Come see the 60+ exhibitions at this year’s Science Rendezvous Festival! There’s exciting booths about Medicine, Chemistry, Robotics, and more!
Ever wonder how sand moves in rivers forming an intricate set of river bedforms? These bedforms are incredible archives of the energy used in river systems and the sediment that they transport. The table-top flume will be used to demonstrate active sand transport and the creation of river dunes to simulate what happens in real river environments. These models are of interest to Physical Geographers and Earth Scientists.
– Anatomy Identification, videos of machinery used (via laptop), equipment showcase (pending on department permission)”
Out of this World – An explanation of ROM research on meteorites and “”meteor-wrongs”” plus, a close up and personal moment with the moon and Mars.
Additional ROM promotional material will also be available on upcoming shows .”
This is a fully innovative approach to getting involved in S.T.E.A.M. activities right at one’s own backyard. To illustrate the idea, visitors are invited to explore and discuss our hands-on exhibits in the following fields:
– Habitat: Minimal/optimal hive parameters for a sustainable bee colony’s life cycle
Exhibit: compact DIY Ladies’ beehive (the LAB itself) that is almost as easy to build as a birdhouse
– Biology: Biological cycle of a Queen bee development
Exhibit: interactive QBeeC app for Android smartphones (free to copy)
– Behaviour: Insects’ orientation and cognitive abilities
Exhibit: original research labyrinth
– Bee colony management
Exhibit: data recording technology and tools used in tandem beekeeping
– Beekeeping equipment
Exhibit: compact DIY honey extractor in action
– Natural beauty and functionality of honeycomb structures drawn by bees
Exhibit: samples of regular and irregular comb
– Unique properties of beeswax as an art medium
Exhibit: sample works of art made of beeswax from a backyard hive
– Honey bee colony development cycle
Exhibit: interactive colony population model and the corresponding smartphone app (free to copy)
At our booth we will have a few different displays that combine sonification (representing data using sound) and tactile representations of data. In astronomy data is most often represented visually through pictures and graphs. These non-visual representations of data can be used to bring the cosmos to people who may not be able to see it, but they can also highlight things in the data that may be missed like resonances. An example of a multi-sensory display that we will have is Singing Saturn’s Rings which includes a sonification of the rings that make up Saturn’s ring system and a wood carving that lets you feel the shape of Saturn’s ring.
At the booth we will set-up two listening stations (which will consist of a laptop and a computer monitor) that will play the sonifications and we will have accompanying tactile displays on the table. Next to our booth we will have our gravity table, which demonstrates the idea of gravity coming from a bending of space. Visitors can make ping-pong balls orbit around a large mass at the center of the table, like planets around a star.
Scale Model of the solar system.
Starting with the Sun, at college and St. George, we will lay out a scale model of the solar system along St George St. There will be 10 stops along the way (The Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, the asteroid belt, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune). At each stop there will be a sign with information about the solar system body; model of the solar system body scaled to the correct size; Helium balloons representing the volume and chemical make up of the planet’s atmosphere. The distance between the stations is the scaled distance between the orbits of the planets in the solar system; in this model the Sun is at College St and Neptune is at Harbord Street (see the space requirements for the position of each station) . Some of the stations will include sonifications of data related to the body. Some examples of the sonifications that will be included are the sound of the Sun’s solar wind, the music of Stars appearing in Earth’s sky as the Sun sets and the Curiosity rover singing happy birthday to itself on Mars.
We would like to set-up to solar telescopes near College and St George St. (at the start of the scale solar system). One telescope shows the Sun in white light and lets the viewer safely see sunspots. The second telescope is called an H alpha telescope and lets the viewer see solar flares and prominences. ”
The program runs from July 9th to August 3rd, 2018 and is open to students currently enrolled in Grade 10, 11, or 12. and that have demonstrated financial need.
A unique modular-based approach has been used to provide students with a diverse set of subject areas and flexibility. The program consists of four distinctive one-week long modules centered along the following disciplines: physiology, molecular genetics and forensics, pharmacology & toxicology, and microbiology. Each module features lectures by world-renowned professors, clinicians and researchers, tours of research facilities, and an array of “hands on” activities among many other components. Sample of laboratories that students conduct include DNA extraction from buccal cells, spirometry, genotyping, antibiotic resistance tests, caffeine clinical trials, DNA fingerprinting, HPLC, blood pressure and many more. DTL in collaboration with the Basic Science Departments (Departments of Physiology, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Biochemistry, and Microbiology) designed the MED YSP program. Further, students participate in the exploration of medicine, medical research, career opportunities, and what they should be thinking about and doing in high school to prepare themselves for post-secondary admission and education.”