Science Rendezvous Kingston

On May 7th, the first day of Science Rendezvous Kingston, there were many stations showcasing exciting events for all ages. In particular, The Queen's University Observatory station was very busy bringing the solar system down to Tragically Hip Way (THW) with a number of interactive activities. Visitors got a chance to (safely!) look at the sun through multiple specialized telescopes from the observatory and the Royal Astronomical Society members. A solar system walk was set up along the full 100m length of THW to show the scale of the solar system, children could visit all the planets to complete a passport and get a prize! A craft station was run by Let's Talk Science to make a pocket solar system with string and beads that visitors could take home with them. In preparation for the 2024 total solar eclipse there was a make-your-own eclipse demo with scale model Earth and Moon as well as a pinhole camera station explaining how to view the eclipse safely! Roughly 2,000 people interacted with at least one of the observatory station activities so our volunteers were very busy!

At the Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy (PEPA)/SNOLAB/McDonald Institute stations, our volunteers were kept busy throughout the day as well helping visitors to explore science through numerous activities which included opportunities to visualize standing sounds waves, virtually explore SNOLAB and particle astrophysics, shoot ping pong balls using a Newton’s Vacuum Cannon, and ride a hoverboard powered by a leaf blower. There were also Cartesian Divers, bottle vortices, flow rings, and centripetal spinners available for added hands-on fun and take-home prizes for all.

We are already getting excited for Science Rendezvous 2023 on May 13, mark your calendars!

Science Rendezvous in pictures

All photos courtesy of Connor Stone and Lynda Colgan and Kim Garrett, Co-ordinators for Science Rendezvous Kingston. Click on the images to enlarge.

Science Rendezvous KIngston 2022 Mark Gerretson and Town Crier

Opening day of Science Rendezvous Kingston with Mark Gerretson, MP and the Town Crier
Volunteer Singh showing an asteroid to a young child
Volunteer Singh showing an asteroid to a young child
Child looking through the telescope at Science Rendezvous Kingston
Child looking through the telescope at the Queen's Observatory station
Make-your-own eclipse demo with scale model Earth and Moon
Make-your-own eclipse demo with scale model Earth and Moon
Making a pocket solar system with string and beads to take home
Making a pocket solar system with string and beads to take home
Volunteer Mark R. from McDonald Institute making a model comet for visitors
Volunteer Mark R. from McDonald Institute making a model comet for visitors
Families exploring the planets
Families exploring and learning about the planets
Guests learning about the sun
Guests learning about the sun
Learning about the telescope
Guests learning about the telescope
Emma Ellingwood and Ashlea Kemp helping visitors with shooting ping pongs using Newton's Vacuum Cannon
Emma E. and Ashlea K. helping visitors shoot ping pong balls using Newton's Vacuum Cannon
Creating standing wave patterns with sand
Volunteer Ben Tam demonstrates how standing waves in a plate can produce patterns in sand
Young visitor tries out a “flow ring"
Young visitor trying out the "flow ring"

Thank you to all the volunteers

A total of 37 volunteers from the Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy (PEPA) contributed to making our stations such a huge success. A big thanks to Nikhil Arora, Mayukh Bagchi, Akanksha Bij, Yilda Boukhtouchen, Sabrina Cheng, Rayhaneh Dehghani, Emma Ellingwood, Bruce Elliott, Lawrence Faria, Susan Gagnon, Devin Graham, Laurie Graham, Jamie Grove, Kim Hay, Angelo Hollett, Jonathan Hucker, Kevin Kell, Ashlea Kemp, Rob Knobel, Brian Krar, Jennifer Low, Julianna Manecka, Szymon Manecki, Suzanne Owh-Dignam, Nahee Park, Raj Patel, Serena Riccetto, Mark Richardson, Amanda Rigg, Sarah Sadavoy, Karanpreet Singh, Benjamin Tam, Felix Thiel, Rick Wagner, Thomas Weisgarber, CJ Woodford, and Alex Wright for making all of this feasible!

A special thank you goes to PEPA/SNOLAB/McDonald Institute for their continued support for making participation at the Science Rendezvous Kingston possible.

Here are some pictures of our amazing volunteers courtesy of Connor Stone, Prof. Alex Wright and Lynda Colgan and Kim Garrett, Co-ordinators for Science Rendezvous Kingston.

Volunteers, Connor Stone and A. Arora at Science Rendezvous Kingston
Connor Stone and Nikhil Arora
Science Rendezvous volunteers of the Physics Department of Queen's University
Karanpreet Singh and Jonathan Hucker
Science Rendezvous Kingston volunteers
Devin Graham and Hank Bartlett
Mark Richardson of McDonald Institute, Queen's University
Mark Richardson, from McDonald Institute
Science Rendezvous Kingston volunteers Connor Stone and Prof. Alex Wright testing the hovercraft
Volunteers Connor Stone and Prof. Wright trying out the hovercraft powered by a leaf blower
Some of the SR volunteers from the Department of Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy of Queen's University
Volunteers from the Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

 

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