From robots to coding to chemistry, Canadians are invited to take part in science weekend
All across the country, from Nunavut to British Columbia to Newfoundland, people are invited to participate in hands-on science during this year's Science Rendezvous taking place this weekend.
The annual events are held at locations — primarily universities — across Canada as part of Science Odyssey, a celebration of science by the Natural Sciences, Engineering Research Council of Canada. This year it runs from May 11 to May 20.
Science Rendezvous kicks it off on Saturday, inviting people young and old for a day-long celebration of hands-on science.
"The goal ultimately is to really increase the public's awareness and involvement with actual science," Kathleen Miller, executive director of Science Rendezvous, told CBC News. "Science isn't just a thing; science is the process of finding truth.
Kids will get a chance to see things in ways they hadn't before at the event with 300 locations in 30 cities and towns. (Science Rendezvous)
But that's not the only goal: Miller said that in addition to demystifying the science behind the scientific process, the organizers also want to encourage children to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), as well as help scientists become better communicators.
And while cities like Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal will be participating, it's not all about the big metropolises.
A stop at the Toronto Zoo scavenger hunt with a scientist from education organization Let's Talk Science and the University of Toronto Scarborough. ( University of Toronto Scarborough/Science Rendezvous)
The events include arts and crafts, telecommunications, coding and even robots. It's hosted by the Aurora Research Institute, and attracts 10 per cent of the town's population — a big success for a small town.