Doors Open Waterloo Region

Saturday, September 21, 2013 10:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)

One year after the grand opening of the Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre, the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) and the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN) will be opening the doors of the Lazaridis Centre and participating in Doors Open Waterloo Region.

Look around on a self-guided building tour

Explore the Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre, the architectural marvel located in the heart of the University of Waterloo campus and see for yourself where the science happens.

Learn at the Q-Kids Science Show – 11 a.m.  


Watch while Dr. Martin Laforest educates and entertains curious young minds with the wonders of science including live demonstrations of electricity, magnetism, superconductivity and more. Suitable for ages 2 – 12.

Learn from David Cory, Canada Excellence Research Chair, Public Talk – 2 p.m.  

Not your typical ghost story: Telling stories in a quantum world
Scientists explain physics by telling stories: “When you shoot an arrow where does it land?” But the stories to explain quantum physics tend to sound like ghost stories: “A particle takes two paths at the same time; spooky action at a distance changes the state of a distant object instantly.” Professor David Cory will explore how we can tell stories about the quantum world even when it seems out of this world and describe some ways that quantum devices are going to change the world.
Register online.

Ask a Scientist in the Research Zone

Ask the faculty members and graduate students of the Institute for Quantum Computing and Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology about the research and science that’s happening in the labs in the Lazaridis Centre.

Play in the Kid Zone

Experience science through engaging hands-on activities for children of all ages including a super conducting train, slime and more. Hosted by Engineering Science Quest and Let’s Talk Science from the University of Waterloo.

Play in the Discovery Zone

Discover the future of quantum communication and interact with a model of a satellite pointing system.

Free parking has been arrange on the University of Waterloo campus in M lot.