Mad science for the whole family

Mon, May 1, 2017

Create a tornado in a lab, make slime, taste a craft brew, or watch fire dance to music at Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s (KPU) Science Rendezvous Saturday, May 13.

The largest public science festival in the Fraser Valley and KPU Langley’s largest event attracting over 1,000 visitors in 2016, Science Rendezvous offers free hands-on activities, shows, tours and displays for the entire 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. “We’re excited to welcome families onto our campus for a fun-filled day of discovery.”

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.

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 cross-Canada celebration of science that reaches over 300,000 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

For photos of Science Rendezvous from previous years, visit Flickr.

Event Highlights

  • -Real science lab tours and hands-on experiments
  • -Make slime
  • -Chemistry magic show
  • -Dancing fire display
  • -Robots
  • -Student-brewed craft beer samples (19+)
  • -High-tech patient simulators
  • -Cockroach races
  • -Eat edible weeds
  • -Flower labyrinth

-Tatiana Tomljanovic

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