Today was an exciting day filled with lots of hands-on science activities. The morning kicked-off with UNBelievable Science Experiences taking place throughout the UNB campus. Students got the chance to explore new and unique areas of science, investigating biomedical engineering, computer science, fundamental mathematics, technological design, geology and medicine! Students were able to test experimental fish trackers, dissect frogs, make glue and design circuits. It was a great way for finalist’s to explore new areas of science and engineering as they toured all of the campus buildings!
After lunch, finalists then rotated between sharing their research with the public in the exhibit hall, visiting the ‘Science at Work’ booths and attending the ‘On the Podium’ speaker series. Public viewing was lively and filled with school tours and intrigued locals from the Fredericton area. However, the best part of the day was definitely located three floors below the exhibit hall at the ‘Science at Work’ display, where local businesses, organizations and museums showcased the science involved in their everyday lives. We learned about the science of henna, search & rescue, mineralogy and even the making of cymbals for drum kits! Students were able to test dummies that train emergency first-responders, examine 500 million year old fossils, try state-of-the-art prosthetic technology, play piano using bananas and view some cool items from the Science & Technology archives. The Museum of New Brunswick showcased some of their most impressive specimens and many local colleges and universities attended to talk about their unique programs.
The ‘On the Podium’ speaker series showcased a variety of French and English speakers today, including Dr. Robert Thirsk, a member of the Youth Science Canada Board of Directors and the Canadian record holder for the most time spent in space. He gave an incredibly inspiring talk about life in space, the challenges of a career in aerospace and all of the amazing science experiments he was able to complete during his time on the International Space Station. Students were in awe listening to his tales of breathtaking views of the Earth and the interesting affects of zero-gravity life on the human body.
The evening then ended with the warm and cozy 'Camp CWSF', where finalists showcased their hidden talents as the audience watched from lawn chairs, munching on hot dogs and s’mores under twinkling star lights and a ‘campfire’ next to the stage. Every year we are blown away by our talented students and this year was no exception! Singing, fiddling, spoken-word poetry and acting skits were just a few of the diverse talents showcased on the Camp CWSF stage. The entire Student Union Building was transformed into a fire-lit and magical space to share in the diversity of talent our Canadian youth possess. The night then ended with a literal bang as a surprise fireworks display was viewed from the quad in front of the SUB!
Today's blog post will be relatively short as it has been an incredibly long and busy day here in the Youth Science Canada office as we prepare for the big day ahead tomorrow! Stay tuned for the official results that will be released after the Grand Awards Ceremony tomorrow afternoon. It will be an exciting day, with more public viewing in the morning followed by the ceremony and cocktail reception taking place at the Fredericton Convention Centre. Our winners will be released on local and national media, as well as through our Facebook page and on the blog tomorrow night so stay connected to learn about all of our grand award winners for 2015. The evening will then end off with a farewell party back on campus before students get ready to begin departing Saturday evening and Sunday morning!
Public viewing will be from 9am-12pm tomorrow and Saturday, so if you haven't had the chance to check out the finalists' projects, definitely come out to the Currie Centre over the next two days!
Today’s New Brunswick fun fact is that the University of New Brunswick is tied with the University of Georgia for the oldest university in North America! Amazing!
The Fredericton Forecast for tomorrow is calling for 23 degrees and sun, a fantastic day to celebrate the achievements of every student at CWSF 2015.