Langley’s KPU hosts science festival

The Science Rendezvous will feature cockroach races and dancing fire.

The annual Science Rendezvous is returning to Kwantlen Polytechnic’s Langley campus on May 13.

The public science festival is the largest in the Fraser Valley and offers free hands-on activities, shows, tours, and displays aimed at the whole family.

“From creepy crawlies in our bug lab to walking our meditative flower labyrinth, this festival appeals to anyone with a sense of curiosity about the world around us,” said Dr. Elizabeth Worobec, dean of KPU’s science and horticulture faculty.

Visitors can get their blood pressure checked by KPU nursing students, make a seed bomb launched in the air with a catapult, take a polygraph test, and watch the crowd-favourite Chemistry Magic Show.

There will also be tours and free tastings in KPU’s custom-built beer brewing lab for adults 19 years and older.

Some of the highlights include:

• Slime making

• Chemistry magic show

• Robots

• Dancing fire display

• Cockroach races

• Eat edible weeds

• Flower labyrinth

Science World will be onsite judging the KEVA bridge Spam challenge in which competitors using wooden blocks must build a bridge strong enough to support as many tins of Spam as possible. All visitors will have the chance to win a one-year family membership to Science World and day passes.

More than 30 scientists from KPU as well as Bricks 4 Kidz, Mad Science, Mathnasium, Science & Nature Co., and many others will also be at the event to provide demonstrations, talks, and assist visitors with experiments and games.

Science Rendezvous is a national series of science event held across Canada to promote community involvement and enthusiasm for sciences.

For more information about Science Rendezvous at KPU and for free tickets, visit kpu.ca/sciencerendezvous.