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May 13, 2013

A Science Sensation at SickKids

By Hannah Sunderani

Eye See You! Kids check their eyes with eyesight games and colour tests
Eye See You! Kids check their eyes with eyesight games and colour tests

A spectacle of science took place at SickKids this Saturday, May 11, as science enthusiasts, young and old, filled the Atrium ready to learn. This year’s Science Rendezvous at SickKids was a grand success bringing in over 250 children and parents to participate in hands-on science experiments.

“Krishnan woke me up at 6 a.m. this morning asking if I was ready to go,” said Reshika, who brought her son Krishnan, 8, and three-year-old daughter to enjoy the state of the art exhibits. “Science Rendezvous is a great way to introduce Krishnan to science, because it allows him to really get involved in the learning.”

Another eager participant was Jake, 8, who came with his mother Marcella for their second year in a row. When asked why Jake enjoys science he responded, “because  it’s so fun to learn stuff!” Children participated in eight interactive exhibits to receive their title of “Honorary SickKids Scientist.” In doing so, they extracted DNA from bananas, got gooey with the cystic fibrosis team, made their own eyeballs and much more.

Banarama and the Blueprint for Life! Kids mash bananas and extract their DNA
Banarama and the Blueprint for Life! Kids mash bananas and extract their DNA

This fun-filled day was not only a learning experience for children, but also for the SickKids volunteers, many of whom are graduate students in the Research Institute. “Science Rendezvous teaches us how to communicate science to kids,” said Monica, 22, a graduate student in the Physiological & Experimental Medicine program. “We like being able to share what we do with these kids, and show them that science is really hands on, and doesn’t have to be learned from a textbook.”

SickKids' involvement in Science Rendezvous helps promote science and learning to the larger community, and demonstrates some of the groundbreaking research taking place at SickKids. SickKids is looking forward to next year’s Science Rendezvous to continue to showcase the wonders of science to the next generation of SickKids researchers.