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Community partners around an activity table.

Welcome to McMaster’s Children and Youth University. MCYU aims to activate a dynamic community of educators, community partners as well as youth and their families to share in the discovery that comes through the understanding of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM). Our long-term goal is to encourage youth to become empowered and engaged citizens.

MCYU programs provide the unique opportunity of making higher education fun and accessible to all children and youth.




 MCYU offers FREE monthly, Saturday morning lectures, on McMaster University’s Main St. Campus. Lectures are delivered by University Professors from all areas of STEAM, designed to encourage youth to QUESTION – DISCOVER – CREATE. Question the world around them, Discover their potential, Create amazing future opportunities.


Post Lecture Activities

 Everyone learns in different ways, and learning is enhanced when students get to experience the excitement of discovery. MCYU has partnered with the McMaster chapter of Lets Talk Science to offer post-lecture, hands-on activities that relate to the lecture topic. This hands on learning experience helps make the information from the lecture come to life.

MCYU 2019-2020
Family Lecture Series

MCYU 2018-2019 Family Lecture Series Poster

This is a great opportunity to expose your students to a university campus. Contact our Program Coordinator, Rebecca Young at or 905-521-2100 X 73790 to find out more details about how we can help you bring your group to us.



MCYU in the City offers hands-on workshops designed and facilitated by highly trained McMaster University Students. Our student facilitators bring their workshops to you, guiding the youth to Question the world around them, Discover their own potential, and work together to Create solutions. This inquiry based learning method empowers youth by demonstrating that they are an important part of the discovery process that happens all around them, every day.

 Workshops are geared towards children and youth aged 7-14 and can be carried out in community centers, libraries and schools.

To find out more information and book a workshop in your facility, please contact Rebecca Young, MCYU’s Program Coordinator at or 905-521-2100 X 73790.

McMaster Children & Youth University

If you have any questions or are
interested in having MCYU at a place near you, feel free to contact us

Our mailing address is:
McMaster Children and Youth University
1280 Main Street West, HSC-3N11c-j
Hamilton, On L8S 4K1

Phone: 905-521-2100 ext. 73790


MCYU Event Calendar

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    11:00 AM-12:00 PM
    May 23, 2020

    Lecture - Factories, Air Pollution, and the Effect on Animals

    ** COVID-19 Update: You may have heard that McMaster University has cancelled all classes for the rest of the academic term and has urged the cancellation of non-essential events. In keeping with this policy, MCYU will be cancelling its on-campus lectures for April and May. We are in the process of adapting the March, April and May lectures for online. To support families with their at home learning we are developing virtual challenges and activities that children and youth can do at home. We’ve also put together a list of online resources for parents. You can find this info in our Kid Zone here.


    Lecture Description:

    Factories, Air Pollution, and the Effect on Animals – Factories can make a lot of poullution which gets shared with EVERYONE, including animals. Do you ever wonder what the costs are to use and our animal friends? From changing our DNA to changing our climate, discover how air pollution impacts us all!

    Let’s Talk Science will conduct a hands-on activity immediately following our lecture, from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm.

    Ages: 7-14 (whole family welcome)

    Cost: FREE

    Register Now!

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