CAGIS Virtual
Past Events (2020-2021)

Saturday November 7 – Animal Behaviour with Anne Dagg, the World’s First Giraffologist

Anne Innis Dagg is the world’s first giraffologist.  As a young woman, she travelled to Africa and studied giraffes in the wild.  She published her work in some of the world’s top scientific journals.  Despite her impressive accomplishments, she faced challenges and found the doors of science closed because she was a woman.  Now, 50 years later, she is back in the world of giraffology, the field of science she started!  You will have the opportunity to watch the documentary film about Dr. Dagg before the session.

This session will be a Q&A with Anne Dagg and filmmaker Alison Reid.  It is open to all ages, but CAGIS members will receive question priority.

Preparation (optional): Watch The Woman Who Loves Giraffes, the movie about Anne Innis Dagg. You will receive a link to watch the film before the session.

Saturday November 7 – Animal Behaviour with Anne Dagg, the World’s First Giraffologist

Anne Dagg is the world’s first giraffologist.  As a young woman, she travelled to Africa and studied giraffes in the wild.  She did extensive research, took notes, measurements, photographs, and videos, and published the main textbook about giraffes that is still used today!  In this session, Dr. Dagg will be teaching animal observation skills so you too, can do your own animal observation.

Preparation (optional): Watch The Woman Who Loves Giraffes, the movie about Anne Dagg. You will receive a link to watch the film before the session. 

Saturday October 31 – Halloween, Chemistry, and Glow in the Dark Slime!

It’s Halloween, the lights are low, and all you’ll see are things that glow.

In this session, we will be making glow in the dark SLIME and learning the chemistry of phosphorescence and all things glow-in-the-dark!
 
Preparation: Click here for a list of materials.  Wear your Halloween costume.  Prize for best costume in each session!
 
Expert: Dr. Erin McConnell, completed her PhD in Chemistry at Carleton University, and is currently a post-doctoral fellow at McMaster University, where she received the NSERC and L’Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science Award.

Saturday October 24 – Mobile App Development

What is your favourite app?  Instagram?  Tik Tok?  Snap chat?  Have you ever thought about how the apps are made?  In this session we will learn how to make our own basic applications, or apps for short.

Preparation: You will receive an email with preparation instructions.  You may need to download software in advance.

Expert: Janelle Hinds has been called the Mobile App Queen!  Janelle, who was featured on Forbes’s 2020 Top 30 under 30 list in Education, graduated from McMaster University with a Biomedical and Electrical Engineering degree, and is the Founder of the Helping Hands App, which connects the non-profit sector with willing volunteers. 

Saturday October 17 – Fantastic Fungus!

Have you ever eaten fungus?  Have you ever eaten a mushroom?  Well, mushrooms are a type of fungus, so if you have eaten a mushroom, you have eaten fungus!  In this session we will be going on a virtual walk with plant scientist Sara Stricker to learn about different kinds of fungus like mushrooms, black spot, and more!  We will then break into groups to do an activity that will allow us to see the spores associated with fungus.
 

Preparation: You will need mushrooms from the grocery store and white paper.  Participants in the younger session will need one or more balloons, one or more sheets of tissue paper, water.  Participants in the older session will need baking yeast, three bottles with narrow openings like a disposable water bottle (identical bottles if possible), 200 ml warm water, and one or more of the following: sugar, pancake syrup, or honey.

Expert: Sara Stricker is a plant scientist and PhD candidate at the Ontario Agricultural College at the University of Guelph.  She studies plant pathology – diseases that harm plants – and how to defend against them.

Saturday October 3 – DNA extraction at Home!

What colour are your eyes? What colour is your hair?  You look the way you do because of the genes you inherited from your parents. Genes are microscopic and carry information about how living things look and function. Genes are made of DNA, which is short for deoxyribonucleic acid.

In this session, we will be doing DNA extraction, a procedure scientists use to isolate DNA from the nucleus, or centre, of cells. Extracting DNA can help study the genetic causes of diseases, find strains of crops that are resistant to certain pests, and more.  We will each be extracting DNA from a strawberry with materials you can find at home, and learning about biotechnology and genetic engineering from Julie Legault.

Preparation: Click here for a list of materials

Expert: Julie Legault is the Founder and CEO of Amino Labs, and co-author of Zero to Genetic Engineering Hero: The Beginners Guide to Programming Bacteria at Home.  

Saturday September 26 – All About Trees

Did you know that being in nature provides a calming sensation, lowers heart rate, respiration rate, and stress?

Great, but how do you tell which tree is which?  There’s a science to it!  Dr. Janani Sivarajah will be teaching us the science of classifying trees.  We will split into groups and go through the steps scientists follow to identify trees.

Preparation: Take some pictures of trees in your neighbourhood and bring them to the session so we can identify them together.

Expert: Dr. Janani Sivarajah is an urban forest ecology and plant biology researcher! She is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Environmental Sustainability Research Centre, Brock University and Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, lectures at the  Department of Forestry, University of Toronto, and is a Research Associate at the Department of Architectural Science, Ryerson University.