Looking back now, the student developers of a location-based game drawing crowds at the Ontario Science Centre would seem to be prescient geniuses.
Their character-driven game features a cartoon creature that evolves as the player moves from one location to another, collecting information and cards that can only be obtained by physically walking to different parts of the museum.
It's called BitMorph, and if you think it sounds a little like "Pokemon Go," the science centre's director of communication won't disagree. Read more
A new family event is coming to Leduc #1 Energy Discovery Centre.
After the centre’s annual Rib Cook-Off had to be cancelled due to the poor economic climate, staff worked to come up with a new event that could take its place this year.
And that event will be called Discovery Day at Leduc #1.
“They get to hear the roar of the motors and feel the rig shake,” Lawrence commented.
“Most people have never stood on a rig nevermind one that’s running and there’s no place else in Canada, if not North America, that you would ever be able to experience this,” she added.
“It’s going to be a blast.” Read more
The Poke and Hope Gang from North Central Seniors went on an excursion Wednesday to try their hand at a competition-size billiards table stretching six feet by 12 feet long at The Exploration Place that dates back to 1910 when it arrived via the BX sternwheeler.
With pockets a bit narrower, the balls a bit smaller and the men playing poker pool, they all had to reach a bit farther than on most pool playing days so it quickly became a matter of who adapted the fastest to see who would rule the table.
"Man, that's a lot of table," said Howard Foot, president of the North Central Seniors Association, gazing at the sheer girth of the green surface on which the billiard balls rested before the break.
The Exploration Place Museum and Science Centre acquired the table in 2003 by donation from the Kordyban family with the stipulation that it be played. Read more
The organizers of the Up Here Urban Art and Music Festival announced this morning the rooftop of Science North will become the canvas for muralists visiting the city as part of the festival, set for Aug. 11-13.
Ella and Pitr, a world-renowned urban art duo from France, are known for their giant rooftop murals that are visible from space and Google Maps. Read more
“We were thinking of calling ourselves ‘The Poop Group’ at trivia night this week,” Bunce said from an office in the Nunavut Research Institute, where she manages the PAWS Project — the People Animals Water and Sustenance Project.
Part of the project, which has partnered with both territorial and federal government agencies, is an effort to better understand the health of dogs in the North, said Julien, who is leading the study. Read more
What follows is an invitation from ASTC to join them in international science centre day activities. Please note that we are discussing potential Canada-wide activities that can help generate awareness nation-wide. If you have ideas about what this could be, please send send them my way.
ASTC has joined with science center networks worldwide to establish the first annual International Science Center and Science Museum Day (ISCSMD) on November 10, 2016, with the support and assistance of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the International Council of Museums (ICOM). This day of global celebration, the first of its kind for our field, has been launched to help science centers everywhere gain recognition and support for the enormous contributions that they make in communities all over the world. Our goal is to ensure that the activities of as many centers as possible are included in this campaign to recognize and support our field.
ISCSMD will be an annual high-visibility event for the global science center community. This year, the day will focus on global sustainability. A quick glance at the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals will tell you that our science centers and museums are already deeply committed to engaging visitors on these important topics.
This is your chance to show how your science center is making a difference in your community. On November 10, we will celebrate with a variety of activities at science centers as part of a worldwide campaign to recognize our great work on global sustainability throughout the year. We want to include as many CASC institutions as possible in this message. We hope that you will join your science centre colleagues in preparing for and participating in the ISCSMD! Here’s how you can include your work in this special day and the associated campaign:
The Halifax Discovery Centre is hosting one last party at its Barrington Street location on Saturday before closing its doors.
“It’s bittersweet,” president and CEO Dov Bercovici said in a news release.
“We’ve had such an incredible run here at Barrington Street, and for such a long time, that it’s hard to imagine not being here. But, at the same time it’s exciting because our new facility, which will open soon, is going to be amazing!” Read more.
Jamie Purves, an educator with the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre in Vancouver, visited the library here last week with his solar telescope, a piece of equipment that allowed youth ages three through 11 to safely observe the sun and learn more about the wonders of space.
“I think it’s important because I think it inspires kids to think of science as something that’s cool and interesting and possibly a career choice,” Purves said. “I think that’s really the key to what we’re doing here.” Read more
The steady thump of adze against cottonwood harkens to the deep rhythmic sound of a native drum beat.
Two people are bent in labour over the hull of the dugout canoe Friday at The Exploration Place as another stands off to the side and takes a puck sharpening stone to his favourite ax.
It's day nine and the canoe is almost done.
Once completed and after its inaugural dip into the Nechako and Fraser Rivers during the Northern Hardware Canoe Race this Sunday, the 16-foot canoe will be part of the Path of Our Paddle exhibit in the museum. Read more
“Juno, welcome to Jupiter,” said mission control commentator, Jennifer Delavan, of Lockheed Martin, the company that built Juno.
Scott Young was watching that moment on NASA TV, and like many space enthusiasts around the world on Monday July 4th, he was thrilled with the success of the mission. 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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