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Kids discover science at 4D LABS

August 16, 2012
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Contact:
Mary Boysel, 4D LABS manager, 778.782.8084, mboysel@sfu.ca
Nathanael Sieb, 778.782.8075, sieb@sfu.ca
Carol Thorbes, PAMR, 778.782.3035, cthorbes@sfu.ca

Science Al!ve camp tour of 4D Labs
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About 20 public school students, aged eight to 10 years old, became a captive and engaged audience when SFU researchers at 4D LABS took them on a tour of the materials-research facility’s operations.

Members of a summer camp hosted by Science Al!ve, the kids donned protective glasses to learn how laser technology can be used to learn about nanomaterials.

Other cool activities to round out their day had them using chemistry to solve a murder and learning how the properties of spiders’ feet inspire the creation of wall-climbing robots.

SFU grad students showed the kids how they are using holograms of butterflies to create new anti-counterfeiting technology. They also took them into a special clean room, free of any contamination, such as dust, to help them appreciate the super clean environment required for making high-tech devices.

“These kinds of tours provide us with an important way of engaging the outside community in seeing how we manipulate nanomaterials to develop devices with real world applications,” says Nathanael Sieb.

The 4D LABS’ outreach staffer adds: “Hopefully these kids will look at the everyday things around them with a new curiosity and perspective to spark an interest in pursuing science as a walk of life. Eventually, they could be the ones giving tours at 4D LABS to the next generation of learners.”

SFU’s popular Science Al!ve youth program delivers science-focused workshops and summer camps to more than 7,000 school-aged children in communities across B.C.

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