Amazing Science Race

Friday, September 25, 2020 9:00 am - Sunday, September 27, 2020 3:00 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)

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Welcome to the Amazing Science Race!

Science teams ready, set and GO!

It's on! All alumni, students, friends and family are invited to join us online for the Amazing Science Race, a virtual race and scavenger hunt. You can participate on your own, or if you prefer, gather some friends or family members to round out your team.

To participate, competitors must register for Alumni Black and Gold Weekend and select the Amazing Science Race event (current students are welcome to participate in Alumni Black and Gold Weekend!). Download the free app GooseChase from the Apple App Store or Google Play store.  You'll receive a race package on the morning of Friday, September 25th that will contain your special code to enter our race.  You'll have two days to complete the missions within our Amazing Science Race. Each mission varies in awarded points, and you can complete them in any order.

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Prizes? Well, yeah! The winning team, 2nd place and 3rd place teams will receive a gift card to our WaterlooStore.  Who knows, there might even be a small prize just for participating!

Sound cool? Don't take our word for it. Ask Donna Strickland, our very own 2018 Nobel Prize winner in physics!

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Race Itinerary (all times are EST)

Day Time
Friday, September 25 9:00 a.m. Game on!
Check your morning email for a unique code to our Amazing Science Race
Sunday, September 27 3:00 p.m. Game over!
4:00 p.m. Zoom party: Winners announced and a Q&A with Brent Plumley, stunt coordinator for Amazing Race Canada.

REGISTER For the Amazing Science Race during Alumni Black and Gold Weekend!!!

Don't forget to add us on Twitter @WaterlooSci and Instagram @UWaterlooSci ! Use #SCIRace2020, #UWaterlooForever and #UWaterlooAlumni in all your posts!

Since you're adding us on social media, why not add us on Facebook @WaterlooScience and LinkedIn @FacultyofScience

Game Rules:

  • At least one member of your team must be 18 years old.
  • Competitors must download GooseChase (free) from the AppStore or from Google Play. Each individual player or team can have 1 entry into the game. We will send our game entry code to you the morning of the race.
  • Team members may be in different geographical locations, however, the team 'captain' must be the one to submit entries on behalf of the team.
  • Points for each task/quest are awarded with assigned points as noted. Bonus points can be added to a submission as well as points being taken away for incorrect or incomplete posts.  We always appreciate submissions that go the extra mile so keep that in mind!
  • The team with the highest points will be declared our winner. Because participants span across so many time zones, time to finish the race is not a consideration. 
  • We expect total time to complete the Race will not exceed 3 hours.  Players are free to play the game at their own pace over the weekend.
  • When posting to instagram or twitter, please use the hashtags #SCIRace2020, #UWaterlooForever and #UWaterlooAlumni.
  • Winners of our Amazing Science Race will be announced during our post event Zoom Party.
  • Tie breaking quest: We have one! oh... Waterloo... my my....Napoleon did surrender. You got this!
  • Absolutely no offensive content will be awarded or tolerated. Should race organizers decide a submission is in violation of this rule, your team will be automatically eliminated from the race.