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Beakerhead 2018: They blinded me with science!

Beakerhead is back, and Calgary’s five-day extravaganza of science, art and technology has a whole new lineup ready for the crowds. 

Since its debut in 2013, Beakerhead has been entertaining Calgarians with a vast array of science, art and culture. While it is a year-round program, the most spectacular events happen over the course of five days in September. Patrons can choose from free events to paid ones all over the city, but the money directly supports the program.

“People don’t know Beakerhead is a registered charity,” said Beakerhead co-founder Mary Anne Moser. 

Some of the events this year include teaming up with a paleontologist to uncover fossils, making facial oil and running through an obstacle course in a giant hamster ball. One of Calgary’s best parties comes in the form of Beakernight – full of lights, lasers, fire and fun. 

“It’s a glorious judgement-free zone where people are trying things,” said Moser.

One of Beakerhead’s main objectives is to bring the worlds of science and art to a point where neither seems daunting to people who are unfamiliar with those pursuits.

“I see the value in spurring innovation, of breaking down the walls,” said Danielle Kraus, Beakerhead’s outreach coordinator. 

Beakerhead is more than a collection of science and art. It is a collection of people and a collaboration of ideas. 

“We’re trying to create a fabric,” said Moser.  

 

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