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Science Rendez-vous

Described as Nuit Blanche for the sciences, Science Rendezvous is Canada’s largest nation-wide science festival. This year’s festival will celebrate 10 years of Science Rendezvous and 150 years of Canadian science. 

Ryerson University at Yonge-Dundas Square (10am – 4pm)
Come celebrate Science Rendezvous' 10th event in the heart of downtown Toronto. Ryerson’s Science Rendezvous event takes place in Yonge-Dundas Square, on the south-east corner of Yonge and Dundas in downtown Toronto, one of Canada’s liveliest public areas. Our event offers hands-on activities, demonstrations and stage shows in robotics, water science, energy, engineering, architectural science, and many other scientific areas. This year Ryerson's Faculty of Science is launching the first North American Soapbox Science. An award-winning science outreach platform, created in the UK in 2011, and promotes women in science. We have activities for young children, teens and adults. Spend the day with Canadian scientists and innovators and get connected with science.

University of Toronto St. George campus (11am – 5pm)
Science Rendezvous at the University of Toronto (St. George Campus) will feature numerous exhibits that integrate science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and human ingenuity.  Shutting down large sections of St. George St, this event offers visitors of all ages and backgrounds a chance to interact with world-class researchers, witness awe-inspiring demonstrations, partake in hands-on experiments and, above all, have fun while discovering science in a whole new way. Come and see robots, solar cars, and 3D worlds, build bridges and arches, solve math tricks, identify Earth’s minerals, observe tabletop river bedforms, make slime, extract DNA, meet with zebrafish, leeches, and hissing cockroaches. Get in your time machine and conquer the ultimate Science Chase to be crowned the Science Rendezvous Time Travelling Hero of 2017.

Carleton University and Let’s Talk Science (7:00pm – 10pm)
Light up the Night with Chemistry In the Dark. If it glows up, or blows up you will see it here: spontaneous combustion, fireworks, melting iron, and anything else that can’t be done indoors. Before the show Let’s Talk Science volunteers will be serving up liquid nitrogen ice cream, delving into the chemistry of wine and chocolate and presenting new experiments and new hands-on activities.

Science Odyssey Funfest (10am-4pm)
Science Odyssey Funfest is a celebration and learning experience to spark youth’s interest in science and technology. Join us for family-friendly fun with hands-on science and research activities led by federal government departments, universities and external partners. The event will take place right across the street from Dows Lake, which is also where the Canadian Tulip Festival will be held.

Queen’s University at Rogers K-ROCK Centre (10am – 3pm)
The Rogers K-Rock Centre becomes a giant Science Discovery Centre with something for everyone. Participate in the Math Midway, make a kaleidoscope, be a mathemagical sculpture, explore space inside a Planetarium, see Canada's first Green Chemistry Magic Show, and meet the “real” Batman! There will be special presentations throughout the day inside the Rogers K-Rock Centre and outside on The Tragically Hip Way. The first 1000 families will receive a booklet filled with experiments that can be done at home and passes to local museums.

University of Guelph-Humber (10am – 3pm)
The Science of YOU: Learn about your body from the inside out. Begin with a peek inside our cells, basic anatomy and the science behind our brains. Explore the science of fitness, health and how the mind and body are connected.

University of Ontario Institute of Technology & Durham College (10am – 3pm)
Come learn how to make an indicator out of cabbage in our colorful chemistry lab. Explore the rainbow with an exciting dry ice experiment. Discover the magnetic properties of cereal. Uncover visually what is really in those tasty treats you love to eat. Hands-on workshops will allow you to experience being a real scientist. Solve a CSI Oshawa mystery using forensic techniques, play biodiversity bingo, create soap sculptures, flaming gummy bears and much more.

GRAND FINALE CELEBRATION (2:30-3pm): music, cake and prizes in celebration of Science Rendezvous' 10th anniversary, Durham College's 50th anniversary and Canada's 150th Birthday.

University of Toronto Scarborough at Toronto Zoo (10am – 3pm)
To celebrate Canada's 150th birthday, join us for a zoo-wide scavenger hunt: solve clues hidden throughout the different stations and learn all about Canadian species. Pick up your passport, visit our activity stations and collect a stamp at each station. Enjoy hands-on science activities presented by University of Toronto Scarborough in partnership with the Toronto Zoo and Let’s Talk Science. (Science Rendezvous activities included with regular Zoo admission).

University of Toronto Mississauga and Let’s Talk Science at the Central Library (11am – 4pm)
Join Let's Talk Science and scientists from the University of Toronto Mississauga at the Central Library for a day of fun science experiments for all ages. Learn about and get your hands on the innovative research happening in your city.

University of Waterloo and Let’s Talk Science (9am – 4pm)
Come celebrate Canadian innovation at the St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market, and get your hands on science with fun activities for the whole family. Waterloo Public Library, Main Branch is also hosting activities from 11 — 11:45am.

Western University (2pm – 11pm)
Activities include making slime, panning for gold, programming mini-robots with color coded lines, solar observing, building Mars rovers to traverse the Martian landscape, and measuring action potentials in muscles. Take part in an action packed Science Chase and be dazzled by the Science stage show that will showcase engaging demonstrations from various science disciplines!

University of Windsor Campus and Let’s Talk Science (10am – 4pm)
The Science Carnival will once again feature many exciting demonstrations and hands-on activities, including: astronomy demos, Science Photo Booth, robots, Chemistry Magic Show, Phunky Physics Show and much more.

York University at Main Street Markham Farmers’ Market (10am – 3pm)
Science Rendezvous will be combined with the grand opening of the annual Farmers’ Market (starting at 8am). Activities include squishy circuits, constellation tattoos, vortex smoke cannon, Art of Bubblology, DNA jewelry and so much more.