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My Day @ McGill - March 28th, April 2nd and April 3rd, 2014

A total of 136 elementary school students from the Lester B. Pearson School Board and the FACE school on University Street (EMSB) will attend McGill University for workshops and activities as part of the third annual My Day @ McGill, which will take place over three days this year - March 28th, April 2nd and April 3rd. This unique initiative is part of a partnership between McGill’s Social Equity and Diversity Education (SEDE) Office and the Lester B. Pearson School Board which encourages academic engagement and acts a bridge between McGill and the larger Montreal community. This year promises to be the largest My Day @ McGill yet with a new pilot partnership that includes 26 students from the FACE school (EMSB) on University Street.

The students from Lester B. Pearson are already part of Homework Zone, an after-school mentorship program connecting McGill students with elementary-aged students in underrepresented neighbourhoods of Montreal.

Workshops and Activities

The days will begin with the arrival of the students at the McGill’s Roddick Gates. The children will be given McGill t-shirts courtesy of McGill Athletics and the McGill Bookstore. Right away, activities will showcase the many opportunities which McGill University can offer to these children. Throughout the days, students will gain a comprehensive idea of what it means to be a university student.

McGill’s Faculty of Engineering and Department of Chemistry will spark an interest in science and technology through a series of interactive workshops where students will construct and create while learning what professors and university students do. Students will prepare ice cream with liquid nitrogen with Chemistry and later participate in a cookie mining activity while learning about the principles of mining engineering.

The kids will also get a tour of McGill’s Moyse Hall during which they will learn more about McGill’s theatre production program. Finally, members of the Integrated Program in Neuroscience will talk about their field in an interactive workshop.

The children will have some study time in the McLennan Humanities and Social Sciences Library and will also get the opportunity to participate in a fun workshop run by students in the Faculty of Medicine who plan to share their passion for the Health Sciences.

Before they go, they will be treated to lunch at SSMU (catered by NEST - the Student-Run Café) while they participate in a workshop run by the First People’s House where the children will learn more about Indigenous culture and participate in a dance activity. Finally the students will be given a presentation about the racing cars in Engineering while they grab an ice cream from the Engineering Undergraduate Society’s Frostbite ice-cream shop before they are given diplomas to commemorate their day at McGill.

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carly [dot] breger [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Carly Breger)


A HUGE Thank You to all our Partners

My Day @ McGill is a collaborative effort between various McGill departments and many students, staff, and faculty have worked to make this a memorable day for all elementary school students involved!