Visitors to TRU Saturday can find out how professor Martin Lettinga turns on a light bulb at a distance using this device.

Visitors to TRU Saturday can find out how professor Martin Lettinga turns on a light bulb at a distance using this device.

Science celebration Saturday at TRU

Science World is wrapping up a week of presentations at schools in the district this Saturday with a Community Science Celebration for the public at Thompson Rivers University this Saturday.

Science World is wrapping up a week of presentations at schools in the district this Saturday with a Community Science Celebration for the public at Thompson Rivers University this Saturday.

Science World will have its zany brand of science demonstrations set up in the TRU gymnasium from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Other community groups will also have exhibits set up and some of the classrooms will be open with TRU staff and students presenting their own science experiments related to careers in science and technology, and careers such as nursing.

Martin Lettinga, chemistry and physics professor, says his department is working on several new experiments for demonstration.

The students will show how bio-diesel can be made out of cooking oil, set up a demonstration to visually illustrate how sound waves travel, and show other experiments that appear to be magic, such as spinning a ruler and turning on a light bulb remotely.

During the week Science World has presented its Science World On the Road program in School District 27 elementary and middle schools, and an Opening the Door networking event connecting young adults with local science and technology professionals to learn more about future career opportunities in science.

This is the second year in a row that TRU has hosted Science World’s Community Science Celebration for the public at the end of the week of school visits.

Last year, Lettinga says, more than 1,600 people of all ages attended the event and more than 20 local exhibitors participated.

He says the Williams Lake campus is well positioned to tap into this enthusiasm with modern undergraduate science lab facilities, reasonable class-sizes and dedicated faculty.

“Students can complete one year of science or two years of arts and continue their education at the teaching-focused TRU Kamloops Campus,” Lettinga says.

“We thank the community for their involvement last year and sincerely hope for their continued support this year.”

Minister of Science and Universities Ida Chong says that through the Year of Science, the B.C. government wants to help raise the level of science awareness and skills in B.C.

 

Chong says that through the Year of Science, the BC government is working to raise the level of science awareness and skills in the province. “These innovative community programs organized by Science World will help British Columbians discover that science is not only fun but important to our health and well being, our lifestyle and our future.”

Bryan Tisdall, president and CEO of Science World says he is thrilled with the level of commitment and coordination the province is providing through the Year of Science. “With community collaborators and our school and partner connections throughout the province, Science World can provide dynamic experiences that make science fun and relevant to children, teens and parents in typical Science World style.”

“These innovative community programs organized by Science World will help British Columbians discover that science is not only fun but important to our health and well being, our lifestyle and our future,” Chong says.

Bryan Tisdall, president and CEO of Science World says he is thrilled with the level of commitment and co-ordination the province is providing through the Year of Science.

“With community collaborators and our school and partner connections throughout the province, Science World can provide dynamic experiences that make science fun and relevant to children, teens and parents in typical Science-World style.”