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Media Advisory - STEAM Big! Award Announcement

Friday, February 28, 2020

MEDIA ADVISORY: STEAM Big! Award Announcement

KINGSTON – Science Rendezvous Kingston is being presented with the STEAM Big! Award in recognition of their 2019 event, one of the largest in Canada. The award is being presented by the national wing of Science Rendezvous. Science Rendezvous is an annual free family festival that aims to inspire the next generation of students in science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Each year, there are over 300 Science Rendezvous events across 30 cities in Canada.

In 2019, Science Rendezvous Kingston attracted over 5,200 visitors to the Leon’s Centre (now the K-Rock Centre). At the event, visitors had the chance to see Dippy the dinosaur, a casting of a Diplodocus that measured over four metres high and 26 metres long, and speak to Astronaut Drew Feustel during a Q&A session.

The 2019 STEAM Big! Award recognizes the individuals and groups who made up the coordinating team responsible for creating an outstanding Science Rendezvous event.  The coordinating team’s vision and leadership were essential for developing a Science Rendezvous event that went above and beyond, creating a truly world class science festival that successfully ignited an interest in science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM), in the Kingston community.


The award will be presented to the organizing committee for Science Rendezvous Kingston.

The speakers at the event will be:

  • Bryan Paterson (Mayor of Kingston)
  • Alejandro Adem (President, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council)
  • Lynda Colgan (Coordinator, Science Rendezvous Kingston and Professor of Elementary Mathematics, Queen’s Faculty of Education
  • Patrick Deane (Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Queen’s)
  • Rebecca Luce-Kapler (Dean, Queen’s Faculty of Education)
  • Katie Miller (Executive Director, Science Rendezvous)
  • R.J. Dwayne Miller (Chair, Science Rendezvous)

MP Mark Gerretsen will provide a pre-recorded message.


The ceremony takes place on Tuesday, Mar. 3, 2020, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. The remarks and presentation begin at 12:15 pm. The event will be held in the Agnes Etherington Arts Centre Atrium at Queen’s University.

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Contact: Anne Craig, Media Relations Officer

613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca