Girls in Space

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Program Description

Designed for girls in grades 35, Girls in Space is an interactive online workshop series that will focus on Aerospace Engineering. Each session will focus on a different aerospace theme with STEM activities that align with that topic. Registering for the program will give students access to the free Girls in Space workbook and the option to register for live interactive workshops. Upon successful completion of the program, your child will receive a University of Toronto Engineering Outreach certificate.

Activities where we suggest parental supervision will be outlined in activity sheets.

Online Sessions

Online workshops will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:00 pm–3:45 pm starting July 14th. Every workshop is led by two of our instructors who will also be sure to explore the theory behind each of the activities all while promoting student engagement and fun. Online sessions are limited to 20 students per week.

*Please note, in order to have as many students experience the program as possible, participants can only sign up for one week of workshops!

Grades:

Grades 35

Cost:

Free. Participants must supply their own materials. All materials required for these workshops will be household items with little-to-no cost.

Dates:

Session 1: July 14th  & July 16th
Session 2: July 21st & July 23rd
Session 3: July 28th & July 30th
Session 4: August 4th & August 6th

Schedule:

2:00 pm - 2:15 pm | Log-in and meet the class
2:15 pm - 3:30 pm | Program - Lesson and Activity
3:30 pm - 3:45 pm | Q&A

Session Descriptions

Please note that some of the sessions in Phase 2 are very similar in content to the sessions in Phase 1. As such, if you participated in any of these sessions in Phase 1, we recommend that you do not sign up for them again.

Session 1 - Honouring Women in Space

Will It Fly? 

Valentina Tershkova was the youngest woman to have successfully completed a solo mission to space. To honour Valentina, students will learn about aerodynamics and the forces of flight by creating and testing 2 different airplane models.


Parachute Drop 321! 

Tiny Broadwick was the first woman to successfully parachute from an airplane. To honour her contributions to aerospace engineering, students will design their own parachutes. Together, students will learn about the force of drag and use the engineering design cycle to modify their models all to ensure that their parachute can make a safe landing.

Session 2 - Space Technology: Ovens and Rovers!

Heatin’ It Up!  

Students will design and construct their own solar ovens using different household materials and explore which materials are most efficient at absorbing the sun's energy. They will investigate how different positions of the sun can impact the optimization of the amount of solar energy that can be collected at a given location.


Roving On Mars 

Students will design and build their own Mars Rover which will successfully rover through Martian like surfaces through hands on stimulation. Students will gain insight on what challenges are faced by experts when teleoperating a robotic vehicle on another planet.

Session 3 - Space Invaders

Create Your Own Planet

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live on Mars? Throughout this activity students will work towards creating their own planet while learning about what essential services humans need in order to survive in space.


Shooting Asteroids

Asteroids are big boulders that orbit the sun; they can vary in different shapes and sizes. In this activity students will engage in a hands-on activity building their own asteroid while learning about the technology used in identifying and exploring them in space.

Session 4 - Eye in the Sky

Balloon Rockets

Let’s build Rockets! Students will build their own balloon rockets while learning about the motion of thrust. This workshop will experiment with different shapes and sizes of balloons to examine the impact they have on thrust.


The Four Forces: Soaring Kites 

Have you ever wondered how kites fly? In this workshop students will be able to build their own kites by learning about the four forces and applying it to their kite structure in hopes of allowing the kite to fly high in the sky.

Get ready to take-off with Girls in Space!

Register now to recieve you Girls in Space Workbook and save your spot in our live interactive sessions

If you have questions about Girls in Space Program:

Contact us at outreach@ecf.utoronto.ca

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