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INVENTours

INVENTours are demonstrations and hands-on activities that take place from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Energy Systems and Nuclear Science Research Centre (ERC), Atrium and the Business and Information Technology Building, Atrium (main floors). 

  • Please note: Some events may have a limited number of participants. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all INVENTour events.

 

ACTIVITIES


BALLOON DRAGSTERS

Build your very own dragster with a piece of cardboard, straw and balloon to learn about Newton’s third law of motion. Experiment with different shapes and sizes to see what makes your dragster go faster. Race your dragster to win a prize.


BIODIESEL PRODUCTION

Learn how to make diesel fuel using vegetable oil.


BIODIVERSITY GALLERY

Come explore the Biodiversity Gallery where you will find everything from bugs to bones! Find out what biodiversity is all about, use a microscope to see what things really look like, play biodiversity bingo, test your skill with an animal skull match game and much more!

Animal Skull Match Game

Examine a variety of animal skulls and teeth. Can you match the skull to the animal?

Biodiversity Bingo

Explore the amazing diversity of insects in the world around you by playing a game of bingo!

Close Encounters of the Pesky Kind

Get up close and personal with some of the common insect and arachnid pests you might see (or might not want to see) around the house.and garden.

Fossil Frenzy (New)

Get in touch with your inner paleontologist! Hunt for fossils and make your very own dinosaur hat.

Microworld Explorations 

Catch a bug and look it in the eye!

Pollinator Pals (New)

Learn all about pollinators and how to plant a wildflower garden and make a bee habitat to encourage bees to visit your garden! Wildflower seeds will be available for free while quantities last.

Savvy about Sea Turtles (New)

Learn how real scientists identify the different sea turtle species by using mini sea turtle models and a simple dichotomous key.


BODY BUILDING 101

How well do you know your body? How quickly can you put it back together?  


BOTTLE ROCKETS!

Launch pop bottle rockets using only water and air. Compete for the longest distance!


BREATHE IN, BREATHE OUT

Learn about lung capacity and help inflate a real pig's lung!


CANADA-WIDE EXPERIMENT (NEW)

Learn about water quality by exploring the results of Science Rendezvous’ national experiment to monitor water quality all over the country! 


CANDY BOMBS

Use Mentos to blow up some cola and find out why it happens in the sticky and explosive activity! 


CANDY MOLECULES

Ever wondered what water looks like at a molecular level?  Or methane (pee-yew)? You will discover the structure of different molecules by using candy to build them!


CAKE SCIENCE

Make a Cake Pop while learning about the science of baking.


COLOURFUL BRACELETS

Explore this viscosity demonstration inside a clear tube.


COLOURFUL CHEMISTRY

Learn how to make an indicator out of red cabbage.


COOL SCIENCE MAGIC TRICKS

Repellent pepper? Disappearing water? Extinguish a candle using nothing? Learn about viscosity, supercooled liquids, and disappearing water while seeing these magic tricks and many more!


CRAZY CATAPULT CHALLENGE

Launch your way into learning the science of catapults by participating in some cool catapult challenges.


DISINTEGRATING SHAPES

Build shapes using baking soda and watch them dissolve in your hands.


DIY MINIBOTS (NEW)

Join Women in Engineering to create your own minibot! Using your knowledge of circuits and a creative mindset, you will assemble your minibot and watch as it shakes and vibrates!


DRY ICE RAINBOW

Watch how dry ice changes into a rainbow of colours.


EULER’S DISK (NEW)

Spin the disc and predict how long it will spin before it stops. You will be amazed at the magic of angular momentum!


EXPLORE THE SCIENCE OF ASTRONOMY WITH THE DURHAM REGIONAL ASTRONOMICAL ASSOCIATION (DRAA)

Make your own planisphere to track the nightly and seasonal movement of constellations.  If the weather cooperates, view sunspots and solar flares through a solar-filtered telescope.


EXPLORING SUPERCONDUCTORS (NEW)

Investigate the amazing properties of superconductors when they’re cooled to extremely low temperatures, and watch as magnetic levitation occurs!


FORENSIC FUN ZONE: (NEW SCENARIO) WHO STOLE THE DEAN OF SCIENCE’S IPHONE?

On May 11th 2017 at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology the Dean of Science’s iPhone was stolen from his office. The phone was later found in UB Cafeteria. Beside the phone was a written note that read, “If you don’t give me an A on my report card within 24 hours, I will release all of your private information”.  There was also soil found next the phone in the shape of a shoe print, it was retrieved for further analysis. Candy was in close proximity to the phone, therefore it could be associated with the phone and was also retrieved. On the home button, there was a fingerprint and it was lifted at the scene. We have narrowed down our suspects to three individuals. They include Anne Droid, Sam Sung, and Fido Rogers. We asked the suspects to provide a sample of their handwriting, fingerprints and their footwear. We also had them empty their pockets and discovered that each suspect had candy in their pockets. It is now your duty to help us determine who stole the phone.

Candy Chromatography

Candy was found in close proximity to the iPhone. We need your help using a chemical test to determine who left the candy.

Who Wrote It?

At the crime scene we found a unique note that the suspect left behind. Can you find out who wrote the letter based on the handwriting?

Whorl, Loop or Arch?       

A fingerprint was lifted from the iPhone, can you determine who it belongs to?

Magnetic Fingerprints

Fingerprints are unique to each person. Let us find out how unique your prints are by making your invisible print visible with magnetic powder.

Who Left That Tread?

At the crime scene, soil was left behind in the form of a shoeprint. We need your help to match the shoeprint to one of the suspect’s shoes! Can you help our scientists use chemical testing and visual examination to find a match?


FINGERPRINTS

Fingerprints are unique to each person even if you’re an identical twin! Take a look at your own fingerprints and see what unique patterns that make you one of kind!


GEL ELECTROPHORESIS

Load specimens onto an agarose gel and watch and understand how different colour dyes can help scientists determine a whole host of answers to the many questions that life faces.


GENETICS WITH A SMILE

In this hands-on demonstration, participants will use coin tosses to generate genotype and phenotype of 12 different facial characteristics. From this simple exercise, over 4,000 combinations are possible. People have many more characteristics than the twelve in this demonstration. That is why we are all unique!


GEODESIC DOMES (NEW) – FEATURING JR. SCIENTIST CALLUM FORRESTER

Have you ever wondered how climbing domes in playgrounds or the Spaceship Earth at EPCOT Walt Disney are so stable and strong? Build your own dome using gumdrops and toothpicks in a fun competition to find out. 


GLITTER BUGS

Just how clean are your hands?  Come see us and we will show you!


GLOWING BOUNCY BALLS

Ever lost a super fun bouncy ball?  Well never again after visiting our scientists and learning how to make your own glowing bouncy balls with household materials! 


GROWING CRYSTALS

What’s bumpy, shiny and in the shape of the first letter of your first name?  A homegrown crystal is!! Come visit us to learn more!


HAPPY MEAL SCALE

Is a Happy Meal “good” for you?  Our scientists will show you how much fat, sugar and salt are in a Happy Meal.


HOT ART AND SUNSHINE MASTERPIECES

Use a variety of natural objects and the power of the sun to make your very own nature artwork. The secret is in the paper. Discover the science behind the art.


HOVERCRAFT RACES (NEW)

Make a mini-hovercraft and race it on different surfaces to explore friction.HYDROPHOBIC SAND


Hydrophobic Sand

Sand + water = mud, right? Nope, this amazing sand never gets wet!!


INVISIBLE INK

Write a secret message using….a lemon! Yes a lemon! Curious? Come check it out. 


IVORY SOAP SCULPTURES

What do you get when you take an ordinary bar of soap and put it in a microwave? A unique soap sculpture of course! Really – come and see for yourself.


LAYERS AND LAYERS

Come learn about the fun of density, and how it can create all kinds of fancy mocktails!


LAVA LAMPS

See how to make your very own lava lamp from common household materials while learning about the mixing of solutions and simple chemical reactions. 


LEMON BALLOON

Fill up a balloon using a lemon… yes you read that right, a lemon!  Come see how!


LET IT SNOW – INSIDE!

Pssst, wanna make some indoor snow? Come join us to find out how and learn a little about polymers in the process.


LEVITATING ORB 

Come learn how to make an orb float in the air – really! It’s science (even though it looks like magic)


LIP BALM

Come learn how to make your own lip balm creations!


MAGIC MONSTER SLIME

Science is everywhere – especially in magic monster slime!


MAGNETIC CEREAL

Come learn about the magnetic properties of cereal.


MOON SAND

What is super soft, and easily moldable?  Moon Sand!  Come take a break and create a sand castle with us.


OPTICAL ILLUSIONS AND VISUAL ACUITY

Try some cool eye tests and learn about blind spots, focusing and check out some optical illusions.


PLASMA GLOBE (NEW)

Make amazing light patterns using your fingers! Light up a light bulb without plugging it in and learn the physics behind how this happens!


PROGRAMMING FUN (NEW)

Play games and learn about the programming challenges required to create immersive entertainment.


RAINBOW DISCS

See a rainbow and learn about prisms, refraction and light.


RAINBOW NAILS

Paint designs on your nails using the science of surface tension.


ROBOTICS

Come explore LEGOTM robotics with software programming and designing with NXT robotics. Create programs and test your robot with exciting hands on challenges! 


RULE OF THUMB (NEW)

Did you know that your wrist is twice the circumference of your thumb?  In this activity, learn to use certain parts of your body as a unit of measurement and discover the wonders of the human body!


SHAPING WATERSHEDS – PRESENTED BY THE CENTRAL LAKE ONTARIO CONSERVATION AUTHORITY (CLOCA) (NEW)

Playing in the sand has never been so high tech! Learn about rainfall, flooding, water flow, creation and destruction of landforms as well as the interaction between them using a sandbox, a computer and augmented reality. 


SNEAKY SKITTLES

There is something sneaky going on with your skittles, and M&M’s and all you need is warm water to discover the secret.  Discover what happens when skittles and M&M’s are placed in water, and why. 


SOAP BUBBLES IN DRY ICE

Bubbles + dry ice = too much fun!


STRAWBERRY DNA

Test your molecular biology lab skills by extracting DNA from strawberries using the same technique real scientists use. Guess what? You get to keep the DNA from your experiment – too cool!


STRINGY ICE

Come see how to put your own ice on a string using salt and ice cubes.


SUNFLOWERS

With the warm summer just around the corner come learn how sunflowers grow best!


TESLA COIL (NEW)

This home-grown activity was built by a team of UOIT’s very own undergraduate engineering students! Ask them all about how they did it and the power of electrons.


THE POWER OF WATER

Watch as our scientists demonstrate the amazing powers of water.


TOTAL IMMERSION (NEW)

Stereoscopic headsets plus hand-held controllers bring you right into the experience, and not just for games!


UBER OOBLEK

Come out and have some fun with our Mad Slimologists. You can heighten your sense of touch while you learn about a unique polymer which is also a non-Newtonian fluid. Make your very own slime (a.k.a. ooblek) and even watch it dance – seriously, ooblek has the right moves!


VISUALIZING THE INVISIBLE: SIMULATIONS OF BIOLOGY AT THE NANOSCALE AND 3-D MOLECULES (NEW)

Meet Dr. Hendrick DeHaan’s graduate students who will be showcasing innovative research spanning biology, physics and computer technology. Use Autodesk viewers and your cell phone to view 3-D molecules by simply snapping a QR code.


VORTEX CANNON 

See kinetic energy in action!


WALKING WATER

Watch how water walks across beakers using absorption 


WATER FILTRATION SYSTEM

How do we get that clean water we love so much? Our scientists will show you one way to clean your water!


WASTE WATER TREATMENT

Waste water treatment demonstration using testing equipment.


YOU GOTTA HAVE HEART

Have a look at a dissected sheep's heart, listen to your own heartbeat and learn how your blood circulates through your heart.