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  • Friday, September 14, 2018 9:46 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It was an international project produced by Canadian actor and playwright, R.H. Thomson and a non-profit organisation It’s called “The World Remembers”.

    Each centennial year of the war, the war dead have been remembered by projecting their names onto a huge screen.

    In the national capital Ottawa, the screen was set up on the convention centre, which had been the main railway station during the war through which many soldiers passed on the way to the front, many of whom never returned.

    This year is even more poignant as the centennial of the last year of the war.

    The names of the fallen in 1918 from Canada will be projected along with those of United Kingdom,, France, Germany, the United States, Turkey, Belgium, Australia, the Czech Republic, Ukraine, South Africa, Italy, New Zealand, Slovenia, China and the former British Indian Army will appear.

    The projection will start at dusk each night starting tonight, and run throughout the night till early dawn and this year will also include the names of those who died as a result of their war wounds or disease in later years from 1919 to 1922.

    The names of more than 23,000 Canadian dead will be shown along with almost 980,000 others of the participating countries.

    In addition to the Ottawa Convention Centre, other Canadian locations include, The Canadian War Museum (also in Ottawa), The Manitoba Museum, the City of Toronto, the City of Winnipeg, the Royal Military College, Queen’s University, Trinity College Toronto, Royal BC Museum, Cape Breton University, Concordia University and Carleton University, the display will also appear in Belgium, Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States and Switzerland. Canadian Embassies in Washington and Geneva and the High Commission in London UK have confirmed their participation.

    The names will appear in no particular order as the feeling was there was no order to the deaths.

    The last name however will be that of Canadian George Price, believed to be the last death at 2 minutes before 11am when the Armistice came into effect ending the war.

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  • Thursday, September 06, 2018 9:37 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dr. Scott Sampson, president and CEO of Science World, on the benefits of keeping kids connected to nature as they head back to the classroom.

    Can anyone think of a worse environment for children than a row of desks in a cinder-block building under fluorescent lights?

    “It’s like kids live under house arrest, because we just don’t let them go outside much,” said Dr. Scott Sampson, president and CEO of Science World. “It’s like a huge experiment we’ve run on our kids over the past generation and it’s led to a massive increase in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

    And rather than fixing that problem by getting kids outside, we are giving them prescription drugs, he said. Some doctors have taken to writing “park prescriptions” for youngsters with ADHD and “it reduces symptoms tremendously.”

    As school resumes, Sampson has a few ideas that will benefit kids physically, emotionally and intellectually.

    “The minute children step outside their heart rates slow, blood pressure drops, relaxation kicks in and it alleviates many of the symptoms of the ADHD,” he said. “Children outside tend to be more imaginative, they play longer in a natural environment versus a metal and plastic playground, let alone an indoor structure.”

    Kids outdoors bully less and are more collaborative and creative, said Sampson, who argues that nearly every subject — from art to math — can be pursued “profitably” outdoors at least part of the time.

    The Children & Nature Network curates relevant research as well as offering strategies for parents, educators and community leaders to leverage the restorative power of nature.

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  • Thursday, August 30, 2018 10:35 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Saskatchewan Science Centre returned to Estevan for the Go Science event, which was hosted by the Estevan Public Library on Aug. 24.

    The event featured activities related to several science topics including ‘With Great Power’, which focused on super powers, ‘Building Better’, which had the youths learning about and building structures, and ‘Healthy Planet, Healthy Life’, where attendees learned about the planet we call home, as well as various other fun science related activities.

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  • Thursday, August 30, 2018 10:29 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Creator of immersive and interactive attractions, Science North, has made its travelling exhibition, Arctic Voices, available to exhibitors in the Asia-Pacific region.

    The exhibition uses a variety of hands-on and immersive exhibits to bring the Arctic to life.

    Co-produced by Science North and the Canadian Museum of Nature, visitors explore the region’s wildlife, connect with the people who live in its challenging environment and learn about the impact of climate change.

    “Arctic Voices explores the unique nature of the Earth’s Arctic region, the science being undertaken there, and how this region is an indicator of climate change on our planet,” explains Guy Labine, Science North CEO.

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  • Thursday, August 30, 2018 9:18 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It is an indisputable fact that the Earth hurtles around our Sun at 30 kilometres per second, but it sure seems to speed up during the summer. School is out, friends and family gather for bonfires and barbecues… time flies when you’re having fun.

    Of course, the cosmos ticks along at its usual pace regardless of season, and the science of decoding the universe never truly takes a holiday, either.

    As students and teachers in the Northern hemisphere prepare to head back to school, the Perimeter Institute of Theoretical Physics decided to take a look at some of the biggest physics stories of the summer — and provide some handy primers to help you brush up on what you may have missed while you were dozing in a hammock.

    As part of its suite of educational resources for classrooms, Perimeter Institute has created lessons and activities to help students and teachers delve into the universe’s gravitational dynamos, black holes.

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  • Wednesday, August 29, 2018 2:37 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    “We integrated the emotional, interactive and informational aspects of the Olympic experience to really bring it to life for visitors. The interactive journey we created will let visitors immerse themselves into the reality of Olympic athletes throughout their process from mental and physical training all the way to their ultimate glory,” explained Yves Mayrand, President and Chief Creative Officer at GSM Project.

    GSM Project has designed exhibitions all over the world, including recently the Sally Hemings exhibition in Monticello and Science City in India.

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  • Tuesday, August 28, 2018 9:45 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Prospective paleontologists have the opportunity to get their hands dirty in the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum’s fossil preparation lab.

    The museum is seeking volunteers to help clean and prepare for preservation fossils of pachyrhinosaurus, a large horned dinosaur which existed in the Late Cretaceous period roughly 70 million years ago. The fossils were collected from the Pipestone Creek bonebed field site.

    “People can volunteer in our fossil preparation lab, and they can do some of this work themselves under supervision of museum staff,” said Derek Larson, the museum’s assistant curator of vertebrate
    paleontology. “They work hands-on with the fossils and it’s a really great experience for people who want to learn about paleontology or just contribute to a museum, or some people find it very relaxing.”

    Since January 2017 when the program launched, approximately 130 fossils have been prepared by volunteers.

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  • Monday, August 20, 2018 9:31 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Patty Hajdu, MP for Thunder Bay- Superior North, and Don Rusnak, MP for Thunder Bay – Rainy River, visited with youth who are participating in four of Science North’s summer science camp programs in Thunder Bay. For over 30 years, Northern Ontario children have benefited from Science North’s summer science camp experiences. During this time, Science North has expanded the reach of its summer science camps, now offered across 36 Northern communities. These camps are designed to spark an interest in science with a unique blend of hands-on and engaging activities.

    Since 1987, Science North has reached 40,000 Northern Ontario children ages 4-13 through the delivery of week-long summer science camp programs. Last summer, Science North reached the highest number of children and communities ever and this summer that number will grow again with an anticipated 3,200 campers across the North. This year, this program offered by Science North in Thunder Bay will see its highest attendance yet, reaching 340 children during 9 weeks of summer science camps. With an increased number of camps being offered, Science North has been able to provide six youth in Thunder Bay with summer employment.

    Science North has a mandate to serve the North and is truly Northern Ontario’s science centre. The organization’s new 2018-23 strategic plan outlines key goals and actions through its priority of Science North in ALL of Northern Ontario, which will enable Science North to continue expanding its presence and service to the North. This includes summer science camps and outreach programs to teachers, students and the public. As well as expanding and deepening engagement with Indigenous audiences, partnerships in communities and at attractions to deliver science experiences.

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  • Thursday, August 16, 2018 11:44 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    "Quantum mechanics, the branch of physics that explains the behaviour of subatomic particles, is set to have a significant impact on our everyday lives as quantum computing, quantum encryption and other quantum applications become common place," said Dr. Maurice Bitran, PhD, CEO and Chief Science Officer, Ontario Science Centre. "QUANTUM: The Exhibition provides a great introduction to this fascinating subject that often defies our human-scale intuition. The concurrent exhibition New Eyes on the Universe is the perfect complement. It presents the quest to find missing solar neutrinos, conducted from a mine deep in the Canadian Shield and that led to a Nobel Prize for a Canadian physicist."

    Through creative storytelling and compelling interactives, QUANTUM: The Exhibition examines how quantum mechanics and information technology are merging to create technologies that will revolutionize how we live, work and play. The exhibition introduces visitors to the fundamentals of quantum mechanics, demonstrating that at the subatomic scale, things behave very differently from the macroscopic world we know. Building on these basics, QUANTUM: The Exhibition shows how quantum computing is poised to transform computers, digital communications, information security, medicine and geographical exploration.

    "As a global leader in quantum information research, IQC created this exhibition to explain the fundamentals of the field and show how quantum technologies will have tremendous impact on our future," said Kevin Resch, Interim Director, Institute for Quantum Computing, University of Waterloo. "And we hope to inspire and spark the imagination of the next generation of quantum scientists, engineers and mathematicians."

    New Eyes on the Universe tells the story of another Canadian-based world leader — this one in particle astrophysics. Produced by Science North on behalf of SNOLAB, an underground science laboratory specializing in neutrino and dark matter physics, this exhibition centres on Canadian Nobel laureate Dr. Arthur McDonald's results from the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) and experiments currently underway at SNOLAB.

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  • Thursday, August 16, 2018 10:26 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Yukon First Nations New Teacher Orientation program was made available this year to all new teachers and administrators.

    Some at the workshop are new to Yukon. Others have years of experience already. 

    Sarah Aasman has more than a decade of experience working as a substitute teacher, but attended the workshop because she's starting as a full-time contracted teacher in Grade 2 at Christ the King Elementary in Whitehorse.

    "I like how [the new curriculum] is allowing us to be more project-based and experiential," she said. "There's integration between the subjects rather than having the subjects be separate. We can mix the science and First Nations [content] and math and do more integrative projects."

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