Science Rendezvous 2022


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UBC is proud to be a host of Science Rendezvous, a national festival that takes science out of the lab and on to the street. Join us on Saturday May 7, 2022 from 10AM to 3PM for a day of hands-on, family friendly science activities!

Festival-goers of all ages will get a chance to meet world-class researchers and innovators, participate in hands-on experiments, and see amazing scientific demonstrations on UBC's Vancouver campus. See map with venues and parking below. In accordance with UBC's campus rules, masks or face coverings are required in public indoor spaces.

Events and Hands-On Science

Pacific Museum of Earth

Get hands on with a table of touchable fossils. There will also be tours of the new Hominin Hall and guided tours of the new Walk Through Time exhibit at 11:00, 1:00 and 3:00.

  • Location: Pacific Museum of Earth

Beaty Biodiversity Museum

Visit Canada's largest blue whale skeleton. The Museum is running its regular daily programming schedule and is open by donation.

  • Location: Beaty Biodiversity Museum

Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream with UBC Chemistry

Time Show Room
11:00 Fun with Colours Chemistry B150
11:30 Fun with Materials Chemistry B250
Noon Fun with Fuels Chemistry B150
12:30 Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream Between Chemistry B and D wings, weather permitting
1:00 Fun with Colours Chemistry B150
1:30 Fun with Materials Chemistry B250
  • Location: Chemistry B Block

Fun with Robots

UBC Geering Up Engineering Outreach is on a mission to provide youth with the opportunity to investigate engineering, science and technology in a fun, educational and safe environment.

  • Location: Earth Sciences Building lobby throughout the day

Make an Air Vortex Cannon

Make an air vortex cannon with UBC Let's Talk Science. Learn basic concepts about air and advanced concepts in fluid dynamics.

  • Location: Beaty Biodiversity Museum courtyard throughout the day

Math Mania

Interactive demonstrations, puzzles, games art and mathematical paradoxes that make math and computer science concepts fun. Math Mania welcomes all age levels, but is particularly suited to students in Grades 2 to 5.

  • Locations: Interactive stations at all venues throughout the day

Holographic Systems and VR

UBC HiVE offers demonstrations with Hololens 2 (a holographic system) and Oculus Quest 2 (a virtual reality system).

  • Location: Earth Sciences Building Main Floor

LEGO Bricks, Paper Circuits and Oscilloscopes

Build a chart of nuclides using LEGO, draw paper circuits to light-up LEDs, and learn how programmable sensor data can be displayed with an oscilloscope. Travel virtually into the heart of UBC-based TRIUMF, and the world's largest cyclotron of its kind.

  • Location: Earth Sciences Building, Room 1012

Magic and Mazes with UBC Computer Science

Explore data representation and structures presented as puzzles, games and challenges! UBC Computer Science and the Vancouver Independent School for Science and Technology illuminate the science of computing without touching a keyboard.

  • Location: Outside the Beaty Museum throughout the day

Play with Microscopes
Come to the lab and play with microscopes and discover the beauty of pond biodiversity!

  • Location: Michael Smith Building, Room 105 throughout the day

Create Your Own Gut
Make a piece of art with Microbiology and Immunology that lets you "create your own gut" by decorating it with specific microbes based on your lifestyle.

  • Location: Outside the Beaty Museum throughout the day

Extract DNA from strawberries

The UBC Social Exposome Research Cluster aims to understand the biological mechanisms by which social factors get 'under the skin' to influence health. Join us for fun-filled STEM demonstrations, interactive activities and the premiere screening of a video at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. showing how early life factors influence future health outcomes.

  • Location: Michael Smith Building, Room 101

Science Talks

10:00am

Microbes and Human Health

The Tropini lab investigates the connection between gut microbes and human health, common factors that impact bacteria in our gut, and how these changes may contribute to digestive disorders.

  • Location: Earth Sciences Building, Room 1013

3D Coral Project

  • Location: Earth Sciences Building, Room 1012

11:00am

How Birds Move

How birds use visual motion to maneuver, feed and avoid collisions in flight.

  • Location: Michael Smith Building, Room 102

Food Nutrition - What's Good to Eat

Eating a wide variety of nutrient-rich foods is one way to support health. But it's not just about what you put on your plate. Get the big picture on how stress and anxiety impact diet using real life experiences and current research projects from the Cohen Lab at UBC.

  • Location: Earth Sciences Building, Room 1013

Successes and Failures in Engineering

Engineers will not always build a successful product on the first try. They can learn as much from a failed or computer simulated part as they can from a working one. Find out how materials engineers use simulations and failure analysis investigations to improve products from biomedical devices to airplanes.

  • Location: Earth Sciences Building, Room 1012

Noon

Higgs @ 10

Ten years after the discovery of the Higgs boson, the elusive subatomic particle, researchers at the world's largest science experiment are gearing up for next-generation searches. Join TRIUMF physicists to explore the Large Hadron Collider, the ATLAS detection experiment, and Canada's role on the frontier of physics.

  • Location: Earth Sciences Building, Room 1013

Race to Immunity

Learn the steps in designing, producing and distributing your own vaccine in a pandemic. Beat another team in a dramatic race against time!

  • Location: Location: Michael Smith Building, Room 101

1:00pm

Three Minute Thesis Finalists

  • Location: Michael Smith Building, Room 102

Wild Mushrooms: Careful What You Eat

  • Location: Earth Sciences Building, Room 1013

Bird Feathers and Improving Flight Performance

  • Location: Earth Sciences Building, Room 1012

2:00pm

BC Children's Hospital Research Institute Social Exposome Cluster

The Social Exposome Research Cluster aims to understand the biological mechanisms by which social factors get 'under the skin' to influence health. Join us for fun-filled STEM demonstrations, interactive activities and the premiere screening of a video showing how early life factors influence future health outcomes.

  • Location: Michael Smith Building, Room 101

Dark Extinction

A talk on the recent and future extinction of species. Are there species that have become recently extinct without being scientifically recorded, and perhaps leaving no physical trace?

  • Location: Earth Sciences Building, Room 1013

What Electron Microscopy Teaches Us About the World

  • Location: Earth Sciences Building, Room 1012

Venues

The locations are close together. Museums are open by donation. In accordance with UBC’s campus rules, masks or face coverings are required in public indoor spaces.


  1. Beaty Biodiversity Museum
    2212 Main Mall | Map and parking
  2. Chemistry D Block
    2036 Main Mall | Map and parking
  3. Earth Sciences Building
    2207 Main Mall | Map and parking
  4. Michael Smith Building
    2185 East Mall | Map and parking
  5. Pacific Museum of Earth
    2207 Main Mall | Map and parking