In a blink of an eye, we arrived in Saskatoon and prepared for the big science festival launch at the Western Development Museum. Here, we showcased one of our most popular exhibits: The Mystery Tube. We got a fantastic response from the crowd which was a mix of middle school students, media and science outreach groups. The students were particularly persistent with the mystery tube, despite friendly attempts (by their teacher) to get them to leave when the event was over. After a successful launch and attempt at building a human pyramid, we headed towards E.D. Feehan Catholic School to load in our exhibit and presentation equipment. Thankfully, there weren’t too many obstacles this time around!
We set up our exhibit alongside the Saskatchewan Science Centre who were also doing some hands-on activities, including bridge building with K’NEX and crafting small houses strong enough to withstand a leaf-blower. Our public event was all weekend long and attracted many families. Some even came back the next day, because their kids did not get enough of the exhibit. The Power of Ideas Tour also attracted the media on Sunday afternoon and so we had the CBC, Global News and CTV getting footage, conducting interviews with us as well as the visitors.
Saskatoon was a real treat because we got a chance to meet some amazing people. A mother and daughter who visited the exhibit had a wonderful experience and after learning we hadn’t had a home-cooked meal in a while, invited us to their house for a turkey dinner. We were overjoyed about getting “real” food for a change and we were so thankful for these complete strangers who welcomed us into their home. It was a perfect evening with delicious food (along with the occasional dog running under the table) and great before and after dinner banter.
Finally, one of the highlights of our time here was getting the opportunity to meet Nobel Prize winner in Physics (2015), Art McDonald. Unfortunately, we were not able to make it to his lecture because we were working. So you can imagine our excitement when we heard he was really interested in coming to see our exhibit! Side note: he is actually featured on our Wall of Ideas exhibit with his grand-daughters who interview him. I can’t explain how wonderful it was to see Art interact with an exhibit about himself. But, I was even more amazed by his genuine interest in what we were doing. He participated in our demonstrations and let us walk him through the ENTIRE exhibit. To hear such great feedback from a Nobel Laureate was immensely rewarding and is a reminder to me of how lucky I am to have such this amazing job.