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REF NO.: 71

SUBJECT: Join Memorial University for a fun day of science promotion and discovery

DATE: May 9

Science Rendezvous, the marquee event kicking off a nationwide Science Odyssey week, will take place on Memorial’s St. John’s campus on Saturday, May 12, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Representatives from Memorial's faculties of science, engineering and applied science and humanities and social sciences will present exciting and interactive exhibits and activities for people of all ages.
 
In addition to the departments in these faculties, Bricks 4 Kidz, Paradigm Hyperloop, the Newfoundland Labrador Archeological Society and Let’s Talk Science will be on hand.
 
Highlights include a chemistry magic show, robots, virtual reality games and a ship simulator. Visitors will be able to make their own chia pet, find out how to extract DNA at home and check out the full-size prototype of a hyperloop pod, in addition to many other exciting hands-on experiments.
 
“Last year we had a record attendance and we are hoping to increase those numbers this year,” said Lisa Breen, chair of the Science Rendezvous committee at Memorial. “Our participation in Science Rendezvous 2018 will help showcase science, technology, engineering and mathematics in a fun and entertaining way to people of all ages.
 
“This year we are very excited to be adding arts to our event to highlight the intermingling of arts, science and technology,” continued Ms. Breen. “By celebrating science and bringing researchers together with the general public, we hope to help foster a strong culture of science in this province as well as across Canada.”
 
Every year, Science Rendezvous partners with research and community organizations to give the public exciting hands-on and unprecedented access to Canadian research. This year, the 11th annual festival will see more than 300 free events take place in partnership with 40 of Canada’s top research institutions and more than 120 community organizations across 30 cities on May 12.

Events span from Vancouver to St. John’s and take place in venues ranging from small community centres to university campuses and large public parks. More than 300,000 people attended Science Rendezvous events across Canada last year and even more are expected this year.
 
Science Rendezvous is supported by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, Memorial University’s Faculty of Science, SHAD and Starbucks.

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For further information, please contact Kelly Foss, communications advisor, Faculty of Science, at (709) 864-2019 or kfoss@mun.ca.

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