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Science Rendezvous brings young minds to UofGH

A youngster interacts with virtual reality

Children of all ages recently came to University of Guelph-Humber campus to experience Science Rendezvous, an annual nationwide festival that helps kids explore first-hand the wonders of research and innovation in science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM).

With help from dozens of dedicated University of Guelph-Humber student volunteers, UofGH offered a varied program with something for every young scientist-to-be, all united under one theme: “The Science of You.”

In addition to the energetic future scientists in the group, UofGH also welcomed the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, and MP of Etobicoke North, as well as Science Rendezvous founder and chair R.J. Dwayne Miller, along with senior leadership from partner institutions University of Guelph and Humber College.

“Welcome to the University of Guelph-Humber and our Science Rendezvous festival. It’s great to see so many young (and not-so-young) budding scientists in the crowd and here with us today,” said University of Guelph-Humber Vice-Provost Dr. John Walsh in his opening remarks.

“Why are we all here today, taking part in scientific experiments, watching cool live demos, and getting involved in kid-friendly activities? We’re here to celebrate the importance of science in education and in our everyday lives.”

A child working with an anatomy model

The event brought many of UofGH’s academic programs together for activities designed for attendees of all ages, with stations focused on DNA, brain function, the five senses, anatomy, neuroscience, health and fitness, photo identification and matching, and forensic science.

UofGH’s Science Rendezvous even included a crime scene, a virtual reality station and a place to make ice cream.

“I’m so happy to be back here again at the University of Guelph-Humber to kick off Science Odyssey Week celebrations. It really makes my day to see so many people joining us today to have fun with science right here in my community,” said Minister Duncan.

“I can hardly wait to check out these fantastic displays and demonstrations, but first let’s all put our hands together and thank the hard-working students and staff at Guelph-Humber for making today possible.”

An attendee hugs SwoopMP Kirsty Duncan with Dr. John Walsh and Dr. Nikki MartynMixing food colouringA volunteer by an anatomy stationKirsty Duncan with UofGH leadershipA chemistry experimentMinister Duncan helps a child look through a microscopeA Neuroscience exhibitA volunteer peers through a microscopeTwo UofGH students by an exhibit on cellsA UofGH volunteer speaking to a youngsterMinister Duncan hugging a few of the children