Community discovers world of science at 21st annual Science Open House

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Last weekend, the Faculty of Science opened its doors to the community for the 21st annual Science Open House.

Run in conjunction with the Earth Sciences Museum Gem and Mineral Show, the popular event attracts more than 1,500 visitors each year.

This event is such a great opportunity to engage with the local community members," said Heather Neufeld, Manager of Community Outreach for the Faculty of Science. "Visitors get to learn about all of the amazing things science enables us to do through hands-on activities".

Budding scientists panned for gold, extracted banana DNA, explored a giant cell, created slime from household products and linked tree rings to climate events, all while learning about chemistry, genetics, momentum and climate change.

All units in the Faculty of Science worked together to create more than 100 hands-on activities for all ages. One new activity this year was the dress up like a scientist activity run by the Science and Business program.

This year, we’ve expanded the program by adding more events to engage pre-teens,” said Neufeld.

For the first time, visitors toured the Velocity Science entrepreneurship space to meet with students who are taking their science ideas to competitions and turning them into businesses. Visitors also learned about synthetic biology and its uses to manipulate and build new biological systems in the iGEM labs.

"I think that the students sharing their passion for science are just as excited as our young visitors,” said Neufeld.

The Faculty of Science would like to thank everyone who attended this wonderful and educational family experience. We hope you had a scien-rific time!

We'd also like to send a special thank you to all of the faculty, staff and student volunteers who helped to make this year’s Science Open House possible.