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Science Rendezvous 2023 | Queen’s University Gazette


May 26, 2023

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

  • From left to appropriate: 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 residence fire and how to place it out.

  • Photograph of the Chemistry Magic Show at Science Rendezvous.

    The Chemistry Magic Show was a single 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 kids in STEM.

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

On Saturday, May well 13, much more 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 well being, robotics and plant sciences to geology, engineering, and art conservation. A group of more than 430 volunteers, like Queen’s faculty members, researchers, and students, as properly as representatives from nearby museums, schools, and neighborhood partners, ready the activities.

“Science Rendezvous Kingston is an vital chance for Kingston and Southeastern Ontario households to informally interact with our analysis practitioners, building and obtaining exciting collectively,” says Queen’s Vice-Principal (Analysis) Nancy Ross. “We strongly think that events like this aid to decrease the gaps amongst science and society, make trust in science and in scientific institutions, and inspire the subsequent generation of scientists and innovators”.

A record of accomplishment

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

Queen’s has been the proud host of Science Rendezvous Kingston because 2011. The Kingstonian occasion, a single 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 effect of the science festival.

Unique guests for the showcase occasion integrated 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 nearby college boards and neighborhood organizations.

Decide on 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 top Canadian authors – Helaine Becker, L. E. Carmichael, Ishta Mercurio and Rochelle Strauss – also study their science stories to the public.

For the very first time, Science Rendezvous Kingston featured a Sensory Friendly Science Zone, made to help kids with consideration deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism, social and emotional mental well being requirements, or other sensory-associated or physical disabilities. This pilot project was sponsored by an NSERC PromoScience Supplement and provided exclusive booths and activities exactly where kids 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 a thing is great, but I honestly assume that the highest achievable 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 normal for STEM festivals across the country”.

When the in-particular person occasion has ended, Science Rendezvous Kingston continues on the internet. 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 kids to do at household or at college, like a dancing raisins experiment, an artificial heart craft, directions for building a bird-friendly backyard, and a balloon rocket.

For these hunting to attend subsequent year, Science Rendezvous Kingston – INNOVATE will take spot on May well 11, 2024. Please go to the web site for much more facts.

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