Making science attractive to youth

Visions of Science Network for Learning (VoSNL) presents the 18th Annual Visions of Science Symposium this Saturday May 9, at the University of Toronto’s Medical Science Building, 1 King’s College Circle, from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Each year Visions of Science seeks to establish new relationship/partnerships with other science-based organizations/groups to bring the best in science programming to families who attend its annual symposium. Among those joining the organization this year are Ryerson University, Elephant Thoughts, SciTech Ontario, Adventures in Science and Technovation Robotics.

VoSNL, in partnership with SciTech Ontario, will host and showcase the 1st Innovation Expo which will give participants the opportunity to create an innovative idea, solution or invention during the workshop presentation. In addition to the Innovation Expo, VoSNL will continue to feature a number of workshops and exhibits featuring inventors and innovators who will demonstrate some of the many ways in which science impacts daily life. 

Featured guests for the Annual Science Symposium include Dr. Naweed Syed of the University of Calgary, presenting the Brain Machine Interface: From Six Million Dollar Man to Cyborg; Dr. Francis Amara of the University of Manitoba, presenting Nurturing Inner City Youth in a High Tech Lab; and author, Keith Holmes, showcasing Black Inventors – Crafting Over 200 Years of Success & Inventors.

Other featured presentations include U.S. recording artist/rapper, Freddie Will, who will present a “Science Jam”, “Mixing the Chemistry of Music: Why I Chose Science” and the Elephant Thoughts Science Show, “Tapping the Fuse: An Explosion of Science”. 

“Visions of Science believes that it’s important for all youth to have an opportunity to explore their greatest potential and it’s our responsibility as their role models to ensure they see the endless possibilities that is their world,” says Francis Jeffers, Executive Director of Visions of Science. “Our goal and mission have always been to show young people that a career in science and technology is a goal they can achieve and to provide the role models and images for them to see and emulate.”

Visions of Science will continue its tradition of creating dynamic learning opportunities, events, programs and workshops focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics at the annual science symposium this weekend.

Visions 2009, which is a free family-friendly event, will also participate in the 2nd Annual Science Rendezvous which is held at various locations across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and features some of the most cutting-edge science and technology research in the world.

 Founded in 1991, VoSNL is a Toronto-based, non-profit educational organization aiming to promote science and technology in Black, African-Canadian, Caribbean and multicultural communities.

For more information please contact event co-ordinator, Angelita Elliott, at (416) 431-1222, or assistant co-ordinator, Samira Emmanuel, at (416) 266-6464 or 

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