Western hosts young science enthusiasts

The All Science Challenge will hit the Western campus Thursday for a day-long science competition for nearly 200 Grade 6, 7 and 8 students from more than 15 London-area schools.

Hosted by The University of Western Ontario science students, the All Science Challenge is a fun-filled day of competition and camaraderie that’s part of the nationwide Let’s Talk Science Outreach program to excite and inspire the next generation.

Following the opening ceremonies, teams will participate in two rounds of questions with professors, staff and university students serving as judges. Teams will test their knowledge in a range of disciplines, such as earth sciences, engineering, biology, chemistry and physics.

In the afternoon, teams will compete in a hands-on design activity, where they are challenged to build an object with the materials supplied to them. During past All Science Challenges, students were tasked with building a bridge capable of holding a bottle full of water with only plastic cups, post-it notes and duct tape.

The top three teams will then face off in a final elimination round. The last team left standing will become the All Science Challenge Champion.

The All Science Challenge was developed in 2004 by Let’s Talk Science volunteers at McMaster University and is currently being held at 19 universities across Canada this year. Shaw Cablesystems, 3M, Honda Canada Foundation, Canada Foundation for Innovation and the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario are sponsoring of this year’s competition at Western.