Science Literary Week 2018

| September 11, 2018
Submitted by Jill Bedford for Science Literacy Week 2018 coordination team McMaster University Library

Science Literary Week 2018

As part of Science Week, Thode Library has a number of fun events coming up. See below for more information.

Instagram Scavenger Hunt
Monday – Friday September 17 – 21
Who: You!

Follow the clues posted daily on Instagram @thodelibrary to find special locations around campus and snap a photo of yourself for the chance to win prizes.

McMaster Start Coding and Space Station Docking Game Creation 

Have you never programmed before? Are you interested in finding out what coding is about? This is your chance to display your artistic skills while learning how to create animations and games using programming! Come out during Science Literacy Week and attend some fun workshops by “The McMaster Outreach Program”. You can also get an opportunity to volunteer with us to teach children programming! Look for us at the tables in Reactor Cafe area (near the fireplace).

McMaster Start Coding (Beginner level coding) Times

Monday, September 17 (4-4:30 p.m.)
Tuesday, September 18 (1-1:30 p.m.)
Wednesday, September 19 (3-3:30 p.m.)
Friday, September 21 (1-1:30 p.m.)

Space Station Docking Game Creation (Intermediate level coding) Times

Monday, September 17 (4:30-5 p.m.)
Tuesday, September 18 (1:30-2 p.m.)
Wednesday, September 19 (3:30-4 p.m.)
Friday, September 21 (1:30-2 p.m.)

Where: Thode Library cafeteria tables

3D Printer workshop – Women in Engineering

The 3D printing workshop is aimed for individuals that haven’t used a 3D printer before. Women in Engineering will explain the aspect of 3D printer and how it works. They will also provide a demo of how to 3D Print. Individuals will be making name tags and using both the 3D printers at the makerspace and at Lyon’s.

Monday, September 17
4 – 7 p.m.

Where:  Thode Makerspace

Finding and Mapping Data About Your Community

This 2-hour session will focus on the Population Census of Canada. The first hour will highlight a wide assortment of data available from the Census, explore key sections of Statistics Canada’s Census Program website, as well as demo the process of accessing Census data using Canadian Census Analyzer. The last hour will highlight the mapping of Census data using boundary files from Statistics Canada and the open source GIS software application, QGIS. Additional sources of spatial data will also be explored. No previous knowledge of GIS is required.

Presented by Vivek Jadon and Christine Homuth

Tuesday, September 18
10 a.m. – Noon

Where: Wong Classroom, Mills Library

“To Ask the Proper Questions” – The Art and Craft of Scientific Writing

The history of science as told by books. From the writings of Aristotle and Galen to the 20th-century skepticism of Popper, the history of science has been given shape by monumental achievements in writing. These books —Galileo’s Dialogue, Newton’s Opticks, Conrad Gessner’s Historia Animalium, John Gerard’s Herball, and many more — have served as milestones which changed the course of human affairs. Join us in the William Ready Division of Archives and Research Collections for a first-hand look at some of these iconic texts, dating from the 12th century to the present day.

Presented by Myron Groover

Thursday, September 20
4 – 5 p.m.

Where: Archives and Research Collections, Mills Library

Electronics for Everyone: A Hands-on Introductory Workshop

Have you ever wondered how your electronic devices work? Do you long to make lights blink or buzzers buzz on command? Do you need to fill a couple of hours before lunch on Friday? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, please join us for “Electronics for Everyone”: a very gentle, hands-on introduction to physical computing and simple electronics. In this session, we’ll use Arduinos and various components  to introduce the basics of electronic circuits and build some interactive devices!

Presented by Jay Brodeur

Friday, September 21
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Where: Wong E-Classroom, Mills Library

Stories of the Sky

View the constellations in a broader historical context, with a planetarium show that combines cultural interpretations about the stars in the sky. This show will cover Asian folklore associated with the Milky Way, called Tanabata; a variety of Greek mythologies describing constellations in the Western sky; and, an Indigenous perspective about the Celestial Bear, also known as the Big Dipper.

Presented by W.J. McCallion Planetarium
Wednesday, September 19 (7 – 8 p.m. and 8:15 – 9:15 p.m.)

Where: W.J. McCallion Planetarium Burke Science Building (B149)

Sidewalk Astronomy

Join the Sidewalk Astronomy team on their two telescopes (10″ and 12″ in diameter) to view Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, star clusters, and nebulae. Our astronomy is weather permitting, so please check the Sidewalk Astronomy website to confirm if skies are going to be clear.

Tuesday, September 18 (Rain date: Thursday, September 20)

Where: Mary Keyes Residence near the turning circle

Visualizing Science: An Art Exhibit

In this exhibition, McMaster students passionate about both science and art share their passion for scientific research through various visual representations, revealing the creativity inherent in scientific discovery.

Monday, September 17 – Friday, September 21

Where: Thode Library 1st floor – east wall

Walking off the Map: Breakthroughs in Cartography

Maps are primarily tools of science, but they can also be viewed as works of art, and records of history. They convey our understanding of our world, and their quality—or lack thereof—has been known to greatly influence human affairs and decision-making at crucial turning points in history. As a part of Science Literacy week, McMaster’s Lloyd Reeds Map Collection is hosting an exhibit highlighting some of the most important innovations in the history of the field of cartography.

Monday, September 17 – Friday, September 21

Where: Mills Library – Lloyd Reeds Map Collection – L102

Streaming Science Fiction

Display at Mills promoting both our streaming video services and some of the “good science” movies with a focus on space that McMaster has access to.

Monday, September 17 – Sunday, September, 23

Where: Mills Library lobby

Popular Science Books Exhibit at Thode

Monday, September 17 – Sunday, September 23

Where: Thode Library – look for it by the Reactor

Science Arcade Game at Mills Library

Test your science literacy with different Science Trivia quizzes.

Monday, September 17 – Sunday, September, 23

Where: Mills Library lobby


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