Woohoo! After a lovely summer of cycling in the west coast of Canada, I am finally back on the Power of Ideas Tour! We started in Toronto, where we welcomed new staff and said good-bye to our summer staff and before we knew it, we were on our way to Atlantic Canada. Our first stop? NEWFOUNDLAND!!! I am so happy to be back on “The Rock” as I did my MSc a couple years ago at Memorial University and have really missed the landscape and culture here. It’s nostalgic.
We kicked off the tour in Stephenville, Newfoundland at Stephenville High School where we had an interesting load-in. The truck had to be positioned on the grass, parallel to the gym doors in order to not block the back road. We had to put down planks of wood to provide some turning room for our exhibit and presentation equipment, followed by a small ramp to get over the little step into the gym. Even after all that, we realized that the door height was just a tad too small and had to move in the panels and our LHC exhibit by hand.
Our time in Stephenville was wonderful – we had students who really enjoyed having this science exhibit in their small town. Some highlights for me: 1) There was one girl who was really captivated by the Mystery Tube and was determined to keep trying all her theories – she even came back during her lunch hour to talk to us. 2) Younger kids were blown away by the delayed mirror which demonstrates the time it takes for light to travel to the moon and back.