Photos: Burnaby Festival of Learning inspires, awes and delights thousands
You came, you participated, you learned. And wow—did we ever learn too, at the second-ever Burnaby Festival of Learning.
This week-long celebration is the ticket for people of all ages and backgrounds to learn something new and unique, from hands-on workshops and thought-provoking talks to awe-inspiring tours and interactive displays.
Here are some highlights this year:
- More than 200 high school students descended upon SFU from local Burnaby schools for a series of creative learning events. From Dragon’s Den to building robots, the students were excited and engaged right till the end of the day, truly demonstrating that age is a state of mind, and that curiosity and excitement are incredible tools in anyone’s quest to learn.
- There’s nothing like flying through time while flying through the sky!
Burnaby’s history came alive while riding the SkyTrain over the very region, parks and buildings that we were talking about.
- We were thrilled and chilled by Aaron Chapman’s Clark Park stories. Attendees quickly filled the library room to capacity and more were happy to stand just so they could listen. There are so many stories hidden all around us, if we’re only willing to look (and listen).
SFU earth sciences professor Eileen van der Flier-Keller delivers an interactive presentation on water at the Rhododendron Festival.
Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan (left) and SFU President Andrew Petter (right) address the crowd at the Rhododendron Festival, kicking off the 2017 Burnaby Festival Learning.
A pair of visitors tour the Edwardian-era Ceperley House, which is home to the Burnaby Art Gallery.
SFU archaeology professor Eldon Yellowhorn answers questions and demonstrates flint knapping—making tools out of obsidian and stone—at the Burnaby Village Museum.
Aaron Chapman, an award-winning local author, unveils a fascinating account of corruption and murder between Vancouver Police and the east-side gang in his latest book, The Last Gang in Town: The Epic Story of the Police vs The Clark Park Gang.
Burnaby high school students watch on as an SFU instructor demonstrates chemistry lab equipment at the Burnaby campus as part of SD41 Day.
With the help of SFU student-mentors, Burnaby high school students work on a project on SD41 Day at the SFU's Burnaby campus.
An Embark volunteer gives a lesson on growing your own food in an urban setting at SFU's Burnaby campus.
An SFU volunteer demonstrates an experiment at Science Rendezvous and International Astronomy Day, concluding the Burnaby Festival of Learning on May 13.
A young child gets exercise with some SFU volunteers as part Racing Readers, a program that nurtures fitness and literacy.