Let's Talk Science program debuting

University of Lethbridge graduate and undergraduate students are taking their passion for science to local and regional classrooms in November.

Let's Talk Science is a national initiative that brings scientific concepts and research to young people in a fun and engaging way. The U of L team, with a core group of more than 20 students, is run by volunteers from various departments throughout the institution who are taking time out of their schedules to spread the word about science. Faculty members Ute Kothe (Chemistry and Biochemistry), Kenneth Vos (Physics and Astronomy), Helena Danyk (Biological Sciences) and Jackie Rice (Mathematics and Computer Science) are all on board.

"This program will enhance the science experience of high school students and provides graduate students with the opportunity to strengthen their skills in science communication," says Evelina De Laurentiis, a PhD candidate in biochemistry and the team co-ordinator. "This not only helps us learn how to explain our own research, but also builds connections between the U of L and area schools."

De Laurentiis says the approach of Let's Talk Science is to engage youth with fun, exciting, hands-on/minds-on activities that improve their knowledge of physical and life sciences, mathematics and technology.

"This allows young people to have a better understanding of the possibilities of a career in science, and helps build critical life skills including problem-solving, communication and teamwork," she says.

With team training completed, the group is busy showcasing its projects and activities to a group of teachers, before rolling the program out to area schools in November.

For further information and to book a Let's Talk Science team for a school visit, contact De Laurentiis (; 403-329-2510) or Dr. Ute Kothe (; 403-332-5273).