U of S introduces Saskatoon kids to science and engineering

Cameco Spectrum 2016 demonstrations make complex theories fun and accessible for kids. Close to 10,000 people are expected to attend the four-day event. Dayne Winter / Global News

SASKATOON – The engineering building at the University of Saskatchewan was transformed into a hands-on discovery centre Thursday. Exhibits on space exploration, robot combat and liquid nitrogen ice cream introduced children to science and engineering.

Cameco Spectrum 2016 continues Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT.

“Engineering and science are going to be really important in the future, and so this is a really good way to get kids interested in it at a young age,” said fourth year engineering student Thomas McLellan.

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Another demonstration involved walking through a solution of cornstarch and water – a non-Newtonian fluid that behaves as either a solid or liquid. The more pressure on the solution, the more solid it becomes.

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“You can pretty much run on it if you want,” McLellan said.

Close to 10,000 people are expected to visit the showcase that happens once every three years.

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