Public Outreach Programs

The world of science captures the imagination of people in all parts of our society. Generating, stimulating and keeping that interest in science alive is important to the Faculty of Science.

Our Faculty encourages you to browse the websites of following organizations, all of which contribute to the promotion of science in the next generation and the wider community.

Campus Observatory

The U of A Observatory is operated by the Department of Physics at the University of Alberta. We're located at the West end of the 5th floor of the CCIS Building. We provide free outreach activities for the public through our regular free observing hours as well as special visits for school groups and other education-oriented groups.

Faculty of Science Summer Camps

The Faculty of Science is proud to host several summer camps that are available to children and youth ages 6-17.

Hands-on Physics

Hands-on Physics is an opportunity for talented students entering grades 9 to 12 to explore physics using devices they custom design and build.  As well as problem-solving and guest lectures, this four-day workshop be centred on python programming and hardware development for a Raspberry Pi device.  This credit-card-sized computer, which is the participants’ to keep, will be used for acquiring and analyzing data in physics experiments.  The Hands-on Physics workshop is limited to 12 participants, who will be selected through an application process; application details are available at www.ualberta.ca/~hop and must be sent to hop@ualberta.ca

Alberta Summer Math Institute

ASMI is a “day camp” style event featuring a blend of mathematics instruction and directed research to be held on the main campus of the University of Alberta in Edmonton. It is sponsored by the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS), Alberta Advanced Education and Technology (AAET), and the University of Alberta. There is no cost to the high school student Fellows (or their teachers) for participation in ASMI.

Students for the 2015 ASMI, running for four weeks from Monday, July 6, to Friday, July 31 (weekdays only, tentatively 9:30am-4:00pm), will be invited based on self-nomination. Please send your full name, email (you must have access to an email account during the program), school, and current grade to info@asmi.ca. Please contact Andrey Novoseltsev (info@asmi.ca) for more information.


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