by Bertha Chan, Science Rendezvous 2016 Marketing Coordinator
Science Rendezvous began in 2008 as a joint program between the University of Toronto, Ryerson University, York University, and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. Since then, it has grown into the largest annual Canada-wide science festival, suitable for all ages and interests. In 2015, more than 200,000 attendees in 30 Canadian cities participated in this unique hands-on science event.
Intended to highlight and promote science, and to engage the public in the wonders of that science, Science Rendezvous works with Canada’s top research institutes, universities, science groups, and community partners to present a coast-to-coast open house and festival that’s free for everyone.
On May 7th of this year, over 6,000 of Canada’s greatest innovators, researchers, engineers, including scientists from 80 partner organizations, will open their doors to present exciting demonstrations and hands-on activities to promote all aspects of science. Many research fields will be represented, from physics to biology, engineering to psychology and chemistry. Other organizations that are involved include FIRST Robotics, Let’s Talk Science, Girl Guides of Canada, and many more.
University of Toronto’s Science Rendezvous 2016
Since 2008, the University of Toronto’s top scientists and engineers, and their graduate students, have opened their lab doors to present exciting demonstrations and hands-on activities for children and adults alike. Last year, the Chemistry Department’s exhibit included exploding fruit (a fan favourite!), while the Department of Psychology taught participants about their mind, brain, and behaviour, and the Aerospace Team displayed their self-flying planes and rockets.
Science Rendezvous at the University of Toronto has a different theme each year. This year we’re proud to present Modern Day Superheroes: Discover Your Superpower With Science!
From exploring galaxies with telescopes to moving at supersonic speeds with jet propelled automobiles, Science Rendezvous at the University of Toronto promotes the close linkages between science and our everyday life: everyone uses science in one way or another, thus making science superpowers a reality. Participants will get a chance to see how scientists use their minds and ingenuity to do what has never been done before. By navigating through the exhibits and learning about the various science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, we challenge you to harness what you learn and discover your own scientific superpower!
The Amazing Science Chase
Science Rendezvous is a unique experience in that it isn’t just a series of demonstrations, but an interactive festival. While you’re there, why not challenge yourself to our Amazing Science Chase? Each year at the University of Toronto’s Science Rendezvous, teams of two to four participants can compete in an Amazing Race-style event, solving puzzles and experiments by applying their scientific knowledge. Incorporating the superhero theme this year, we are calling on all young scientists to help us out. An evil villain is attempting to take over the world and is destroying the planet in the process, one disaster at a time. Participate in the Science Chase to build up your superpowers and help us to defeat the villain once and for all! Great prizes abound – come dressed in your very best science hero suit to be entered for even more great prizes.
We hope to see you all on May 7th!
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Visit UofT Science Rendezvous Website for more details.