Celebrate science with interactive activities

Experiments, lectures and other activities will be held across the province during the annual 24 Hours of Science event.

Beginning on Friday, May 6, families can learn about things as small as an atom or as big as space with a variety of science-themed activities. The 11th edition of 24 Hours of Science will stir up all sorts of reactions with activities exploring ecology, mathematics, health, astronomy, natural sciences, engineering and the environment.

Organized by Science Pour Tous and supported by UNESCO, the event aims to stimulate general interest in science and technology as well as encourage young people to explore science-based careers. There are more than 300 activities happening throughout the province, which include interactive sessions, outdoor excursions, lab visits, presentations, science competitions, movie screenings and more. Most of the activities are free but require reservation.

To find an activity in your area, you can search by region, theme or type of activity on science24heures.com. Here are some of the bilingual, kid-friendly activities taking place in Montreal on May 7.

  1. Join a group of biologists for BioBlitz and explore the flora of the city by helping collect an inventory of what grows in a specific spot of land. The results will be made public on montrealbioblitz.com. This activity takes place from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Falaise St. Jacques, 2456 Madison Ave. It is free, but registration is required. For more information, call 514-686-3709 or visit sierraclub.ca/quebec.
  2. Walk with a guide through Montreal’s Botanical Gardens to discover how trees exchange water, minerals and other nutrients. It is free, but registration is required. This activity takes place from 10:30 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the north side entrance of the Botanical Gardens, 4500 Rosemont Blvd. For more information, call 514-868-3000 or visit eventbrite.com.
  3. Explore the natural environment of Mount Royal with a team of conservationists to learn about and help with waste collection, re-vegetation and biodiversity intervention. The meeting point will be at Jeanne-Mance Park. This activity takes place from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. It is free but you must reserve a spot. For more information, call 514-843-8240 ext. 250 or visit lemontroyal.qc.ca.
  4. Join the faculty, staff and students of McGill University’s Department of Chemistry for exciting experiments at the Otto Maass Pavillion, 801 Sherbrooke St. W.  The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is free. For more information, call 514-398-7326 or visit mcgill.ca/chemistry/department/outreach.
  5. Learn about how our behaviour on land affects aquatic ecosystems. There will be discussions and observations of microscopic algae, zooplankton and insects. This activity takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Lafontaine Park.  For more information, call 514-987-3000 ext. 2281 or visit GRIL-Limnologie.ca.