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Join us on Tuesday, May 7th, 2019 at SFU’s Burnaby Campus to explore, discover, and investigate different avenues and possibilities in post-secondary education. Experience various subject areas of your choice from Applied Sciences, Arts and Social Sciences, Education, Environment, Business, Science, Health Sciences, and Communication, Art and Technology!

Registration is required to attend, register early to avoid disappointment! 

Seats are limited, available on a first come first serve basis. SFU Exploration Day is complimentary no fees required, and lunch will be provided. Students will need to arrange their own transportation to and from SFU’s Burnaby Campus. Students must notify and receive permission to attend from their secondary school.

SFU Explorations Day is intended for Burnaby high school students. If you do not attend high school in Burnaby and would like to register and attend, please email info@festivaloflearning.ca first before registering.

Schedule for the day

8:00AM – 9:00AM Sign-in Diamond Family Auditorium
9:00AM – 9:15AM Welcome Diamond Family Auditorium
9:30AM – 10:20AM Session 1
10:35AM – 11:25AM Session 2
11:40AM – 12:10PM Lunch Diamond Family Auditorium
12:25PM – 1:15PM Session 3
1:30PM – 2:20PM Session 4
2:35PM – 3:00PM Closing Diamond Family Auditorium

What to expect

When you arrive, you’ll need to check-in at the registration desk. You’ll be given your name tag, individual schedule, and a map with all the room locations. We will be meeting at the Diamond Family Auditorium in the morning, for lunch, and in the afternoon. Throughout the day, SFU Student Ambassadors will guide you from class to class. Feel free to ask them questions about life in post-secondary, transition from high-school to post-secondary, pick your courses, and more; they’ll be happy to answer them.

Want to get started and find out where the rooms are?

Download SFU Snap (available on iOS and Android)
You can type in the room numbers in the search bar and it will show you where the room is located! Have fun exploring!

Looking to explore the campus earlier?

You can book a campus tour all year round. SFU campus tours are student-led, starting at our Student Services building, you’ll visit the library, residences, gym facilities, classrooms, and more. Tours are offered all year round, interested? Book one now.

FAQ

What if the class I want is full?

Some classes are smaller than others, or just by popular demand, it was filled up quickly. When that happens, just keep checking back to see if anyone dropped the class, some rooms just don’t have the capacity to include any more. Be sure that you find a class you can register in during that session so you aren’t missing out.

What if I decide to change my mind and I want to swap classes?

Depending if the class you want is full or not, just send us an email to info@festivaloflearning.ca and we can make the switch for you. If the class is full, you may go ahead and register yourself to be on the waitlist, but this does not guarantee you a spot in the class. Be sure to still have a class registered during that session.

What if I get lost?

SFU Student Ambassadors will be taking part in the School District Day and guiding students around campus from class to class. You’ll also be equipped with a map just in case you get lost. There will also be checkpoints around campus where you can find a Student Ambassador to help you.

Couldn’t find the answer you’re looking for? Have additional questions?

Please email your questions to info@festivaloflearning.ca

Curious?

Wondering what will the classes look like? Here’s what we’ve offered in the past

Drumming 101
Join in a fun and interactive drumming session: learn to drum basic traditional songs with First Nations hand-drum. SFU Office for Aboriginal Peoples

Physics in Action
Explore the secrets of Physics through hands-on activities and demos in static electricity, Faraday’s Cage, magnetic materials and Ampere’s Law. Experiment with heat transfer-conduction, heat transfer-convection and heat transfer-radiation and learn how a Stirling engine works. Other topics may include: light as energy, reflection, refraction, total internal reflection, the electromagnetic spectrum and colour.
SFU Faculty of Science, Physics

Chemistry in Action
Discover the magic of Chemistry right from our lab and dive deeper into matter, its properties, physical and chemical changes, pure substances and mixtures (homogeneous and heterogeneous), separation processes, acids and bases, chemical reactions (including titrations), endothermic and exothermic reactions, etc.
SFU Faculty of Science, Chemistry

Biology in Action
Get your hands busy by learning the basics of working in a biology lab, working with a microscope on your own, dissecting out the seminal vesicles of an anesthesized earthworm and viewing some really neat (harmless) parasites that reside in the vesicles. There is more to discover than meets the eye!
SFU Faculty of Science, Biology

Tour of the Trottier Observatory
Take a tour of the Trottier Observatory and Science Courtyard. Peek into the 0.7 meter reflector telescope that tracks distant galaxies billions of years old. Enjoy the outside viewing plaza that offers a sundial, an outdoor gallery featuring illuminated seasonal star charts and the multi-coloured plinth along the starlit “Milky Way”.
SFU Faculty of Science

Should I or Should I Not? Ethical Decision Making
Do you put much thought into how you make decision and the outcome? How would you react if confronted with something unethical?
The session will cover key aspects to ethical decision making as well as scenarios to work through, so you have a better appreciation of how not to get into trouble.
Sam Thiara, SFU Beedie School of Business

Making Ends Meet: Poverty Simulation 
Are you interested in social issues and human behaviour? Also, do you know that BC has the highest poverty rate (13.2%) in Canada? One of the topics that social psychology studies are the social causes of economic inequality and the impact that poverty has on people’s overall well-being. SFU’s psychology department is offering you the opportunity to participate in a poverty simulation to experience what it is like to live in poverty and to learn about one of the ways research is done in social psychology. Space in the Poverty Simulation is very limited, so register as soon as possible!
Dr. Steve Wright and Odilia Dys-Steenbergen, SFU Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Psychology

Future of Cities
Learn how technology and design can equip you with skills to build future urban spaces. Discover paths to become the next generation’s problem solver.
Supratim Chakraborty, SFU Faculty of Communication, Art & Technology and School of Interactive Arts & Technology

Fifty Shades of … Snow?
A question that’s been asked for a long time is “How much does our native language affect the way that we think?” If I, a native English speaker, say that something is coloured blue, does that mean that you, let’s say a native Japanese speaker, will see it the same way and call it by the Japanese word for blue? And what about that ancient claim that speakers of languages in the north have many more words for snow than speakers of other languages. Is that true? This little course will point out ways to think about these and similar questions. Let your inner nerd guide you to this talk!
Dr. Cliff Burgess, SFU Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Linguistics

Causal Conundrums for Criminal Culpability
Whether and how much one is punished often depends on whether and how much harm one causes.  Seems plausible enough.  But a number of perplexing puzzles arise in trying to apply this principle to real-world cases without violating our fundamental beliefs about fairness.
Dr. Evan Tiffany, SFU Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Philosophy

The Amazing Race: Education Edition 
Calling all potential teachers! Test your Elementary school knowledge in a series of fun and interactive challenges relating to elementary school subjects while exploring the Simon Fraser’s Burnaby campus.
SFU Faculty of Education

Avalanche!
Snow avalanches are a tremendous force of nature! They can break trees, destroy houses, close roads, stop trains, and kill people if they are in the wrong place at the wrong time. Come and discover the physics of what happens when an avalanche releases and explore what can be done to stay away from avalanches when you go into the backcountry. (Lecture given by Dr. Pascal Haegeli, Assistant Professor, School of Resource and Environmental Management)
SFU Faculty of Environment

Be-A-“Mazed”
From tying your shoe to cooking food, everyday people use algorithmic thinking to complete tasks and solve problems. This workshop will give you an intro to Computing Science and algorithmic thinking in a fun engaging way. Students will be split into teams. Each team will need to create an Algorithm to guide a blind folded team mate through a maze.
SFU Faculty of Applied Sciences

How many English Majors does it to take to screw in a Light Bulb?
Nothing makes a joke better than being able to explain it! But seriously, come to this session and learn about what an English university class looks like and how to ruin your dad’s favourite jokes.
Kandice SharrenSFU, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, English

Can You Make (and Break) the Stock Market
Come participate in a simulated market and learn how economics help us understand how markets work, where prices come from and why Adam Smith’s metaphor of the “invisible hand” captures the working of (some) markets so nicely.
Dr. David Freeman, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Economics

Mystery and Magic of Blood
See how the Faculty of Health Sciences looks at the diverse factors that impact health by looking at the topic of blood. Session will take place in modular classroom and include a tour of the Health Science Laboratories in Blusson Hall.
Dr. Mark LechnerSFU Health Sciences

History as Crap-detecting & Names, dates — and music?
History is used by those in power to make us conform, fit in, and do what we’re told. But history can also be used to challenge, rebel, and resist. We’ll talk about using history as a weapon of self-defense and crap-detecting. History is more creative and more fun than you might think. Find out how historians use song lyrics to make sense of the Middle Ages and to get to know the people of that time.
Dr. Mark Leier and Emily O’BrienSFU Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, History

What is Time? Philosophical Thoughts Experiments in Science Fiction  
Humans experience time as passing at a certain rate, unchangeable and universal. But is this how time *really* is? We’ll look at contradictions between our experiences of time and what physics says about time, and how these could be resolved. We’ll explore these using examples of time travel from science fiction.
Dr. Holly AndersenSFU Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Philosophy

Watch Your Language!
Have you ever wondered how your brain figures out the language around you? How do you know to say fan-freakin’-tastic and notfantas-freakin’-tic? This course will show you some of the weird ways linguists study language — like brain imaging, vision tracking, and unusual photography techniques.
Dr. Ashley Farris-Trimble​, SFU Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Linguistics

Why Tomb Raider Is Terrible Anthropology
As badass as she is, Lara Croft makes a horrible anthropologist. Together we will look at the game to think about what we (don’t) do as anthropologists. And we’ll consider the adventures of a girl and her fox companion in the game Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna) to show some of what anthropologists do actually do.
Dr. Bascom Guffin, SFU Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Sociology & Anthropology

Good jobs, Bad jobs…No jobs? Globalization, automation, and the Future of Work
Are robots and AI really going to replace human workers soon? How are globalization and migration going to affect Canadian jobs in coming years? This session explores how we can use past and current examples of change to think about the future of employment and what it means for working people.
Dr. Kendra Strauss, SFU Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Labour Studies

Dragon’s Den Pitch Competition
In this workshop teams will compete to develop and pitch a business venture in front of their peers. Do you have what it takes to impress the Dragons?
SFU’s Beedie School of Business

The Profoundly Puzzling Persistence of Persons
Here is an obvious bit of reasoning: “I deserve to be blamed for a past wrong action only if I’m the person who did it. I deserve to be blamed for a past wrong action. Therefore I’m the person who did it. Therefore I existed in the past.” This obvious inference poses a deep philosophical challenge: How is that someone today can be the same person as someone yesterday? What makes a person persist through time? It is surprisingly difficult to answer this question. We’ll explore some attempts.
Lyle CrawfordSFU Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Philosophy

World changing!: How Geography highlights the powerful social and biophysical dynamics that shape our world
Geography is a physical science, a social science, and an information science. Our department offers programs in each of these areas (BAs, BScs, and a BEnv). Geography students explore the intersections of social and environmental problems and graduate primed to understand and make a difference in the world. Join three geographers who will explore the range and depth of this diverse and relevant discipline.
SFU Faculty of Environment, Geography

Found in Translation
Ever Google Translate something and laugh at the result? Ever marvel at the fact that the Harry Potter books have been translated into almost 70 languages? Here’s your chance to learn more about the art and craft of literary translation: by trying it yourself!
Dr. Melek Ortabasi, SFU Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, World Literature

Dear Idiots and Romantics: Stop Trying to Film Moby-Dick
Yes, you can make movies out of books, just not this one. Not now. Not ever. Why? Come and see. No knowledge of Moby-Dick necessary. Heck, I don’t even care if you’ve ever read an entire book. But a willingness to think big, think weird, think art is a must.
Dr. Michael Everton​, SFU Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, English

Dig Into Your Past With Archaeology
Immerse yourself into the human past with a series of interactive activities including helping to solve a forensic case, finding the missing link in the evolutionary chain, and identifying mysterious artifacts that were uncovered all over the world!
SFU Faculty of Environment

Should pornography be legal? A philosophical inquiry
Pornography depicts people as sex objects. It also has no artistic value. Should it be a crime for adults to create or to consume porn? Why? Why not?
Dr. Sam Black, SFU Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Philosophy

Engineering Science Workshop
What are some of your favorite things in this world? Snapchat? Cellphones? Games? Chances are a Computing Scientist or an Engineer helped develop and create those things. Join us for a showcase how SFU’s Faculty of Applied Sciences uses technology to help improve people’s lives. During the session participants will engineer a prosthetic leg!

Robotics Workshop
Students will be introduced to the exciting world of robotics. Students will have an opportunity to build and drive robots with Faculty of Applied Sciences instructors and students.

Tour of the Trottier Observatory and Science Courtyard
Take a tour of the Trottier Observatory and Science Courtyard. Peek into the 0.7 meter reflector telescope that tracks distant galaxies billions of years old. Enjoy the outside viewing plaza that offers a sundial, an outdoor gallery featuring illuminated seasonal star charts and the multi-coloured plinth along the starlit “Milky Way”.

Physics in Action
Explore the secrets of Physics through hands-on activities and demos in static electricity, Faraday’s Cage, magnetic materials and Ampere’s Law. Experiment with heat transfer-conduction, heat transfer-convection and heat transfer-radiation and learn how a Stirling engine works.

Dragon’s Den Challenge
Calling all creative problem solvers! We are looking for the next best entrepreneur to promote our mystery product. Students will be divided into teams and given 30 minutes to develop a business pitch and present to our panel of “investors”, who are looking for the most creative, well-rounded and realistic plan. Are you up for the challenge?

How to Succeed on Exams
Whether the next big exams you write will be in high school, college, or university, this workshop will teach you study strategies shown by research to be the most effective. Learn how to study for your exams, manage your time during exams, and deal with common types of questions: multiple choice, problem solving, essay and short answer.

Chemistry in Action
Discover the magic of Chemistry right from our lab and dive deeper into matter, its properties, physical and chemical changes, pure substances and mixtures (homogeneous and heterogeneous), separation processes, acids and bases, chemical reactions (including titrations), endothermic and exothermic reactions, etc.

Health Sciences Laboratory and Biocontainment Facility Tour 
Come for a tour of Blusson Hall’s Health Sciences laboratories! Tour will be led by Health Sciences graduate students and will include some brief hands-on activities and a peek into SFU’s biocontainment laboratory facility!

Found in Translation
Ever Google Translate something and laugh at the result? Ever marvel at the fact that the Harry Potter books have been translated into almost 70 languages? Here’s your chance to learn more about the art and craft of literary translation: by trying it yourself!

Using Google My Maps to Put Local History on the Map
Learn how to create interactive maps using Google My Maps that will allow you to explore the many stories of Burnaby through historical photos, videos, and significant places.

Will You Make (and Break) the Stock Market?
Participate in a simulated market and learn how economics helps us understand how markets work, where prices come from and why Adam Smith’s metaphor of the “invisible hand” captures the working of (some) markets so nicely. You’ll be guided through a version of an economics experiment that won a Nobel Prize.

Why your Blue Jeans are Evidence that all Ravens are Black
From two unproblematic assumptions, it seems to follow that your blue jeans are evidence that all ravens are black, a result that many consider ridiculous. We’ll discuss the reasoning that leads to the “paradox”, and responses to it. The wearing of blue jeans is neither required nor prohibited.

Building a Social Media Vending Machine
Interested in social media, programming or making things? Get creative and explore the possiblities in digital technology. From design to fabrication, learn how to build a vending machine that’s powered by your tweets, posts and likes on Twitter and Instagram.

You Should Give Me all of Your Money
Should we always try to get what we most want (for example, buying a lottery ticket for the $100 million jackpot), or would it sometimes be rational to aim at something less desirable (for example, spending that dollar on food)? We will discuss the basic principles of rational decision making and we will ask whether these principles ever lead to paradox. The presenter will argue that, according to these principles, it would be rational for you to immediately hand over to him all of your money.

Discover Italian – French as we really Speak it
In French, we will look into the spoken language – langue familière. In Italian, we will provide you with a tourist survival kit should you want to travel to Italy.

Social Psychology and Poverty
​Can social psychology help reduce poverty? Learn about social psychology and participate in research. The session will begin by allowing students to try a computer-based demo with a short discussion on how people make sense of others’ behaviour.

Greek Myths and Facts
Introduction to themes in Greek mythology and history, ex. Homer’s Odyssey, Odysseus, the myth of Minotaur. References to popular culture and film.

Cyptoparty
Examine elements of digital security including strong passwords, two factor authentication (2FA), safer browsing, virtual private networks (VPNs), and secure messaging.

SFU Gallery Tour
An introduction to the Art Gallery, what we do, discover in-depth SFU’s art collection, and a closer look at colonial and indigenous works around campus.

Activate your Multilingual Brain
Learn greetings and self-introductions in four languages in 45 minutes (Mandarin Chinese, German, Spanish, Japanese). Students will be introduced to the languages and will learn to say simple greetings and self-introductions.

Sizing Your Tin Foil Hat
Is the world controlled by the Illuminati? Was 9/11 an inside job? Is Justin Trudeau the son of Fidel Castro? We will look at examples of some true conspiracy theories and some false ones, and we will talk about how to use critical thinking to adjust our beliefs concerning conspiracy theories in a rational way.

The Genetic Diversity of Microbes and what it means for our Health
Learn about Molecular Epidemiology, an exciting field in science and medicine that investigates – among other things – the implications of microbial genetics on human health. This is a lecture-style presentation that is based on a real course in the Faculty of Health Sciences.

Understanding Trump through the lens of the Humanities
In this session we will draw upon key figures from the Humanistic tradition such as Plato, Machiavelli, Freud and Hannah Arendt to understand the election of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States.

How to Succeed on Exams
Whether the next big exams you write will be in high school, college, or university, this workshop will teach you study strategies shown by research to be the most effective. Come learn how to study for your exams, manage your time during exams, and deal with common types of questions: multiple choice, problem solving, essay and short answer.
SFU Library

Classes & Workshops

Registrations begin on April 8th, 2019.

You’ll be able to manage your own schedule up until April 30th, 2019. Schedule changes are not permitted after the registration deadline and/or on the day of.

Those who participate are required to sign up for a class in each session. You cannot have an empty session. The School District and you will be notified if we notice that you have not signed up for a class in each session.

Beedie Business Pitch Competition
Teams will compete to develop and pitch a business venture in front of their peers. Do you have what it takes to be the next superstar entrepreneur?

Beyond Unicorn Frappucino: Make Food Waste Reduction Go #viral
Learn about the important role we can play in food waste reduction in school, home and community. Discover the importance of the field of food system planning in creating a closed loop sustainable food system and findings from research on gamifying food waste reduction. You’ll be equipped with tools and ideas for class projects that can be done at school.

Dear Idiots and Romantics: Stop Trying to Film Moby-Dick
Yes, you can make movies out of books, just not this one. Not now. Not ever. Why? Come and see. No knowledge of Moby-Dick necessary. Heck, I don’t even care if you’ve ever read an entire book. But a willingness to think big, think weird, think art is a must.

Earth’s Plate Interactions: Collisions, Rifts and Earthquakes
An interactive experience examining plate tectonics through modelling. Convergent, divergent and transform boundaries are investigated with the scientific method. Students will learn about earthquakes and make waves of their own that will be displayed on a seismometer.

Earthworm Parasites
Work on a hands-on earthworm seminal vesicle dissection! Using a compound microscope, examine a common parasite that resides in the “man-bits” of the earthworm.

How do judges make decisions? A case-study of Medically-Assisted Death
Why does Canada allow medically-assisted death? In this class, we’ll study the 2015 court case Carter v Canada, which allowed medical staff to help terminally-ill patients end their lives. This case shows us how judges decide morally complex issues. How do they balance the wishes of some patients against the need to protect vulnerable people? Through this case, we’ll debate how the courts shape government policies – and how that affects all of our lives.

I Heart Me
How much do you know about the cardiovascular system (your heart, blood vessels and blood)? Learn the functions and anatomy of your complicated cardiovascular system and how to assess a functioning heart through heart rate and blood pressure tests.

Language and music: What is the rhythm and melody of speech?
Here I consider how the learning of linguistic sound patterns in some of the most prevalent languages in Canada—including English, French, Punjabi, Mandarin, and Cantonese—may affect our ability to perceive auditory sounds more generally, including simple musical rhythms and melodies. This lesson will include a discussion of multilingualism and musicality, and will explore the intriguing question of whether learning a new language makes us better musicians (or vice versa).

Molecular Gastronomy: Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream
Learn how to make your own ice cream the scientific way! Liquid nitrogen is -196 degrees Celsius and must be handled with care. But it can be used to rapidly freeze a mixture of ingredients in order to make a really “cool” dessert. BONUS: Watch how acid/base reactions can create myriad colours right in front of your eyes!

Pepper Programming Workshop
Get the opportunity to work with Pepper, the first humanoid robot capable of recognizing the principle human emotions and adapting its behavior to the mood of its interlocutor.

Reebok, GoPro and Facebook: New Age Advertising
Explore the evolution of advertising since the 1920’s, including the rise of television to today’s social media platforms. We look at how advertisers incorporate user generated content and use information you provide to create specifically targeted ads. As CMNS students, we looked at the ways that advertising has evolved to grab our attention and stand out from the many other advertisements we see all around us.

Tour of the Trottier Observatory
This visit promises to be a starry experience! Delve into astronomy and take a peek into our 0.7-metre diameter reflector telescope capable of tracking distant galaxies billions of years old! Take a tour of the science plaza that surrounds the observatory dome – featuring a sundial, star benches, constellation tables, and an outdoor gallery with illuminated seasonal star charts.

What can animal communication tell us about human language?
The more we learn about how animals communicate with one another, the more we see that aspects of human language once thought unique to us as a species, are not. This talk tells you how we know this and why it matters.

Doing Time: Life Inside Canadian Prisons 
Imprisonment is the subject of countless books, songs, blogs, podcasts, video-games, and movies. The question is, how accurate are these portrayals? The topics to be addressed in this session include: common misconceptions of imprisonment; the general profile of Canadian prisoners; the process of entering the total institutional world of the prison; and, the dynamics of life inside.
Arts and Social Sciences, Criminology

Earth’s Plate Interactions: Collisions, Rifts and Earthquakes
An interactive experience examining plate tectonics through modelling. Convergent, divergent and transform boundaries are investigated with the scientific method. Students will learn about earthquakes and make waves of their own that will be displayed on a seismometer.
Science, Earth Sciences

Earthworm Parasites
Work on a hands-on earthworm seminal vesicle dissection! Using a compound microscope, examine a common parasite that resides in the “man-bits” of the earthworm.
Science, Biology

Edventure – Amazing Race Edition
Calling all potential teachers! Test your Elementary school knowledge in a series of fun and interactive challenges relating to elementary school subjects while exploring Simon Fraser University’s Burnaby campus.
Education

Good jobs, bad jobs, no jobs? Labour Studies and the future of work.
The future of work is uncertain. How with automation and artificial intelligence impact jobs? Will a green transition reduce or increase employment? What do we do about rising income inequality? This lecture describes some of the challenges facing workers today and in the future, and looks at how Labour Studies analyzes past and present transformations to help understand the future of work.
Arts and Social Sciences, Labour Studies

History as Crap-detecting & Names dates — and music?
The session will feature two shorter presentations about History: History is used by those in power to make us conform, fit in, and do what we’re told. But history can also be used to challenge, rebel, and resist. We’ll talk about using history as a weapon of self-defence and crap-detecting. History is more creative and more fun than you might think. Find out how historians use song lyrics to make sense of the Middle Ages and to get to know the people of that time.
Arts and Social Sciences, History

I Heart Me
How much do you know about the cardiovascular system (your heart, blood vessels and blood)? Learn the functions and anatomy of your complicated cardiovascular system and how to assess a functioning heart through heart rate and blood pressure tests.
Science, Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology

Molecular Gastronomy: Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream
Learn how to make your own ice cream the scientific way! Liquid nitrogen is -196 degrees Celsius and must be handled with care. But it can be used to rapidly freeze a mixture of ingredients in order to make a really “cool” dessert. BONUS: Watch how acid/base reactions can create myriad colours right in front of your eyes!
Science, Chemistry

Pepper Programming Workshop 
Get the opportunity to work with Pepper, the first humanoid robot capable of recognizing the principle human emotions and adapting its behavior to the mood of its interlocutor.
Applied Science

Reebok, GoPro and Facebook: New Age Advertising
Explore the evolution of advertising since the 1920’s, including the rise of television to today’s social media platforms. We look at how advertisers incorporate user generated content and use information you provide to create specifically targeted ads. As CMNS students, we looked at the ways that advertising has evolved to grab our attention and stand out from the many other advertisements we see all around us.
Communication, Art and Technology, School of Communication

Tour of the Trottier Observatory
This visit promises to be a starry experience! Delve into astronomy and take a peek into our 0.7-metre diameter reflector telescope capable of tracking distant galaxies billions of years old! Take a tour of the science plaza that surrounds the observatory dome – featuring a sundial, star benches, constellation tables, and an outdoor gallery with illuminated seasonal star charts.
Science, Physics

What if winter is notcoming? Climate change science, impacts, and what people are doing about it
Students around the world have joined the #FridaysForFuture school strikes in a movement for climate action. So, what does action on climate change look like? We’ll discuss cutting-edge climate change science, who and where is being affected by climate change, and what action is – and should be – happening.
Environment, Geography

Why Tomb Raider Is Terrible Anthropology
As badass as she is, Lara Croft makes a horrible anthropologist. Together we will look at the game Tomb Raider to think about what we (don’t) do as anthropologists. And we’ll consider the adventures of a girl and her fox companion in the game Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna) to show some of what anthropologists do actually do.
Arts and Social Sciences, Sociology & Anthropology

Why are we mean to those we love the most?
If you stop and think about who the last time you were nasty to someon, it was probably your mother, sibling, or boy/girlfriend who got the worst of you. Yet these are the people who often mean most to us.  Why is this the case?  Why are we often pleasant to strangers and abrupt to those we live with? As it turns out, this is a simple application of the Law of Demand, one of the most powerful ideas in all of social science.
Arts and Social Sciences, Economics

Climate Change Is Not Fake News
Climate change is real. Have you thought about being a climate ambassador? Learn about the science behind climate change and how YOU can combat the effects of climate change.
Science, Earth Science

Dig Into Your Past with Archaeology
What do CSI, Darwin and Indian Jones have in common? Find out in Archaeology! Help to solve a forensic case, finding the missing link in the evolutionary chain, and reconstruct mysterious artifacts, all while competing for PRIZES!
Environment, Archaeology

Edventure – Amazing Race Edition
Calling all potential teachers! Test your Elementary school knowledge in a series of fun and interactive challenges relating to elementary school subjects while exploring Simon Fraser University’s Burnaby campus.
Education

Evolution Uninhibited: Unusual Patterns in Insect Diversity
Evolution isn’t a contest, but if it were, insects would be the clear winner. Examine real insect specimens, and see the amazing patterns that have repeated over time.
Science, Biological Sciences

Found in Translation
Ever Google Translate something and laugh at the result? Ever marvel at the fact that the Harry Potter books have been translated into almost 70 languages? Here’s your chance to learn more about the art and craft of literary translation by trying it yourself!
Arts and Social Sciences, World Literature

How to Succeed on Exams
Whether the next big exams you write will be in high school, college, or university, this workshop will teach you the study strategies shown by research to be the most effective. Come learn how to study for your exams, manage your time during exams, and deal with common types of questions: multiple choice, problem solving, essay and short answer.
Library, Student Learning Commons

I Heart Me
How much do you know about the cardiovascular system (your heart, blood vessels and blood)? Learn the functions and anatomy of your complicated cardiovascular system and how to assess a functioning heart through heart rate and blood pressure tests.
Science, Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology

Do traditional medicinal plants really work?
What kinds of medicines do people use around the world? Come learn about how African traditional healers have been developing medicines for generations, and how new laboratory results suggest that they may be onto something…
Health Sciences

Molecular Gastronomy: Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream
Learn how to make your own ice cream the scientific way! Liquid nitrogen is -196 degrees Celsius and must be handled with care. But it can be used to rapidly freeze a mixture of ingredients in order to make a really “cool” dessert. BONUS: Watch how acid/base reactions can create myriad colours right in front of your eyes!
Science, Chemistry

Reebok, GoPro and Facebook: New Age Advertising
Explore the evolution of advertising since the 1920’s, including the rise of television to today’s social media platforms. We look at how advertisers incorporate user generated content and use information you provide to create specifically targeted ads. As CMNS students, we looked at the ways that advertising has evolved to grab our attention and stand out from the many other advertisements we see all around us.
Communication, Art and Technology School of Communication

Tour of the Trottier Observatory
This visit promises to be a starry experience! Delve into astronomy and take a peek into our 0.7-metre diameter reflector telescope capable of tracking distant galaxies billions of years old! Take a tour of the science plaza that surrounds the observatory dome – featuring a sundial, star benches, constellation tables, and an outdoor gallery with illuminated seasonal star charts.
Science, Physics

Treasures from SFU’s Special Collections and Rare Books
What makes Special Collections “special?” Is it different than the rest of the library? (Hint: yes!) Attendees will be introduced to the wonders of Special Collections and Rare Books (SCRB). We will focus on the variety of formats found in SCRB. Students will have the opportunity to touch 13th century vellum (if they dare!).
Library, Special Collections and Rare Books

Why Tomb Raider Is Terrible Anthropology
As badass as she is, Lara Croft makes a horrible anthropologist. Together we will look at the game Tomb Raider to think about what we (don’t) do as anthropologists. And we’ll consider the adventures of a girl and her fox companion in the game Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna) to show some of what anthropologists do actually do.
Arts and Social Sciences, Sociology & Anthropology

Beedie Business Pitch Competition
Teams will compete to develop and pitch a business venture in front of their peers. Do you have what it takes to be the next superstar entrepreneur?
Beedie School of Business

Climate Change Is Not Fake News
Climate change is real. Have you thought about being a climate ambassador? Learn about the science behind climate change and how YOU can combat the effects of climate change.
Science, Earth Science

EDventure – Amazing Race Edition
Calling all potential teachers! Test your Elementary school knowledge in a series of fun and interactive challenges relating to elementary school subjects while exploring Simon Fraser University’s Burnaby campus.
Education

Egg-Drop Competition
Team up with current Applied Sciences students to compete in a fun egg-drop competition. Test your engineering skills by constructing a device that prevents an egg from cracking when dropped! Applied Science

Evolution Uninhibited: Unusual Patterns in Insect Diversity
Evolution isn’t a contest, but if it were, insects would be the clear winner. Examine real insect specimens, and see the amazing patterns that have repeated over time.
Science, Biological Sciences

How to Succeed on Exams
Whether the next big exams you write will be in high school, college, or university, this workshop will teach you the study strategies shown by research to be the most effective. Come learn how to study for your exams, manage your time during exams, and deal with common types of questions: multiple choice, problem solving, essay and short answer.
Library, Student Learning Commons

I Heart Me
How much do you know about the cardiovascular system (your heart, blood vessels and blood)? Learn the functions and anatomy of your complicated cardiovascular system and how to assess a functioning heart through heart rate and blood pressure tests.
Science, Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology

Inequality in the 21rst Century
These days, the economy seems to work for just the rich. The 1 per cent have it all. Can we fix capitalism so that it delivers for the many rather than for just the few?  Come find out!
Arts and Social Sciences, Economics

Reebok, GoPro and Facebook: New Age Advertising
Explore the evolution of advertising since the 1920’s, including the rise of television to today’s social media platforms. We look at how advertisers incorporate user generated content and use information you provide to create specifically targeted ads. As CMNS students, we looked at the ways that advertising has evolved to grab our attention and stand out from the many other advertisements we see all around us.
Communication, Art and Technology School of Communication

Tour of the Trottier Observatory
This visit promises to be a starry experience! Delve into astronomy and take a peek into our 0.7-metre diameter reflector telescope capable of tracking distant galaxies billions of years old! Take a tour of the science plaza that surrounds the observatory dome – featuring a sundial, star benches, constellation tables, and an outdoor gallery with illuminated seasonal star charts.
Science, Physics

Translating Health Science: How does cool research get to the clinic for the benefit of patients?
Do you care about health and well-being for everyone? Faculty of Health Sciences students and faculty are committed to improving the lives of people. Find out how we do it! This special lecture presented by the Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences will give you some insights into how exciting health sciences research becomes a clinical reality for the benefit of patients and their families.
Health Sciences

Treasures from SFU’s Special Collections and Rare Books
What makes Special Collections “special?” Is it different than the rest of the library? (Hint: yes!) Attendees will be introduced to the wonders of Special Collections and Rare Books (SCRB). We will focus on the variety of formats found in SCRB. Students will have the opportunity to touch 13th century vellum (if they dare!).
Library, Special Collections and Rare Books

Popular culture based on the Greek and Roman World [CANCELLED]
A presentation by three instructors on various contemporary references made to Greek, Roman mythology and history (from gods to heroic mortals) in blockbuster films, online games and popular novels. The session serves as an exciting introduction to the Greek and Roman world, as well as a discussion on its relevance and connection to 21st century popular culture.
Arts and Social Sciences, Hellenic Studies