Nearly 1700 people attended the TELUS World of Science - Edmonton this past Saturday to learn about future energy systems.
On Saturday, May 13, Future Energy Systems hosted a Science Rendezvous event at the TELUS World of Science - Edmonton (TWOSE). Science Rendezvous began in 2008 and has since grown to include 30 institutions and 285 community partnerships across Canada. The event is the single largest one-day science festival in Canada, and it’s a part of Science Odyssey, a nationwide science celebration that runs during the month of May.
Since 2021, Future Energy Systems has participated in Science Rendezvous, and since 2022 has teamed up with TWOSE to create a day of interactive activities, sharing scientific research and knowledge with kids and the general public. Read more about last year’s event here. This year, we wanted to go above and beyond, making the event even more fun and more successful for everyone.
Throughout the day, our hundred or so volunteers interacted with and taught kids and adults about energy research, technology, systems, and the future of energy. Our volunteers were spread throughout the whole of TWOSE, each with demonstrations and interactive games geared toward educating people about energy systems and future energy resources. We even had guest appearances by Tommy and Remi, the main characters from our Energy Adventures educational book series.
As the kids interacted with researchers, they completed activities that helped them learn about energy and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics). “We wanted the kids to get something out of this experience, like they were participating in an adventure” says Dr. Valerie Miller, Outreach and Engagement Coordinator for Future Energy Systems and coordinator for the event. “The kids were given bingo cards and received a stamp for each booth they visited and completed an activity at. And they got to choose a prize once they collected enough stamps.”
This year, Future Energy Systems also wanted to give back to the community and have more people spend the day learning about science and energy research. Thanks to TWOSE, we were able to partner with community organizations, including Big Brothers Big Sisters, WISEST, Kids Up Front Edmonton, and Action for Healthy Communities, to donate tickets to community members, newcomers, Albertans who have been displaced by the recent wildfires, and more.
Science Rendezvous 2023 marks our largest and most successful single-day event yet. If you missed our researchers this weekend, there are more events this summer you can catch our researchers at. Sustainival is the world’s first green carnival and will take place in Edmonton on June 8-11, 2023, and we will be back at TWOSE on July 8, 2023 for a mini Energy Adventure. Our researchers will also be attending the Innovation Hub at K-Days during July 28-30 of this year.
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Photos from Science Rendezvous 2023