What to Expect at VDSF

Event Information 

NOTE: These documents are for your reference only, as there are slight updates every year. 

[Last updated: Mar. 20, 2018]


VDSF 2018 Event Schedule 

Time

Activities

  3:15 – 4:10 pm Report to gymnasium between 3:15pm and 3:30pm. Project set-up and safety checks.
  4:10 – 4:25 pm Opening remarks from Langara Dean of Science Margaret Heldman to officially start the fair.
  4:30 – 5:35 pm EXHIBITION (Gr. 5 & 6) AND JUNIOR (Gr. 7 & 8) STUDENTS — remain in gym for judging round (includes time allocated for dinner)

INTERMEDIATE (Gr. 9 & 10) AND SENIOR (Gr. 11 & 12) STUDENTS — attend breakout sessions in T Building

 5:45 – 6:50 pm EXHIBITION (Gr. 5 & 6) AND JUNIOR (Gr. 7 & 8) STUDENTS — attend breakout sessions in T Building 

INTERMEDIATE (Gr. 9 & 10) AND SENIOR (Gr. 11 & 12) STUDENTS — report to gym for judging round (includes time allocated for dinner)

  7:00 – 7:40 pm

INTERMEDIATE (Gr. 9 & 10) AND SENIOR (Gr. 11 & 12) STUDENTS 

remain in gym for clean-up

last-minute judging (if necessary)

EXHIBITION (Gr. 5 & 6) AND JUNIOR (Gr. 7 & 8) STUDENTS 

Science Show in T Building

  7:45 – 8:30 pm

INTERMEDIATE (Gr. 9 & 10) AND SENIOR (Gr. 11 & 12) STUDENTS 

Science Show in T Building

EXHIBITION (Gr. 5 & 6) AND JUNIOR (Gr. 7 & 8) STUDENTS 

remain in gym for clean-up 

last-minute judging (if necessary)

  8:35 – 9:00 pm

INTERMEDIATE (Gr. 9 & 10) AND SENIOR (Gr. 11 & 12) STUDENTS  

Awards Ceremony in T Building

(Level 0 Lecture Theatre)

EXHIBITION (Gr. 5 & 6) AND JUNIOR (Gr. 7 & 8) STUDENTS 

Awards Ceremony in T Building

(Level 2 Gallery)

 9:00 – 9:15 pm

 Brief meeting with finalists

 Brief meeting with finalists

[Last updated: Feb. 19, 2018]


VDSF 2018 Breakout Sessions

Super Sidekick in VR 

You can’t look through your newsfeed without seeing articles about Artificial Intelligence Inside ‘Fin,’ the elite human/AI assistantand Machine Learning. With AI becoming so ingrained in today’s culture, should Artificial Intelligence be more personalized? Customizable? Iron Man had Jarvis, Master Chief had Cortana. Why not make your own Virtual Reality personal assistant?  Come to our workshop to design 3D components, and use drag-and-drop programming and VR to build your own digital sidekick!

— presented by Langara Department of Computing Science & Information Systems

Designing Wearable Technology 

What is wearable technology, and what can it be used for? In this breakout session, you will see live demonstrations of some of the sensors currently used in wearable tech products. You will then design your own wearable tech product and launch your own start-up company! Following this session, you will have the option of either taking your company public and moving to Silicon Valley, or returning to school on Monday as usual.

— presented by Langara Department of Kinesiology

What Can Our Genomes Tell Us About Ourselves? Image result for genome

Our DNA can tell us a lot about ourselves from our ancestry composition to our genetic traits including our predisposition for genetic disorders. Using the genomic data compiled by 23andMe, one of the largest personal genome service company, we will explore my family’s ancestry and the genetic traits and disorders that run in my family. We will cover a wide variety of topics including patterns of inheritance, Mendelian genetics, evolution, and the genetics of human disorders.

— presented by Langara Department of Biology

Personalized Medicine: The Future of Health Care 

Personalized medicine refers to the application of genetic, genomic, and the other so-called “omics” fields, toward improved health care delivery and to the prevention of disease. In a sense, the ability to suddenly access such detailed information about our health is another expression of the “information age”. The field of biotechnology (and genetic sequencing in particular) has recently undergone a revolution, leading to an explosion of new analytical techniques and approaches, and an inordinate wealth of biological information (typically referred to as “bioinformatics” data). By applying these “big data” approaches to health care, we can better diagnose, treat, and perhaps most importantly, prevent diseases. We will discuss a few of the many changes emerging, including gene therapy, improved understanding of brain function, biology of aging and the ways in which your personalized “omics” data can be used to maintain wellness. We will also cover a few of the legal and ethical issues that are emerging as a result of this field’s development.

— presented by Langara Department of Biology

Extreme Weather and Natural Hazards 

Hurricanes, earthquakes, landslides, and flooding have been dominating the news lately and their impacts can be profound.  At this session, we will explore some of these recent events and using hands-on demonstrations and modelling, we will try to better understand how they occur, how we can predict them, and their impacts.

— presented by Langara Department of Geography & Geology 

[Last updated: Jan. 26, 2018]

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