Sunday, May 10, 2015 - Team Western Manitoba started the day bright and early in order to be at the airport at 8:30 am. We flew straight to Toronto and got ready to board our plane to Fredericton. After a few delays due to weather we were finally on our way. We arrived in Fredericton around 10:30pm and were greeted by a fantastic group of volunteers!! Then we were shuttled to the University of New Brunswick Campus where we picked up our registration package, souvenir t-shirts, and room keys. We quickly got settled into our rooms and then had a very late supper before calling it a night after a LONG day of travel!
Monday May 11, 2015 - Monday started with our first breakfast in the cafeteria, then it was off to get projects set up. Our posters went up quickly and safety checks were no problem for these students! Since we finished set up early we spent the remainder of the morning exploring the walking paths from the University to the St. John river! We had lunch and then it was straight to work practicing for the big judging day tomorrow! We headed back to the exhibit hall and the students did lots of practicing, with each other, me, and some ambassadors. After a long afternoon of preparing for judging we got to go and have some fun at the Welcome to Fredericton Event! It started with a welcome message from the host committee and Youth Science Canada! Then there were food stations and entertainment set up around the building. Some of the food & drinks we got to try included: lobster mac and cheese, fish cakes, glazed salmon, raspberry vinegar drink, iced coffee, sundaes, perogies and gourmet burgers! We also got to listen to live music by Legacy Gray, watch an art battle, and see a cooking with science demo from Food Network Chef Michael Smith! It was an exciting way to kick off the week! We finished the night with a walk around campus, and one more round of practicing presentations! Good luck to all the students during judging tomorrow!!
Tuesday May 12, 2015 - Today was judging day! The students all headed to the exhibit hall at 8:30 for judging and were there all day long! They all had a positive experience and I'm sure they did a wonderful job presenting their projects to experts in the field! After a hard, stressful day the host committee had some relaxing activities planned for us! We took a bus downtown to the Boyce Farmer's Market where we enjoyed entertainment and awesome food! There was a band, henna tattoos, carnival games, Zorb balls, historical walking tours, wood fired pizzas, mini donuts, and so much more! Science East also had hands on activities set up near by and our team took a few minutes to walk down to the Saint John River again! It was a fantastic evening!
Wednesday May 13, 2015 - Today was tour day! We left the UNB Campus early this morning and drove to Saint John where we picked up our tour guide for the day! While we were in Saint John we got to see the Reversing Falls!! Next we headed to St. Martins. We were able to see an old covered bridge, a lighthouse, and then got a chance to explore the caves and walk on the ocean floor during low tide! We had lunch overlooking the Bay of Fundy. We then drove along the coast making frequent stops to do some hiking on the Fundy Trail. We hiked to a waterfall, suspension bridge and then did a long hike to a beautiful beach surrounded by cliffs! The tours of New Brunswick were incredible! When we got back to campus we had a quick supper and then got ready for the big photo contest! We ran all over campus trying to complete the list of required photos. Looking forward to hearing the winner announced at tomorrow evenings Camp CWSF event!
Thursday May 14, 2015 - This morning we participated in the 'UNB'elievable science activities, which were hands on activities held in various faculties of the University of New Brunswick. We took in activities involving biology, psychology, astronomy, forestry, and geology. After lunch it was the first public viewing of the week, the exhibit hall was packed with over 1,100 students from Fredericton schools as well as members of the public. This evening we took in lectures from Dr. Jayme Matthews, professor of Astrophysics at the University of British Columbia, and Dr. Robert Thirsk, Canadian astronaut. We learned a lot from these inspiring speakers. We finished our day by taking in the talent show and camp CWSF, which was followed by surprise fireworks!
Friday May 15, 2015
Friday morning began with public viewing; more than 1,200 people from around Fredericton came to talk to students about their projects! After public viewing we had a quick lunch and then got ready to be bussed to the awards ceremony at the Convention Center. At the awards ceremony Aiden won a Bronze Excellence Medal in the junior category for his project! After the ceremony we had dinner at the convention center and then headed back to campus for the dance. There was a video dance, candy bar, pizza, games, henna tatoos, and outdoor activities for the students. It was a fun way to end the day!
Saturday May 16, 2015 - Saturday morning there was another round of public viewing. It was really busy in the exhibit hall. As soon as public viewing was finished the students took down their projects. It's always sad to see the projects come down at the end of the fair. After lunch we walked to downtown Fredericton to explore and do a bit of souvenir shopping. Then we headed across the river to get our first seafood of the trip! We had lobster, mussels, oysters, calamari, and lots more! It was delicious! After supper we walked back to campus to visit with new friends before leaving for home on Sunday.
Sunday May 17, 2015 - Sunday morning we said goodbye to the other teams that were leaving in the morning. Then we headed downtown for lunch and a last look at the amazing architecture of the old buildings in Fredericton. After a huge lunch we headed back to campus to explore a bit before catching out van to the airport. It was a great week in Fredericton with an amazingly talented group of students. Aiden, Chris, and Rashmini represented our region so well!!