National Celebration of Science at Western

Taniya Sheikh

“I wish we had something like this where we are from” -Jill Thomson, Mother at Science Rendezvous.

Although predicted weather wasn’t great on Saturday morning, the Science Faculty at Western did not back down on hosting their second Science Rendezvous event at the TD Stadium. The event ran from 10am-4pm and had a crowd from the beginning even with gloomy, rainy weather. The stadium that was filled with little kids running around with balloons and big smiles on their face participated at over 25 booths that explored the wonders of science.

The activities and booths were set up by various faculties at Western from Engineering to the Schulic School of Medicine and Dentistry and also included several science institutes in and around London.

One fascinating booth was the STEAM Centre, which is an educational charity at St. Thomas. The institute hold day camps and summer camps for kids to be creative with science.

Fred Cahill from the STEM Centre says "it combines the art part of the STEM groups together" providing an opportunity for children to expand their science abilities. 

At the booth, they had several illustrations from the space, items that were printed by a 3D printer and laser cut items. 

As for the event, Cahill believes there is so much passion and volunteerism towards an event which shows what science can do which is truly inspiring.

Marilyn Steinberg, the Director of Communications and Government Relations for the Faculty of Science was amazed at the turnout for the event.

This is one of the only events that is held by Western while students of the University are away for the summer and Steinberg, says its a community event where London gets to experience Western's Culture. 

With several families taking part in the various activities, one family drove from Paris to make it for the event. Jill Thomson was on the road at 8:30am to make it in time for 10am with her son from Paris. When asked about her motivation to make the commute during the unpleasant weather, she happily responded saying that her son is fascinated with space and science and its important for her to get him involved in as much as possible. 9 years old Zack, who is an aspiring NASA scientist loved the event, especially the slime, hunting for gold and the warm sun.