University of Winnipeg takes part in Science Rendezvous
300-hundred institutions across Canada held events Saturday as part of the science celebration
It was a day of science learning and celebration in Canada Saturday.
Three-hundred institutions hosted mini science fairs across the country as part of the national Science Rendezvous.
The point of the fairs is to grow and nurture the public's interest in science, giving event-goers a chance to engage science and scientists on a firsthand level.
Tabitha Wood helped organize the event at the University of Winnipeg.
“I think the better the Canadian public is educated in terms of scientific literacy, the better they are able to assess the information they're being given and how it affects their daily lives,” said Wood.
Matthew Giesbrecht was dressed as Albert Einstein at the event at the U of W.
He hopes events like these encourage kids to learn and pursue interests in the sciences.
“The really cool thing about Einstein is when he was growing up, he wasn’t the smartest or brightest kid around and it's just to let kids know that science is not scary and it's really fun and really cool,” said Giesbrecht.
Activities were also held at the University of Manitoba, where visitors were allowed to go for a spin in an all-electric ATV, take in a "Physics Circus," meet the world's smallest humanoid robot and help extract DNA from strawberries.
University of Winnipeg held similar segments, giving visitors a chance to fire a smoke cannon, talk about mutant flies, "walk on water with non-Newtonian fluid pools" and experience a chemistry magic show.
In 2013 upwards of 160,000 Canadians took in Science Rendezvous.