SFU Science in the community

Engaging with the public is a cornerstone of SFU's mandate and our free offerings grow yearly to meet demand. 

Science Rendezvous & International Astronomy Day

Science Rendezvous is the largest science festival in Canada that seeks to engage the public (and especially kids!) through interactive science activities, demonstrations, and laboratory experiences at various locations across Canada every year on the Saturday before Mother's Day. 

Thank you to the thousands of participants who attended this year's action-filled event. We hope to see you in 2018!


Science magic shows on "The Wonders of Gases"

Shrum Science Centre, B9200 lecture theatre

Discover the seemingly bizarre behaviour of gases and how they fit in our natural world. Which common gas is heavier than air?  Who discovered that fast moving air is less dense than still air?

  • Open to all ages, admission is free. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Click here to sign up for the 12 pm show (50 minutes)
  • Click here to sign up for the 1:30 pm show (50 minutes) 

Super Science Game Show

Academic Quadrangle 3003

Come show off your science, engineering, and creative skills in this high-energy super fun game show presented by Let's Talk Science! Teams of kids (ages 7-12) will compete in challenges that may seem silly but can stump even the best scientists. Not ready to take the stage? Come watch the show to be entertained and participate in the audience challenges.

Shows start at 12, 1, and 2. Sign up outside AQ 3003 starting at 11 to be in the show. 

"Getting to Know Your Nose" - Barry Shell

Academic Quadrangle 3003

During this interactive 30 minute presentation you will explore the wonders of our sense of smell. Starts at 11:30 am.

Tours of the Trottier Observatory and Science Courtyard

Nestled within the heart of the Burnaby campus, the Trottier Observatory is the flagship facility in the Faculty of Science’s myriad outreach programs. The 0.7 meter reflector telescope is capable of tracking distant galaxies billions of years old. The telescope also provides a digital feed and can be remotely accessed and deployed by community groups and schools across Canada.  Visitors will also enjoy the outside viewing plaza that offers a sundial, an outdoor gallery featuring illuminated seasonal star charts and the multi-coloured plinth along the starlit “Milky Way”.

Hands-on science activities and demonstrations 

North, South and East Hallways of the AQ, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Participants can explore dozens of science activities and demonstrations. Activities from the fields of Biological Sciences, Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Mathematics, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Physics, and Statistics will delight all ages. Documentary screenings, math card counting games, card magic tricks, liquid nitrogen ice cream making, button making and the Amazing Science Chase are just some activities.

Click here for directions

Free Science Activities at SFU for K- 12 Students!

Every year SFU’s Faculty of Science brings thousands of school children and youth to its Burnaby campus to learn about science. Students are invited to participate in more than 20 free workshops that complement BC elementary and high school curricula and range in discipline from physics, chemistry, biology, molecular biology, statistics, earth science, math, astronomy, anatomy, kinesiology and more.

SFU also offers teacher workshops, virtual workshops, lab tours, panel discussions with faculty members, career exploration, science fair judging and tours of the Trottier Observatory.

Contact science_outreach@sfu.ca for more inquiries or to register your group of at least 20. Coordinate with your child’s school/teacher to book activities as a class.

For more information, click here.

This event is brought to you by SFU Faculty of Science and the Vancouver - Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC).