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Turn Your Home Into A Lab: Online Activities On Microfluidics, Kitchen Landslides & More!

For this year's Girls and STEAMScience World partnered with organizations from diverse fields: biomedical engineering, ocean science, chemistry, and engineering. But they all have one thing in common—they can show you how to make things at home that can help the world! 

Get ready to explore the cutting-edge concept of microfluids in microchip design; brainstorm your own remotely operated vehicle for the seafloor; understand what “limiting reagents” are and how they help chemistry; and simulate a debris flow to learn how engineers protect us from natural hazards! 

Exploring the Ocean Floor

Explore extreme ocean environments using highly maneuverable underwater machines called Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV). This workshop will show you how to build a model of a grabbing arm for you ROV out of recycled material to collect items off the “seafloor”!

Building a Kitchen Landslide

This workshop introduces the science behind landslides, debris flows, and the hazards these events pose to communities in British Columbia. Learn how engineers design structures to protect mountain communities from these natural hazards and follow along while we show you how to build your own debris flow with materials you can find at home.

Chemical Reactions: Limiting Reagents

Not your regular baking soda and vinegar experiment! This activity introduces the concept of a "limiting reagent" and looks at ways to explore how different techniques can affect different outcomes.


Explore the application of microfluidics in our everyday lives: from inkjet printheads, DNA chips, lab-on-a-chip technology, micro-propulsion, and even micro-chemical reactors. Learn how good things really come in small fluid volumes in this workshop.

Want to delve into more online activities?

From design-thinking to building a landslide in your kitchen, choose from a range of topics from this year's Girls and STEAM Virtual Symposium! You can even stream our keynote speeches by Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, and marine biologist, Dr. Sarika Cullis-Suzuki.