Science Outreach celebrates the do-it-yourself spirit at Maker Expo

Friday, September 25, 2015

In celebration of the do-it-yourself spirit, the University of Waterloo’s Science Outreach team brought science to life through fun, hands-on activities at Maker Expo.

From electrifying demonstrations such as the Van de Graff generator to creating a cloud in a bottle, the activities inspired youths and adults alike to discover the science behind static electricity and condensation.

Science Outreach volunteers demonstrating how static electricity is made using a Van de Graff generator.

Children and their families also had a chance to learn about the genetics behind their sense of taste by testing phenylthiocarbamide (PTC) strips. Depending on the genes of a person, the strip will either taste very bitter or tasteless.

We were very excited to participate in this year’s celebration of the do-it-yourself spirit that is so prevalent in this region,” says Alvin Hong, Let’s Talk Science Coordinator. “Scientific knowledge helps these makers fulfill their creative ideas and we work to inform and inspire the next generation of innovators with our interactive activities.”

Maker Expo is a diverse, family-friendly showcase of makers, artists and organizations who create amazing things in celebration of the do-it-yourself spirit.  

A special thanks to the Let’s Talk Science, a national charitable organization, who supports our Faculty of Science volunteers in their delivery of engaging science activities to local youth.