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Power of Ideas science experience tour coming to UPEI

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CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. - UPEI’s Department of Physics is hosting the Innovation 150 Power of Ideas Tour, Oct. 31 to Nov. 1.

The event is free and open to the public on Nov. 1, 6-8 p.m., at the Chi-Wan Young Sports Centre on the UPEI campus, following two days of school visits.

“We are looking forward to welcoming about 1,100 Island students in Grades 10–12, and youth and their families, to this world-class science experience on the UPEI campus,” says Bill Whelan, chairman of UPEI’s Department of Physics.

The event includes an innovation talk and exhibition, presented by the Perimeter Institute, which features hands-on, mind-expanding activities.

Participants will explore the cosmic speed limit, the mysteries of dark matter, black holes and, even more importantly, the power of ideas, big and small.

From delving into two of the world’s largest science experiments to exploring changing ideas about the universe, this immersive experience fosters new curiosities and a better understanding of how the world is understood.

The experience also features Actua’s Maker Mobile, a maker-space that includes cutting-edge technology that encourages youth to experiment and build with hands-on learning.

Youth have a unique opportunity to learn how to create and prototype using design software, and watch their inventions come to life with laser cutters.

The Power of Ideas Tour will travel to about 100 communities across Canada this year, stopping in every province and territory, including the far north.

The tour’s progress can be followed online at


The tour will include the following:

• Wall of Ideas: Discover the real story behind some of the greatest scientific thinkers by immersing yourself in this interactive wall of ideas.

• What’s In The Tube: Guess what’s happening inside this massive mystery tube by teaming up to pull on large ropes.

• Colliding Particles: Step in and explore the most complex machine on Earth, the large Hadron Collider.

• Peer into the Past: How does the cosmic speed limit help see back to the beginning of the universe?

• A Planet-Sized Telescope: If there was a supermassive black hole at the centre of our galaxy, wouldn’t you want to see it? Bonus: you can stand at the edge of a black hole and watch your legs turn to spaghetti!

• Spin to Infin’: With the flick of your wrist, travel from the vastness of the universe all the way down to the subatomic scale.

• Demonstration table: Get hands-on with science demos facilitated by the Power of Ideas tour staff.

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