Science Carnival at Machine Shop bring out large crowds


The Sault Ste. Marie Science Festival continued on Saturday, April 29th with over 25 exhibitors from the science and technology fields.

The daylong community event was an opportunity for citizens of all ages to participate in engaging, and interactive science activities, labs and attractions. Saturday’s exhibitors were showcased as part of ‘carnival day’ and incorporated local and global science concepts as well as engineering principals.

Long line-ups kept the festival’s first ever ‘butterfly tent’ and ‘planetarium’ exhibits as busy hubs of activity.

Entomica’s insects were definitely a hit with children and adults. Biologist, John Dedes and volunteers from Entomica created teachable moments throughout the day – including with the Malaysian Katydid which seemed to be at home atop Dedes head.

The planetarium ‘Under the Same Stars: Minwaadiziwin’ offered visitors a chance to learn about the Indigenous worldview and sit at a sacred fire with two people – Indigenous narrators – who are connected to the traditional ways. The 30 minute long show immersed visitors into Anishinaabe storytelling of common constellations visible in the night sky at various times of the year.

Minwaadiziwin is an Ojibwe term which refers to the hope for all living things to lead a good life.

Recent Sault College graduates Gittano Gallo, Dylan Hutton and Carl Chikoski showcased CHIP the Robot – a third year research project that played the game of checkers. Over the course of several months, CHIP was designed as part of the Electrical Engineering- Process Automation programme at Sault College.

Maker North, a new local 3D printing company, drew curious minds to their exhibit. “3D printed additive manufacturing combines the use of corn plastic – an environmentally friendly polyactive plastic into real world applications.” shared Joseph Bertrand, Maker North.

From family friendly live entertainment on stage to interactive worm composting exhibits with Clean North, Carnival Day at the 2017 Sault Ste. Marie Science Festival wrapped up with strong attendance.

Check out the photo gallery and video for highlights of Carnival Day at the Machine Shop where the past – present and future of science and technology converged, offering citizens an appreciation for science in our every day lives.