Activity Guide

Science Commons Level 6: Agility Zone

Agility supports and creates innovative learning experiences for uLethbridge students. By building an atmosphere of creative discovery on campus, students can explore and develop new ideas in a risk–free environment where failure is a way to learn.

What to do/see in the Agility Zone:

Agility booths and hands-on workshops

Magnetic Resonance Centre on display:
This facility houses three superconducting nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) systems, one electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) system, and an x-ray diffractometer system. Each is used to study a range of sciences, including materials science (plastics, polymers, batteries, etc.), toxicology, neuroscience and health care.

Piikani Environmental Monitoring on display:
This community-based system blends traditional Indigenous knowledge with emerging environmental monitoring technologies. As part of the PEM, Indigenous graduate and undergraduate at uLethbridge are collecting, storing and managing environmental and cultural data under the guidance of Elders.

Souvenir seed packages for visitors

Science Commons Level 7: Outreach, Biological Sciences and New Media Zones

What to do/see in the Outreach Zone:

Hands-on activities with Destination Exploration:
With interactive classroom workshops, exciting summer camps, after school Science Clubs, birthday parties and more, Destination Exploration gives youth positive learning experiences in science, technology, teamwork and leadership.

Hands-on activities with Let’s Talk Science:
An award-winning, national, charitable organization, Let’s Talk Science supports learning and skill development using science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Remote Sensing (Geography) Virtual Sandbox:
This augmented reality sandbox projects a computer-generated topographic map and simulated rainfall on a real-world object, providing you a composite view to interact and experiment with in real-time.

What to do/see in the Biological Sciences Zone:

Hands-on biological sciences activities and displays:
Learn about biology’s diversity with activities and displays ranging from ecology to photosynthesis to cardiovascular disease

Research Internship Concentration display:
Imagine being the first to discover something about a gene, a cell, an organism or an ecosystem! The Research Internship Concentration lets uLethbridge students make discoveries in biological research as part of their university program.

Prairie to Pharmacy Program display:
The Prairie Pharmacy program tests prairie plants to find chemicals for use in medicines, health products or scientific tools.

Herbarium: plant collecting and database construction demonstration:
The uLethbridge herbarium includes over 21,000 specimens of vascular plants and is important research tool for botanists, students and the general public. Enjoy brief demonstration of plant collection methods and addition to the herbarium, along with a demonstration of how databases are used.

What to do/see in the Level 7 New Media Zone:

Data Physicalization booth:
The Fine Arts Data Physicalization Lab works with research scientists and their data sets in experimenting with mapping data to interactive programs or physical objects.

After Sol Lewitt: Explorations in Drawing and Painting display:
View works by Sol LeWitt, the iconic American artist whose work helped to establish both Minimalism and Conceptual Art.

Blackfoot Digitization project booth and workshop:
The Blackfoot Digital Library brings home field notes, photographs and recordings spread all over the world, ensuring Blackfoot knowledge is carried through to future generations.

Science Commons Level 8: Neuroscience, New Media, Chemistry and Psychology Zone

What to do/see in the Neuroscience Zone:

Bioinformatics and Alzheimers displays and hands-on activities
Drs. Athan Zovoilis, a professor of bioinformatics and Majid Mohajerani, a professor of neuroscience, study how the misfolding of proteins causes symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.

Neuroscience research displays
Learn about some of our neuroscientists’ research, including dementia, Alzheimer’s treatment and improving childhood neuropsychological problems with videos, brain models and a microscope.

Transgenerational research displays
Neuroscience professors Drs. Gerlinde Metz and Mirela Ambeskovic will show how trans-generational stress may lead to preterm birth, disease and accelerated aging with images, behavioral testing instruments, brain slides and posters.

What to do/see in the Level 8 New Media Zone:

Between the Drops sound installation
Between the Drops uses induction loops (electromagnetic loop) to create silent pockets of sound heard through a special receiver. Participants move from one zone to another, essentially mixing the sounds as their body moves through space.

Level 9 Activities

What to do/see in the Biochemistry Zone:

Canadian Centre for Hydodynamics booth

Virus research booth and lab tours
Dr. Trushar Patel and his team are shining new light on viruses and how they survive in an effort to slow down or stop their replication.

3D Printing for teaching science display

iGEM activities
iGEM is the world’s top synthetic biology competition. Each year, uLethbridge students put their learning into action, competing against teams from around the globe and ranking regularly at the top.

Synbridge lab tours
This supervised maker-space in synthetic biology is first of its kind in Canada.  The Synbridge space features an E. glowi display, where glowing E. coli express different coloured fluorescent proteins.

Biophysical research display

What to do/see in the Chemistry Zone:

Computational Chemistry lab tours

What to do/see in the Level 9 New Media Zone:

Art, Sound & Techonology Research InterseXions (ASTERIX) display

Musical coding: Live coding, music and gameplay workshop

What to do/see in the Physics Zone:

Physics showcase display