BrainSTEM Festival

September 30 to October 6, 2013

For seven days, The BrainSTEM Festival connected remarkable technological innovations to the scientific breakthroughs that make them possible. The festival featured highly interactive science-centre style exhibits, special presentations, public lectures, Science in the Club events, and self-guided building tours. 

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PhysicA Phantastica Exhibit Experience

The festival was defined by truly awe-inspiring exhibits.  These interactive exhibits offered hands-on exploration of wireless electricity, mind control, and much more. Showcasing cutting-edge technology, the exhibits offered a sneak peek of the science and technology of the future.

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Self-guided tours of Perimeter Institute were offered during the weekend programming, showcasing the award-winning architecture and inspirational environment of Perimeter, including the Stephen Hawking Centre expansion.                      

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Public Lectures 

Science and technology were experienced through discovery, innovation, and imagination with fascinating lectures delivered by renowned experts. Lectures were held in the Mike Lazaridis Theatre of Ideas at Perimeter Institute and live streamed online.


  • James Grime
  • Raymond Laflamme
  • Lucy Hawking                

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Science In the Club 

Brian Malow, a renowned science comedian recently featured on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson played to 4 sold-out events at the Festival.

Science in the Club was held at the Starlight Lounge, 47 King St. N., Waterloo, just a short walk from Perimeter.




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Class Visits

Perimeter offered weekday student programming for secondary school students.  Each class visit lasted two hours and 15 minutes and included 75 minutes in the Physica Phantastica exhibit area followed by a 45-minute presentation connecting the dots between discovery, innovation, imagination, entrepreneurialism and the cutting-edge technology students just experience.

For more information on other student and teacher resources at Perimeter, visit the Outreach pages of this website.


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Concurrent Event

Equinox Summit: Learning 2030

From September 29 to October 3, 2013, the Waterloo Global Science Initiative (WGSI) presented a multinational, multidisciplinary, and multigenerational summit on the future of education.

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