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Science Rendezvous 2015

Science Rendezvous May 2015 at the Department of Physics!

 ken clarke SR

This year marked the 7th annual GTA Science Rendezvous, and the region came together to celebrate and rejoice in the name of science and technology.

The University of Toronto downtown campus put a lot of effort into making sure the love and beauty of the sciences was thoroughly enjoyed by all, and even gave behind the scenes
access to some of their best scientific facilities.

Hundreds of students, children, and parents crowded St. George Street on Saturday, May 10th, eager to learn and expand their knowledge from the exhibitors and student volunteers.

As I was a volunteer, I did not get a chance to visit every booth and presentation from the other faculties, but the atmosphere was full of joy and excitement. Every category and scientific field of study was represented in a fun and practical way, giving a very hands-on and unforgettable experience.

The same spirit flowed through the McLennan Physical Laboratories, where most of the physics exhibits were, and where I was stationed for majority of the day. I stood alongside several experiments that showed how physics revolutionized the way the world was seen, and that helped to educate a new generation of scientists.

We had everything from a double pendulum, displaying the beauty of chaos, to bending light with water, which wowed the wide-eyed audience.  One of the crowd favorites, was the seemingly gravity defying Newton’s beads, whereby a 50 foot string of metal beads poured out of an upright stationary beaker, in 5 seconds! The physics behind it was explained, and the audience learned about inertia and potential energy in a way that they will never forget.

Overall, Science Rendezvous was a huge success, and I believe it thoroughly accomplished what it was meant to do: to inspire and excite students and the general public and show them the relevance of science in our every day lives.

By: Sarah Manea -  Undergraduate Student