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Science Rendezvous 2023 | Queen’s University Gazette


May 26, 2023

Households across Southeastern Ontario and specific guests joined Science Rendezvous Kingston on May well 13.

  • From left to suitable: Nancy Ross (Vice-Principal Analysis, Queen’s University), Arthur McDonald (Professor Emeritus, Queen’s University), Bryan Paterson (Mayor, City of Kingston), Lynda Colgan (Professor Emerita, Queen’s University), Alejandro Adem (President, NSERC), Dwayne Miller (President, Science Rendezvous), Julie Ann May well (Board Member, Science Rendezvous), Katie Miller (Executive Director, Science Rendezvous), and Lissa Matyas (Board Member, Science Rendezvous).

  • Photograph of Science Rendezvous at the Leon's Centre.

    Science Rendezvous Kingston took spot at the Leon’s Centre, in downtown Kingston.

  • Photograph of Charlie Hindmarch (Medicine) performing a strawberry DNA extraction demonstration on stage.

    Charlie Hindmarch (Medicine) performed a strawberry DNA extraction demonstration on stage.

  • Photograph of Kingston Fire and Rescue representative at Science Rendezvous.

    Kingston Fire and Rescue ready a demonstration about the dynamics of a property fire and how to place it out.

  • Photograph of the Chemistry Magic Show at Science Rendezvous.

    The Chemistry Magic Show was one particular of the highlights of the day.

  • Photograph of children at Science Rendezvous.

    Young guests discovered about animals, plants, and other science subjects.

  • Photograph of children engaging in activities at Science Rendezvous.

    Participating researchers ready hands-on activities to engage youngsters in STEM.

What occurs when you collect a vintage firetruck, state-of-the-art robots, and health-related students performing reside ultrasounds of their personal hearts? Guests have been capable to practical experience all of this and extra at  Science Rendezvous Kingston, the biggest science outreach pop-up occasion in Canada.

On Saturday, May well 13, extra than five,300 youth and households visited Leon’s Centre and The Tragically Hip Way to engage with 50 booths and demonstrations that covered subjects from cardiovascular wellness, robotics and plant sciences to geology, engineering, and art conservation. A group of more than 430 volunteers, such as Queen’s faculty members, researchers, and students, as properly as representatives from neighborhood museums, schools, and neighborhood partners, ready the activities.

“Science Rendezvous Kingston is an critical chance for Kingston and Southeastern Ontario households to informally interact with our study practitioners, generating and getting enjoyable with each other,” says Queen’s Vice-Principal (Analysis) Nancy Ross. “We strongly think that events like this support to lower the gaps among science and society, make trust in science and in scientific institutions, and inspire the subsequent generation of scientists and innovators”.

A record of good results

Science Rendezvous Kingston is portion of nation-wide initiative Science Rendezvous, produced in 2008 to engage Canadian citizens in science and engineering. At the moment, Science Rendezvous is the biggest single-day science festival in the nation and spreads by way of 30 cities in ten provinces and two territories.

Queen’s has been the proud host of Science Rendezvous Kingston due to the fact 2011. The Kingstonian occasion, one particular of the most prosperous in Canada, has been recognized with national awards in 2020 and 2022. This year, Science Rendezvous Board of Directors chosen Kingston as a showcase occasion to market the value and the influence of the science festival.

Unique guests for the showcase occasion incorporated Alejandro Adem (President of the National Science and Engineering Analysis Council of Canada – NSERC), Bryan Paterson (Mayor of Kingston), Ted Hsu (Member of Provincial Parliament for Kingston and the Islands), Dr. Ross, Dwayne Miller (Founder and President of Science Rendezvous), Arthur McDonald (Nobel laureate and Queen’s Professor Emeritus), members of the Science Rendezvous Board of Directors, and senior administrators from neighborhood college boards and neighborhood organizations.

Select your personal adventure

All through the day, guests have been treated to reside demonstrations by Queen’s Division of Chemistry, Queen’s CardioPulmonary Unit, and Kingston Fire and Rescue. 4 major Canadian authors – Helaine Becker, L. E. Carmichael, Ishta Mercurio and Rochelle Strauss – also study their science stories to the public.

For the initial time, Science Rendezvous Kingston featured a Sensory Friendly Science Zone, developed to assistance youngsters with interest deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism, social and emotional mental wellness requires, or other sensory-connected or physical disabilities. This pilot project was sponsored by an NSERC PromoScience Supplement and presented exclusive booths and activities exactly where youngsters could discover exhibits and interact with researchers in a quieter atmosphere.

“With my background in educational assessment, I know that it is incorrect to say that some thing is excellent, but I honestly believe that the highest probable score for a public education occasion was surpassed on Saturday May well 13th,” says Queen’s Professor Emerita Lynda Colgan, founder and co-coordinator of Science Rendezvous Kingston. “From Dr. Adem to the 4-year old ringing the bell on the vintage fire truck, there have been smiles all about as the informal studying infused Leon’s Centre and Tragically Hip Way. It was a celebratory neighborhood occasion that will set a new regular for STEM festivals across the country”.

Although the in-individual occasion has ended, Science Rendezvous Kingston continues on the net. Librarians at Queen’s Faculty of Education ready booklists with recommended readings to complement Science Rendezvous activities, each in English and in French. In addition, booth presenters created activities for households and youngsters to do at property or at college, such as a dancing raisins experiment, an artificial heart craft, guidelines for generating a bird-friendly backyard, and a balloon rocket.

For these seeking to attend subsequent year, Science Rendezvous Kingston – INNOVATE will take spot on May well 11, 2024. Please take a look at the internet site for extra information.

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