What’s On Oshawa Weekend March 2 – 4 2018

It’s the first Friday of the month, so head to the Robert McLaughlin Gallery for RMG Fridays: Sugar Moon, an evening of music, performance, and art! March 2 2018. 7 pm to 10 pm. 72 Queen Street, Oshawa. Family friendly! FREE.

UOIT Faculty of Science presents From the Enigma Machine to Bitcoin and Beyond, where they will explain the mystery behind the ‘Enigma Machine’. From intelligence experts in World War II to fictional secret agents like James Bond, to ‘cryptocurrency’ such as Bitcoin, cryptography and cryptanalysis combine to fascinate contemporary culture.  In this free event, guest speakers will explore the history and workings of the ‘Enigma Cipher Machine’, an electrical device used by Germany’s military before and during World War II.  With a fully restored and functional war-time Enigma machine on-stage, the speakers will explain how Polish mathematicians solved the machine’s message patterns in the 1930s and passed that knowledge to the Allies at a crucial period of the war. They will also discuss Oshawa’s and Canada’s connection to the Enigma and its influence on popular culture.  March 2 2018. Regent UOIT Theatre, 50 King Street East, Oshawa. 7 pm. FREE.  14+. 

Battle robots! Durham College (DC) will once again host a FIRST® Robotics Competition Ontario district event at the Oshawa campus! FIRST®, an acronym that means For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, is an international not-for-profit organization in charge of this robotic competition that encourages young people to solve an engineering design problem in a competitive way, while building self-confidence, knowledge and life skills. FRC combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. Over two days of competition, close to 1,000 high-school students from across Ontario on 38 teams will battle each other and demonstrate their engineering skills and knowledge by building their own robots and working together to play the arcade-themed game, FIRST® POWER UPSM, which finds teams trapped in an 8bit video game world and required to use power cubes to defeat the game’s boss.  March 3 & 2018.  2000 Simcoe Street, Oshawa. Check website for schedule. FREE! Open to the public. 

The City of Oshawa has partnered with Durham College, Trent University Durham, and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology to organize a Hackathon for students to propose a solution to a public policy challenge around the theme of improving residential rental housing in Oshawa. March 3 2018. 8 am to 6 pm. Durham College, 2000 Simcoe Street North, Gordon Willey Building, C-Wing, Room 113. 

Experience what it’s like to be a student at Oshawa’s university at the UOIT Winter Open House! Check out: Faculty information sessions and lab tours, campus tours, residence visits, meet faculty, staff and current students,  admissions, financial aid and student life booths, plus high fives from our mascot, Hunter the Ridgeback! March 3 2018. 9 am to 2 pm. UOIT campus, 2000 Simcoe Street North, Oshawa. FREE! Pre-registration recommended. 

It’s Sunday FUNday at the Oshawa Museum! Come down to the Museum and examine artefacts from early shops and stores of Oshawa. Write a letter in pen and ink and weigh it on the postage scale, grind some coffee and put together an order from the 1901 Eaton’s Catalogue! Sunday Funday’s take place in the Verna Conant Gallery at Guy House. March 4 2018. 12 pm to 4 pm. Lakeview Park, Oshawa. FREE. All ages! 

Join Oxford Learning and Healthy Kids Community Challenge – Oshawa for a free skate on Sunday! The skate will take place at Legends Centre on Community Rink Pad 2. March 4 2018. 1 pm to 2:30 pm. Legends Centre, 1661 Harmony Road North, Oshawa. 

Drop by the Station Gallery in Whitby for Ordinary Extraordinary! Drop by Station Gallery with your family to experiment and play with unexpected art materials. From string to aluminium, paper to plastic – you’ll be amazed at the extraordinary things you can make with ordinary stuff. March 4 2018. 11 am to 2 pm. 1450 Henry Street, Whitby. FREE. Drop in. All ages.