“Here we are now
Still standing strong
We’ll keep walking on
Makes you wonder how far we’ve come”
With a blink of an eye, we have reached the inevitable end of our year-long science tour across Canada. It is a bittersweet moment to have to say good-bye to a team that essentially became my family. The Canada Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa would be our last stop on the tour. For the last time, we set up our exhibit. This load-in was fairly easy since we were at a venue that regularly accommodates science exhibits, unlike high schools. We had our hands full during the weekend, while weekdays were more quiet which was we expected. Throughout the week, we had some great interactions with the exhibit and fun conversations with students and families.
One of the best moments here was seeing the same family we saw in Montreal. The mom and her daughter had visited us in Montreal from a rural town and thoroughly enjoyed the exhibit, especially the mystery tube. Her daughter said she saw a commercial for The Power of Ideas Tour and convinced her mom to take her – what a keener! This time in Ottawa, she would bring her younger sister and show her the entire exhibit.
We held a small reception for the end of tour which brought together everyone who made the initiative possible. It was lovely to see everyone again! After the reception, we began our last take down of the exhibit. Unlike our load-in, it was much more slippery thanks to the fresh snowfall. Despite slips up and down the ramp while pushing exhibits, our spirits were high and we rejoiced after the truck doors were closed for the last time.
It really has been an incredible year and I am so lost for words to describe the sights that I have seen, the people I have met and the awe-struck moments I have experienced. I am so fortunate to have received the opportunity to travel across the country to inspire and engage youth and families in science. Communicating science to groups of all ages has definitely been a challenge, but has been immensely rewarding. Leaving the life on the road might take some getting used to, although it will be nice stay in one place for a while…for now.