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November 3 - November 10
Halifax’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Festival, organized to promote the role STEM plays in the evolving worlds of education, innovation, trade, industry, and community. STEMFest is packed with 8 days worth of events for youth, post-secondary students, those involved in STEM fields, and the general public.
The Engineering Olympics
Halifax Convention Centre Saturday, November 3rd 1-5pm
Presented by Engineers Nova Scotia, this is an interactive engineering event for students in grades 4 to 9. Students are given a series of problem-solving challenges that demonstrate the fun side of engineering, and that allow them to see first-hand how this field impacts our everyday lives. Teams will use their skills and innovative ideas to develop creative solutions to various challenges. Visit their website for more information on registering a team. Spectators are welcome.
Can We Live 200 Years?
Halifax Convention Centre Saturday, November 3rd 7-8pm
The extraordinary and continuing rise in human life expectancy has scientists thinking of ways to push through the boundaries to a human life. Could we routinely live beyond 120? A public talk with Jay Ingram, the popular former host of Daily Planet and CBC’s Quirks and Quarks. Registration is free, book ahead.
Halifax Convention Centre Monday, November 5th 8-9pm
Who will build the amazing future of our human race? That question sparks the giant-screen adventure of documentary Dream Big: Engineering Our World, an epically fun tour of inspiration through the visionary advances made by yesterday’s, today’s—and most thrillingly of all, tomorrow’s—engineers. Narrated by Jeff Bridges. Free, but book ahead as space is limited.
Halifax Convention Centre Tuesday, November 6th 6-8pm
Watch as scientists share their science topic and battle it out for the ultimate prize of Science Slam Champion, judged by a mashup of scientists and entertainers from Halifax’s top institutions. Competitors have five minutes to present on any science topic without the use of a projector or slides, and are judged on their ability to communicate science in an engaging, entertaining, and concise way. Free and open to the general public.
There’s plenty more happening in various locations in downtown Halifax over the 8 days of the festival – check out their website for the schedule and more info.