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The University of Manitoba bursts open for Science Rendezvous

Free Science and Engineering carnival for all ages

April 5, 2017 — 

On Saturday, May 13, the University of Manitoba will burst open for Science Rendezvous; a science and engineering carnival unlike any other, providing a free day of fun and discovery to all Manitobans. It will offer + 50 activities for the whole family including spectacular interactive exhibits, hands-on displays, and free shows.

Founded by UofM Alumni R.J. Dwayne Miller, Director, Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter, recipient of the 2016  RSC Centenary Prize,  Science Rendezvous celebrates it’s 10th anniversary this year.

Attendees can: can rock the festival while playing on a keyboard made of fruit, play the piano by running up and down stairs, test their resolve by lying on a bed of nails, touch a starfish, make cyanotype mothers’ day cards using sunlight, and then reward themselves with some instant ice cream that has just a hint of liquid nitrogen. If that wasn’t enough, there will be chemistry magic shows and Ms. Frizzle and famous scientists will be wandering around. Rusty the owl, a real live short eared owl, along with owl expert, and UofM Alumni, Jim Duncan, Manitoba Conservation will also be there to visit. Plus, much more.

Last year 2,000 people attended the event at the Fort Garry campus, and this year, the University of Manitoba, in celebration of its 140th anniversary has partnered with the Université de Saint-Boniface, Red River College, St. Boniface Hospital ResearchUniversité de Saint-BonifaceRed River CollegeScience FirstEmergent BioSolutionsCreate H2OWise KineticLet’s Talk ScienceSTEAM ManitobaArtists Emporium, and the Fresh Carrot to make this year even better.

For over 140 years the University of Manitoba has been fulfilling its responsibility to the people of Manitoba. With this spirit in mind, Faculties from across the University campus, together with over 350 + student volunteers, are joining with the Faculty of Science, including: Engineering, Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources, Agricultural and Food Sciences, Arts, Fine Arts, and Kinesiology and Recreation Management, are eager to share their passion for discovering the unknown and seeing the world in a brand new way.

Science Rendezvous will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 13th at the University of Manitoba Fort Garry campus and serve as the opening for the Manitoba celebrations of Science Odyssey Week, the Canadian government’s annual celebration of science.

As part of Science Odyssey Week, scientists and beer enthusiasts will meet at the Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre for Science On Tap, an adults-only night of experiments and merriment. The event includes a flight of beer paired with appetizers. Participants will tour the facility, and meet with a microbiologist, a physicist, and a sensory scientist and a medieval historian, who will take turns guiding them through beer and brewing as it connects to each of their areas of science expertise.

What: Science Rendezvous
When: Saturday, May 13th, 2017, 11am – 4pm

Where: Fort Garry Campus — Engineering Building and the Science Complex Buildings
Free public day


What: Science on Tap: The Delightful Science of Beer – a sensory, sciencey experience in beer.
When: Tuesday, May 16; 6:30 – 9:00pm
Where: Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre, – 303 Main Street
Tickets $60; Sold out! 

Sponsored by Half Pints Brewing Co., and Torque Brewing.

For more information:

Contact sciencerendezvous [at] umanitoba [dot] ca
Visit the national Science Rendezvous website
Check out the U of M Science webpage in both English et en Francais!

And don’t forget to hit attending on our Facebook event page. We’ll see you there!

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