The University of Winnipeg



STEAM Big at Science Rendezvous this weekend

Kids and adults alike are invited to Science Rendezvous Winnipeg, the largest science and engineering festival in the province, held Saturday, May 11, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the University of Manitoba’s Fort Garry campus, hosted by The University of Winnipeg and University of Manitoba.

The Winnipeg event is part of a national celebration of science and discovery with over 300 events across 30 cities, a partner of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)Science Odyssey, May 4 – 19, 2019.

Fun events throughout the day include a chance to learn how mutant fruit flies inspire future scientists and to take part in Dr. Russell Mammei’s Cloud in the Hand exhibit.

“It’s a lot of fun,” said Dr. Tabitha Wood, a University of Winnipeg chemistry professor who has volunteered with the festival for more than a decade. “One of the first things that caught my attention about Science Rendezvous was how broadly inclusive its audience is.”

From robots to bugs, fossils to outer space, it’s fun for preschoolers, tweens, parents, and grandparents alike.

Activities are both indoors and outdoors (weather permitting), and include a giant Oobleck pool, musical staircase, glow wall, fruit keyboard, balloons in the shape of microbes or molecules, and liquid nitrogen ice cream. Live science shows including a Chemistry Potions Class (à la Hogwarts!), and Physics Adventure Show with an evil (or not) so genius, plotting to take over the world,  and tours of cutting-edge research facilities.

“It’s nothing like a science fair. It’s so much more. It’s about discovery, innovation, creativity and wonder,” said Kyla Smith, University of Manitoba event organizer.

You don’t want to miss this year’s Science Rendezvous and the chance to explore the science all around you. For more information visit


Jennifer Cox, Communications Officer, The University of Winnipeg
T: 204.988.7671 E:

Jennifer MacRae, Communications and Promotions, Faculty of Science, University of Manitoba
T. 204-474-8790 E.