Oct. 26, 2019

Edmonton's School of Witchcraft and Wizardry 2019

HPI Community Engagement

This October 26th, 2019, children from all over Edmonton descended yet again on Let’s Talk Science’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. They were greeted with a vast array of experiences, experiments, and equipment in order to have the children experience the magic of science. Events ranged from an owlery to muggle anatomy, and from potions to astrophysics. The cherry on top of the butterbeer flavoured Sunday for these kids was a room dedicated to the most magical beasts in all the world - parasites! Future Hogwarts students lined up to hear and see everything they could about the creepy crawly beasts that make a home in/on other animals. Young wizards and witches even got to design their own parasites and see if they could cast Giardia laden spells into a beaver in our giardia beanbag toss! Finally, kids were able to test their knowledge with our new "pin the parasite on the dragon" activity, where they learned where to put a tick just behind a dragon’s wing so they wouldn’t fall off. Overall, a grand success!

A huge thanks to Alyssa Turnbull, Brooke McPhail, Abdullah Garahma, and Monica Ayala-Diaz for volunteering at this event which hosted over 2,000 visitors.