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  • Wednesday, June 08, 2016 8:23 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Ever wonder how it’s biologically possible to safely swallow a sword?

    The Science of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! exhibit will run until Monday, Sept. 5 at the Ontario Science Centre, 770 Don Mills Rd. Read more


  • Thursday, June 02, 2016 9:19 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Canada’s First Interactive Digital Storybook




    How has Canadian innovation impacted your organization, community, or your everyday life? The Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation puts this question to science centres, museums, universities and communities from coast to coast to coast to help build a crowd sourced, engaging and interactive digital storybook of Canadian innovation. As science outreach organizations, 

    CASC members are invited to join our celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary by contributing stories of STEM innovation that are significant to their organizations, regions, or communities, and that have helped shape the Canadian story of innovation.

    InnovationCanada150.ca is an opportunity to inspire today’s youth, and this country’s future innovators and allow Canadians from across the country to share their unique and fascinating stories of innovation.

    For information or to get involved contact: Maren Hackett at 613-404-6426 or Canada150@techno-science.ca

  • Thursday, January 14, 2016 3:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Canadian Science Writers’ Association offers Science In Society awards annually to honour outstanding contributions to journalism and science communication in Canada.

    CSWA Science Communication Award: $1,000  submit here

    CSWA Science Journalism Award: $1,000 submit here

    CSWA Herb Lampert Emerging Journalist Award: $500 submit here

    Deadline: February 15, 2016



  • Thursday, January 14, 2016 2:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Develop your capacity for improving Teaching & Learning, Curriculum & Theory, and Pedagogical Practice.

    Focusing on the study of education and learning that occurs in informal learning contexts such as museums, the program draws together Museum professionals, educators and those with an interest in using the community to support teaching and learning to further their thinking and scholarship around museums as sites of education and learning.

    THE PROGRAM

    The Master of Museum Education is a unique graduate degree program focusing on the study of education and learning that occurs in museums and other informal learning contexts. This program draws together Museum professionals, educators and those with an interest in using the community to support teaching and learning to further their thinking and scholarship around museums as sites of education and learning.

    This program will provide the necessary skills and knowledge for careers as educators in informal settings such as museums, locally and globally, and to support classroom-based teachers in expanding their use of the community as a learning site. The program model is one that recognizes the need for contextualizing museum education curriculum in both home country context (which has its own unique social and political context) and in the Canadian cultural context of museum education, in which practices may be conceptualized in other beneficial ways to that of the student¹s own country of origin. The end result are graduating students that are then better able to influence the systems in their own countries with strengthened capacities to introduce beneficial reforms around museum education.

    APPLICATION DEADLINE

    March 1, 2016

    LEARN MORE

    Visit pdce.educ.ubc.ca/MED4 to learn more, or contact Yvette Kharoubeh at yvette.kharoubeh@ubc.ca with your questions.

  • Thursday, January 07, 2016 2:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Are you coming to CASC 2016 in Vancouver?  

    Do you have an awesome new demonstration or innovative twist on a classic that you would love to share in a relaxed and fun environment?   

    If you have a 4-8 minute demonstration and are interested in being part of the 2016 CASC Demo hour please contact Brian Anderson at banderson@scienceworld.ca or Michael Edwards at michael.edwards@scienceeast.nb.ca by March 15, 2016 with details of what you are interested in presenting and any special AV or safety requirements.



  • Monday, December 07, 2015 1:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    STEM Magazine Canada is requesting article content. 

    Please submit the following information to info@casc-accs.com

    - Word.doc format / no word limit.
    - Please give requested author credit
    - Artwork or photos: 300 dpi, JPEG, GIF, PDF, EPS

    We are sure that you have valuable insights that will inspire both educators and students.


  • Friday, November 06, 2015 12:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Submission Deadline: November 27th, 2015 

    We invite you to join us at the 2016 Canadian Association of Science Centres (CASC) Annual Conference in Vancouver. 

    CASC’s 14th Annual Conference is expected to welcome 150 delegates from across our country. This three-day conference, co-hosted by the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre, Science World BC and the HR MacMillan Space Centre, features pre-conference activities, engaging learning sessions, keynote speakers, and events that include a welcome reception, a tradeshow and our national awards gala. 

    Opportunities to network with your Canadian peers will be offered throughout the program. This year’s CASC conference theme, The Intersection of Science & Nature – learn more, care more, do more - is an opportunity for delegates to explore challenging questions and work creatively together so that positive change can have a lasting effect on policy, practice and ultimately, sustainability. The goals of the conference are to inspire, to build capacity and to foster collaboration. 

    We need you. With your experience and expertise we can jointly develop an innovative conference experience.

    Send all completed Session Proposals to: info@casc-accs.com

    Download conference session RFP


  • Friday, October 23, 2015 3:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In collaboration with CASC and CAZA, the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre is offering the Online Artic Marine Life course.

    Begins October 28, 2015

    Explore the marine biodiversity of the Canadian Arctic!

    Intended for all ages, participants will learn about Arctic marine life, from plankton to narwhals, with the scientists and experts that work there. Presentations can be viewed in person or online, live or when it’s convenient.

    Get certified!

    Any participants wishing to get a certificate from the course or attend events in person can register.

    For more information: vanaqua.org/arctic-marine-life-course

    Download flyer


     

  • Wednesday, October 07, 2015 1:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On behalf of the board and members of the Canadian Association of Science Centres, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Canadian scientist Dr. Arthur B. McDonald for receiving the Nobel Prize in Physics on October 6, 2015.  Dr. McDonald shares this year’s prize with Dr. Takaaki Kajita for the discovery of neutrino oscillations, which shows that neutrinos have mass. 

    Neutrinos are one of the most important building blocks of the universe and critical to our understanding of the universe. The question of whether or not neutrinos have mass has been debated among physicists for decades.  This discovery required a change in basic understanding of physics. 

    Dr. McDonald is the director of the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNOLab) located in Sudbury, Ontario, which is featured in an exhibit at Science North.

  • Thursday, October 01, 2015 1:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    I recently had the pleasure of visiting Saskatoon to attend the 2nd International STEMFest.  There were several highlights in the program, including a Skype presentation by Professor Tony Wagner, Expert in Residence at Harvard University Innovation Lab.  He talked about the need to teach kids to be innovative in the classroom.  His entire talk was filled with Twitter-able quotes, which made it difficult to listen and tweet at the same time!  I finally resorted to old-school pen and paper so I wouldn’t miss any of his wisdom.

    Now as I review my notes, I am struck again by how science centres fit the bill when it comes to teaching innovation.  Tony talked about the need for unstructured play at all ages.  He said the purpose of school is no longer about knowledge and content as this information is readily available on the Internet.  Rather, we need to provide opportunities for students to use their natural curiosity to find out what works.  They need to try things and see what fails so that they can use what they learned to improve.  Another piece of wisdom that resonated with me is that “Innovation is a team sport and isolation is the enemy of innovation.”   

    Later that morning, I watched groups of secondary school students at the Saskatchewan Science Centre booth in the exhibit hall do exactly that.  They used straws, masking tape and cotton balls to build towers.  With no other incentive than bragging rights, they formed their own groups and worked furiously to build a tower that would withstand “wind” generated by the science demonstrator and would be taller than any of the others.

    The students carefully reviewed what other teams had already done and discussed potential improvements. They argued and tried things and pointed out what did and didn’t work.  When another group was testing the wind-resistance of their structure, other teams watched and evaluated.  In some case, they re-evaluated their own towers. 

    As science centre professionals, I don’t have to tell you what the energy was like in the room.  Some may have called it bedlam, others a controlled chaos; it was definitely exciting!  These kids were definitely innovating.  Which is probably why the Saskatchewan Science Centre’s booth was the busiest in the room!

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