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U of G to host Family Day weekend event for the ‘curious’ about science

This is not your average science fair.

Royal City Science hosts the first ever Curiosity Carnival billed as a science circus with interactive and hands-on activities. It will take place on Family Day weekend, February 17 and 18, inside the MacKinnon building on the main campus of the University of Guelph.

“This is a way to bring families together in a one-stop shop to be immersed in a whole set of STEM disciplines and programs at the same time,” said Orbax Thomas, co-founder of Royal City Science.

“But you still have this kind of fun, day-to-day feeling when you go to a carnival.”

Among the activities to be held at the Curiosity Carnival is the portable planetarium, an inflatable dome where visitors can learn about the stars anywhere and anytime. There is also a busking zone where local organizations have programs, workshops and virtual reality interactions.

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“We have CTRL-V and Code Ninjas from Guelph, the Ontario Agriculture College (OAC) Outreach Division, and Creative Encounters,” Thomas said.

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The event will also explore some of the technological advances made through science. Thomas said that while technology is fast, it brings a variety of ethical and moral questions.

“We live in a world where this technology has surpassed our boundaries of what we actually know and how to use it,” he said. “The next generation of young scientists coming up and coming, will be the ones who will solve the issues and shape our future based on that technology.”

Carnival is not just for children. On the evening of Saturday the 17th, there will be a game show with a science theme called Freestyle Socials – Remix ‘N Match hosted by Anthony Morgan from the CBC show the Nature of Things.

“The idea is that it’s a fun and interactive, live science game show that really engages the audience,” Thomas said. “It’s trying to learn about the topics that divide us and are sometimes a bit controversial. But in the end, try to see what divides us that brings us closer.”

On the 18th Sunday, there will be a screening of Kiss the Ground, a documentary that came out in 2020 that examines the role that agricultural change can play as a solution to the climate crisis.

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All Curiosity Carnival activities are free except the Freestyle Socials – Remix ‘N Match game show. Visitors are encouraged to register for the game show, documentary screening, and planetarium shows.

More information and to register is available at Create an Event.

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