This past weekend, community members big and small explored the world of science with the University of Waterloo at Kidspark hosted by the City of Kitchener. The annual event creates a fun and interactive playground atmosphere for children and youth to engage in a range of activations led by various regional partners. By actively participating in this community-driven initiative, Waterloo’s Science Outreach and Engineering Science Quest (ESQ) have a unique opportunity to connect with the local community, share their knowledge and expertise, and impact innovators of the future.
Families spending the day at Kidspark had the opportunity to connect with and learn from members of our university first-hand. Volunteers from Science Outreach and ESQ facilitated educational and entertaining exercises like Cloud in a Bottle, where visitors pressurized the interior of a 2L bottle filled with a small amount of isopropyl alcohol, then removed the cap, allowing molecules to cool and form a cloud. Other experiments had participants making their own coloured slime with household materials and enjoying the giant bubble maker.
“Kidspark has provided Science Outreach at the University of Waterloo with the opportunity to connect with the community on a wider scale. Through hands-on activities, youth in our community are able to discover their passion for science. We hope that our outreach experiences inspire visitors to learn and discover more about the world around them, and provide them with the means to pursue these interests,” says Ally Jewell, Interim Science Outreach Coordinator.