Science Literacy Week

Science Literacy Week is an opportunity to celebrate the science that is happening all around us on campus and across Canada. Join McMaster University Library and our partners during the week of September 17-23, 2018 for a great lineup of events and activities.


Science Literacy Week

Events

Events

Thode Library's INSTAGRAM SCAVENGER HUNT

All Week Long! | Who: You!    

Follow the clues posted daily on Instagram @thodelibrary to find special locations around campus and snap a photo of yourself for the chance to win prizes.


3D PRINTER WORKSHOP with WOMEN IN ENGINEERING

Mon. Sept. 17th  | 4pm-7pm | Thode MakerspacePresented by: Women in Engineering

The 3D printing workshop is aimed for individuals that haven't used a 3D printer before. Women in Engineering will explain the aspect of 3D printer and how it works. They will also provide a demo of how to 3D Print. individuals will be making name tags and using both the 3D printers at the Thode Makerspace and at Lyons New Media Centre (Women in Engineering will show them how to book slots at Lyons)


MCMASTER START CODING 

Mon. 4-4:30pm | Tues. 1-1:30pm | Wed. 3-3:30pm | Fri. 1-1:30pm | Presented by: Outreach Computing & Software

Have you never programmed before? Are you interested in finding out what coding is about? This is your chance to display your artistic skills while learning how to create animations and games using programming! Come out to Science Literacy Week and attend some fun workshops by "The McMaster Outreach Program". You can also get an opportunity to volunteer with us to teach children programming! Beginner level coding. Look for us at the tables in Reactor Cafe area (near fireplace).


SPACE STATION DOCKING GAME CREATION 

Mon. 4:30-5:00pm | Tues. 1:30-2:00pm | Wed. 3:30-4:00pm | Fri. 1:30 - 2:00pm | Presented by: Outreach Computing & Software

Intermediate level coding. Have you never programmed before? Are you interested in finding out what coding is about? This is your chance to display your artistic skills while learning how to create animations and games using programming! Come out to Science Literacy Week and attend some fun workshops by "The McMaster Outreach Program". You can also get an opportunity to volunteer with us to teach children programming! Look for us at the tables in Reactor Cafe area (near fireplace).


FINDING AND MAPPING DATA ABOUT YOUR COMMUNITY 

Tues. Sept. 18th | 10am-12pm | Wong e-Classroom in Mills LibraryPresented by: Vivek Jadon and Christine Homuth.

This 2-hour session will focus on the Population Census of Canada. The first hour will highlight a wide assortment of data available from the Census, explore key sections of Statistics Canada’s Census Program website, as well as demo the process of accessing Census data using Canadian Census Analyzer. The last hour will highlight the mapping of Census data using boundary files from Statistics Canada and the open source GIS software application, QGIS. Additional sources of spatial data will also be explored. No previous knowledge of GIS is required. 


SIDEWALK ASTRONOMY

Tues. Sept. 18th | 7:30 pm | Mary Keyes Residence near the turning circle | 

Join the Sidewalk Astronomy team on their two telescopes (10" and 12" in diameter) to view Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, star clusters, and nebulae. Our astronomy is weather permitting, so please check the Sidewalk Astronomy website to confirm if skies are going to be clear.


Explore STEM with Let’s Talk Science at McMaster

Tues. Sept. 18th and Thurs. Sept. 20th | 12-2pm | Lobby of Thode Library

Let’s Talk Science will be bringing interesting science experiments and activities to Thode library! Take some time to engage your minds and inspire discovery..


STORIES OF THE SKY at the W.J. McCallion Planetarium

Wed. Sept. 19th | 7–8pm & 8:15–9:15pm |  W.J. McCallion Planetarium, Burke Science Building B149

View the constellations in a broader historical context, with a planetarium show that combines cultural interpretations about the stars in the sky. This show will cover Asian folklore associated with the Milky Way, called Tanabata; a variety of Greek mythologies describing constellations in the Western sky; and, an Indigenous perspective about the Celestial Bear, also known as the Big Dipper. Reserve your seat in advance, tickets $7.


"TO ASK THE PROPER QUESTIONS"   THE ART AND CRAFT OF SCIENTIFIC WRITING 

Thurs. Sept. 20th  | 4 - 5 pm |  Archives and Research Collections. Mills LibraryPresented by: Myron Groover

The history of science as told by books. From the writings of Aristotle and Galen to the 20th-century skepticism of Popper, the history of science has been given shape by monumental achievements in writing. These books —Galileo’s Dialogue, Newton’s Opticks, Conrad Gessner’s Historia Animalium, John Gerard’s Herball, and many more — have served as milestones which changed the course of human affairs. Join us in the William Ready Division of Archives and Research Collections for a first-hand look at some of these iconic texts, dating from the 12th century to the present day.


Graphic Design and Basic Inventor Workshop Series

Thurs. Sept. 20th | 4:30pm (Adobe Illustrator) and 7pm (Part Design) | Thode MakerspacePresented by: Mac Design League

Mac Design League is hosting a series of two workshops on graphic design and a series of 4 workshops on Basic Inventor. The graphic design workshops will introduce you to a world of creativity. No prior Graphic design knowledge is required. The Inventor workshops will teach the fundamentals of CAD modeling. No prior CAD knowledge is needed.

Registration and more information on Graphic Design Workshops | Basic Inventor Workshops


ELECTRONICS FOR EVERYONE: A HANDS-ON INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOP

Fri. Sept. 21st | 10:30–12:30pm | Wong E-Classroom, Mills LibraryPresented by: Jay Brodeur

Have you ever wondered how your electronic devices work? Do you long to make lights blink or buzzers buzz on command? Do you need to fill a couple of hours before lunch on Friday? If you've answered yes to any of these questions, please join us from 1030-1230 on Friday, 21-September, 2018 for "Electronics for Everyone": a very gentle, hands-on introduction to physical computing and simple electronics. In this session, we'll use Arduinos and various components (all provided by us) to introduce the basics of electronic circuits and build some interactive devices!


 

Exhibits

Exhibits Listing

“TO ASK THE PROPER QUESTIONS” – THE ART AND CRAFT OF SCIENTIFIC WRITING EXHIBIT AND OPEN HOUSE

Thurs. September 20th   |   10am – 5pm    |   Archives and Research Collections, Mills Library

Open house / pop-up type exhibit. This exhibit will explore the history of science as told by books. From the writings of Aristotle and Galen to the 20th-century skepticism of Popper, the history of science has been given shape by monumental achievements in writing. These books —Galileo’s Dialogue, Newton’s Opticks, Conrad Gessner’s Historia Animalium, John Gerard’s Herball, and many more — have served as milestones which changed the course of human affairs. Join us in the William Ready Division of Archives and Research Collections for a first-hand look at some of these iconic texts, dating from the 12th century to the present day.


WALKING OFF THE MAP: BREAKTHROUGHS IN CARTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT

All Week Long   |   Mills Library - Lloyd Reeds Map Collection - L102

Maps are primarily tools of science, but they can also be viewed as works of art, and records of history. They convey our understanding of our world, and their quality—or lack thereof—has been known to greatly influence human affairs and decision-making at crucial turning points in history. As a part of Science Literacy week, McMaster’s Lloyd Reeds Map Collection is hosting an exhibit highlighting some of the most important innovations in the history of the field of cartography.


Then & Now: Exploring the History of Health & Medicine Virtual Exhibit

All Week Long on the Health Sciences Library's Twitter Feed: @machealthscilib Highlighting some of the neat medical instruments in HSL’s archival collection, compared to their modern counterparts.

VISUALIZING SCIENCE ART EXHIBIT

All Week Long in Thode Library (1st floor, east wall)

In this exhibition, McMaster students passionate about both science and art share their passion for scientific research through various visual representations, revealing the creativity inherent in scientific discovery.


STREAMING SCIENCE FICTION EXHIBIT

All Week Long   |   Mills & Thode lobbies

Displays at Mills and Thode promoting both our streaming video services and some of the “good science” movies with a focus on space that patrons have access to.


NEW POPULAR SCIENCE BOOKS AT THODE

All Week Long   |   Thode Library - look for it by the Reactor

Find some of the most popular non-fiction science books available in our new collection!


SHALL WE PLAY A GAME?  ARCADE MACHINE

All Week Long   |   Mills Lobby

Test your mad science skills with different Science Trivia quizzes. Look for the Retro Arcade Game

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