Sci-Formal started around 1903, then called the Science Dance. The first Science Dance was held in the drafting rooms in Fleming Hall, later moved to Grant Hall. It seems to have been a fairly subdued affair, meriting merely one line in the Journal. It doesn’t take long for the Sci-Formal to gain a bit more coverage. In the early part of the century, the lights in the university were fed from the storage battery in Fleming Hall. Maintenance turned the lights off at two o’clock in the morning every day. At two o’clock, the night of the Science Dance, the lights were shut off. This caused little trouble for the students who swiftly pressed candles into service. Needless to say, the administration was displeased and in later years the lights were turned off.
Each year the graduating students choose a theme for the event and Grant Hall is decorated according to this theme. The signature piece of the Formal is a huge structure in the center of Grant Hall that varies from year to year depending on the theme. Recent Formals have celebrated such themes such as Sci 09’s James Bond, with an airplane and two watch towers, Sci’10’s Ancient Wonders, with the beautifully elaborate hanging gardens provides the graduating students with invaluable experience in design, construction, creative thinking, problem solving, leadership, and teamwork. With a budget of approximately $80,000, one year to plan, and a little over 600 students in attendance, it is an incredible event, marking the culmination of 4 years of engineering at Queen’s in a truly one-of-a-kind way.
For more information contact:
Matthew Clark, Sci-Formal Convener