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High School Students & Teachers


Below you will find a list of events, activities and resources available through the various departments within the Faculty of Science.


  • Chemical & Physical Sciences @ Mac

    The Departments of Chemistry & Chemical Biology and Physics & Astronomy will offer Chemical and Physical Sciences @ Mac Activities in December and April. Take advantage of our exam periods when teaching labs are free, to register your grade 11 and 12 chemistry or physics classes for a series of activities including hands on labs and demonstrations focusing on either chemistry or physics (and also some Geography and Earth Science).

    If you like, coordinate with a colleague to bring a group for a mix of chemistry and physics activities. Come for an hour or an entire day!

    Please note that Chemical & Physical Sciences @ Mac will not be running during the 2016/2017 academic year.

    Chemistry Review Manual

    The Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology developed a Chemistry Review Manual, to allow student to review of some essential Grade 11 and 12 course content before entering Level I Chemistry courses at McMaster.

    Chemistry Video Tutorials and Podcasts

    High School Chemistry teachers and students are welcome to view a series of Chemistry Video Tutorials and Podcasts that have been developed to give students a further understanding of principles covered in Level I university chemistry courses. We hope they will be a useful tool for both teachers and students of high school chemistry courses.


  • 3D GeoCAVE (Centre for Advanced Visualization and Exploration)

    Visit us for a 3D experience in the GeoCAVE (Centre for Advanced Virtual Exploration). It is an introduction to spatial science using GoogleEarth and our state-of-the-art 3D projection facilities. Students will participate in 3D virtual tours and demonstrations that use the most impressive Geography, Environmental and Earth Science sites that the world has to offer. Geographers and Earth scientists will help students view the complexities and wonder of their own planet with new eyes.

    Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

    Attend a Geography or Earth Science lecture at McMaster

    Grade 11 and 12 high school classes are invited to visit McMaster University and participate in any of the following lectures during the school year.

    • EnvirSc 1G03 - Earth and the Environment
    • EnvirSc 1C03 - Climate, Water and Environment
    • Geog 1HA3 - Human Geographies: Society & Culture
    • Geo 1HB3 - Human Geographies: City & Economy
    • Earth/EnvirSc/Geog 2EI3 - Introduction to Environmental Issues
    • EarthSc 2GG3 - Natural Disasters

    Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

    GIS Day

    Hosted by the School of Geography & Earth Sciences and the Centre for Spatial Analysis, this event fulfills part of the Ontario geography curriculum for grade 9, 11, and 12 students. The annual GIS Day assists in raising the visibility of the field of geomatics among high school students and their teachers. Students participate in various hands-on computer activities with ArcView, GPS, 3D GeoCAVE and Map Skills. For more information, click here.

    High School Visits

    Have a graduate student in the School of Geography and Earth Sciences visit your high school classroom and give a presentation. Students will learn, in an informal setting, first hand how science (whether it be biology, chemistry, or physics) can be applied to the physical environment. They will also learn about the numerous career opportunities associated with a B.Sc. in Earth and Environmental Sciences. For more information please contact: Maureen Padden, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Please note that this will only apply to schools within a 25 km radius of McMaster University.

    McMaster Rocks

    McMaster Virtual Geology Museum

    Discover rocks, minerals and fossils collected from around the world. Take some time to learn the basics of rocks and minerals, browse our course samples, and explore some highlights of our Special Collections.

    Virtual Field Trips to the Niagara Escarpment

    Check out the virtual road trips by clicking here.


  • High Performance Laboratory Tours

    These tours are designed for senior level students in the health and fitness area (e.g., 12 U Exercise Science, 12 U Biology, College Health and Wellness Courses). The tours last up to 120 minutes and are intended to introduce students to commonly used tests of human performance and body composition. For more information, click here.

  • Community Of Math Teachers

    Every other year, the Department of Mathematics and Statistics hosts a Dialogue on Transition Issues with math teachers in the region. We invite teachers to share their insights and experience in regards to grade 12 math courses and we discuss how Level I math courses at McMaster have changed to adapt to changes in the high school mathematics curriculum.

    If you are a grade 12 Math Teacher, Math Department Head, Guidance Counselor, or Secondary School Principal, we would welcome your attendance at our next Dialogue on Transition Issues to be held in February 2018.

    If you have any questions about this event, or if you would like to receive email reminders for this and other upcoming outreach events, please contact Erin Clements, Outreach Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    Math @ Mac – Online Mathematics Competition

    Designed to be inclusive and fun, the Math @ Mac - Online Competition can be used as a classroom activity for students who have completed or are taking enriched Grade 9 Math, Grade 10 Math, Grade 11 Math or Grade 12 Math. The inherent flexibility of a web-based contest means that it can be written at any time of the day or as an after-school activity.

    The competition consists of ten multiple choice questions aimed at students in grades 10, 11 and 12. The questions are not necessarily tied directly to a particular curriculum but are designed to engage students who enjoy problem solving in mathematics and to provide them with a challenging and rewarding experience. We are encouraging students to work in teams of two to emphasize the importance of cooperative learning and “peer instruction”. Scientific calculators (non-programmable and non-graphing) will be allowed.

    Please contact Erin Clements, Outreach Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

    Math @ Mac Day

    Our annual Mathematics & Statistics Math @ Mac Day includes a series of interactive mathematics activities and presentations. Designed to be inclusive and fun, the day will feature individual and team prizes for a variety of problems that should appeal to a wide range of interests and abilities. Plan to bring an entire class or a group of interested students from various levels.

    Please contact Erin Clements, Outreach Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

    Mathematics Review Manual

    The  Mathematics Review Manual is an excellent resource for students who will need to take first year calculus at university. It is strongly recommended that students work through the review during the summer months before their first semester at university.

    SNAP Math Fair

    We encourage elementary teachers to consider organizing a math fair at their school using  SNAP Math Fair guidelines.


  • Chemical & Physical Sciences @ Mac

    The Departments of Chemistry & Chemical Biology and Physics & Astronomy will offer Chemical and Physical Sciences @ Mac Activities in December and April. Take advantage of our exam periods when teaching labs are free, to register your grade 11 and 12 chemistry or physics classes for a series of activities including hands on labs and demonstrations focusing on either chemistry or physics (and also some Geography and Earth Science).

    If you like, coordinate with a colleague to bring a group for a mix of chemistry and physics activities. Come for an hour or an entire day!

    Please note that Chemical & Physical Sciences @ Mac will not be running during the 2016/2017 academic year.

    Community Of Physics Teachers

    The Department of Physics & Astronomy invites high school physics teachers to participate in the Community of Physics Teachers meetings. These meetings bring high school teachers and faculty members in the department together to discuss transition issues and curriculum revision, to share ideas and resources, and to enjoy presentations on topics of mutual interest as we attempt to build a community of physics teachers. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

    McCallion Planetarium

    Teachers of elementary and secondary science are encouraged to visit the  McCallion Planetarium with their classes.

    Nuclear Reactor Tours

    Information about booking tours of McMaster's Nuclear Reactor can be found on the reactor website.

    Physics @ Mac Online - Physics Competition

    We are excited to offer Physics @ Mac - Online Physics Competition for students in Grades 11 and 12.

    Feedback from students who have participated suggests we are filling an important niche in providing a contest which even students whose forte is not physics can feel comfortable giving a try. We are encouraging students to work in teams of two to emphasize the importance of cooperative learning and “peer instruction”. Recent research in education also suggests that students are more likely to give a competition a try if they can work in a team.

    Multiple choice questions will stress conceptual understanding with less emphasis on quantitative calculation and will mimic the approach we take in our first-year physics courses where “concept-quizzes” are used to promote a deeper understanding of central ideas presented in lectures. Several teachers have found the quesitons to be helpful in identifyig students' misconceptions. Concept questions from our contest archives have been used by many teachers as effective diagnostic tools during regular classes and we would encourage all of you to make use of this resource.

    Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

    Sidewalk Astronomy

    We invite you to take a peek at Hamilton's night sky through a telescope with weekly observing nights hosted by Sidewalk Astronomy.


  • Brain Bee

    The Brain Bee is a competition for high school students, grades 9 through 12. It is fashioned after a traditional Spelling Bee, except that students answer questions about the brain and neuroscience research. It is designed to stimulate interest and excitement about brain research.

    Students study topics on memory, sleep, intelligence, emotion, perception, stress, aging, brainimaging, neurology, neurotransmitters, genetics, and brain disease (just to list a few). It is an exciting opportunity for high school students to learn about the brain and the importance of brain research.

    It brings the students to the university in their area to meet students and professors who are doing brain research. It is an avenue of communication, through media and students, to raise awareness of brain research in the community. It is a mechanism to attract bright young minds to the study of neuroscience. The Brain Bee is an effective recruitment tool. We have examples of several students in our current undergraduate programs who chose to study the brain because of their experience as high school competitors in the Brain Bee.

    Discover Psychology - Lecture Series

    If you think you can’t use the science you learn in the classroom, think again…

    The Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour and the McMaster Alumni Association invite you to Discover Psychology: Science You Can Use.

    Unlike traditional colloquium, this special public lecture series is aimed towards students, staff, faculty, alumni, and all members of the public. The lectures feature dynamic McMaster professors discussing fascinating and practical topics related to the field of Psychology.


  • Let's Talk Science

    Let's Talk Science strives to improve Science literacy through leadership, innovative educational programs, research and advocacy. We motivate and empower youth to use science, technology and engineering to develop critical skills, knowledge and attitudes needed to thrive in our world.

    For more information about Let's Talk Science activities, visit their website.

If you are interested in booking a school group Science Tour, please contact at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

McMaster University - Faculty of Science

Mailing Address

McMaster University
Burke Sciences Building (BSB), Room 129
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
L8S 4K1

Contact Information

Office Hours:
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Telephone Inquiries:
+1 (905) 525-9140 ext.27590
Email Inquiries:
science@mcmaster.ca

McMaster University - Faculty of Science

Mailing Address

McMaster University
Burke Sciences Building (BSB), Room 129
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
L8S 4K1

Contact Information

Office Hours:
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Telephone Inquiries:
(905) 525-9140 ext. 27590
Email Inquiries:
science@mcmaster.ca