The Grown-Up Science Fair (GUSF)

The Grown-Up Science Fairs (2008-2010) were held in conjunction with the Canadian Scientific Community's open house party, Science Rendezvous.


The Rhino, Toronto | May 8, 2010

Poster by Lindsay Archibald

Our Third Annual GUSF featured more displays than ever, and we were all thrilled to see the 300+ attendees who came out and participated so enthusiastically. Comfortably ensconced upstairs at The Rhino, we easily achieved our goal of uniting scientists and non-scientists in order to investigate the lighter, fun side of science and technology in Toronto.

Some of this year’s highlights included: DNA-meets-Music game Transcription Hero with Jeremy Friedberg from Spongelab; mealworm art: an investigation into which gender has better reflexes (before and after a few beers): and an exploration of the effects that happy or sad images have on people when they are composing music. 

These, on top of our more established displays of Flubber, Periodic Table Twister (a Twister game set entirely on a giant-sized periodic table), the Scientific Arts & Crafts table, and the baking soda volcanoes, ensured there was more than enough to do until the wee hours of the morning.


The Rivoli, Toronto | May 9, 2009

Poster by Lindsay Archibald

The Second Annual GUSF went off without a hitch, and we were delighted to expand on 2008’s offerings thanks to the hard work and enthusiasm of everyone involved. Even before the doors officially opened at 8 pm curious people were popping in to see what the event was all about.

Outside, Visitors were greeted by Steve Mann and his hydraulophone, while inside they played Periodic Table Twister, created works of art using electronics surplus parts, tested their knowledge against an 8th grade science test, and created amazing-looking creatures using the video game Spore

Upstairs, University of Toronto Professor Stephen Morris explored the physics of pool, while the The Rivoli’s resident expert Cape Breton Red was on-hand to show people how pool should be played.

All that and there was Flubber, an excellent end-of-the-night dance party very ably deejayed by Dale Duncan, Stephanie Forder, and DJ Jackrabbit, and take-home gifts of saplings kindly donated by Gilbert’s LLP. 

Many thanks must be extended to our sponsor, Gilbert’s LLP, and to NOW Magazine, Science Rendezvous, and The Rivoli.


Victory Cafe, Toronto | May 10, 2008

Poster by Lindsay Archibald

People from across the city joined us at the Victory Cafe to take part in the First Annual GUSF, perusing science fair projects from a wide assortment of Toronto’s best and brightest.

Held for those people who find themselves reminiscing about the awesomeness that was their Grade 6 science fair (or maybe just want to include a little more Science in their lives), the evening was a rousing success. 200+ people passed through the doors to check out strange and wonderful science projects on topics ranging from the absorbency of beer coasters to the optimal way to construct a house of cards, and taste buds to black boxes. 

A great time was had by all, and we offer enthusiastic thanks and congratulations to everyone who participated, either by making a project or by showing up to take part in the proceedings.

A special thank-you to our science fair winners: Flubber by Gillian Archibald, Generate by Stephanie and Preston Shorey, and The Walnut Project by Barbara Browne.

Thanks so much to our media sponsor NOW Magazine, to Science Rendezvous, and to the Victory Cafe.