Science North’s science director, Jennifer Pink, has announced she will retire on March 31, 2017 after a successful career spanning more than three decades at the centre.
Pink started her Science North career in 1984 as a program planner and held many leadership positions before becoming science director in 2008.
“I’ve had a very exciting career at Science North,” said Pink. “It’s been truly fulfilling to work alongside a very talented team of people in one of the best science centres in the world.” Read more.
Once completed, the oncology unit on the eighth floor of the new centre at B.C. Children’s Hospital will be designed to give cancer patients the experience of moving from inside the International Space Station in the preparation room, to outer space for their procedure in the second room, and finally back to Earth in the recovery area.
The hospital is partnering with the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre to design the spacewalk.
Space centre astronomer Derek Kief said the spacewalk is the result of several brainstorming sessions with doctors, patients and other hospital staff.
The crown prince of Norway stopped into the Johnson Geo Centre in St. John's on Thursday as part of his tour of the city.
Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit are finishing their four-day tour of Canada in St. John's. Read more
On Thursday, to honour World Science Day for Peace and Development, more than 500 kids witnessed a “super ping pong eruption” at Telus World of Science. Read more
November is Ocean Wise Month and Canadians across the country are encouraged to join the sustainable seafood movement to help ensure our oceans, lakes and rivers are healthy for future generations. Partners from coast to coast will be donning aprons and heating up the kitchen at a number of celebratory events, including sustainable chowder competitions in Wolfville, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver.
Ocean Wise Month helps raise awareness about the biggest issue our oceans face today: overfishing. Read more
Science North flipped the switch to energy conservation Thursday morning, giving the second largest science centre in Canada power over its own power.
The Smart Microgrid uses technology to gather and act on information to manage energy use. It is made up of three energy sources: solar panels, a battery bank to store the power, and energy from the Greater Sudbury Hydro local distribution grid. The project gives the science centre greater influence over energy control, consumption and conservation. Read more
The city and the Telus World of Science-Edmonton have come to an agreement to renovate and restore the beautiful old planetarium as a teaching, reception and production space. The deal will take one of Edmonton’s truly landmark buildings out of stasis and give it a new mission.
“It was the right thing for us to do, to work with the city to bring the QEP back to life,” says Alan Nursall, president and CEO of the Telus World of Science. “It’s our heritage. It’s our legacy. It’s where we came from. We want to preserve it as an icon of Edmonton history.” Read more
Comber’s unprecedented journey home is now in nature’s hands.
The inspiring Green sea turtle was released back into the ocean off San Diego’s coast on Oct. 20 wrapping up what is believed to be Canada’s first stranded-to-success story of his species.
Dr. Martin Haulena, who led the Vancouver Aquarium veterinary team that rehabilitated Comber, was following the day’s events closely and told the Westerly the release followed its heartwarming script.
“Everything went fantastic. He did exactly what he was supposed to do, which is never look back and just take off,” Haulena said.
“I am personally, incredibly excited and happy and super proud of our team. This is, as far as we know, the very first sea turtle stranded in Canada that has been successfully rehabilitated and released so this is totally awesome...This is huge for us and really, really huge for him.” Read more
Peer into alternate universes without leaving the Ontario Science Centre when Terracosm, a mixed-reality, mobile gaming adventure, officially launches on October 29, 2016. Created by Toronto's Digital Howard, Terracosm invites players to travel virtually to alternate universes to complete four unique missions, using just their smartphone or tablet – all while learning about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The goal of Terracosm is to bring its players to their local science centre to solve intergalactic problems, and the Ontario Science Centre is the first in the world to beta test the experience. Read more
A well known attraction in northeastern Ontario could help get a grain elevator museum up and running in Thunder Bay.
The Friends of the Grain Elevators have spoken with Science North about receiving help from the Sudbury-based group to develop an elevator-based museum in Thunder Bay.
The science education and discovery centre has helped other northern Ontario communities — such as Timmins, Kenora and Red Lake — establish tourist attractions, and leveraging the resources and expertise already in Sudbury could provide a huge boost for the museum, said Science North CEO Guy Labine. 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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