Science Outreach brings summer fun to downtown Kitchener

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Waterloo Science Outreach volunteer explains fingerprinting activity to a child at the Discovery Square event.Waterloo’s Science Outreach team took part in Discovery Square, a STEAM event celebrating Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math hosted by the City of Kitchener at Civic Square in front of City Hall.

We were really excited to be involved in this event again this year,” said Heather Neufeld, Waterloo’s Science Outreach Coordinator. "Events like this allow us to continue bringing science discovery to kids outside of our usual school visits program.”

The free two-hour event held each Tuesday evening in July included hands-on activities by Science Outreach, interactive robots, and cool products by local tech vendors. Mad Science with Magnetic Matt presented a live chemistry show followed by live music and entertainment on the main stage.

The Science Outreach activities featured one of four themes each week: chemistry, physics, biology, and Earth sciences.

Waterloo Earth Science Museum volunteers at the Discovery Square event in Downtown Kitchener.Popular activities included

  • concocting slime from every-day household products;
  • creating a giant bubble with a child inside to demonstrate the effect of surface tension;
  • isolating banana DNA and then extracting it into a fun centrifuge tube necklace;
  • forming paper-mâché bones and learning about the human skeleton;
  • generating mini-earthquakes and panning for gold with Earth Science Museum volunteers.

Explaining a science concept to a seven-year old requires you to really understand the material yourself, and it’s so gratifying to see that light turn on in a kid’s eyes when you get it right!" said Neufeld.

The Science Outreach volunteers look forward to showcasing these activities and more at their next free event at the annual Kidspark festival in Victoria Park on Sunday, August 17th.