Activities provide introduction to science

It will be an evening of scientific demonstrations as a team from Science World comes to Summerland later this month.

It will be an evening of test tubes, beakers and scientific demonstrations as a team from Science World comes to Summerland later this month.

On Nov. 10 from 6 to 9 p.m., A Night of Family Science will be held at Summerland Secondary School.

Brian Anderson, program developer of the community engagement department at Science World, said the evening is intended as an event with appeal to everyone.

“It’s a very interactive show for the whole family,” he said, adding that the events are designed for those from six to 12 years of age.

“The families really like the idea that there are activities they can do together.”

The show will feature some spectacular demonstrations as well as interactive activities.

A paper airplane contest will also be held near the end of the evening. It will include competitions for distance and accuracy.

“There are a lot of variables one can build with,” Anderson said.

“We’re trying to bridge the science gap,” he said, adding that the stereotype of scientists in white lab coats does not always hold true.

Some of the newer trends in science-based careers include work in the video gaming industry in Vancouver.

While there are many new careers in sciences, fewer people are pursuing science-based careers, he said.

Programs offered through Science World have helped to spark interest in some of the participants and Anderson said some have pursued scientific careers because of events which promote science.

 

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