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Virtual Programs

We're doing virtual!    

Due to COVID-19, all in-person programs will not run during the 2021/22 school year. We look forward to visiting students and communities every year, but we know it is best to stay apart for now so we can come together again sooner.

Instead, we've created a library of virtual teaching materials for educators to use anytime, free of charge. These include video tutorials and lesson plans that can be adapted to the learning needs of students, whether online at home, or in person at school. Find resources for all grade levels in elementary and high school.

We are also able to visit your class or community virtually! More information coming soon.

Stay connected with us so you never miss an announcement!

Educator Newsletter, external link - Generally sent once per term, this email announces all of our available school programs for the term and how to register.

Volunteer Sign-up, external link - Our monthly volunteer newsletter allows volunteers to sign up for the events and shifts they're interested and available to help with. We'll provide training to get you started. See our volunteer page for more information.

SciXchange Newsletter, external link - Our general newsletter keeps the public and our community informed about upcoming public events and programs related to science outreach.

Lastly, follow us on Facebook, external linkTwitter, external link, and Instagram, external link to see what we're up to throughout the year!

SciXchange partners with Let's Talk Science, external link, opens in new window, a national science outreach organization, to deliver free hands-on science engagement opportunities for schools and the community. We offer a number of opportunities for our volunteers to engage students:

  1. In-class activities brought to your elementary school
  2. High school lab activities on Ryerson campus
  3. High school symposia hosted on Ryerson campus

Please visit our High School and Elementary School outreach pages for more information and to register. Teachers can receive updates on our classroom opportunities by signing up for our Educator Newsletter, external link, opens in new window.

2 young girls working on experiment

SciXchange hosts events for the general public, families and youth to make science engaging, comprehensible and accessible. Our goal is to increase science literacy and foster critical thinking about scientific issues. We participate in several national science events and celebrations throughout the year:

  1. Science Odyssey Week, external link, opens in new window (May) - The week starts off with Science Rendezvous, external link, opens in new window - a national day to celebrate science, held the second Saturday in May. At Ryerson, this street-style festival features thrilling science experiments, hands-on activities and experiences from Ryerson researchers. Previously held at Yonge-Dundas Square, it now happens on campus each year.
  2. Science Literacy Week, external link, opens in new window (September) - Annually held the third week of September this week is a celebration of science in our society and a way to promote and enhance science literacy. SciXchange takes part each year with activities, workshops and lectures open to the Ryerson community and general public.
  3. Soapbox Science, external link, opens in new window Toronto (September) - This international science outreach program was brought to Toronto by Ryerson University. We host this event each year at Word on the Street to promote female scientists, share cutting edge research with the public and support equity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.
  4. Computer Science Education Week (December) - We participate in Hour of Code, external link, opens in new window each year to introduce adults to the power and fun of coding. Coding and Cocktails is held the first week of December and gives hands-on experience while nurturing problem-solving skills, logic and creativity.

For up-to-date information on our events please see our events page.

We would like to acknowlegde the support of NSERC Promo Science, external link, opens in new window for our Science Odyssey and Science Literacy Week events.

Science Fair

Each year we host a school science fair for grade 7 & 8 classes. Students work under the mentorship of our volunteers to develop Science Fair projects to present to Ryerson student judges in February. Students will then refine their projects and go on to present at the Toronto Science Fair. We look forward to working with these budding scientists!

Women in Computer Science (WiCS) Ambassador Program

SciXchange, in collaboration with the Ryerson campus group, Women in Computer Science (WiCS), provides mentorship to female high school students interested in Computer Science. WiCS is a supportive student-led initiative for marginalized groups in Computer Science.

This program provides leadership opportunities for high school students while building competency and knowledge in specific areas like coding, etc. They will receive mentorship and training from Ryerson University students and members of WiCS both on campus and through student-led events in their community.


Ryerson University supports this innovative mentorship program for female youth interested in technology and entrepreneurship. SciXchange will host the Toronto 2019 kick-off event on campus. For more information about the program see our Technovation Girls page.

Scientists in Action

The Dragon Academy is a small, independent, progressive school for gifted adolescents. They have implemented Scientists-in-Action, an exciting mentorship program for their budding scientists, that connects them with leading researchers. The program is entering its fifth year and Ryerson University has expanded their relationship with the program by hosting all 8 high school students within the Faculty of Science with mentors from the Biomedical Physics Graduate Program.

We're always looking for enthusiastic volunteers who love explaining the science behind everyday life! Visit our Volunteer page to join our team.  

We rely on volunteers to help facilitate our events, run activities for the public and educate youth about the sciences. We always have new opportunities and welcome suggestions for events and activities from our volunteers.

Soapbox Science 2018 Group
Soapbox Science Volunteers

Our teams of volunteers facilitate educational programs, engage the public at events and provide guidance in building strong science outreach programs.

Soapbox Science 2017
Soapbox Science at Science Rendezvous 2017

The first Soapbox Science in Canada took place at Yonge-Dundas Square on May 13, 2017. Our amazing line-up of speakers did an amazing job engaging the public with their research talks and a few fabulous props!

Soapbox Science brought a great line-up of speakers to Word on the Street - Toronto's annual literary festival!  See the photos and video of our female scientists in action.