University of Saskatchewan

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University of Saskatchewan

Science Rendezvous 2013 at UofS

Date: Saturday, May 10, 2014

Start: 9:00 AM

End: 3:00 PM


Main attractions will be held at the Thorvaldson and Agriculture Buildings at the University of Saskatchewan.

1. Agriculture Building 51 Campus Drive

2. Thorvaldson Building 110 Science Place


Chemistry activities

Be enthralled by the magical world of chemistry! Come and see matter change before your very eyes – from giving spectacular colors to glowing with a dazzling light to going with a big bang!

Join us at Thorvaldson Building, 110 Science Place, Saskatoon SK, S7N 5C9 from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM. A full day of fun learning awaits everyone!

  • 9:30 -10:30 (Thorvaldson 105) Chemistry Magic Show with Dr. Bartole Scott
  • Watch liquid nitrogen make velvety petals shatter like glass
  • Enjoy the vibrant colored explosions of hydrogen balloons
  • Be bedazzled by white phosphorus burn in pure oxygen
  • Listen to a reaction that sounds like a barking dog chasing a ball of light (CS2 + N2O reaction)
  • See your money go in flames but not burn then learn the types of fire extinguishers
  • 10:30 – 3:30 (Thorvaldson G44) Glow Room
  • Make your own bracelet that monitors ultraviolet rays exposure
  • Indulge your artistic side by painting a wall with glow in the dark pigments
  • Bring home a glow in the dark slime to your little brothers and sisters
  • Watch luminol leave glowing ghostly trails
  • 10:30 – 3:30 (Thorvaldson G34) Boom-Bastic Room
  • Transform your Gummi bear into purple dancing lights
  • Hold fire bubbles in the palm of your hand
  • Make soap bubbles explode
  • Fuel a car with water
  • 10:30 – 3:30 (Thorvaldson G51) Specta-Colour Room
  • Be bewitched by dry ice and pH indicators
  • Perform a traffic light reaction
  • Turn copper pennies to silver then to gold
  • Make a crystal Garden
  • 10:30 – 3:30 (Thorvaldson G6) Inventors Room
  • From test tube reactions to commercial products – relive how daily materials were created in the lab: synthesize nylon; create a silver mirror; make an instant hand warmer; create materials that changes color with temperature
  • 9:30-3:30 (Arts 105 Foyer) Exhibits and Souvenir Sales
  • Magic Sand
  • Playdoh circuits
  • Coloured tornadoes

Biology / Agriculture activities with Michelle (Agric Atrium)

  • Demonstrating and supervising activities, which include:
  • DNA and cells
  • “What’s in your food?”
  • Vermicomposting
  • Dairy barn tour at 1pm

Paleontology activities with Maria (Geology)

  • Public lecture every two hours starting at 11am about current research in the field of paleobotany.
  • Paleozoic Invertebrate Fossil Identification Station
  • Fossil Cast-Making
  • Paleontology Documentaries

Guest appearance by Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

  • Measuring radiation in everyday things
  • Explore our hands-on and dynamic web modules and view our insightful two-minute video of how nuclear is used safely across Canada. Radiation is all around us, we’ll demonstrate this by measuring radiation in everyday items. Come and join us!


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