Fraser Valley's largest public science festival returns to Langley

Wed, Apr 27, 2016

Langley, B.C. – Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s (KPU) Langley campus will transform into a spectacular science centre for a one-day-only event May 7. The fourth annual KPU Science Rendezvous, the largest public science festival in the Fraser Valley, will host an array of demonstrations, hands-on science experiments, and interactive labs for learners and scientists of all ages.

“This is our fourth year hosting Science Rendezvous and we’re excited to welcome the public onto our campus for a celebration of science and learning in a fun, festival-style atmosphere, “ said Dr. Betty Worobec, dean of KPU’s Faculty of Science and Horticulture. “Bring the whole family for a day of adventure and discovery!”

Visitors can make slime in KPU’s science labs, see flames dance to music, create tornadoes, creep through KPU’s bug lab, take a polygraph test and experience the crowd-favourite Chemistry Magic Show. There will also be tours and tastings in KPU’s custom-built beer brewing lab.

New this year, guests can walk through a flower-lined labyrinth as part of ‘Walk as One at 1’: a global event that celebrates World Labyrinth Day (May 7). The classic seven-turn labyrinth was created by KPU urban ecosystems students and faculty.

Science World will also be onsite hosting a KEVA plank zone: a sort of life-size Jenga display that features perfectly cut, identical construction blocks that stack with great stability to any height.

Genome BC, Bricks 4 Kids, Destination Imagination, Let’s Go Science, Urban Safari Rescue Society and many others will be at the event with hands-on activities and fun ways to celebrate science. Guests will also have the chance to win free Science World passes.

Science Rendezvous – a national cross-Canada celebration of science – reaches over 30,000 people to promote community involvement and enthusiasm for sciences. The event takes science to the streets in a highly interactive public program to inspire people of all ages with a passion for science.

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

Key facts:

  • KPU Science Rendezvous is the largest public science festival in the Fraser Valley.
  • It’s also KPU’s largest annual event on its Langley campus, and attracted over 700 people in 2015.
  • Over 100 KPU faculty, staff and student volunteers will be on site hosting activities.
  • Six faculties and 24 departments are involved in the event.
  • KPU Science Rendezvous is one of a number of Science Rendezvous events across Canada, and one of two in B.C. (the other being at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby)
  • KPU’s first event was held in 2013, and drew over 500 visitors.
  • A variety of B.C. science organizations will be participating in the ‘Science Partner Zone’, including: Science World, Genome BC, Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology (SCWIST), Ms Infinity, Destination Imagination BC, and Science Fair Foundation BC.
  • Science World has been a sponsor of KPU Science Rendezvous since the first event in 2013.
  • This is the second year for the ‘Science Marketplace’ which features community science educators and groups, including: Mad Science, Sylvan Robotics for Kids, Bricks 4 Kidz, Urban Safari Rescue Society, Langley Environmental Protection Society, and Fortis BC.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University has served the Metro Vancouver region since 1981, and has opened doors to success for more than 200,000 learners. Four campuses—Richmond, Surrey, Cloverdale and Langley—offer a comprehensive range of sought-after programs in business, liberal arts, design, health, science and horticulture, trades and technology, and academic and career advancement. Over 19,000 students annually have a choice from over 120 programs, including bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, diplomas, certificates, citations and apprenticeships. Learn more at kpu.ca.    

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