School & Community Presentations

Representatives of the PSI give presentations to schools/community organizations to build excitement about science! A demonstration that goes along with the topic is also shown. The presentations highlight important scientific concepts in a fun and engaging way. This will encourage kids to think about not only what is happening, but why it is happening, in order to foster intellectual thought processes among the younger population.

The Big Brothers Big Sisters Club hosted a large Science Fair on November 8th, 2018 which had about 70-80 people attend! PSI Kids did our lava lamp experiment. There was a good mix of age groups in the audience and there were many questions about the mechanics behind how it worked. Thanks to those who came! 

The Downtown Edmonton Community League hosted CornFest on September 15, 2018 in Alex Decoteau Park. Throughout the day there were garden workshops and various children's activities. PSI Kids had a table for our Build Your Own Soil activity! Even though it was cold outside, the kids who participated had a blast! 

PSI Kids was once again at the School of Witchcraft and Wizardry Day put on by Let's Talk Science at the University of Alberta. On October 28, 2017, we showed kids the magic behind pH indicators and the chemical reaction between vinegar and baking soda by having them experiment in a potions class! Kids loved when their potions changed colors and foamed out of their tubes when they added their magical ingredients. They were also enthusiastic to listen to the science that explained the process. Thanks to everyone who came out to the event and made it possible! 



PSI Kids demonstrated the "magic" behind magnets at Witchcraft and Wizardry Day on October 27th, 2018! Kids had a lot of fun playing with our gooey magnetic slime and learning about magnets in the process. Thanks to everyone who came out and we hope to see you again next year!


On February 21st and 22nd, 2018 Simran and Calvin, presentation coordinators and volunteers from the PSI Kids team, made a visit to two branches of the Girls and Boys Club in Edmonton. The visit involved sharing a unique DNA extraction experiment when kids of age 7-13 got the chance to see and extract their DNA from their saliva. The participants had a great time with this hands on experience and doing an experiment on themselves. Many parents and volunteers also got involved in this fun learning experience.

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On Saturday October 14th, 2017 the PSI Kids team put up a table at the Edmonton Public Library Mill Woods branch. This event invited a wide range of kids to learn how to make a lava lamp and they got the chance to take one home! It was followed by a demonstration of the hydraulic brake system implemented in many automobiles and various tricks that can be performed with that mechanism. The goal of teaching children something new to expand their creativity was achieved and the children and their parents were thrilled by their experience.

PSI Kids was at the Millwoods Public Library Evil Geniuses Club on July 22nd, 2017! We had about 10 very enthusiastic kids for our hands on DNA extraction activity. Kids were excited to go try the same experiment at home with different fruits to see how much DNA they could isolate! 

On Saturday June 17th, 2017 we made a visit to the Evil Genius Club at the Mill Woods Public Library. About 25 children were engaged in a presentation of the wonder of polymers and the importance of soil. They also had a chance to take home a little soil sample they made themselves!

On May 28th, 2017 PSI Kids had the opportunity to put up a table at the Healthy Kids Day event at William Lutsky YMCA. Our volunteers demonstrated a quick experiment showing the science of polymers and how quickly they can absorb water. It surely left the children, as well as the parents, thrilled and excited to learn more. Along with that, coloring sheets were provided for kids to take home regarding healthy meals and daily exercises. About 350 parents and children came by and it was surely a fun one! We look forward to teaming up with more organizations around the city!


On Saturday, May 27th, 2017 the PSI and City Market on 104th teamed up to bring you the activity “Build your own soil!”. The beautiful day brought a great diversity of visitors to the PSI booth, including kids and youth to learn about soil horizons, build their own soil, and plant carrots and peas! Kids were able to get their hands dirty and learn about the materials that create soil, including sand, gravel, and organic matter. While the activity was designed for kids, patrons of all ages participated in the soil building activity, learned a little about the environmental services soil provides us, and had fun! Our volunteers shared photos of common soils in Alberta and explained how the formation of different soils depends on climate, organisms, relief, parent material, and time. This sparked exciting conversation about how the productivity changes in different soils, and what soils might look like in your backyard in Edmonton. This conversation led to various topics including sustainable agriculture, backyard gardening, and brought up important environmental issues like topsoil erosion across the prairie provinces of Canada.

The Public Science Institute is passionate about bringing environmental and scientific knowledge into the community, and the conversations at the City Market 104th are just the start of the conversations to be had between PSI kids and the Edmonton community. We were absolutely inspired by the curiosity and questions from both kids and adults that came from a simple activity like building your own soil, and are excited to continue to bring fun and engaging activities to the kids and adults of Edmonton. Edmonton, we want to bring you activities and lessons about scientific topics that YOU are interested in, so please let us know if you have a scientific topic you are curious about! We look forward to bringing you the next engaging activity--be on the look-out at our website, Facebook, and Twitter for where and when the next community event will be!

On April 29, 2017 PSI kids teamed up with Edmonton’s downtown City Market on 104th and put on an event for both kids and adults in the Edmonton community. All patrons were able learn about what soil is, where it comes from, and how plants grow in soil. We used clear plastic cups and various natural materials with different textures and grain sizes to construct our very own soil profiles with distinct horizons. Then we planted either peas or carrots, and will record each week how well our vegetable is growing in the soil by recording how much water we give it, how much light it is getting, and how tall it grows! Soil is a vital resource that provides us with clean air, clean water, and food. Now that we know a little bit about soil and how it helps plants grow, we can start to do our part to conserve it!

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PSI Kids had a table at the School of Witchcraft and Wizardry event put on by Let's Talk Science on October 29, 2016! The kids enjoyed getting their hands dirty with magnetic slime while learning about magnets.