CAGIS at Home
Welcome to CAGIS at Home

We can’t meet in person right now, but we can still connect online!

Check back regularly for weekly fun activities and live sessions from home!

CAGIS at Home: Week of May 25

Check out the fun week we have lined up! 

Sign up for live sessions, check out the STEM Challenges, and try the CAGIS member video experiment!

Live Sessions

Friday May 29 – Register now

Kids 10 am Pacific, 1 pm Eastern, 2 pm Atlantic

Teens 11:30 am Pacific, 2:30 pm Eastern, 3:30 pm Atlantic

Live session on the exciting applications of energy!  Learn about Rube Goldberg machines, rollercoasters, build your own catapult, and more!  This session will be led by Kerianne, Julee, and Melina, from the McMaster Women in Engineering Society.

STEM Challenges

STEM Challenge: Rube Goldberg Machine

Your next STEM challenge is to build a Rube Goldberg Machine: a machine that completes a simple task in a really complicated way!

The challenge is to build a machine that will drop a bar of soap into someone’s hands in 10 to 20 steps. Then take video of the whole thing in one pass!

Submit a picture or video by May 31st by tagging @GirlsInScience and #CAGISatHome on InstagramTwitter, or Facebook, or emailing us at Info@GirlsInScience.ca.

Sign up for the live session with Kerianne, Julee, and Melina, from the McMaster Women in Engineering Society to learn more about rube goldberg machines, rollercoasters, catapults, and more!

If you ALSO want enter the Global Rube Goldberg Bar of Soap Challenge, watch their video for full instructions here.

STEM Challenge: Seed Germination

Your next stem challenge is to get seeds to germinate!

We want to see how many different kinds of seeds you can get to germinate, and how many of each kind of seed germinate!

Stay tuned for the follow up video with plant scientist Sara Stricker!

STEM Challenge: Grow Salt Crystals

We loved seeing your submissions to our first challenge. Here is your next challenge: Grow your own salt crystals!

We want to see how big you can grow your crystals and how creative you can be with their shapes!

Salt Crystals Results

We challenged you to grow your own crystals.

Here are the results!  Chemist, Dr. Erin McConnell, announces our STEM Challenge Champions shares how crystals grow, and explains how you can keep them growing!

STEM Challenge: Paper Bridge

Here is your first challenge:

Build a bridge with only 10 pieces of paper and 30 cm of tape.  Place stacks of books 15 cm apart to test your bridge and use anything you want as weights to test your bridge.

Whose bridge holds the most weight?
Paper Bridge Results

We asked you to build bridges with 10 pieces of paper and 30 cm of tape.

Here are the results! Civil Engineer, Whitney Surgenor, comments on the bridges and the design elements.

Junior Astronauts Activities

Message from the Canadian Space Agency about Junior Astronauts Camp

The health and safety of young Canadians and our personnel is our top priority. That is why we have decided to postpone the Junior Astronaut Camp to summer 2021. Registration will remain open until February 28, 2021. Kids are encouraged to do Junior Astronauts activities at home during the physical distancing period.

If you submitted your entry package on or before April 30:
• We will keep your file active for next year. No further action is required from you or your parents.
• If you are moving to Grade 10 (Secondary 4 in Quebec) in the next school year, you will remain eligible for the camp.
• We are acknowledging the effort to complete activities in all three streams before the original deadline by giving these entries two chances in the draw to win a spot for the camp.

If you submit your entry package after April 30:
• You must be enrolled in grade 6 through 9 (Grade 6 through Secondary 3 in Quebec) in the 2020–2021 school year.

Please read our FAQ and Terms and Conditions for more information.

Junior Astronauts: Lunar Resupply Mission

Design, budget, build, and test a lunar lander. Dr. Bhairavi Shankar and Celia Du from Indus Space CAGIS lead us through this challenge!

This is part of the Science & Technology stream of the Canadian Space Agency’s Junior Astronauts Challenge!   

Junior Astronauts: Fitness Challenge

What kind of fitness and conditioning do astronauts practice? Celia Du from Indus Space and Urfa Arain from CAGIS lead us through this astronaut training challenge!

 This is part of the fitness & nutrition stream of the Canadian Space Agency’s Junior Astronauts Challenge!  Music: bensound.com

Junior Astronauts: Patch Maker

Every Canadian Space Agency Astronaut has an individual patch and each mission has a mission patch. Learn more about them and make your own!

This is part of the Teamwork & Communications stream of the Canadian Space Agency’s Junior Astronauts Challenge! Dr. Bhairavi Shankar from Indus Space leads us through the activity!

Junior Astronatus: Your Age on Mars

Mars has more days in a year than Earth does!  Learn some basic coding skills to calculate how old you would be if you lived on Mars!

This is part of the Science & Technology stream of the Canadian Space Agency’s Junior Astronauts Challenge! Dr. Bhairavi Shankar from Indus Space leads us through the activity!

Download the full tutorial and the math instructions.

CAGIS Member Videos

Model Eardrums with Amaliya

Build a model eardrum and understand how your ears work with Amaliya, a member of the Canadian Association for Girls in Science (CAGIS)!

Tas”Tea” Mechanical Mixture with Daniella

Mechanical Mixtures with Daniella, it’s time to get the par”TEA” started!

Try making your own healthy and delicious mechanical mixture with Daniella, a member of the Canadian Association for Girls in Science (CAGIS)! 

Eggsperiments with Bianca and Daniella

Try out these eggcellent eggsperiments!

More Science Experiments with Bhavi

Here are more science experiments with CAGIS member, Bhavi, to help fill your week!

Incubating duck eggs with Delia

Delia follows the incubation and hatching of a duck!

Harmonics with Anousheh

Anousheh, a member of the Canadian Association for Girls in Science (CAGIS), explains why some musical notes sound good or sound bad together! 

Soda Explosion with Obiaku & Buife

Buife & Obiaku, members of the Canadian Association for Girls in Science (CAGIS) share their soda explosion experiment!

Science Experiments with Bhavi

Are you looking for something fun to do this week?  Try these science experiments shared with us by Bhavi, a member of the Canadian Association for Girls in Science (CAGIS)!

The Science of Making Bread with Jill

Have you ever wondered how bread rises?

Jill, a member of the Canadian Association for Girls in Science (CAGIS), shares the science of making bread!