Calling young scientists: A contest all about the physics of flying insects!

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A passion for learning is something we love and encourage here at Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory, so when the esteemed Professor Orbax from the Physics Department at the University of Guelph reached out to us to collaborate on a contest we didn’t hesitate to jump on board.

Orbax and Pepper do Science

Professor Orbax and his long suffering lab assistant Sweet Pepper Klopek are two “experi-mentors” that teach weird science to cool kids! They are the amazing guys behind Orbax and Pepper Do Science, a family-friendly show that features interactive experiments, strange science facts and lots of crowd participation with just enough irreverent comedy to keep both kids and parents entertained and if you’re not careful… educated! They hold 26 Guinness World Records and are the face of the book Guinness World Records Science and Stuff. A list of their science videos can be seen here.

Contest Rules

The contest is called WINGTERESTING, and it’s all about the physics of flying insects!

Flying insects can be pretty bizarre and unique and sometimes downright strange. Make a video explaining your favourite phenomena in the flying insect world using physics. It can be about any type of flying insect behaviour from how butterflies see in a different colour spectrum to how wasps harness solar power. We want to know the physics of WHY! Videos can be as simple as just speaking to camera or as complex as graphics and editing, but we’ll be judging you on how well you use physics to explain the flying phenoms. 

Upload up to two minutes of video to your Facebook or Instagram and hashtag it #WINGTERESTING. TAG and FOLLOW @phygu and @cambridgebutterflyconservatory in your video and the description (if your profile is set to private we may not be able to see your entry).

Judging is split into two categories; grade school and high school, so please make sure to specify which category you’ve entered in the description of your video.

Entries must be posted by midnight on November 24th Eastern Daylight Time.

Winners will be announced November 29th as part of the live event at the Guelph Civic Museum. Winners will get an annual family pass to the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory and a $100 book prize from the Department of Physics at the University of Guelph! For more information contact

The Physics Department at the University of Guelph is entering into its 125th year in 2020 and thoroughly supports community outreach. The announcement of the winner will coincide with the ending of the second annual STEM Week in conjunction with Guelph Civic Museum which will see over 600 grade 6 students from the area participating in interactive STEM sessions designed by UofG’s third year undergraduate students.

We can’t wait to see what you come up with!