LABRADOR WEST, NL – College of the North Atlantic’s (CNA) Labrador West campus is preparing to host Science Rendevous 2018 later this month.
It will mark the first time the annual national festival will be held at a CNA campus.
Kicking off Science Odyssey Week, the goal of the mainly student-focused event is to create excitement, curiosity and support for science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM).
Gurinder Kaur Ahluwalia, a physics instructor for CNA’s comprehensive arts and sciences transfer: college-university program, has organized similar events in India, where she is from, but it will be her first time doing so in Canada.
“Science Rendezvous is for everyone, and not only for scientists. It is for people who are curious to learn about their surroundings, and to see how science is something that affects everybody and does not necessarily happen in a research lab or a formal environment,” Ahluwalia said in a news CNA news release.
“Science brings you close to the real world, instead of living in a virtual world. We are looking for visitors and students to join in the activities, and encourage them to bring out their creative and innovative instincts."
According to Ahluwalia, the Iron Ore Company of Canada (IOC) will be among the community partners taking part in the event. Mehihek High School, local artists and Indigenous groups are also involved.
“We will have over 20 demonstrations and experiments in the field of physics, chemistry, biology and so on. The demonstrations and hands-on activities will be of interest to people of all age groups, and provide learning, while having fun at the same time, for the younger students,” Ahluwalia said.
“We are excited to have some of the local visual arts people and photographers join in as well to participate in the theatre arts section. We are also happy that more than 400 students will come in and be involved in the demonstrations and visiting the campus. This is basically a community event.”
Other activities will include a science chase, which involves solving puzzles, making a rainbow, the elephant toothpaste and Mentos experiments, a visit to the materials and nanotechnology research lab, photo presentations of the northern lights, biological dissections, and creating science-inspired art pieces.
“We really want to generate curiosity among the younger generation for science - challenging them to be able to think for themselves. And if it means that they are interested in attending CNA to learn more about these initiatives, then that is also a great way for them to learn new skills and make it a career,” Ahluwalia said, adding she hopes to organize more student and community-oriented projects in the future.
Science Rendevous 2018 will take place on Thursday, April 26 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.