From elephant toothpaste to backhoe and welding simulators, close to 175 South Bruce residents filled the Mildmay-Carrick Recreation Complex on Sept. 26 for an educational night of science. Residents also explored the Nuclear Waste Management Organization’s (NWMO) interactive Mobile Learn More Centre, demonstrating Canada’s plan for the safe, long-term management of used nuclear fuel.
“It’s about getting kids and their families excited about science, and sharing information with residents about the work the Nuclear Waste Management Organization is doing in South Bruce,” said Mark Goetz, South Bruce Deputy Mayor. “It’s great to have community members bring their families out to help build local understanding of the project, while sparking interest in science with kids and their parents.”
Numerous skilled trades’ simulators from the local Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program gave kids and adults the opportunity to learn how to change a tire, take a turn at welding, operate a backhoe, wire an electrical outlet, or try their hand at hairdressing.
At the Scientists in School stations, kids made elephant toothpaste to investigate the properties of the reaction, flew model airplanes to demonstrate lift and drag, enjoyed creative magnetic building stations, and took part in other hands-on science experiments throughout the night.
“Family Science Night was a great way to bring together some of our partners to promote science to the younger generation,” said Cherie Leslie, Senior Engagement Advisor at the NWMO. “It is important that we continue to communicate and engage with residents so they can learn more about the NWMO and Canada’s plan for the safe, long-term management of used nuclear fuel.”
South Bruce Family Science Night was offered in partnership with the Municipality of South Bruce, the NWMO, Scientists in School, and the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program.