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  • Tuesday, May 09, 2017 11:10 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    May 6, 2017 (Toronto) – The Canadian Association of Science Centres (CASC) wrapped up the 15th Annual Conference with the CASCADE Awards on Saturday, May 6.  The CASCADES recognize outstanding achievement by both individuals and organizations Canada-wide.


    Individual Awards

    Individual awards are selected by the CASC Board of Directors based on nominations received by the deadline date.  


    Jennifer Pink, former Science Director, Science North located in Sudbury, Ontario received the Outstanding Career Achievement Award for her significant contributions to the Science Centre industry for more than 30 years.

    For more information, contact Brenda Tremblay, 705-522-3701, ext. 212, tremblay@sciencenorth.ca


    Rich Vieira, Project Manager, Ontario Science Centre, located in Toronto, Ontario received the Outstanding Project or Program Leadership Award for his outstanding work on various projects, particularly two concurrent projects: Power of Ideas and Canada 150: Discovery Way.

    For more information, contact Mary Jane Conboy, 416-696-3174, maryjane.conboy@osc.on.ca


    Michael Edwards, Director of Strategic Initiatives & Exhibits, Science East located in Fredericton, New Brunswick received the “Making a Difference” award for his passion for developing and implementing programs, his enthusiasm for getting children excited about science and his willingness to share his knowledge with colleagues across the country.

    For more information, contact Lieff Salonius, 506-457-2340, ext. 125, lieff.salonius@scienceeast.nb.ca


    Institutional Awards

    Institutional Awards are selected by an independent awards jury based on a review of nominations received by the deadline date.


    Best Exhibition or Show – Large Institution

    Wild Weather

    Science North

    Wild Weather engages visitors in cutting-edge technology used to forecast weather events and in the stories and equipment of weather seekers – the scientists, forecasters, broadcasters, and the passionate seekers and enthusiasts. Through experiments, challenges, models, computer interactives and multimedia experiences, visitors of all ages delve into current severe weather science.

    Media contact: Brenda Tremblay, 705-522-3701, ext. 212, tremblay@sciencenorth.ca


    Best Exhibit or Show – Small Institution

    Worlds of the Night

    Sherbrooke Nature and Science Museum

    At night, while many animals sleep, others get busy. Who are they? Why are they not sleeping? How can they accomplish their activities in total darkness? Some that live in polar regions don’t have a choice. The Worlds of the Night brings to light these subjects along a trail leading to a central zone, surrounded by eleven immersive and interactive alcoves. Obviously, you will be awake all night!


    For more information, contact Michelle Bélanger, 819-564-3200, ext. 229, michelle.belanger@naturesciences.qc.ca



    Best Program – Large Institution

    Family Nature Clubs

    Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre

    Family Nature Clubs are dedicated to helping people get time in nature back on the family calendar by providing regular opportunities to engage in hikes and other fun outdoor family activities. These experiences give families a sense of place, allow for free play in nature, and familiarize families with the many opportunities for outdoor recreation in their neighborhoods. 

     

    For more information, contact Jonathan Hultquist, 604-659-3497, jonathan.hultquist@vanaqua.org


    Best Program – Small Institution  

    Tide to Technology

    Discovery Centre (Halifax)

    The Tide to Technology program addresses Nova Scotia’s need to raise awareness about oceans and ocean technology-related careers. Through partnership with the Ocean Technology Council of Nova Scotia, the Discovery Centre provides this hands-on technology-based program available to schools anywhere in Nova Scotia free of charge. 

    For more information, contact Kara McPhee, 902-492-4422, ext. 2227, kmacphee@thediscoverycentre.ca


    The CASCADE Awards program is part of the final gala evening to culminate the two-day conference for Science Centre professionals.  Other events in the program included keynote speakers Sheila Watt Cloutier author and 2017 Canada Reads finalist and Nina Simon Museum visionary, several sessions designed to provide professional development opportunities to staff and volunteers that make up the workforce of Canada’s Science Centres.  The conference provides an incredible opportunity for Science Centres to share best-practices, develop partnerships and learn from each other.


    The 16th Annual CASC Conference will take place at The Exploration Place Museum and Science Centre in Prince George May 9-11, 2018.


    About the Canadian Association of Science Centres

    The Canadian Association of Science Centres’ mission is to: “build capacity for its members to inspire a creative and prosperous Canada through science and technology engagement.”  The Canadian Association of Science Centres (CASC) represents 45 Canadian Science Centres, Museums, Aquariums and Planetariums.  The workforce across our membership represents more than 2,000 science communicators and support staff and more than 10,000 volunteers. 


    To learn more about the Canadian Association of Science Centres, please visit:

    Website: www.canadiansciencecentres.ca

    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Canadian-Association-of-Science-Centres

    Twitter: twitter.com/CASC_ACCS


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    CASC Media Contact:

    Stephanie Deschenes

    Canadian Association of Science Centres

    (705) 522-6825, ext. 277

    deschenes@casc-accs.com



  • Monday, April 10, 2017 1:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As a woman working in the world of science, Baumgartner is also keenly aware of the importance of breaking down barriers to girls who might be interested in a career in that field. A recent addition to the centre’s slate of programs is Girls’ Night Out, intended to engage and educate girls who might be contemplating a future in science and engineering. Read more

  • Monday, April 10, 2017 1:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As part of the celebrations for Canada’s 150th anniversary, Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre’s AquaVan 150 is visiting schools and community events in the Okanagan.

    AquaVan 150 is the first-ever cross-Canada road trip for the mobile education program in its 22-year history. Read more


  • Wednesday, March 29, 2017 10:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    TORONTO (March 28, 2017) – Advocate and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Sheila Watt-Cloutier will present her new model for 21st century leadership at the Ontario Science Centre on May 6, as keynote speaker of the 2017 Canadian Association of Science Centres (CASC) Annual Conference. Sharing her passion on the urgency of climate change and its connection to today’s broader public issues, the author of Canada Reads 2017 selection The Right To Be Cold will provide her big picture vision of where we are and where we are headed. Read more

  • Wednesday, March 22, 2017 2:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    he Manitoba Museum recently delivered a dozen educational kits to schools in two northern Manitoba communities.

    These kits, the products of a project called SPIRIT LINES, were developed to to re-introduce oral histories and physical specimens to the communities of Norway House Cree Nation and Garden Hill First Nation. Read more


  • Wednesday, March 22, 2017 2:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The exhibit features characters from Disney Pixar movies, and allows visitors to experience the art, science, computer science and math that Pixar uses when making their films. Read more

  • Wednesday, March 22, 2017 2:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    On May 17th, Ottawa’s business and technology leaders will have an opportunity to meet some of Canada’s brightest young minds at the presentation of the first ever STEAM Horizon Awards at the National Science and Innovation Gala. Read more.
  • Friday, March 17, 2017 1:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    After pursuing a PhD in science education from Curtin University in Australia, Dr. Barriault dedicated herself to pushing Laurentian’s diploma program into a one-year accredited master’s degree. The master’s was approved last year and the first cohort will be admitted this coming September. Read more

  • Friday, March 17, 2017 1:36 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The exhibit was produced by the Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo and is being presented by the Saskatchewan Science Centre. Read more

  • Friday, March 17, 2017 1:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) and Vancouver Aquarium researchers announced Tuesday they will be cooperating on the study of the effects of microplastics on B.C.’s water systems. Read more.

The CASC office is situated in Robinson Huron Treaty territory and the land on which we learn and live is the traditional territory of the Atikameksheng Anishnawbek.

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