Youth Science Canada News

August 2023 Newsletter – Observation


To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe.

– Marilyn vos Savant

Hello my creative friends,

Imagine a world where every glance holds the potential for discovery, where the ordinary becomes extraordinary through the lens of curiosity. Welcome to the art of observation, a skill that can transform your perception of the world and shape your STEM journey in profound ways. As summer casts its warm glow, let’s delve into the importance of observation and how it can amplify your experiences in STEM.

Observation is more than meets the eye; it’s a doorway to understanding the intricate dance of the universe. From the minute details of a flower’s petal to the grandeur of distant galaxies, observation invites us to explore the unseen narratives that surround us. By honing your ability to observe, you’re equipped with a powerful tool to unravel mysteries, make connections, and uncover pathways to innovation.


🔭 Initiate & Plan 🔭

As you go about your day, take a moment to pause. Observe the world around you with fresh eyes, paying attention to the nuances and details that often go unnoticed. Notice the patterns, the interactions, and the moments that tell a story. Engage your curiosity, and ask yourself questions that spark your imagination. How does this relate to STEM? How could this observation lead to a discovery?

Observations from around the Youth Science Canada newsfeed:

  • It’s the start of a new STEM project season!

With the summer holiday break coming to an end, and youth across the country returning to a new school year, creative and curious minds are turning to STEM projects. Check out  mySTEMspace for STEM project resources as well as Spark, our new idea generator.

  • Science Literacy Week is coming up!

Science Literacy Week partners are coming together to present events showcasing the exciting stories of the science and energy shaping our lives. Find events online or in your area that interest you here.


CWSF alum, Arushi Nath, was a recent guest on CTV Your Morning. Arushi won the Best Project Award – Innovation at CWSF 2023 for her project that used open data to develop a system to identify the physical properties of asteroids and improve planetary defence. Check out her interview on CTV here, and take a look at her project on ProjectBoard here. We’re so happy to see amazing alum, like Arushi, being given the recognition they deserve for their incredible STEM projects 👏

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As you embrace the lessons of observation and curiosity, you can take it a step further. Choose one observation from your day and brainstorm how it could inspire a unique STEM project. It could be a natural phenomenon, a technological interaction, or even a social behavior.

Feel free to share your thoughts with us – we’re excited to see how you’re implementing the art of observation in your STEM journey!

Stay observant and keep exploring,


Stuart McKelvie

Communications Manager

Youth Science Canada


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