Curiosity on Stage - This week: Recovering Canada Awards - Who was Hazel Layden?

Canada Science and Technology Museum
May 11, 2019
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Curiosity on Stage - This week: Recovering Canada Awards - Who was Hazel Layden?
Demo Stage
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Included with admission
Language Comments
Presentation in English with a bilingual Q+A.

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math? Curiosity on Stage is a series of short, interactive presentations that brings you face-to-face with researchers and innovators. Each week, a featured speaker delivers an engaging presentation followed by an interactive Q-and-A session. Curiosity on Stage invites you to learn directly from people working in the science and technology-related fields. Find out what they do and why it matters – and leave inspired by their stories of curiosity, overcoming obstacles, and innovation.

While everyone is welcome on the Demo Stage, this program is recommended for ages 10+.

This week: Recovering Canada Awards - Who was Hazel Layden?

Tyya Strutt & Rob Bell, Dundas Central Elementary School

Tyya Strutt & Rob Bell, Dundas Central Elementary School

We will be presenting the Recovering Canada Awards, acknowledging all the recipients, and sharing the stage with the Local Heritage Group Recipient, Tyya (a grade 5/6 student and her teacher, Mr. Rob Bell). They will be discussing their project: “The 1918 Flu Pandemic: Changing the Future through History – The defining Moments”. 

In their project, they tell the story of Hazen Isabel Layden, a young girl that attended Dundas Central Elementary school in 1918, the same school as the children in Rob Bell’s Grade 5/6 class. Hazel fell ill with the Spanish Flu and subsequently passed away. 

The students in Rob Bell’s class were inspired to explore Hazen’s story and, in collaboration with MCYU, discovered how the virus caused such widespread death so quickly. Both MCYU facilitators and Dundas Central students experienced how exploration of history can be applied to address the future risks of an influenza pandemic. 

Equally important, the students from Dundas Central were able to teach the McMaster Facilitators about the history of the Dundas locale and living conditions that existed in 1918 – information the students learned about in collaboration with the Dundas Museum and Archives. This project is a genuine demonstration of how collaborative learning emerges from questioning, discovering and creating new knowledge and experiences for all learners (the credo of MCYU). 

This project was conceived and formulated in equal partnership between a Dundas Central Public School class (Rob Bell; teacher), The McMaster Children and Youth University (MCYU) (Sandeep Raha; Director) and the Dundas Museum and Archives (Anna Patterson; Education, Events and Volunteer coordinator) of Hamilton, Ontario. Also included in this partnership is Mr. Stan Nowak, cofounder of the Dundas Valley Historical Society. 

Access their project here:

defining moments

Coming Up:

May 18 - Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) - Juan Geuer: The Science of Art

May 25 - Andrea Reid

June 1 - Medical Curiosity

June 8 - Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG)

June 15 - Dr. Mary Beth Laychak