. Maureen Padden)
January 27, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm McMaster University, Hamilton ON
Dinosaurs lived for roughly 160 million years and survived tremendous changes in climate. What was the climate like when these creatures roamed the Earth? How did their experiences differ from that of ours today? We will travel through time and learn how the weather patterns have changed over the last 65 million years.
The Story of “You” University Life (By: Dr. Felicia Vulcu)
February 24, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm McMaster Museum of Art, 1280 Main St W, Hamilton, ON L8S 4L6, Canada
Let’s re-think university and redefine it. What if “university” wasn’t a building with classrooms and professors? What if You are the University? What does this mean? Re-imagine university as the story of you. You are starting on an amazing journey of self-discovery. Your ultimate goal: to learn, to grow and to create. Join Dr. Vulcu ...
Photovoice: Engaging Indigenous Elders and Youth (By Dr. Chelsy Gable)
March 24, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm McMaster University, Hamilton ON
We’ve all heard the saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” Did you ever look at a picture, a photograph, or a painting and wonder what story it tells? A photograph can be a strong tool to convey a message. Join Dr. Gable as she explains how “Photovoice” is being used today to address ...
April 28, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm McMaster University, Hamilton ON
Have you ever wondered how our body looks like inside? This is a subject doctors call Anatomy. New computer-based technologies can help us “see”, in 3D, how all the different parts of our body come together to make the amazing human body work. Join Dr. Wainman as he turns you inside out!?
Online registration for the lecture series will open in late August. Please visit the registration page for more details.
Do I have to register my children separately?
Yes. We ask all parents to register their children separately. This is to ensure we capture the details of all children who attend 6 or more lectures and qualify to receive a graduation certificate at the end of the year.
I can’t register for all the events. Is there a waiting list?
Yes! Sometimes we reach seating capacity for an event. If that happens, we will try to secure a larger lecture hall in which case we will release additional tickets to the names on our waitlist. If you would like to be notified when seats become available, please register your name on the waitlist.
Can I show up without registering?
Yes. However, to avoid disappointment we suggest attendee’s register in advance. You are welcome to attend without registration, but admittance is not guaranteed.
I need to cancel my registration. What should I do?
Please contact us if you cannot attend and we will give your seats to a family on the waiting list. Please email [email protected] or call 905-521-2100 ext.73790.
Is there an age limit?
The suggested age is children 7-14 years old but we do not restrict attendance to that demographic. Students as young as 5 years old and as old as 18 years old often attend.
What topics do the lectures focus on?
MCYU lectures cover a variety of disciplines including, but not limited to: health sciences, natural sciences, social sciences, engineering, business and history. Please visit our past events page to see our previous lecture topics.
How do you choose the lecture topics?
Topics are selected based on recommendations from our children and youth attendees via an electronic survey emailed after each event, as well as verbal recommendations.
What is the structure of lecture day?
Lectures begin promptly at 11a.m. We begin with a short introduction by MCYU co-founder Dr. Sandy Raha, followed by the 45-minute interactive lecture, and 15 minutes of a Q & A between children and the professor.
Following the lectures, we organize post-lecture activities with the McMaster Chapter of Let’s Talk Science for children directly following the event. These activities run for approximately one hour.
What are post-lecture activities?
Post-lecture events are hands-on experiential learning activities that relate to the lecture material. Children and youth are able to apply what they learned in the lecture to real-life scenarios, with the help of Let’s Talk Science mentors. Examples of past post-lecture activities include:
Post Robotic Surgery Lecture: Navigating a remote control car through a maze while blindfolded
Post Genetics Lecture: Extracting DNA from a banana
Can I volunteer?
Yes! We could always use more help. Please email [email protected] or leave your name and email at the registration table at one of our events.
If you have any questions or are interested in having MCYU at a place near you, feel free to contact us