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The Power of Ideas Tour stopped at Lindale School on May 9, 2017. (From left): Grade 8 Lindale students Abby Grund, Mackenzie Kelly, Hannah Fisher and Shayla Atkinson try out the mirror screen experiment in the school gym. Lisa Goudy/Times-Herald

Canada150 Power of Ideas tour focusing on science, technology, engineering and math makes Moose Jaw stop

When it came time for recess on Tuesday, Grade 8 Lindale School student Mackenzie Kelly didn’t want to go outside.

Instead, she and her friends hung out in the gym learning about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in the nationwide Innovation150 Power of Ideas tour that stopped in Moose Jaw on Tuesday. The exhibit is also here Wednesday and it is open to the public Tuesday night, 6-8 p.m. Lindale School was the only tour stop in the Prairie South School Division.

“I’m not really into science,” said Kelly, “but after this it makes me want to learn more about science.”

The tour from Perimeter Institute is all about science and physics, offering a number of hands-on experiments and exhibits including experiments relating to the large Hadron collider – which is the world’s largest particle accelerator – demonstrations with plasma balls and augmented reality goggles.

“We’re really about inspiring youth to get them excited about science and discovery,” said Nick Butt, facilitator and presenter with the tour. “We want people to leave with more questions than they came here with, just a wonder of the world around them and what they’re capable of.”

Lindale School principal Heather Gobbett said she first heard about the tour last year and immediately applied for it to come to Lindale.

For more on this, see the May 10, 2017 print or online edition of the Moose Jaw Times-Herald.