Build a rocket, control a RoboRoach, pan for gold, see the Sun’s glowing hot gas and shoot gummy bears from a slingshot – all in one afternoon. Londoners can fill a free passport to discovery at Western University through Science Rendezvous, a national outreach event for Londoners of all ages. Participants can also create slime, make an impact crater and build a working Mars rover out of Lego.
Starting at the Hume Cronyn Memorial Observatory, participants will travel across the solar system as they participate in hands-on science activities offered in 13 booths. On a central stage, scientists will also present live shows featuring watermelons, paleontology, “mind control” and real (controlled) explosions. The afternoon-long event is a collaborative effort of the Departments of Science and Engineering, and the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. This is Western’s inaugural Science Rendezvous, a festival of exploration at Canadian universities.
“This is all incredibly cool, amazing and fun science,” said Jan Cami, associate professor of physics and astronomy and director of the Hume Cronyn observatory. “This is our way of giving back. We hope to share with our visitors some of the excitement, wonder and discovery that we have the privilege of living every day.”
WHAT: Science Rendezvous, a free day of hands-on fun science for the whole family
WHEN: May 13, 2017, 2 – 5 p.m.
WHERE: Across Western University campus, with starting point (and map/passport) at Hume Cronyn Memorial Observatory
OF NOTE: The event is free and parking at the Springett lot (just south of Huron College off Western Road) is also free. Several food trucks will be on hand to keep participants refreshed.
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