The G³⁶⁰ Institute participated in many Outreach activities this year. There were to usual suspects and we also sneaked in new ones:

College Royal is a staple at the University of Guelph, opening its doors and hosting thousands of visitors every year to showcase the University and work done in the area. The G³⁶⁰ Institute participated again this year on March 17ᵗʰ and 18ᵗʰ, 2018. We wowed the crowds with our flow tanks, they took a trip down into the ground to discover the types of rocks in Guelph while looking at our core samples and amused themselves with some colouring and Groundwater trivia.

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H₂O Go Festival featured G³⁶⁰ once again this year on March 24ᵗʰ, 2018. The kids and adults had a wonderful time learning about how groundwater flows and what can contaminate this very precious resource. They also got to sample a few geology models made out of jelly beans!

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Moffat Creek Public School in Cambridge invited the G³⁶⁰ Institute to enrich the learning to a 4th Grade class on April 5ᵗʰ, 2018. See below the comments from the teacher:

Thank you for your visit to our school!  My Grade 4 students were fascinated by the hydrogeology slide show conversation and the hands-on rock core samples and aquifer tank demo.  They enjoyed applying and building onto their knowledge from our Rocks and Minerals unit.  The kids also learned about post-secondary study options, which opened some eyes to new possibilities for their own futures. Chrystyn and Sam were stellar at sharing science information in a way that was accessible to all of my students.  They responded to all questions and comments with ease.  The hour and a half flew by, which is a sign that everyone was fully engaged.  My Principal dropped by and commented, “This is what these kids will remember years from now.”  I look forward to having your Outreach program return to my classroom next year!  ~ Wendy Bauman, Moffat Creek Public School, WRDSB.

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University of Guelph Interaction 2018 is geared towards Grade 10 and 11 students to give them a taste of what is offered at the University. In 2018, it was held on April 25ᵗʰ and 26ᵗʰ and the G³⁶⁰ Institute once again brought a sense of mystery and adventure to this year’s presentation through hands-on detective work involving groundwater science and engineering. The workshop involved going through a series of stations to make salinity measurements, collect water level data and make geologic investigations to piece together a puzzle on the groundwater contamination source. The students were left with new found tools to further explore the wonder of discovery through inquiry.

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Waterloo-Wellington Children’s Groundwater Festival is a week long event that gets kids to interact with a variety of activities related to groundwater and their environment incorporating fun and excitement to foster remembrance. On May 25ᵗʰ to 31ˢᵗ, 2018, the G³⁶⁰ Institute joined in to demonstrate the work we do in Groundwater remediation and protection.

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