Past Projects

From movies to exhibits, this is the place to find all of Let's Talk Energy's previous activities and initiatives!

From February 18 to 25, 2017, Canadians across the country took part in the 4th annual Talk Energy Week. Talk Energy Week is a national energy awareness week, created as part of the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation’s Let’s Talk Energy initiative. Talk Energy Week encompasses events, demonstrations, a Speaker Series and a live streamed panel, as well as dialogue through web and social media, all aimed at getting Canadians talking and learning about how energy is connected to our lives, and the importance of energy systems to our economic, social, and environmental future.

This year, Talk Energy Week focused on energy and climate change and its impacts on Canadians. Online and in person, Talk Energy Week had a reach of 3 million.

On Thin Ice Expedition Kicks Off Talk Energy Week 2017

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From December 14 to 16, 2016, Jason Armstrong, Manager of Let’s Talk Energy, and Jonathan Boutin, Talk Energy Week coordinator, accompanied by internationally renowned ice climber and Red Bull athlete Will Gadd, descended into Alberta’s Athabasca Glacier to explore the effects of climate change on the glacier. The team was joined by Martin Sharp, a glaciologist from the University of Alberta who helped explain the impacts that climate change has had, and will have, on the area in general and the ice fields in particular.

John Price Photography

The objective for the three day expedition was to create a video series exploring the impacts of climate change thought the lens of extreme sport.

John Price Photography

Speaker Series and In-Class Programming

This year’s Talk Energy Week Speakers Series and in-class programming reached more than fifteen communities across the country, and featured a range of climate science, energy, local energy policy experts, as well as hands on activities from Actua and Ottawa Hydro. This year, the focus was on providing in depth and interactive presentations so that students were fully engaged. Many of the speakers led hands on activities and interactive presentations relating to the energy systems in the students’ communities.

Facebook Live Panel

On Tuesday, February 21, the Talk Energy Week team hosted a panel discussion on energy and climate change in Canada which was streamed through Facebook Live and viewed in classroom across the country. The panel featured the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Member of Parliament for Ottawa-Centre, Will Gadd, Canadian Ice Climber, Red Bull athlete, and leader of our recent expedition to the Athabasca glacier, and Andrea Brazeau, Indigenous youth leader born and raised in Kangiqsualujjuaq, Quebec who is now pursuing post-secondary education in Montreal.

Trek Board Demonstrations in Museums across Canada

Since the first Talk Energy Week in 2014, hands-on demonstrations have been a key part of the initiative. These demonstrations are designed to engage members of the public in increasing their energy literacy and participating in dialogue about Canada’s energy mix and our energy future.

A total of 9 locations across Canada received Trek Boards for use in educational demonstrations.

Lesson Plans and Infographics

In partnership with Canadian Geographic, the Let’s Talk Energy Team has compiled a list of lesson plans and resources around energy and climate change to send to schools. Teachers are able to sign up to receive these lesson plans so that they can then lead their classes in these activities.