Georgetown District High School hosted a national cutting-edge technological and scientific exhibition that engaged and excited students with fun, interactive displays in the hope of encouraging them to become innovators of the future.
Power of Ideas Tour, it was organized by two science-based organizations, the Perimeter Institute of Theoretical Physics and Actua and held at the school November 30 and December 1. The hands-on experience consisted of two parts: a 2,400 square foot exhibit and an interactive presentation in the theatre auditorium. The exhibition was assembled to be tested before being rolled out next year to schools across the country in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday celebration.
For example, in
Colliding Particles, students explored the most complex machine on Earth, the Large Hadron Collider. They cranked up the power to smash protons, saw an actual tape cartridge that holds evidence of the Higgs boson particle, and discovered why it takes 3,000 scientists from 174 institutions and 34 countries to run just one experiment.
Peer into the Past, students learned how the cosmic speed limit helps us see back to the beginning of the universe.
“We are thrilled and honoured to be the first school to host this amazing tour,” said Olga Michalopoulos, teacher at Georgetown District High School. “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity not only for our school and our community, but for the Halton District School Board as well.”
According to Perimeter: “Every great innovation starts with an idea. In this travelling science expo from Perimeter Institute and Actua, young Canadians and their families explore the incredible ability of the human mind to question, make, and innovate. The
Power of Ideas Tour brings cutting-edge programming in science, technology, engineering, and more to 60 communities across the country, with a special focus on youth and Indigenous audiences.”