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Science Rendezvous

May 05, 2016 18:49 ET

Science Rendezvous Celebrates 9 Years With an 'Explosive' Lineup of Events Across Canada

Festival Hosts More Than 300 Simultaneous Events Plus a Canada-Wide Experiment

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - May 05, 2016) - Over 300 free events will take place across Canada for the most ambitious edition of Science Rendezvous to date on Saturday, May 7, 2016.

"This is not your grandpa's science fair," said Science Rendezvous Executive Director Kelsey Miller. "We are blowing up fruit, sending balloons to space, and breaking world records."

Saturday marks the ninth edition of Science Rendezvous, a national science festival described as Nuit Blanche for the sciences. In Miller's words: "This is a big impact, explosive, and exciting festival experience for all ages."

New to this year's festivities will be two World Record attempts in Toronto for largest DNA model ever built and longest non-Newtonian fluid dash. Science Rendezvous continues its tradition of partnering with research and community organizations to give the public one-of-kind experiences with Canadian research including: brewery tours, fire tornadoes, speed dating, dissections, stage shows, and live animals.

Events span from Vancouver to St. John's, including new sites in Whitehorse, Yukon and Inuvik, N.W.T., and take place in venues ranging from small community centres and university campuses to malls and sprawling public parks.

This is Science Rendezvous' second year conducting a Canada-Wide Experiment. Eight participating sites will release high-altitude balloons into space to take a snapshot of Canada's atmospheric health. The results will be analyzed by researchers at the University of Regina and presented at festival event sites.

Over 200,000 people attended Science Rendezvous events across Canada last year and even more are expected this year.

All events are free and open to the public, with most taking place between 10 am - 4pm on Saturday, May 7.

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Science Rendezvous is an annual nation-wide science festival dedicated to science outreach. Founded in 2008, it has grown to include over 300 simultaneous events in partnership with 40 of Canada's top research institutions and 122 community organizations across 30 cities.

This year's Science Rendezvous activities will launch the ten-day Science Odyssey series in partnership with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC).


This is only a sample of participating venues. See for more details.


Kwantlen Polytechnic University - Langley Campus (11am - 4pm)
KPU's event offers unprecedented public access to state-of-the-art laboratories and greenhouses, including Brewing Lab tours and tastings (19+). Check out the robots, dancing fire, nursing patient simulators, and walk the campus labyrinth as part of World Labyrinth Day.

Simon Fraser University - Burnaby campus (11am - 3pm)
Science stage shows bring the theatrical to the analytical while exploring the history of flight. Come launch rockets, balloons, and helicopters and celebrate International Astronomy Day with the Vancouver Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society.

Let's Talk Science at University of British Columbia (10am - 2pm)
Join UBC Let's Talk Science for hands-on science activities about DNA, make edible DNA and DNA bracelets, and finish the day off with slime.


Aurora Research Institute at East Three Schools (11am - 3pm)
Check out harpoon throwing, 3D printing, flying drones, fish dissections and meet visiting scientists at Science Rendezvous' northernmost participating site in the Canada-Wide Experiment.


University of Manitoba, Fort Garry Campus, E.I.T.C Bldg. (11am - 3pm)
The University of Manitoba and University of Winnipeg are teaming up to present this year's Science Rendezvous in Winnipeg. Event highlights include scientist speed dating, bottle rockets, stratospheric balloons, painting robots, and an ice camp. There is something for everyone from walking on water (and cornstarch) to investigating our scientists' latest discoveries.


Memorial University (12pm - 3pm)
Discover glow-in-the-dark crystals, explore microscopic pond life, make slime, and solve puzzles. There might even be an explosion or two.


Carleton University and Let's Talk Science (7:30pm - 9:45pm)
Light up the Night with Chemistry In the Dark. If it glows up, or blows up you will see it here: spontaneous combustion, fireworks, melting iron, and anything else that can't be done indoors. Before the show Let's Talk Science volunteers will be serving up liquid nitrogen ice cream with demonstrations on the chemistry of wine and chocolate.

University of Ottawa (10am - 3pm)
Activities will be presented in English and French. uOttawa professors, students and alumni will join forces to present exciting demonstrations, hands-on activities and explosive experiments.

Queen's University at Rogers K-ROCK Centre (10am - 3pm)
The Rogers K-Rock Centre becomes a giant Science Discovery Centre with something for everyone: The Math Midway, meet a great horned owl and a bald eagle, Chemistry Magic Show, robots and 3D printers. There will be special presentations throughout the day inside the Rogers K-Rock Centre and outside on The Tragically Hip Way. The first 1000 families will receive a booklet filled with experiments that can be done at home and passes to local museums.

University of Ontario Institute of Technology & Durham College (10am - 2pm)
Welcome to CSI Oshawa where you will solve a mystery by using a variety of forensic techniques. You can also experience nature through insects, animal skulls, owl pellets and biodiversity bingo. INVENTours include: diesel fuel from vegetable oil, flaming gummy bears, body building 101, inflatable pig's lung, dry ice rainbow, and Science Jeopardy.

Let's Talk Science at Hamilton Public Libraries
Hands-on activities and demonstrations with volunteers from Let's Talk Science at Hamilton Public Library, Locke Branch (10:30am - 11:30am) and Westdale Branch (3:00pm - 4:00pm). Experiment with different types of polymers and molecular bonds found in every day life, using fun, hands-on science activities for all ages. Plus, check out results from the Canada-Wide Experiment.

University of Toronto Scarborough at Toronto Zoo (10am - 3pm)
Pick up your passport, visit our activity stations and collect a stamp at each station. Enjoy hands-on science activities presented by University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) in partnership with the Toronto Zoo and Let's Talk Science. (Science Rendezvous activities included with regular Zoo admission).

University of Toronto Scarborough at Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre (8:30am - 1pm)
Give your body and your mind an amazing workout at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre. See how science makes for healthy bodies and a healthy environment. Athletes and scientists come together to share the secrets of better health at this high-powered activity centre. Presented by University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) in partnership with Let's Talk Science.

University of Toronto Mississauga and Let's Talk Science at the Central Library (11am - 4pm)
Join us at the Central Library for a day of fun science experiments for all ages. We have hands-on activities, a 3D printer, and results from a high-altitude balloon launch known as the Canada-Wide Experiment.

University of Toronto St. George campus (11am - 5pm)
Five city blocks of hands-on learning and discovery that takes science out of the lab and on to the street. Exhibits will include solar-powered race cars, exploding fruit, the Science Chase -- an Amazing Race-style competition, and the world's longest non-Newtonian fluid dash.

Ryerson University at Yonge-Dundas Square (10am - 4pm)
Join Ryerson University scientists at Dundas Square as we try to set the Guinness World Record for the longest DNA model ever constructed. Compete in our Architecture Tower Challenge, discover 3D printing, augmented reality, digital fabrication, plus Science Stage shows that feature The Water Brothers from their eco-adventure TV series, liquid nitrogen, and rock bands.

University of Windsor Campus and Let's Talk Science (10am - 4pm)
Check out our frisbee and ball-throwing robots, 3D printing demonstrations, DNA extraction, and The Amazing Science Chase -- an Amazing Race-style competition.

York University at Main Street Markham Farmers' Market (10am - 3pm)
Experiment with squishy circuits, digging for dinosaurs, vortex smoke cannons, solar car races, the art of aging, and our fragile food web.


24 Heures De Science
24 Hours of Science is Science Rendezvous' French sister festival -- a full day of activities related to science and technology for audiences of all ages starting on Friday at noon, ending at noon on Saturday. Multiple events across Quebec in French and English (


University of Saskatchewan and Let's Talk Science (10am - 3pm)
Take a walk with the dinosaurs, explore the science of dark matter, design your own rockets and Lego robots. Tours of the Natural Science Museum and Rayner's Dairy Barn will be available.

University of Regina (11am - 3pm)
U of R sets off Science Rendezvous in style with explosions, loud noises, and fire. There will be bats, birds, fish and snakes, plus robots, drones, space balloons, and 3d-printers. Not to mention walking on water, the end of the world, and making ice cream two different ways, with science.

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