Stewart Hall, the
gracious old waterfront residence that is now Pointe Claires cultural
centre, was packed with children and their parents all last weekend. They
were there to see Concordias annual science and engineering exhibition,
and this year it was more extensive than ever.
Physicists demonstrated magnetism and static electricity. Chemists and
biochemists showed off molecular modelling, chemical colour changes, liquid
nitrogen, onion DNA and some of the peculiar properties of ice cream.
Biology contributed fresh-water ecology, genomics, entomology, and information
about snakes, including a live visit.
The geographers demonstrated their computerized mapping and urban development,
and the geologists mounted exhibits on paleontology, mining, minerals
Students in Computer Science and the Digital Image/Sound program in Fine
Arts showed their projects; one provided a chance to fit outfits on an
animated model. Students in Mechanical Engineering explained vehicles
that run on alternative fuel systems.
Young visitors enjoyed trying the tests provided by the Exercise Science
Department, including the starting blocks used at the Olympic Games.
Appropriately for this West Island residential area, there was an exhibit
on hazardous materials in the household. Students in Civil Engineering
displayed popsicle-stick models from the annual bridge-building competition.
There were prizes for the young visitors, and for the first time, our
new Recruitment Office had staff on hand to answer questions about Concordias