CAGIS Virtual

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

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CAGIS Virtual sessions are open to non-members for $16 per session.  Registration will be open to members before the general public.

Did you know you can purchase tickets to CAGIS Virtual sessions as a gift? Available here.  

Schedule

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.

Upcoming Sessions

*NEW* CAGIS Virtual members must log in before registering for events.  Click here for more information.  

December 11 to January 8 – No sessions (Holiday Season)

Saturday January 15 – Build a Zip Line

While most zip lines are now used for entertainment, they were created to transport people, carry supplies across rugged terrains, and for biologists to research rainforests without disturbing animal habitats. In this session, we will be making zip lines to transport small objects across a room! Learn about physics, friction, and the safety engineering behind these fast contraptions.

Preparation: cardboard (the size of a standard sheet of paper), four (4) small paper cups, four (4) plastic or paper straws (please follow these instructions to make paper straws before the event), scissors, one (1) metre of smooth string, unwaxed dental floss, or fishing line, tape, four (4) flat washers or a sewing bobbin, four (4) wooden skewers

Expert: Joelle Javier is an elevating and amusement devices safety engineer who designed a new rollercoaster for Canada’s Wonderland.

Ages 7-12: 11 am ET. Members (free), Non-members ($16). Sign up here.
Ages 11-16:
1 pm ET. Members (free), Non-members ($16). Sign up here.
To become a member, join here.

Saturday January 22 – Cleaning Copper and Rusting Nails

Have you ever seen an old rusty car outside? Rust comes from a chemical reaction called oxidation, caused by air and water exposure. It’s the same reaction that makes coins dull over time. Grab your old pennies and nails because we will be cleaning copper and rusting nails while we learn about two opposite chemical reactions: oxidation and reduction.

Preparation:
Rusting a nail: one (1) ungalvanized iron nail, one (1) plastic or glass container, hydrogen peroxide, white vinegar, salt, measuring spoons (teaspoon), a pair of gloves, a clean work station, paper towels or rags
Cleaning copper: pennies, copper washers, or copper wire, one (1) plastic or glass container white vinegar, salt, measuring cups (¼ cup), measuring spoons (1 teaspoon), a pair of gloves, a clean work station, paper towels or rags

Expert: Jeanette Adjei is a PhD candidate at Western University studying the synthesis of new organophosphines towards applications in catalysis and metal coordinator.

Ages 7-12: 11 am ET. Members (free), Non-members ($16). Sign up here.
Ages 11-16:
1 pm ET. Members (free), Non-members ($16). Sign up here.
To become a member, join here.

More events to look forward to in 2022:

• Science of Candy
• Meteorology and Predicting Weather
• Constructing a Birdhouse
• Earthquakes and Seismology

View past 2020-2021 sessions here and past 2021-2022 sessions here.