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Science Quest celebrates 25 years

By Anita Jansman

Science Quest, a day camp and outreach program founded by undergraduate engineering students at Queen’s University, is celebrating its 25th anniversary of inspiring young minds.

Past participants, parents and all community members are invited to join in the celebration on Friday, August 23 at 4 pm in Beamish Munro Hall (45 Union St.). Burgers and ice cream will be served as guests mingle with current and past instructors, view displays of Science Quest through the years, and participate in fun engineering activities.

Elementary school students participate in the Science Quest day camp at Queen's University.

“Science Quest was the first education program of its kind and we want to share that success with the community that has given us so much during these 25 years,” says Mark Godin (Sc’14), Science Quest director and a Queen’s student in electrical and electronics engineering.

Since 1988, Science Quest has welcomed on average 500 elementary school students to Queen’s campus each summer to participate in week-long day camps filled with fun ways to learn. During the academic year Science Quest, represented by a group of undergraduate engineering students, goes into classrooms in Ontario schools to demonstrate the wonders of engineering. This past year they visited 155 classrooms, reaching out to nearly 5,000 students.

Science Quest aims to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) amongst youth in Kingston and surrounding communities through fun, hands-on activities. It is a founding member of Acuta, a national charitable organization that reaches more than 225,000 youth annually across Canada.

“We are proud of this achievement and look forward to many more years of helping kids see what is possible, “says Tanis Worthy (Sc’15), Science Quest assistant director and a student in chemical engineering.

To learn more, and to RSVP, visit the Science Quest website.