Science is awesome.
Evidence of that was the turnout of visitors, mostly made up of the 10-and-under set and their parents and guardians, at the Saturday, May 9 Science Rendezvous at the Kwantlen Polytechnic University Langley campus.
May 9 marked Canadaâ€™s largest celebration of science, with than 300 simultaneous events happening simultaneously, including a Canada-wide experiment.
KPU in Langley was one of two venues in B.C. to host the rendezvous, Simon Fraser Universityâ€™s Burnaby campus being the other.
The event was free and open to the public.
This marks the most ambitious edition of Science Rendezvous in the eventâ€™s eight year history.
â€œWith growing concern about the state of science and science communication in Canada, Iâ€™m happy to report this will be our biggest and boldest celebration,â€ Science Rendezvous executive director Kelsey Miller said.
Science Rendezvous is a national science festival described as â€œNuit Blanche for the sciences.â€
Every year, Science Rendezvous partners with local research and community organizations to give the public hands-on and often unprecedented access to Canadian research.
Events span from Langley to St. Johnâ€™s, including new sites in Tuktoyaktuk and Inuvik, N.W.T. and take place in venues ranging from small community centres to Torontoâ€™s Yonge-Dundas Square.
The festival has also mounted its first Canada-wide experiment with 12 participating sites releasing high-altitude balloons into space to take a snapshot of Canadaâ€™s atmospheric health.
The results will be analyzed by researchers at the University of Regina and presented at festival event sites.
â€œScience is about experimenting and this year, Canada is one big petri dish,â€ said Dr. Jessica Sonnenberg, who is coordinating the national experiment.
More than 150,000 attended Science Rendezvous events across Canada last year and even more was expected this year.