Schedule – UNBelievable Science Experiences (Wednesday May 15)

Finalists will participate in two of the following hands-on activities offered by various departments at the University of New Brunswick.

1. Psychology: Explore the mind in the Psychology Department! In our department you will discover the range of things psychologists study by visiting a number of our research labs, which cover a wide range of interests such as neuropsychology, cognition and perception, sports psychology, human development, clinical psychology, and applied behavioural analysis. During each visit, you will be given the opportunity to participate in interactive demonstrations. In the past, activities have included watching a live EEG, finding out how optical illusions trick your eyes and your mind, and seeing learning principles in action.

2. Technology Management & Entrepreneurship: Innovative Design Workshop – You will work in a group to unlock information about a potential customer. Based on a photograph of a person you will examine, infer, and brainstorm key details about the person. From these details you will create a new product or service to solve their problem; you will make or model your idea using basic supplies that will be provided. You will get a taste of what Technology Management and Entrepreneurship student’s thinking process looks like.

3. Mechanical Engineering: Take a quick tour from the bottom of the ocean to outer space and everything in between to see some of the current and planned uses of robots. This talk and demonstration will show some of the most interesting uses of robotics in science, exploration, industry and art. Some time will be devoted to highlight Canada’s involvement in the current robotic revolution, especially in space and underwater robotics. This talk will be followed by a hand-on demo of the new state-of-the-art industrial robotics equipment. You will get a taste of what is available at the Robotics and Mechanisms Lab in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

4. Physics: Ever wonder what comes out of learning about light and optics? Come play around with lasers, sensors, lenses, mirrors and polarizers to learn the physics behind fibre optics, solar sails, laser light shows, solar panels, 3D movies and DVD/CD storage.

5. Geodesy and Geomatics: Ever wonder about measuring the depths of the oceans, or how Google Earth gets its data, or the science behind 3D viewing? In this activity, we will first describe the technology behind how Google Earth gets its images. We will then examine how we measure the depth of our oceans and showcase equipment that can be used to look for shipwrecks on the seafloor. Finally, we will introduce some of the exciting 3D technology being developed at UNB and use this technology to explore underwater canyons in the Saint John River.

6. Biology: Join us in a journey of discovery in the Biology Department! Bring your wits and your imagination as we'll be going on a series of high-speed adventures including PIT tagging in the university green-space (using Passive Integrated Transmitters), exploring animal tracks and then, an escape room! We'll also meet a number of interesting specimens, stories and substances along the way. Join us... if you dare!

7. Forestry (Soil moisture): This activity will teach you to determine soil moisture content thresholds. We will begin with a brief introduction regarding soil moisture retention properties, what affects moisture retention in soils directly, how it relates to soil texture and organic matter, and will provide “real world” examples. You will be working directly with prepared soil samples and lab equipment to individually determine four moisture content levels. You will be provided with detailed soil property information for your tested sample in order to make informed conclusions regarding your analysis results (OFFERED IN FRENCH)

8. Forestry (Soil texture): Soil Texture Analysis – Hydrometer Method Join us for an activity regarding soil texture analysis - what it represents, how it varies with changes in soil parent material, mode of deposition, age, and topographical position on the landscape. The texture class for a soil sample will be determined by working with “prepared” soil samples that will undergo both chemical and physical particle dispersal before being introduced to the sedimentation cylinder for hydrometer measurement. Calculations will be made to determine the fractions of sand, silt, and clay, to arrive at the texture class.

9. Parks Canada: (DIY National Park: Create Pollinator Habitat in your own Backyard) Parks Canada is actively working with our partners to protect species at risk, and expand our knowledge of biodiversity and climate change. At Fundy National Park, our new Pollinator Garden Project aims to provide critical habitat and better monitoring opportunities for at-risk pollinator species, including the Monarch butterfly and Yellow-banded bumble bee. Learn more about these at-risk pollinators species and how you can create a viable pollinator garden in your own backyard. By establishing safe pollinator habitats throughout New Brunswick communities, we can all contribute to a healthier environment and a more complete ecosystem!

10. Biomedical Engineering (Artificial Limbs): Learn about state-of-the-art artificial limbs. This activity will describe what kinds of artificial limbs are available to amputees, and what advances will be made in the near future. Emerging technologies such as implants, nerve transfer surgery, and advanced computers to enable powerful man-machine interfaces will be discussed.

11. Biomedical Engineering (Exoskeletons): Exoskeletons are one of the most promising new rehabilitation technologies, promising to help individuals be mobile who would otherwise be confined to a wheelchair. UNB is conducting research to improve these devices, and will discuss the latest technologies and barriers.

12. Earth Sciences: Where Does Stuff Come From? Did you know that it takes more than 33 minerals and elements to make a computer? And that each one of us will use over 1.3 million kilograms (2.9 million pounds) of minerals in our lifetime? Where does all our stuff come from?? Come explore our planet Earth, play with the properties of minerals and learn how they can benefit our society. We will examine the mining cycle, exploration and mining in Canada, and the exciting future endeavors of Mining in Space!

13. Computer Science: Hiding in Plain Sight! Discover the art of concealing text and images in plain sight.

14. Earth Sciences: Tiny witnesses of big changes: did you know that microfossils can be used to study climate changes and ocean circulation? In this activity, you will see how the skeletons of single-celled algae preserved in ocean mud can tell us stories about environmental changes of the past thousands of years. You will have the opportunity to look at fascinating organisms that swim next to us in the sea but are invisible to the naked eye.

15. A History in Blankets: An interactive learning experience, the Blanket Exercise sheds light on a history of Canada that is beginning to be told. Stepping onto blankets that represent land, participants will learn about Indigenous experiences beginning at-contact with the first Settlers to present-day struggles with injustice.

16. Welcome to the Talking Circle: Many Indigenous Nations across Canada use talking circles to share knowledge, stories, thoughts, and ideas. Everyone is equal in the circle. From experienced talking circle facilitators, learn about practices and customs associated with talking circles in Wabanaki territory.

17. Learn about Indigenous Medicines: Tobacco, cedar, sage, and sweetgrass are four of many sacred plant medicines to Indigenous peoples. Learn about the teachings of these medicines, including how they are used in daily life and for ceremonial purposes.

18. Comment utiliser l'exercice pour diminuer le risque de maladie?

19. UNB Markerspace: Join us for a hands-on workshop where participants can learn about 2) of the following: 3D modelling, circuit board design, or a demonstration of the laser cutting technology. Makerspaces across Canada help students develop their skills as designers, inventors and entrepreneurs.

20. UNB Media Lab: Let your imagination take over in UNB’s Media Lab. Explore virtual worlds of science and civilization in our 360 degree immersive VR environment. Film and edit video in our studio, learning tips for composition, sound, and lighting. Use our suite of video-editing software, lighting kits, and sound equipment to make your mini-videos.

21. Science in the Stacks

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