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Third annual Science Rendezvous event comes to UofT

April 29, 2010

TORONTO, ON – Excit­ing attrac­tions, cut­ting edge sci­ence and fun activ­i­ties for the whole fam­i­ly – all for free – high­light the third annu­al Sci­ence Ren­dezvous at UofT event on Sat­ur­day May 8, 2010

The focal point for the event is the Sci­ence Car­ni­val, a street fes­ti­val of sci­ence tak­ing place on St. George Street, between Col­lege and Wilcocks streets, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Some of the attrac­tions at the Car­ni­val include: 

  • The Incred­i­ble Gold­berg Machine: The most con­vo­lut­ed way of doing the sim­plest action, the Incred­i­ble Gold­berg Machine will impress you as it goes through dozens of steps and takes the cake as the cra­zi­est con­trap­tion built in Toron­to! 
  • The Non-New­ton­ian Pond: Want to walk on water? Here’s your chance! Take a run across the Non-New­ton­ian Pond – but be care­ful, don’t walk, oth­er­wise you might find sink­ing in! 
  • Vol­cano Alley: Come see a mas­sive 20ft. vol­cano go off every half hour right on St. George Street! 
  • His­tor­i­cal Fig­ures: Have you ever want­ed to chat with Ein­stein?  Or per­haps match wits with Marie Curie?  They’ll be com­ing to life once again and demon­strat­ing some of the sci­ence they helped dis­cov­er! 

Var­i­ous depart­ments and stu­dent orga­ni­za­tions at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to will also put on dis­plays in the form of Sci­ence Pavil­ions. Some of the high­lights include: 

  • Ecol­o­gy and Evo­lu­tion­ary Biol­o­gy: Haven’t got­ten the chance to make it to the zoo yet this year?  Wait no longer!  Come see some amaz­ing rep­tiles, amphib­ians, and inver­te­brates on dis­play in the lob­by of the Ram­say Wright build­ing! 
  • Engi­neers with­out Bor­ders: Ever want­ed a glass of water while walk­ing up the stairs?  Come on over and work the trea­dle-pump!  The trea­dle-pump is a stair-mas­ter-like machine that pumps water! 
  • The Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to Robot­ics Asso­ci­a­tion: Stop by for the unveil­ing of a 3D print­er, which molds three dimen­sion­al com­put­er-based designs out of plas­tic, or enjoy a mini-sumo robot show!   
  • Phar­ma­cy: Over in the Phar­ma­cy build­ing a giant maze that sim­u­lates alter­nate path­ways for drug diges­tion allows you to become the drug and wan­der around in your own mod­el diges­tive sys­tem!  
  • The For­mu­la SAE Team: This year SAE will be unveil­ing the new 2010 car, which is set to race four days after Sci­ence Ren­dezvous!  The 2008 car will also be on dis­play, this car was ranked 4th out of 505 teams in the 2008 com­pe­ti­tion. 

Oth­er fes­ti­val fea­tures include: the Sci­ence Stage, show­cas­ing art and sci­ence per­for­mances; and, The Amaz­ing Sci­ence Chase, a cam­pus-wide live-action prob­lem-solv­ing adven­ture game.


Fur­ther pro­gram­ming details will be released. For updates, loca­tion spe­cif­ic infor­ma­tion or to vol­un­teer on Sci­ence Ren­dezvous May 8, 2010, check in at:

Media Con­tact:
Jack Chi
Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Coor­di­na­tor, U of T
T: 416–294-4118