For the first time, all three of Canada’s top universities have come together to collaboratively support Science Rendezvous and promote the importance of science to society.
Also, new to the May 12th 2012 festival are over 300 events across 40 locations, spanning 8 provinces; and the largest venue to date: Toronto’s Yonge & Dundas Square. Host of CBC’s Quirk & Quarks, Bob McDonald will emcee the Dundas Square activities, which include a fire show, sumo robot wrestling, the Mars Rover, as well as the Human Gyroscope developed by NASA, exploding fruit, and a fire tornado at various other Science Rendezvous locations.
Attendees will have a chance to get their hands on science with over 10,000 demos and exhibitions. Scientists and researchers from thirty of Canada’s top universities and research institutions will be on hand to answer your science questions and present explosive experiments!
FESTIVAL ACTIVITIES INCLUDE: Walk on Water
It’s true! If you believe in science you can walk on water! Walk across a non-Newtonian Fluid Pool at Yonge & Dundas Square and many other Science Rendezvous event sites across the GTA, but be careful: go too slowly and you’ll sink!
Real-Life Crime Scene Investigation
Participants will use DNA and blood splatter analysis to solve a simulated crime scene! Move over Dexter and CSI, Science Rendezvous is taking over! Discover the exciting science of forensics at the University of Toronto Mississauga and UOIT sites.
The Sumo Robots are back! From Yonge-Dundas Square, in the heart of Toronto, Science Rendezvous presents Canada’s grittiest machine-vs-machine combat! Watch our competitors demolish their way to victory, or get in on the action yourself and play one-on-one basketball against a robot free-throw champion at the University of Windsor! What else were you going to do with your Saturday?
Science Rendezvous is now in its fifth year and aims to raise awareness about the country’s large, active and leading-edge scientific and research community while re-invigorating a sense of scientific curiosity among our nation’s youth.
Who: Science Rendezvous presenters
Members of the public
When: Saturday, May 12, 11:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Various locations throughout the Canada
Main activities to be held at Toronto’s Yonge-Dundas Square (1 Dundas Street East
Toronto, Ontario, M5B 2R8)
Members of the media are asked to check in at the Science Rendezvous registration desk located near the stage at the rear of Yonge-Dundas Square.
Sponsors include: The University of Toronto, Ryerson University, York University, The University of Ontario Institute of Technology, the City of Toronto, The University of Windsor, The University of Ottawa, Navigator Ltd., Carleton University, The University of Regina, The University of Winnipeg, The University of Manitoba, Queen ’s Universit y, The University of Toronto Mississauga, The University of Toronto Scarborough, The Royal Canadian Institute for the Advancement of Science, Victoria University, George Brown College, Ontario Genomics Institute, Mount Sinai Hospital, and SickKids.
For more information, please contact:
On Saturday, please call 647-770-7207 and ask to speak to the Public Affairs staff member on call.
ABOUT SCIENCE RENDEZVOUS: Science Rendezvous is an annual one-day festival celebrating Canadian science and engineering. Founded in 2008 by Prof. R.J. Dwayne Miller at the University of Toronto, Science Rendezvous now partners with nearly 40 of Canada’s top universities and research institutions to present a coordinated network of science outreach activities across the country on one single day. Science Rendezvous is run by 4,000 youth volunteers and nearly 2,000 scientists and researchers at our partner institutions, which open their doors as a part of this ground breaking platform for public engagement with science. For more information on Science Rendezvous, please visit www.sciencerendezvous.ca or contact Kelsey Miller at 647-770-7207.