Activities and competitions were offered by the Dawson Science department where students could win prizes
By: Dahlia Belinsky
The Dawson Science department offered a variety of activities and competitions last Thursday for all students to participate in and win prizes from.
The goal of science week was, “to create a sense of unity within the science department and eventually all of Dawson,” Richard Calve, organizer of the event said. “[Also to] try and get your average social science student involved [in sciences].”
The week began with a biology themed event called the Skull Cup Challenge. Questions were taken from the General Biology course and some basic anatomy and physiology questions.
“The Skull Cup is usually the most successful event,” Calve said.
“It was fun. The questions were fair for the most part,” Alex Waked, third semester First Choice student said. “The only thing that was missing was more cheering squads.”
The winning team was from the Nursing program. They won a photo with the Skull Cup and Tim Hortons gift certificates.
The next event was a Chemistry Magic Show, held by Chemistry teacher Steven Holden. He was mixing solution, creating chemical changes and used organic chemistry to explain the reaction.
“I didn’t understand anything he was saying, but there was a lot of colours and interesting things to see, so it was really cool,” Antonio Sonnessa, a third semester Pure and Applied student said.
On Wednesday, two Science Fiction movies, District 9 and Gattaca, were played in Oliver’s at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. respectively. There was also the geology themed event, “Name that Mineral!” in the Atrium.
The last event of the three-day week was the fourth annual math competition where the student with the highest mark would win an iPod or digital camera.
An event that spread throughout the three days was “Sense my E-motion” on the seventh floor, where participants were shown a position versus time graph and asked to follow the exact directions the graph gave.
“It helps students get a sense of the graph.” Chris Roderick, a Physics teacher said. “When learning physics you should get a physical feel for it. To see just how hard it is to accelerate and change your speed.”
The vast majority of students attending the event were in Sciences or Nursing. “It was a much bigger success than last semester,” Calve said, “It’s [going to] get better every year.”
The next science event is the ‘Science et Société’ conference in Laval. There is limited space and students are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible.