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UCalgary invites the science-adventurous to join Canada's big Science Odyssey

For 10 days in May, meet the robots and peer over the edge of the science frontier
May 15, 2017
To help mark NSERC's Science Odyssey, University of Calgary community events include a Cybermentor workshop and an opportunity to meet the robots in the Schulich School of Engineering.

To help mark NSERC's Science Odyssey, University of Calgary community events include a Cybermentor workshop and an opportunity to meet the robots in the Schulich School of Engineering.

Last year, one of Canada’s most passionate science advocates, Minister Kirsty Duncan, launched a national 10-day celebration to share her love of discovery with Canadians everywhere — and called it Science Odyssey.

Canada’s first Science Odyssey brought together close to 400 outreach partners, who offered 600 events, in more than 200 communities across Canada. UCalgary’s community events last year included an Open House at the Rothney Astrophysical Observatory, a Cybermentor workshop, and an opportunity to meet the robots in the Schulich School of Engineering.

And this year, there are even more opportunities to join our scientists, engineers and science enthusiasts.

“Opening our labs for Science Odyssey is a wonderful opportunity to share the wonders of science and discovery with our community,” notes Ed McCauley, vice-president (research) at the University of Calgary.  “I join my colleagues in welcoming all of our fellow science-adventurers to explore what our researchers are up to, and have new hands-on science experiences.”

This year’s UCalgary Science Odyssey adventures include:

May 13: Cybermentors with the Schulich School of Engineering

  • The award-winning Cybermentor program offers STEM mentorship to girls in grades 6 to 12. The program matches girls who are interested in science and engineering with female scientists and engineers to encourage them to consider STEM careers. Learn more about Cybermentors at UCalgary

May 13:  Technovation Regional Pitch Challenge with the Faculty of Science

  • The Technovation Challenge hosts student-teams who’ve been working with mentors to develop and present their business plans and demo their apps to a panel of experts. The Challenge is a world-wide initiative, started in the Silicon Valley, to engage young women in technology entrepreneurship.  Learn more about UCalgary’s Technovation Challenge.  

May 13:  Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute lab tour with Naweed Syed

  • Professor Syed, an internationally acclaimed neuroscientist, member of the Hotchkiss Brain Institute and humanitarian, is welcoming a group of high school students from the Syrian Refugee Support Group in Calgary. The new Canadian students will visit the Cumming School of Medicine to learn more about Canada’s leadership in cool applications like the neuron-chip that provides precision brain monitoring and promising ways to treat brain injuries.  Learn more about Professor Syed’s research.

May 14: The Future is Robotic with the Schulich School of Engineering

  • Are you ready to learn how to program a robot to dance and talk? Discover how technology and engineering is changing the fast and fun-paced world of robots with the Schulich School of Engineering and STEM Learning Lab. This event is open to Grade 10, 11 and 12 students. Space is limited. Learn more about meeting Schulich’s robots.

May 14: Google Ignite with the Schulich School of Engineering

  • This Google-sponsored workshop, hosted by the Schulich School of Engineering, will bring more than 60 students onto campus to learn how to program. The students are mentored by a team of Schulich's undergraduate students, and faculty members! Learn more about Schulich’s Google Ignite workshops.

May 16: Nerd Nite with the Faculty of Science’s David Cramb and Peter Facchini

  • Cancer Versus the Nanobots! with Professor David Cramb. To address the long-term problems of current cancer treatments that kill more than just cancer cells, Professor Cramb and his team are developing nanoparticles for more targeted treatments that are easier on the body. 
  • Milk of the Poppy and the New Breaking Bad, with Professor Peter Facchini. Join Canada Research Chair Faccini to learn more about “the joy plant” and how joy and pain go together in the world of opiates.
  • Learn more about Nerd Nite.

May 17: Google Ignite with the Schulich School of Engineering

  • This Google sponsored workshop, hosted by the Schulich School of Engineering, will bring more than 60 students onto campus to learn how to program. The students are mentored by a team of Schulich's undergraduate students, and faculty members! Learn more about Schulich’s Google Ignite workshops.

May 18: Women in Engineering breakfast with the Schulich School of Engineering

And there’s more — you can satisfy your curiosity all year-long at UCalgary community programs. For example, visit the Rothney Astronomical Observatory, take in the Thursday lunchtime Nickle at Noon artist and researcher talks, you can invite the Arctic in the Classroom to your school or group — or study in the Mini Med School. Or, how about attending a Minds in Motion summer camp or visiting one of our Field Station open houses? To stay up-to-date on events like these — and more, subscribe to our UCalgary Explore Newsletter.

Science Odyssey is Canada's largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, featuring fun and inspiring experiences in museums, research centres, laboratories and classrooms from coast to coast. Powered by NSERC, Science Odyssey demonstrates how discoveries and innovations shape our daily lives and foster a strong science culture in Canada. You can browse the full list of Science Odyssey events here

 

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