Speakers and Activities

Check-in at KC Irving Environmental Science Centre (KCIC)

8:30 am Arrival and Check-in [KCIC]
9:00 am Welcome
9:15 am Good Vibrations: A Physics Perspective on Sound and Music
Dr. Peter Williams
10:00 am Morning Break
10:15 am Is Tidal Energy Really Green?
Dr. Richard Karsten
11:00 am Break into groups, move to Activity 1 location
11:15 am Activity 1
11:45 am Move to Activity 2
11:50 am Activity 2
12:20 pm Move to Meal Hall
12:30 pm Lunch [Wheelock Dining Hall]
1:20 pm Move to Activity 3
1:30 pm Activity 3
2:00 pm Move to Activity 4
2:05 pm Activity 4
2:35 pm Move back to KCIC, afternoon break
3:00 pm Psychology in Everyday Life [KCIC]
Dr. Randy Lynn Newman
3:45 pm Wrap-up and evaluations
4:00 pm Departure from KCIC
Optional campus tour

Speakers

GOOD VIBRATIONS: A PHYSICS PERSPECTIVE ON SOUND AND MUSIC
DR. PETER WILLIAMS, PHYSICS
Discover the ways that music isn’t just an art, it’s a science. We will explore some basic properties of oscillators and waves and see how these ideas can help us understand some properties of musical sounds.

PSYCHOLOGY IN EVERYDAY LIFE
DR. RANDY LYNN NEWMAN, PSYCHOLOGY
Dr. Newman will use audience demonstrations to highlight several research areas in psychology and explore how scientists working in these areas impact our understanding of brain and behaviour.

IS TIDAL ENERGY REALLY GREEN?
DR. RICHARD KARSTEN, MATHEMATICS
The high tides of the Bay of Fundy offer the potential to generate enough renewable energy to meet all of Nova Scotia’s energy needs. But there are many questions about how tidal energy will affect the environment, particularly marine life.

Determining whether tidal turbines will harm marine life is no easy task, and even gathering observations is expensive and difficult. Dr. Karsten will share how we can use mathematical models to examine the interaction of marine life with turbines.

Activities

Students will be assigned in one of four groups, and participate in all four activities in turn.

INSIDE THE mLAB
DR. SCOTT LANDRY, KINESIOLOGY
Step into Acadia’s motion capture lab, where we’ll demonstrate high-tech equipment used to help enhance athletic performance and prevent sporting injuries.

CHILL SESSION
Take a break and enjoy a freshly made batch of ice cream expertly
frozen by a Chemistry professor. You'll learn how liquid nitrogen can react to form instant ice cream.

KC IRVING ENVIRONMENTAL
SCIENCE CENTRE TOUR
Connect with plants at the K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre and Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens. Discover why plants are essential to people and the planet and learn about Acadian Forest Region conservation research taking place at Acadia.

BIOLOGY BUILDING TOUR
JUAN CARLOS LOPEZ, BIOLOGY
Venture into our Biology archives, featuring fascinating specimens of narwhal tusks and oddities collected through decades of scientific exploration.