Liquid-nitrogen ice-cream making to 3-D-printed-violin performances, Science Rendezvous aims to amaze

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      Everything from liquid-nitrogen-ice-cream making to grassblower-driven hovercraft will take over UBC tomorrow (May 11) as the facility plays host to Science Rendezvous.

      The free national festival aims to take science out of the lab and onto the streets. The theme for this year’s all-ages event is "STEAM Big", encouraging new collaborations between scientists and artists.

      From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m at sites around the campus, visitors will be able to meet with world-class researchers and innovators, take part in hands-on-experiments and see some rather mind-blowing scientific demonstrations.

      Amid those demos, you'll see a science poetry slam and performances by UBC music student Daniel Tsui using 3-D-printed violins. Also on the roster: a TRIUMF facility photo walk, slime making, and edible DNA making. 

      Beaty Biodiversity Museum serves as the event's central hub, with other programming at the Michael Smith Labs, the Department of Chemistry, the Pacific Museum of the Earth, and the Old Barn Community Centre.

      In addition to the UBC event, Science Rendezvous festivals will simultaneously take place in 25 cities across Canada on May 11. The celebration is in its 12th iteration.

      Find a schedule and more details here.