Science Odyssey Funfest!

Celebrate science, technology and innovation at Science Odyssey Funfest -- a free, family-friendly event!

Come to the festival on May 14, 2016 and explore over 35 hands-on exhibits showcasing the fun of science! Activities for all ages on Booth Street near Carling Avenue in Ottawa, right across from the Tulip Festival at Dows Lake.Science Odyssey Funfest poster

Airbrush tattoo
Get an airbrush tattoo while learning about species at risk, including the Peary caribou.
Parks Canada

Aerodynamics, what a drag!
See a wind tunnel in action.
National Research Council  

Arctic field camp
Explore an Arctic field camp site, including tents, typical gear and transportation equipment.
Natural Resources Canada – Polar Continental Shelf Program

Extract DNA from your saliva. See a photo-bioreactor in action!
Collège La Cité

Discover and play with bubbles at the ScienceMobile!
Canada Science and Technology Museum

Check out agriculture
Scan an item at a grocery store check-out counter, and watch a video explaining the research behind the product.
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Cookie mining
Mine for chocolate chips -- an appetizing way to experience mining!
Natural Resources Canada – Minerals and Metals Sector

Dive into the mystery of science
Discover what lurks in Canada’s waters!
Department of Fisheries and Oceans

Emergency geomatics
Discover how we monitor ice jams and floods using RADARSAT-2 satellite images. With fun stuff for kids: map quiz, colouring and free poster maps of Canada.
Natural Resources Canada -- Canada Centre for Mapping and Earth Observation

Engineering challenge
Build and test your own structure with the help and guidance of professional engineers.
Professional Engineers Ontario -- Ottawa Chapter

Explore forest science
Learn about forest insects, wood fibre products and forest fires. Go on a tree-identification walk with a forest scientist. Learn how to build structures using wood products, and see a wood mural.
Natural Resources Canada – Canada’s Canadian Forest Service

See how innovative engineering helps make explosives safe.
Natural Resources Canada – Minerals and Metals Sector

Eye in the sky -- satellites
Learn about remote sensing, and view our environment from a satellite. See a miniature rocket and our multicopter on display!     
Natural Resources Canada -- Canada Centre for Mapping and Earth Observation

Fun science
Make some good vibrations learning about the fundamentals of sound. The smallest children become scientists as they capture solar energy to create a work of art. 
Scientists in Schools

Franklin expedition
Discover the mysteries surrounding Sir John Franklin’s 1845 expedition with an interactive display.
Parks Canada

How old is it?
Learn how scientists determine the ages of rocks. Touch Canada’s own Acasta Gneiss -- the oldest rock in the world!
Natural Resources Canada – Geological Survey of Canada

Electric vehicles
Learn how to reduce your carbon footprint with Evs.
Natural Resources Canada – CanmetENERGY

Let's talk energy
Find out where Canada’s energy comes from, and learn about our energy system.
Canada Science and Technology Museum

Fun with DNA
Extract DNA from a banana, and make DNA from licorice and marshmallows.
Let’s Talk Science

Lego and robots!
Build with Lego and control robots with Defence scientists.
Defence Research and Development Canada

Nuclear science
Check out how some everyday items contain radiation. Try hands-on, interactive web modules.
Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

Maker mobile
Experience the latest technologies with 3-D printing and laser cutting.
University of Ottawa

Mining and minerals
Travel underground to a simulated mine, and learn about mining and metals with activities and experiments.
Natural Resources Canada – Minerals and Metals Sector

 Pan for gold
Try panning for gold -- if you’re lucky, you may find a gold nugget!
Natural Resources Canada – Minerals and Metals Sector

Rock stars
Bring your own rocks, minerals or fossils for expert identification. Explore a museum of rocks, minerals and fossils of Canada.
Natural Resources Canada – Geological Survey of Canada

Make your own slime!
Natural Resources Canada – Minerals and Metals Sector
Stop by and enjoy science and technology activity books, videos, educational resources and more.
Science and Technology Cluster