A day for community and scientists to come together
Science Rendezvous Day gives Queen’s researchers a chance to share with the Kingston community their passion for their work, and create positive attitudes about learning science that will inspire a future generation of researchers.
“The event really bridges the Queen’s community with the broader educational community,” says Lynda Colgan, an associate professor and coordinator of the Faculty of Education’s Community Outreach Centre. “It shows many different kinds of learners and educators—teachers, parents, homeschool children—how science and technology are everywhere. It also gives the public a chance to talk with scientists working in the lab creating innovations that will impact their lives.”
The City of Kingston proclaimed May 12, 2012 Science Rendezvous Day to recognize the science and technology research going on at local post-secondary institutions, museums, and community organizations. Over 40 participants, many of them from Queen’s, will gather inside Grant Hall and offer educational games and activities for a wide range of learners. Young people can try on miniature hazmat suits, look at sun spots during the afternoon in a solar telescope, or even learn how to isolate their own DNA at home.
Activities like the one offered by the Queen’s pathology graduate students are intended to enthuse young people about science and educate at the same time. The graduate students will present a lesson about dosages to teach young people how to avoid consuming plants and liquids in dangerous amounts—when it’s safe to eat a dandelion, for instance, and when it’s not.
At many stations visitors can speak and interact with researchers who lead innovations in their fields. Science Rendezvous gives holders of Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada grants an opportunity to share their discoveries with the wider public.