Expert on Demand
Would you like to book a CAGIS Virtual session for your group?
These fun, 1 hour sessions begin with an interactive presentation, followed by a virtual or hands-on activity, and finish with a summary and time for questions. Our presenters have experience with students of all ages. Most sessions can be adapted to any elementary or high school age group.
Our Expert on Demand sessions are currently only being offered to our corporate partners and sponsors. If you would like to be informed if Expert on Demand sessions re-open to the public, please email Info@GirlsInScience.ca. Or, check CAGIS Virtual for our weekly online program.
The Chemistry of Crystals
The Engineering of Ice Cream
Exciting Energy: Rollercoasters, Catapults, & Rube Goldberg Machines
Exciting Energy: Renewable Energy
Fruit Fly Lab
Seed Germination Challenge
Have you ever wondered how large trees grow from tiny seeds? Did you know that different seeds can require very different conditions to germinate? After an interactive presentation, participants will prepare seeds for germination and track root growth in the days following the session. Elements of experimental design and the scientific method are introduced to older participants.
Preparation: each participant will need a small ziplock bag and sheet of paper towel for each seed type, water to dampen the paper towel, and seeds. Participants can have one kind of seed, or multiple kinds of seeds. The seeds can be purchased in a garden centre or found in the kitchen (e.g. dried beans, popcorn). We recommend that each participant has 3 to 5 seeds of each type.
Physics Magic. DO Try this at Home!
Explore physics concepts with simple household items! From spinning eggs to electrified sticky tape, we’ll learn how to perform and explain some physics magic tricks to amaze your friends! We will discuss the law of inertia, Bernoulli’s principle, light refraction, and more. It’s not magic — it’s physics!
Your Amazing Skeleton
Did you know that the adult body has over 206 bones? Fifty-four of them are just in our hands and wrists! If you’ve ever seen a skeleton or fossil in a museum, you might think that all bones are dead, but your skeleton is a living, active part of your body. In fact, all of your blood cells are manufactured inside your bones. In this session, we will learn more about the surprising composition of bones, and how biomedical engineers design solutions for patients who have injured a bone.
Mind-Boggling Paper Folding
The Science of Chocolate
Did you know that every Valentine’s Day, over 58 million pounds of chocolate are purchased around the world including 36 million heart-shaped chocolate boxes! Nine out of ten of us say we love chocolate, but have you ever wondered about the science behind this delicious treat? What is its active ingredient? What is the difference between chocolate, cocoa, and cacao? Is it true that chocolate is poisonous for dogs? Learn the answers to these questions and more, and try making your own chocolate-flavoured treat at home during this very tasty session.
Chromatography Tie Dye
Have you ever spilled water on a newspaper? Did you notice that the ink runs and spreads on the page? In this session, we will learn about ink solubility and a laboratory technique called chromatography, which allows you to separate a mixture. Then, we will explore the technique by making a colourful chromatography tie dye project. Join us for some creative chemistry!
Chemistry and Glow-in-the-Dark SLIME!
It’s getting late, the lights are low, and all you’ll see are things that glow.