Science is everywhere! Let's celebrate it.


October 1–30, 2016

Join us for the annual Vancouver Science Festival, celebrating all of the amazing science and technology right here in our own community!

Schedule of Events

The Community Science Celebration in Vernon will take place at the Okanagan College in partnership with the Okanagan Science Centre. The Celebration is a showcase of the community for the community. It will profile local businesses, schools, organizations and innovators. Experience innovations in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) that exist all around you. Join us for this FREE exciting community day to enjoy shows, demonstrations, challenges and an opportunity to meet people in your community doing cool science every day.

Saturday, October 1
Okanagan College in Vernon, BC

The Community Science Celebration will include eye-popping science shows, demonstrations, challenges and an opportunity to meet people in your community doing cool science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) every day.

October 1 & 2
Science World at TELUS World of Science

Join us on day 2 of our Vancouver Community Science Celebration for a day of free general admission! This free day is made possible thanks to support from our long-standing partner, BC Hydro.

Sunday, October 2
10am–6pm

Sold out! Nerd Nite is an event which is currently held in over 60 cities worldwide. The formula for each Nerd Nite is pretty standard—20 minute presentations from three presenters each night, in a laid-back environment with lots to learn! Join us for a special themed Nerd Nite as we explore nanotechnology. 19+ only

Wednesday, October 5
7pm–10pm
FREE

Your senses could play tricks on you at this event just for high school students. Learn about the science of fear, make your own take-home illusion and try our very own haunted house experience. As always, Science World's galleries will also be open for you to enjoy. Costumes are encouraged!

Friday, October 7
6pm–9pm
FREE

Join us for an evening of star gazing with the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC). Our first Starry Night Party is a chance for the whole family to look at stars, constellations and other celestial objects, to try out a variety of telescopes and astronomy activities, and talk to knowledgeable amateur astronomers about the sky.

Saturday, October 8
6pm–8:30pm
Connection Zone
FREE

Meet scientists, researchers and other science-based professionals! Engage in activities and learn about experiences related to their fields of expertise.

October 8 & 9
10am–6pm

Join us for this Iron Chef inspired activity and walk away with great prizes and memories! After registering on-site (all ages welcome!), 10 teams will have 5 minutes to design and 30 minutes to build a creation based on a specific theme using a mystery "ingredient."

October 8 & 9
2pm–3pm

KPU Science World Speaker Series

The KPU-Science World Speaker Series is a partnership developed between KPU and Science World that supports the expansion of science in our communities. The free public series works to engage, entertain and educate guests with fascinating insights into the world of science.

This exhibit is comprised of static displays which promote the various winning projects from the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies' 2016 Awards for Engineering Excellence competition.

October 5–14

Meet fellow outdoor enthusiasts and citizen scientists and enjoy a day celebrating nature and biodiversity. Explore the park areas around Science World at TELUS World of Science and discover what’s up with Habitat Island. There will also be local environmental organizations and groups with booths and activities for the whole family! Come learn how you can get involved with some local citizen science projects!

Saturday, October 15
10am–2pm
Outside TELUS World of Science
FREE

Join us along with local organizations concerned with food security as we celebrate World Food Day and explore the food cycle, food rescue and minimizing food waste with hands-on activities and interactive demonstrations.

Sunday, October 16
10am–4pm

Join us for a free community screening of the documentary, Just Eat It. The film looks at our systemic obsession with expiry dates, perfect produce and portion sizes, and reveals the core of this seemingly insignificant issue that is having devastating consequences around the globe. This community screening will be followed by a discussion with filmmakers, Jenny Rustemeyer and Grant Baldwin.

Sunday, October 16
7pm–10pm
Science Theatre
FREE

Opening the Door is a unique networking event for students in Grades 10–12 who are interested in pursuing a career in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. This is a valuable opportunity for students to meet with professional scientists, engineers, technologists and technicians who work in a variety of fields.

Monday, October 17
1pm–3:30pm
FREE

Science World will again be participating in The Great British Columbia ShakeOut! We invite all of our staff, volunteers and guests to drop, cover and hold on at 10:20am during this annual earthquake drill. This year, we’ll be incorporating a building-wide evacuation as part of our ShakeOut BC drill.

Thursday, October 20
10:20am

It’s time once again for our annual murder mystery adult science night. A professor has been murdered, and all the faculty are suspects. It’s up to you to crack the case! Watch the live scenes played out, gather clues, interrogate the suspects, enjoy a drink or two and participate in some mind-blowing interactive science demos before solving the crime. Costumes are encouraged, and prizes will be given for our favourites. Grab your troupe of super sleuths and get to work!

We've opened up a 2nd date for the murder mystery evening!

Friday, October 28 or Friday, October 21 (SOLD OUT)
7pm–10pm

Join BC paramedics, Vancouver police, Transit police and Heavy Urban Search and Rescue on Saturday along with the Canadian Border Services Agency and Vancouver firefighters on Sunday as they showcase who our first responders are, what they do, the technology they use and the role that science plays in their work. Explore emergency technology inside and emergency response vehicles outside the building.

October 22 & 23
10am–6pm

What affects the look, feel and taste of a cider, and how do you craft a desired product by using lessons from chemistry, biology and physics? In this interactive workshop, you'll have the chance to taste various types of cider at each point throughout its process and create your own unique cider to take home and enjoy.

Wednesday, October 26
7pm–9pm

Water Weekend

Where does your water come from and what happens to the water that you use? Chat with scientists, researchers and specialists to better understand and appreciate your water.

October 29 & 30
10am–6pm

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