It is a week when we get together across the country to share our love of science, and at McGill Library we have a wonderful virtual program to share with you.
Monday, Sept. 21
2 – 3 p.m. The Art of Communicating Science to Non-Specialists [register]
Wednesday, Sept. 23
10:30 – 11:15 a.m., Urban Heat Island Effect [register]
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Keeping Up with Artificial Intelligence – AI Literacy [register]
Thursday, Sept. 24
5:30 – 7 p.m., Science Literacy Week Book Club: Data feminism, by Catherine D’Ignazio and Lauren F Klein. McGill users can read the e-book here. Everyone can read this book open access online here. [register].
But wait, there’s more! We have lots of ‘science at play‘ resources for you. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for daily colouring pages and puzzles made with images from items in our Rare & Special Collections. Or how about a scavenger hunt? Take photos of any of the items on this list during Science Literacy Week and tag both #SciLit and @McGillLib on social media.
Science Literacy Week scavenger hunt:
Interact with old tech: cassettes, mini-discs, laser discs, rotary phone, etc…
Find something with ‘patent pending’ or a trademark
A native plant
A native bird
A rock bigger than your hand
A cumulus cloud
Something made out of natural fibres
Someone riding a bicycle
Make a shadow puppet
Something being reused or recycled
A data visualization
A DIY project
An example of each of the 6 classical simple machines:
This year, Science Literacy Week will keep you moving. Beginning September 16, there are tours lined up, a game-based session around data management, a hands-on Excel workshop, interactive sound demonstrations, and exhibits to explore.
Here is the daily rundown of downtown activities organized by the Library:
If you have time, I highly recommend the first episode of this year’s Mini-Science – History of Women in Science (below). In it, Principal Suzanne Fortier tells an engaging story about her experience growing up in a small town in Quebec and her unique path to science. There were a total of three books in her home, but to find out which three you will have to watch.
National Geographic has a digital exhibition of women explorers in the 19th and early 20th century. These women overcame extraordinary challenges and recorded their names in the history. To read more, click on here.