Clark Reynolds

Clark Reynolds

Random Acts of Science launches

Vernon's Okanagan Science Centre will launch its newest outreach program, Random Acts of Science, in mid-September.

You never know when science may find you.

The Okanagan Science Centre will launch its newest outreach program, Random Acts of Science, in mid-September.

“The idea came from the desire to create a culture of science literacy for all members in our community,” said Sandi Dixon, executive director.

“The slogan is motivated by the famous random acts of kindness, because of the surprise nature of the mobile science lab. You never know where it will turn up, or what the demonstration and activities of the day will be.”

With funding from Interior Savings, OSC has developed a custom-built bicycle and a series of 10 hands-on mobile science programs.

All activities are designed to wow audiences, while being educational and free.

Participants will also receive a free family day pass to the OSC to continue their journey of science discovery

“Just as random acts of kindness are passed on and paid forward, it is our goal that the science education and excitement will continue beyond initial contact,” said Tarla-Rae Sayenchuk, program co-ordinator.

“What better way than to continue science learning at the centre?  We strongly believe that Random Acts of Science will enrich our community through increased science engagement and enjoyment.”

OSC staff will tour the bike throughout local communities, stopping at popular destinations for on-the-spot demonstrations and activities.

“Colourful and engaging, the mobile lab is quite effective in fostering both curiosity and a passion for learning,” said Gene Creelman, Interior Savings’ vice-president of marketing and communications.

“While the demonstrations may look like magic, OSC staff will unravel the mystery of how science makes it work.”