2021 Virtual Science Rendezvous & International Astronomy Day activities & events

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Science Chase

Race. Solve. Conquer. A virtual online science game that invites all family members to race across Canada and solve science challenges through various hands-on activities - hop from one event site to another to complete the entire science chase – lots of free family friendly fun science learning in store, exciting prizes await those who complete all challenges!

Though the official May 8th weekend Chase is over, you can still participate in Science Chase throughout the summer! Click the link HERE to visit the Science Rendezvous site 


*A reminder to keep using the same 'team name' each time you log back on to continue with more challenges!



Use common items found at home to fuel chemistry experiments! Each activity takes approximately 15 minutes, with the exception of No Peel Eggs. 

Note to parents/guardians: Adult supervision is required when handling a utility knife, scissors or hot glue gun


Learn about spiders, get creative and build your own creature. 

Digestive System

See what happens inside your stomach and intestines, simulate your own digestive process. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1kr-oB3jJpHl415BhN3Kwx4DA8B4V4mJd/view?usp=sharing

Robotic Forearm

See all the muscles, tissues and nerves up close and learn how to construct your very own robotic forearm.


Get familiar with what your bones are called, and get busy in a word search.


From forces and motion, to electricity and magnetism, matter and optics.

International Astronomy Day

Join this celebration sponsored by The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Vancouver and the SFU Faculty of Science. Listen to talks by SFU scientists and amateur astronomers.


Due to cloudy weather, the Starry Nights we had planned has been cancelled. However, Starry Nights does occur most Friday nights during the year, so if you are interested in joining a future event please follow us on Facebook or email sfuscienceoutreach@sfu.ca to be added to our email list. 


                 Speaker Schedule



NASA's Voyager Missions: Matthew R. Borghese, JPL Solar System Ambassador

11:00 - 11:45 am

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In 1977, NASA launched Voyager 1 and 2 on a mission unlike any other. They exceeded their goal to explore Jupiter and Saturn and now they are ambassadors of humanity - traveling past Pluto and into interstellar space. Join us to learn about the mission, their discoveries, and their new role as they exit the solar system.

Matthew Borghese is a communications specialist and former journalist who covered space shuttle launches from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Matthew joined the Solar System Ambassador program in 2018 and is currently the only ambassador in Canada. Matthew lives outside of Victoria, BC, where he provides STEM outreach and connects students to careers and internships at the NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).

Solar Observing (weather permitting): Gordon Farrell, President of RASC Vancouver Centre
11:45 - 12 Noon

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Gordon will be live streaming a close-up of our Star with his solar telescope.

The Moon 101: Ted Stroman, Member of RASC Vancouver Centre
1 pm - 2 pm

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A beginner’s introduction to our closest celestial neighbour, the Moon

Ted Stroman is a long standing member of RASC Vancouver.  His 1st Moon Landing Program was started in the 1990s and has brought the excitement and awe of the Apollo missions and the Moon to many classrooms and public events throughout the province.  He is an avid reader/researcher on the Moon’s development, geology, and future space missions. The moon is his favourite observation target on any night but he also follows the planets and DSOs with his Giant Binoculars and 4.5″ reflector.

The Jim Bernath Meteorite Collection, Suzanna Nagy, Secretary of RASC Vancouver Centre
2pm - 2:30 pm

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With the passing of long-standing RASC member Jim Bernath in 2019, RASC Vancouver acquired some of his space collection including his meteorite collection.  Suzanna will be screen-sharing and using a hand-held microscope to look closely meteorites.

Meet SFU Scientists

Learn more about aerospace physiology and astrostatistics and get to see how our SFU Scientists can combine these research areas into one exciting discussion – with YOU on centre stage!

Thank you for supporting this series this spring term. Stay tuned for another exciting line-up of presentations this fall


David Stenning – astrostatistics, exoplanets

David Stenning is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science at SFU’s Faculty of Science.  His research interest is on statistical methods for the physical sciences, which has ventured into a new area – astrostatistics. Astronomers have discovered thousands of planets orbiting distant stars, but finding Earth-like planets remains a challenge. As Earth is the only planetary body known to harbor life, it is natural to seek out analogues in the cosmos. The effort to find these "Alien Earths" and the role of a statistician and practitioner of machine learning, will be discussed.

Andrew Blaber – aerospace physiology

Dr. Andrew Blaber is a Professor at the Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology at Simon Fraser University’s Faculty of Science.  He is also the Director of the Aerospace Physiology Lab at SFU. With dreams of humans visiting Mars and other planets, many barriers still exist in our ability to protect and maintain astronaut health over long periods of weightlessness and low gravity. Dr. Blaber and his team conduct research to solve the problems related to human physiological responses and adaptations to the space environment.

Joanna Woo – astronomy: mysterious death of galaxies

Joanna Woo is an astrophysicist from the Department of Physics at SFU’s Faculty of Science who focuses on galaxy evolution using a variety of cutting-edge observational and theoretical tools.  Being the adventurous type, after completing her B.Sc. in Physics and Astronomy from UBC, she decided to pursue graduate studies at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, where she received her Ph.D. in 2014. Along with a rigorous physics education, she picked up two languages (Hebrew and Arabic).  She then spent four years at the Institute for Astronomy of ETH Zurich, where, along with exciting research, she learned the basics of Swiss German.