CAGIS Virtual is a new program that brings STEM into your home with weekly, hands-on, live sessions led by real experts!
CAGIS Virtual events explore a new topic each week with fun virtual and hands-on activities led by real experts and a certified teacher.
Each session includes an introduction to the topic, a hands-on or virtual activity, and time for questions at the end.
Sessions occur on Saturdays at the following times:
Ages 7-12: 8 am Pacific • 9 am Mountain • 10 am Central • 11 am Eastern • 12 pm Atlantic
Ages 11-16: 10 am Pacific • 11 am Mountain • 12 pm Central • 1 pm Eastern • 2 pm Atlantic
Upcoming events will be posted at least one month in advance. Members will have access to event sign up links before the general public. We expect to always have enough space for all sign ups. However, in the event of a very popular event, spaces will go on a first-come-first-served basis with others added to a waiting list. The schedule is subject to change, pending changes in host availability.
Are you excited to continue our STEM adventures this fall? We have an AMAZING membership offer for you!
For a limited time, get a FREE CAGIS Chapter membership with every new or renewing CAGIS Virtual membership. Just visit our membership page and select both a chapter and virtual membership when you check out. Your discount will be automatically applied.
In addition, use code EARLYBIRD2021 to take $15 off your CAGIS Virtual membership.
If you are already a member and your membership is not due for renewal, you can still take advantage of these offers! If you renew your membership early, an additional year will be applied to the time remaining on your current membership. If you have questions, please email us at Info@GirlsInScience.ca.
Saturday September 25 – Papermaking at Home
Did you know that paper was invented over 2000 years ago, and most Canadians use 308 kilograms of paper per year? In this session, we will be making our own handmade paper from recycled scraps. Gather your scrap paper and learn about environmental sustainability and the chemistry of paper manufacturing.
Preparation: blender with adult supervision, scrap paper, water, paper towels or rags, a large plate or surface to work on. Optional: pantyhose and a wire coat hanger, a large plastic tub, things to add to the paper (dried flowers and leaves, coloured paper)
Expert: Botanical PaperWorks, an eco-company that makes plantable paper
Saturday October 2 – Leaf Chromatography
Can you be-leaf that it’s fall already? As the seasons change, so do leaf colours. But have you ever wondered where the colours come from and why leaves change colour in the fall? In this session, we will reveal the colours of fall leaves using a chromatography technique. Learn about leaf pigments, photosynthesis, and how leaves know when to change colours.
Preparation: green leaves from three (3) different plants, nail polish remover or rubbing alcohol (any percentage works), three (3) tall cups (that will hold the nail polish remover or rubbing alcohol), paper towels or coffee filters (white in colour if possible), scissors, tape, three (3) sticks (popsicles, chopsticks, or twigs)
Expert: Dr. Gerry Gourlay has a PhD in forest and tree biology from the University of Victoria and is a volunteer Coordinator of CAGIS Victoria.
Saturday October 16 – A Trip to Titan
Did you know that Titan, Saturn’s largest moon, is one of the most Earth-like celestial bodies discovered? With a thick atmosphere and lakes of methane, the surface of Titan looks eerily similar to Earth. In this session, we will build a model of the Huygens probe, which was landed on Titan. Learn about exploring celestial objects, conditions for a habitable celestial body, and the upcoming 2025 Dragonfly mission to Titan.
Preparation: two (2) tart foil tins or tin foil, string, a plastic bag, ruler, marker, scissors, glue or tape
Expert: Jahnavi Shah is a PhD student in Geophysics and Planetary Science at the University of Western Ontario.
Saturday October 23 – Brain Building
True or false: We only use 10 percent of our brain. False! We use our whole brains when doing simple activities and even while we are sleeping. In this session, we will build a model brain! Learn how to identify different parts of the brain and understand what cognitive functions they serve.
Preparation: seven (7) different colours of plasticine/modelling clay (100g of each) or salt dough prepared in seven (7) colours (view instructions for salt dough here)
Experts: Divya Wenkataraman, Elizabeth Yang, and Gurleen Badwal from Simply Neuroscience, an organization dedicated to fostering students’ interdisciplinary interests in the brain.
Saturday October 30 – Candy Grabber
Trick or treat? If we had to pick, we would pick treats! In this session, we will make candy grabbers and learn about engineering, pulleys, and other simple machines.
Preparation: one (1) plastic or paper cup, one (1) bamboo skewer or scissors to poke holes in the cup (with adult supervision), pen or marker, string
Expert: Olivia Cirone is a mechanical and biomedical engineering student at McMaster University. She works with the McMaster Women in Engineering Society, an organization that promotes, supports, and uplifts women and young girls in the field of engineering.