UNBC Discovery Centre

Monday, February 16, 2015 (All day) to Friday, February 27, 2015 (All day)
UNBC - Geoffrey R. Weller Library
Prince George

10:00am - 6:00pm, Monday - Friday

February 16 - 27, 2015

The Discovery Centre showcased exciting UNBC research through hands-on, interactive activities for all ages, giving children a chance to discover what goes on behind lab and classroom doors at our world-class university.

  • Crystal Snowflakes
  • Robots
  • Wood Physics Magic Show
  • Smashing Dry Ice
  • Magnetic Launching Device
  • Sonar Device
  • Weather Display
  • Elephant Toothpaste

EXPLORE First Nations Foundations of UNBC

UNBC was founded and built in the traditional territory of the Lheicdli T’enneh. With more Aboriginal students than any other university in BC, it has been integral to UNBC to maintain strong ties with local and regional First Nations. The UNBC Coat of Arms, as well as key art pieces, our talking stick, convocation chairs, and Senate Chamber doors, carry symbols of UNBC’s relationships and agreements with First Nations people, the land, animals and plants of Northern BC. UNBC students were on hand to share knowledge about these First Nations Foundations of our university.

EXPLORE Northern BC Weather

Natural Resources and Environmental Science (NRES) graduate student, Talaat Bakri provided a weather display that demonstrated what is going on real-time in the upper atmosphere right above Prince George. He was on hand at some times during the event to discuss the display.

EXPLORE Health Sciences

Students from the Health Sciences Student Association brought skeleton, eyeball, fingernail, brain, and other anatomy displays. They also engaged kids in fun physical activities to educate them about athletics and sports.

EXPLORE Life Sciences

Students from the Biology Club, UNBeeC and GeneSkool put on taxonomy, entomology, and honeycomb displays. Kids planted seeds and stems to learn the different ways that plants propagate. They also hosted activities showing guests how to extract DNA from an onion.

EXPLORE Physics and Mathematics

Savio D’Silva of the UNBC Math and Physics Society brought his ferrofluids display, magnetic locking display, magnetic launching device, Pythagorean cup, spheres of constant width, Lenz law demo kit, sonar device, superconducting demo and a vortex cannon demo, 3D origami – talk about ingredients you can’t pronounce!

EXPLORE Chemistry

Victoria Rezendes, President of the UNBC Chemistry Club, was at the Discovery Centre with the secrets to making crystal snowflakes, home-made bouncy balls, and many other fun things you can concoct at home with a little chemistry know-how. Kids who came to the event and make these crafts got to take them home.

EXPLORE Computer Science

UNBC Graduate students Darshik Shirodaria and Dhruv Desai have two years working with Active Minds, and they have brought their activities and displays to the Discovery Centre. Through the two weeks, they held robotics, programming and gaming demos and workshops, including Lego robotics, Scratch and Kodu gaming and coding software, and Arduino electrical kits.

Special Attractions

First Nations Artwork Tour
2:00pm & 4:00pm

As part of our First Nations Foundations of UNBC Exhibit, students led tours of First Nations artwork that form part of the regular lifecycle of the university.

Canada’s Green University Tour
Tuesdays & Thursdays
12:00 Noon & 1:00pm

Kyrke Gaudreau of the UNBC Green Centre and student volunteers led tours of the UNBC campus highlighting the university’s ongoing sustainability efforts. Stops included the greenhouse, Ancient Forests photography display, PGPIRG vegetable gardens, and more.

Reflections – Past, Present, and Future
1:00pm & 4:00pm

Reflections was a concept of two paintings joined by fused glass to represent UNBC’s community outreach and impact, its future role in community and regional development, and its GREEN environmental focus. Dr. Annie Booth, UNBC environmental studies professor, Dr. Theresa Healy, a UNBC history instructor, and internationally recognized local artists Betty Kovacic and Wendy Young, were awarded funding up to a maximum of $10,000 to develop their art project. They were at the Discovery Centre to describe their artistic vision, and to share a hands-on experience of their artwork with visitors.

Wood Physics Magic Show
Monday February 23
12:00 Noon
Tuesday February 24
12:00 Noon
Wednesday February 25
12:00 Noon & 1:30pm
Friday February 27

Physics and Forestry professor, Dr. Ian Hartley put on his wood physics magic show. Bet you didn’t know you could blow bubbles through wood?

MakerLab 2RG
Mondays & Wednesdays
| 10:00am - 1:00pm

People learned how to make crafts using 3D tools and design. Some of the simple technologies they used to craft designs will infiltrate your mind!

Share This