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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
      January 23, 2021

      About this event:

      Have you ever broken a bone? Ever wonder if there are things you can do when you’re young to make your bones as strong as possible to prevent broken bones later in life? Join Dr. Pritchard to discover things you can do NOW to make sure your bones stay healthy and keep you standing tall for life!

      This online lecture will take place on zoom. To receive the zoom link to the live, online lecture you must register through Eventbrite. You will be sent a link to the event by email prior to the event date on Saturday, January 23, 2021

      About Dr. Janet Pritchard

      Dr. Pritchard is an Assistant Professor at McMaster University. The focus of her PhD and postdoc work was on the assessment of bone quality in older adults with type 2 diabetes, the assessment of frailty in clinical practice, and on the use of electronic decision support systems for the dissemination of clinical practice guidelines. Dr. Pritchard teaches in the Life Sciences and Kinesiology Programs at McMaster University.

      Ages: 7-14 (whole family welcome)

      Cost: FREE

      Date and Time:

      Sat, 23 January 2020

      11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST


      Online Event

      Register Now!


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