We started off the day with a typical breakfast at Jennings Dining Hall; waffles, eggs, home fries and ham. After that we had a lecture from Jennifer Wilson who studied Environmental Science at Oxford University. Shads learned how to make decisions when there is no correct answer. Next up we had our elevator pitches! Groups pitched there design projects to the Program Assistants as well as two guest judges in which we received some valuable tips and feedback.
Then it was time for lunch! We headed back to Jennings Dining Hall and had some awesome fried chicken, salad and watermelon. In the afternoon, shads participated in an activity called Bioblitz! To start it off a few field biologists from Mount Allison came to talk to us about Citizen Science. After that they took us to Waterfowl Park for a few hours where we took pictures of different plants and animals. We used an app called iNaturalist that would identify the species found in the pictures.
In the evening, we were invited to Tweedie Hall for dinner by Mount Allison University. There was a delicious baked potato bar as well as an awesome presentation discussing the benefits of attending Mount Allison. After dinner, one of our PA’s gave us a seminar on ethics in medical studies. We debated controversial topics such as Edward Jenner’s invention of the Smallpox vaccine, Nazi experiments, the Tuskegee Syphyllis Study, nutritional studies in residential schools and the Rotavirus Experiment. Some great points of views were shared!
To end off the night, we were invited to a Japanese festival planned by the MASSIE students, another group staying on campus. Shads learned all about their culture and practices by taking part in various activities. We learned how to speak and write in Japanese, make origami, participated in a tea ceremony and learned to use chopsticks. What an awesome day!