Science Rendezvous Kingston 2022

Science Rendezvous Kingston 2022 was held on Saturday, May 7, at the Leon’s Centre.

Celebrate science and honour our amazing Kingston-area researchers & scientists!

From May 7-22 the Kingston community was invited to hundreds of virtual and in-person events!

Science Rendezvous Kingston 2022 Annual Report

View 2022 Annual Report (PDF 6.2 MB)


Webinar: Connor Stone, PhD Candidate, Queen’s Observatory Coordinator

Join me as we explore the night sky from home using the free software: Stellarium. In this presentation I will show you how to navigate the night sky,  find nebulae, galaxies, planets, and constellations with nothing but your eyes and a pair of binoculars. The night sky is our shared backyard through space and time, see how you can learn about unique sky stories from cultures around the world. Get excited about what you can find in the night sky, there’s a whole Universe up there to explore and it’s free for everyone!

Learn about the two new Ice Age Kits (Junior Division and Intermediate/Senior) available for loan at no cost from the Teacher Resource Centre (Queen’s Education Library) and online. Examine fossils, ask questions, and attempt some of the suggested classroom activities.

When you think about a farm, computers and robots aren’t usually the first thing that comes to mind, are they? Learn about the cutting-edge technology used by the farmers and the cows on today’s dairy farms.

From Discovery to Display: The Work of a Paleontologist-A webinar given by a paleontologist discussing their experiences working on a variety of different Canadian fossils including Ediacaran fossils from Mistaken Point (Newfoundland) and the Northwest Territories, and Cretaceous fossils from the badlands of Alberta. The paleontologist will outline all of the steps that go into a fossil discovery: prospection, collection, preparation, research, and display and will be available for questions.

DR. ERICA CADEN, SNOLAB Research Scientist

Join the team at SNOLAB for a virtual tour of Canada’s deep underground science laboratory. SNOLAB is a clean lab that is located 2km underground in an active mine. Scientists from around the world work together on huge experiment collaborations. Many experiments are focused on astroparticle physics but SNOLAB also hosts biology, geology and other types of science. Learn about the journey into the laboratory, about the science, and the people that make it happen.


Additional activities: 

Stem on demand

Back by popular demand, the 2021 Science Rendezvous exhibit of national award-winning photographs of polar bears foxes, birds, insects and more. Wildlife photographers spend a lot of time observing nature. Their photographs give us unique insights and intensify our interest in the natural world.

View the Photography Contest


You may have seen a dinosaur in a museum, but do you know how it got there? Take a tour through the local company that has prepared dinosaurs for display in museums all around the world.

Enrichment Studies Unit at Queens University

Building a Model of the Human GI System Using Recycled Materials


 ESU-GI Systems Presentation (PDF 688 KB)

Mining Matters and the APGO Education Foundation

That’s not just a rock, it’s granite from the pre-Cambrian period. Go on a scavenger hunt, a virtual field trip and outsmart the dragon who has taken over the refuge station. 

Mining Matters Link: 

GeoscienceINFO Link:

Scavenger Hunt

Refuge Station Virtual Escape

Recent decades have seen huge technological advancements in astronomy, and with them, growing public interest in the field. Sadly, most facts about night skies are told from Eurocentric perspectives—primarily Greek and Roman constellation stories. This resource, Haudenosaunee Sky Stories, seeks reconciliation by giving voice to Indigenous ways of knowing—honoring traditional sky knowledge from our local Indigenous communities.

We would like to acknowledge that there are many different versions of the stories that we will share, and these are just one version of each story. We would like to thank Tehanetorens (Ray Fadden) for sharing the story of the Great Bear and Edward Cornplanter and Arthur Parker for sharing the story of the Seven Dancers, we would also like to express our thanks and gratitude to the stars, the moon, and all of creation for the gifts they bring us. 

Stories narrated by: 

Lindsay Brant is a Kanyen’kehá:ka (Mohawk), member of the Turtle Clan, educator, writer and mother from Kenhte:ke (Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory).  

Liv Rondeau is a Kanyen’kehá:ka (Mohawk), Wolf Clan educator and artist. Liv is dedicated to continuing to do work that honours her culture, language, community, and her ancestors. 

Teaching Resources | bonierlab 

As part of our Urban Birds of Ontario Project, we* have developed an array of teaching resources, to fit with specific Ontario curriculum content. These materials are free for download & use by educators & others! 

*All resources developed by Siena Margorian, with reference to the Ontario curriculum, and reviewed/edited by Dr. Fran Bonier for content.

Teaching Resources

Kingston Urban Birds

Make a Bag of Possibles with Elder Deb St. Amant (Bezhig Waabshke Ma'iingan Gewetigaabo)

Click the link to get printable instructions:

 Possibles Written Instructions (PDF 1 MB)

Making A Bag of Possibles


Talk with Elder Deb St. Amant

Make a Birch Bark Bracelet with James Raffan and listen with Master Birch Bark Canoe Builder, Chuck Commanda

Click the link to get printable instructions

 Birch Bark Written Instructions

Making Birch Bark Bracelet


Talk with Chuck Commanda

City of Kingston, Cultural Services

Create a sail boat with this Make @ Home template:

 How To Make A Sail N Slide Printable Instructions (PDF 1 MB)

Visit the Pumphouse Museum

Visit the Woodworking Museum

Make a Turk’s Head Knot Bracelet with Forensic Knot Consultant, Robert Chisnall

 Turk's Head Written Instructions (PDF 337 KB)

Turks Head Bracelet Making

Turks Knots Talk

Queen’s Let’s Talk Science volunteers teach us about kite-building using techniques discovered by Alexander Graham Bell who wrote about his discovery of this concept in the June 1903 issue of National Geographic magazine: "Tetrahedral Principle in Kite Structure."

Make a Traditional Inuit Game: Ajagaaq with Innu Elder David Serkoak

Join Canadian Explorer, James Raffan with maker projects and together discover the science, art and magic of exploration.

 Ajagaaq Written Instructions (PDF 693 KB) 

Ajagaaq Making


Ajagaaq Talk

Learning about X-Rays Video:  
Want to see inside a Kinder Egg Surprise without unwrapping it? Dr. Elahe Alizadeh, a scientist at the Queen’s Cardio Pulmonary Unit (QCPU), shows you how she can use X-Rays to see inside of anything!

Build your own Stethoscope Video: 
Have you ever wanted to hear a heartbeat?  In this fun video, Dr. Charlie Hindmarch of the Queen’s Cardio Pulmonary Unit (QCPU) shows you how to build a stethoscope at home that you can use to listen to a friends heartbeat.

 Download a printable handout for Making Your Own Stethoscope, Working Heart Model, and Working Lung Model (PDF 1.3 MB) 


Military Medicine WWI


Why Stuff Breaks Down and How We Can (Sometimes) Preserve It


Snot & Whatnot

The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada-Kingston Centre

Members of the Kingston branch of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada provide tips for observing the night sky; explain the origins of the universe; and, take us star hopping through these video presentations.

 Tips for observing the Night Sky (PDF 508 KB) 

 Origins of the Universe

Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy, Queen's University

Archimedes Law

Watch Dr. Szymon Manecki from SNOLAB demonstrates an experiment you can do at home to shows that equal masses of ice and water take up different amounts of space. 


Non Newtonian Fluids

Queen’s University MSc student Rayhaneh Dehghani shows you the fascinating properties of a non-Newtonian fluid you can make at home.


Making a Flying Carpet with Magnets

Watch as Dr. Ashlea Kemp from Queen’s University shows you how to make a fun “Aladdin’s Flying Carpet” using the principles of magnetism.


Singing Glass

Prof. Nahee Park from Queen’s University shows you how to make glasses of water “sing,” and use them to explore some of the principles of vibration.


Supporting Water with Air

See Prof. Alex Wright from Queen’s University shows you how to support water using just the pressure from the air around you.



Floating Ball - Bernoulli Demonstration

Dr. Thomas Weisgarber from Queen’s University shows you how a hair dryer can be used to “levitate” a ping pong ball thanks to the Bernoulli Effect.

Department of Psychology | Queen’s University The Social Cognition Lab at Queens University

The Social Cognition Lab at Queens University

Explore “The Science of Psychology” in our 2022 Activity book. 

Watch the “Be a Citizen Scientist” video below. This video shows families what it is like to participate in our fun developmental psychology research studies and how they can get involved. 


Activity Booklet

Participate in our Studies

Ingenuity Labs Queens University

Dr. Matthew Pan shows off his Franka Emika Panda Robotic Arm and what it can do.

Meet Spot, Ingenuity Labs newest robot from Boston Dynamics. This agile robot navigates terrain with unprecedented mobility.

2022 STEM Book List

Queen's Education Library 

Books for elementary through secondary (in English and French) to complement and supplement featured topics at SCIENCE RENDEZVOUS KINGSTON 2022.

  • Antarctica
  • Astronomy
  • Bees
  • Climate Change
  • Human GI System
  • Indigenous Sky Stories
  • Neutrinos - Dark Matter
  • Paleontology and Fossils
  • Pleistocene Era
  • Robots

View the 2022 STEM Book List

2022 Sponsors and Supporters

  • Leon's
  • Leon's Centre
  • Science Rendezvous | Science Odyssey | NSERC
  • Queen's University
  • Queen's Faculty of Education
  • Queen's University Research
  • Queen's University Library
  • Queen's University Smith School of Business
  • Queen's University Campus Bookstore
  • K-Rock 105.7
  • 93.5 Country
  • Kiss 102.7
  • Kingston Frontenac Public Library
  • MSTE
  • Association of Land Surveyors
  • Research Casting International
  • Arthur B. McDonald - Canadian Astroparticle Physics Research Institute