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Steven's Lab

Inspiring the next generation of innovators.

Steven’s Lab inspires the imaginations of future innovators through engaging hands-on experiences with real scientific tools. Its mission is to empower young minds to harness the power of science as a catalyst for positive change in the world.

Visiting Scientists

  • MAY 1 - JUNE 27, 2024
  • SUNDAYS

Janice McNernie

Janice has a vast knowledge of primates due to her 22- career working in various zoological institutions. From great apes to monkeys to prosimians, she has husbandry experience with over 35 different species of primates. On top of that, Janice is a previous student of Anthropology at the University of Calgary and has worked in Ghana as a research assistant studying mother and infant behaviour in Black and White Colobus monkeys.

  • MAY 17 - JUNE 27, 2024
  • THURSDAYS, FRIDAYS, SATURDAYS

Megan Mah

Megan is a master's student studying primatology in the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology at the University of Calgary. Her current research explores impacts of aging on the behaviour of white-faced capuchin monkeys in Costa Rica. In addition to capuchins, Megan has worked with howler monkeys in Belize, spider monkeys in Costa Rica, as well as red-fronted lemurs and Milne-Edwards's sifakas in Madagascar.

Experiments

  • MAY 1 - JUNE 27, 2024
  • SWING INTO SCIENCE

A Primatology Adventure

Inspired by the pioneering work of Jane Goodall, participants test their research skills through video observations of real primate subjects in Costa Rica. Participants will compare the feeding rates of Black-Handed Spider Monkeys (Ateles geoffroyi) and White-Faced Capuchins (Cebus imitator), while learning how Primatologists use primates to gain insight into human behaviour.

Monday - Thursday: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Friday - Saturday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Sunday: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

SPECIAL HOURS

Monday May 20: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

*Spots are Limited. Sign up at Steven’s Lab to Secure Your Spot.

  • PAST EXPERIMENT
  • BOTANICA DA VINCI

Leonardo’s Leafy Symphony

Explore the connections between art, science, and nature as participants turn bioelectric signals into plant-powered melodies. Discover the Indigenous connections to plant communication and reciprocity while learning more about the biology of these amazing living organisms.

  • PAST EXPERIMENT
  • JINGLE LAB

Unwrapping the Wonders of Gallium

In this playful experiment, witness the mesmerizing shift of gallium gingerbread figurines as they melt before your eyes, leaving only shimmering liquid metal in hand. But fear not, for the science doesn’t end there! Recast the gallium back into adorable gingerbread shapes, and watch it get ready to be enjoyed all over again.

  • PAST EXPERIMENT
  • OWL DISSECTIONS

Whooo's For Dinner?

As long as you don’t have skelephobia, you are going to have a hoot digging into a real regurgitated owl pellet to find the skeletal remains of their dinner!

Plus, learn about owl biology along the way - don’t worry, no owlgebra is required.

  • PAST EXPERIMENT
  • ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

AI Playground

Play around with some of the newest AI generating tools on the market and create your own work of AI art.

Plus learn how to create your own AI personality that you can use at home, train a new AI program, use generative AI video to create something incredible for TikTok, and much more…

Past Visiting Scientists

Dr. Tatenda Mambo

Dr. Tatenda Mambo is a postdoctoral scholar in the University of Calgary’s Sustainability Studies program in the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape. He also manages the experimental Simon Farm. Tatenda brings his vast knowledge of fungi and plants to Steven’s Lab for the Plant Music program.

want to inspire the next generation of scientists?

Steven’s Lab is looking for visiting scientists and collaborators for future programming.
Please email [email protected] and tell Spark about yourself, your area of scientific interest and how you’d like to work together!

“The world is a lovely, splendid and fascinating place. But most of all to me, it is beautifully curious”

Dr. Steven Keating
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  • STEVEN KEATING

About Dr. Steven Keating:

Born in Calgary in 1988, Steven was an MIT graduate, brilliant mechanical engineer and passionate advocate for patient access to health data. He lived his life with unwavering curiosity, resilience and a commitment to innovation. In his honour, the Keating Family has generously supported the creation of Steven’s Lab.

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