Are you at home, doing your part to slow the spread of Coronavirus COVID-19? If so, awesome. Thank you!
Are you also searching for ways to both entertain and educate yourself — and perhaps the young people at home with you? Perimeter has loads of free science content for every age and scientific background — from curious stargazers to experts in cosmic inflation, and everyone in between.
Below are some highlights of Perimeter’s “Slice of PI” series, educational resources, videos, feature articles, an interactive “scale of the universe,” and more.
Quantum to Cosmos
Slices of PI
“Slices of PI” are fun, monthly dispatches about science. Here are a few that might be particularly timely:
- Fascinating physics podcasts: Now more than ever, the world needs to listen to smart scientists (and science communicators). Fortunately, we’ve compiled a handy guide of fascinating physics podcasts that will let you do just that.
- Acronym acrobatics: To fend off stir craziness, why not come up with amazing science acronyms? Get the lay of the land — for physics and astronomy at least — before you start.
- Hollywood physics: We graded some Hollywood staples on scientific accuracy. Check it out before you get too deep into your next Netflix binge.
- Inspiring teachers: Do you find yourself in the role of ad hoc teacher? Why not study those who inspired some of the world’s greatest scientists?
- Science origin stories: The current global pandemic is inherently scary — but perhaps it could also inspire the next great scientific mind! Find out how some great scientists past and present first fell for science.
Pop quiz! Should school closures stop you from staying sharp? Of course not! Perimeter offers ample opportunities to test yourself:
- How well do you know your home galaxy? Take the Milky Way quiz!
- Test your knowledge of all things great and small with Perimeter’s quantum quiz.
- Who said these wise words about science? Quiz yourself, quotation-style!
- Fancy yourself a physics aficionado? Find out for sure.
Free educational resources and activities
Want to keep the learning going while your kids are home from school? Perimeter has more than 70 activity-based educational resources, all available for free download:
- Making Models: Wooden Blocks: This great-for-home activity helps young people understand the power of scientific modelling and its key role in the scientific process.
- Asking Questions: Some of the most profound discoveries have come from seemingly simple questions. Use this activity to develop thinking and inquiry skills.
- Understanding the Image of M87*: Help students understand what makes the Event Horizon Telescope so powerful and what can be learned by studying last year’s iconic black hole image.
In addition, Perimeter’s Process of Science (grades 5-12) and Secrets of the Universe (kindergarten to grade 6) resources contain activities that can be easily adapted by parents. Download these and many more at resources.perimeterinstitute.ca.
Perimeter has a rich archive of video and public lectures from some of the most brilliant scientific minds this planet has to offer. Double down on knowledge acquisition with these great talks:
- “Warp drive and aliens”: Just over a month after Bryan Gaensler gave his highly entertaining talk, it’s amassed nearly a quarter-million views. See what all the fuss is about!
- “Nanotechnology meets neuroscience and medicine”: Breakthrough science often requires going beyond traditional academic boundaries. A scientific duo explain their collaborative efforts in neuroscience, biology, and medicine.
- “Surviving the century”: UK Astronomer Royal Sir Martin Rees outlines how applying advances in current fields of study can ensure a bright future for humanity.
- “The physics of Wall Street”: The financial markets are in disarray. Learn more about the complex models upon which 21st-century finance is built.
- “The astonishing simplicity of everything”: In the most popular talk in Perimeter history, Director Emeritus Neil Turok explores the remarkable simplicity that underlies nature at all scales.
Watch more great video on Perimeter’s YouTube channel.
Stories of scientific exploration
- Fast radio bursts: The made-in-Canada CHIME telescope played a crucial role in pinpointing, for the first time, a repeating fast radio burst.
- Causal complexity: Quantum physicists have devised a new tool to study classical cause-and-effect.
- People of PI: Meet Carlo Rovelli — author, field-founding researcher, and Perimeter Distinguished Visiting Research Chair — and other interesting folks behind the science at Perimeter.
Download free science posters!
Free to download to your inbox, we have a variety of posters on topics including black holes, dark matter, pioneering women of physics — as well as free scientific wallpapers for your smartphone and mobile device.