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MCYU in the CITY interactive workshop Day 2017

We are very proud to present the 3rd annual MCYU in the CITY interactive workshop Day!

McMaster University students will present exciting and interactive workshops that engage youth on real-world issues, and inspire them to: 

Question - Discover – Create

Date: Saturday May 6, 2017
Time: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: Burke Science Building,
McMaster University Main Campus.

Registration guideline: Please register for session time & specific workshops using registration button.  
Please register for up to three workshops for the day, one in each of the three time slots. You have a total of eight workshops to select from for each time slot. Choose one workshop per time slot.

Workshops are listed below.

Check-in: 10:30 to 11 a.m.
Session One: 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Lunch: 12 to 12:30 p.m.
Session Two: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Session Three: 2 to 3 p.m

Admission Fee: $5 per child or youth for the entire day.
Whether you attend 1 or 3 workshops, the cost will be $5 per child or youth

MCYU in the CITY – Workshop Descriptions


Water You Talking About?

Together, we will celebrate one of the necessities of life on Earth; water! Get ready to get dirty and experience the effects of local water contamination. Explore how it affects your everyday life and discover how to get involved and protect our Hamilton waters!


How do computers think? Do we think like computers? Or, do computers think like us? This interactive workshop invites you to explore what a computer is and how a computer "thinks". Be a computer scientist for a day and explore the world of “algorithms”!

Backyard Biodiversity

Have you ever wondered why there are so many different kinds of plants and animals around you? Do you know how and why they work together? Be a biologist for a day and explore the fascinating diversity of nature in your backyard by building your very own ecosystem!

Decoding Disease

Ever wondered how literature and science work together to help us uncover infectious diseases and medical discoveries? Clues are hidden within all kinds of literature to help us better understand our modern world of medicine. Come put on your thinking caps and reading spectacles to decode literary evidence of human diseases, trace the spread of infectious diseases, and find ways to protect yourself from the disease.

Find Your Focus

Isn’t it interesting how you could be so focused on a task one moment and - suddenly - you find your head is in the clouds? Daydreaming can be fun, but sometimes it can make learning extremely difficult. Come join us in testing the limits of your attention! Discover how to re-center your thoughts through a series of calming activities. Are you ready to find YOUR focus?

Community Builders

What makes a community great? Work as a team to design your very own community.  Enter a world where anything is possible … but everything has a cost. Be ready to make tough decisions, compromise, and get creative ... especially when your community faces a challenge.


Dangerous microbes have escaped Germ Jail and are infecting people all around the world! Your mission: Find the microbes before more people get sick. Join the Microbe Special Agent Force (MSAF) and use your problem-solving skills to help prevent and treat the spreading infection caused by the escaped microbes! But wait! Could some of the microbes actually be good for you? Your first assignment as a member of MSAF is to save the good microbes and kill the bad ones!


Imagine you are a mad scientist! You have the ingenious idea to create a virus that only you will have the vaccine to. You plan to infect the planet causing a zombie pandemic, but first you have to design the perfect virus. You will be an expert on virus transmission and “virulence” by the end of this workshop!