Science Rendezvous: Prepare to be amazed

Faculty of Science Professor Robert Tsushima, associate dean, research & partnerships, walks on water
Faculty of Science Professor Robert Tsushima, associate dean, research & partnerships, walks on water at the 2013 Science Rendezvous event

Have you ever walked on water or built a Harry Potter wand?

York University is joining forces with Main Street Markham to present Science Rendezvous, an annual outdoor science festival that is part of a national effort held in 18 cities across Canada to promote the sciences and science literacy. Science Rendezvous will take place Saturday, May 10, from 10 am to 3 pm, at the Main Street Farmer’s Market on Robinson Street in Markham.

Visitors will have an opportunity to walk on water, learn how to build a magical Harry Potter wand,  find out what flavour elephants like best for their toothpaste, and more.

Researchers and scientists from York University will be at Science Rendezvous with some amazing hands-on activities and interactive exhibits.  Live entertainment will be provided by “Forty Something” and there will be free parking. Organizers have an amazing line up of new events developed by York University students Stefanie Bernaudo, Jelena Brkic and Heyam Hayer, and presented by the volunteers from the Let’s Talk Science and Science Enrichment teams. Some of the new events include:

  • Mathemagician
  • Magic Cloud
  • Amazing Minds
  • Crater Ejections
  • Elephant Toothpaste
  • Clock Reaction
  • Smart Phone Microscopes
  • Wandmaker
  • Project ARMES

Back by popular demand are York University biology Professor Roger Lew and Chantal Blanchard from Carl Zeiss Canada Ltd., who will be presenting Fern Babies for Mother’s Day. Blanchard will be bringing some of the best Zeiss microscopes so that visitors to Science Rendezvous can get a close look at the fern life cycle. There will even be baby ferns that can be brought home for Mother’s Day.

York U faculty, staff and students, their kids and friends are invited to drop by Science Rendezvous for a day filled with fun and interesting experiments and demonstrations. Prepare to learn and be amazed. Last year more than 160,000 students, professors, scientists, researchers and parents participated in Science Rendezvous across Canada. Some 3,000 people braved the cool weather to attend the 2013 Science Rendezvous in Markham.