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A year ago, Vancouver resident Kurtis Baute decided to quit his job as a science teacher, and in January he moved full time into making YouTube videos for his science-oriented channel.
Now he hunts for massive science projects to take on in the name of increasing science literacy and excitement in young people about the field.
“Whatever the craziest science projects I can come up with that I think are at the border of possible for me to do, you know, I’m looking for those sorts of projects,” he said.
Cycling 140 kilometres with a sundial to prove the Earth is round was one of his first ideas.
“We’re in an age now where we have more science and a better understanding of the universe than ever before, and yet … flat Earth is a movement that’s gaining traction somehow,” he said.
Leaving early on Wednesday morning, Baute will cycle approximately 140km along Highway 33 from Regina to Stoughton — one of the longest straight stretches of highway in the world. Baute said it’s important that the road is straight because it makes measuring the exact distance between locations much simpler.
In Stoughton, Baute will set up a sundial using a metre-long stick attached to a wooden base. In Regina, Casey Sakires, manager of programming at the Saskatchewan Science Centre, will set up an identical sundial.
Science World is pleased to announce its new Vice President of Development, Nancy Roper, who will join the organization on July 3. Nancy was most recently the VP of Philanthropy and Corporate Partnerships at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
This role is critical as the organization moves forward with its new vision -- that within a generation, Canada will be a country of thriving, sustainable communities rooted in scientific literacy, technological innovation, and a deep connection to nature. To help realize this vision, Nancy will be responsible in the coming years for greatly increasing Science World’s annual fundraising contributions. Read more
Spotlight on Women in Science explores representation of women in STEM in popular culture.
Stories from and about women who work and succeed in STEM inspire girls to imagine their future leadership potential in these fields. On Sunday, July 8 at the Ontario Science Centre, discover the power of cultural representations of women scientists when real-life STEM role models take centre stage to share their personal stories — from the fictional women who inspired them to pursue science to their compelling career paths to the importance of challenging cultural ideas of who and what a scientist is and is not.
For more information, please visit http://bit.ly/SpotlightOnWomenInScience.
Spotlight on Women in Science
Emily Agard, PhD, Director, SciXchange, Ryerson University
Imogen Coe, PhD, Professor and Founding Dean, Faculty Science, Ryerson University
Eugenia Duodu, PhD, CEO, Visions of Science
Vicky Forster, PhD, Post-doctoral fellow, Hospital for Sick Children
Reeda Mahmood, BSc, Co-founder, IdeaMosaic
Natalie Panek, MSc, Aerospace engineer, MDA
Azadeh Shirzadi, MSc, BEd, Founder, STEMneutral (moderator)
Mylene Tu, Founder, FEM in STEM, and engineering undergraduate, University of Waterloo
Rachel Ward-Maxwell, PhD, Researcher/Programmer, Ontario Science Centre (moderator)
Sunday, July 8, 2018 from 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Ontario Science Centre
770 Don Mills Road, Toronto, ON
Government of Canada invests $1.6 million to modernize Science North and establish six regional THINK hubs.
Northern Ontario families will benefit from improved access to science and technology learning resources thanks to a Government of Canada investment of $1,672,950. The FedNor funding will enable Science North to modernize the fourth floor of the science centre, which includes major upgrades such as the development of the highly-anticipated Tinker, Hack, Innovate, Network and Know (THINK) exhibits. This targeted investment will also be used to support regional outreach activities by establishing THINK hubs in six Northern Ontario communities including Timmins, North Bay, Kenora, Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie and Fort Frances. Read more
One of the country's highest civilian honours will be awarded to Neil Turok, director of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo.
On Friday, Turok was appointed an honorary officer of the Order of Canada.
"I am both incredibly surprised and very honoured to be named to the Order of Canada, even though I am not yet a citizen," he said in an email.
The award recognizes Turok's "substantial contributions as a scientist to the field of theoretical physics and cosmology, providing new models that test fundamental theories of the universe," the Governor General's office said in a news release.
"This never could have happened without the teamwork and support of many people," Turok said.
"We are pursuing a powerful ideal together — to discover new truths about nature, to enable brilliant young scientists to blossom, and to share with everyone the wonder and hope that science brings," he said. "Canada is a special place to pursue science, internationalism and a brighter future for the world." Read more
On July 5th, join the Ontario Science Centre as they recognize the first International Pride in STEM day with an afternoon of activities and a Science Slam featuring LGBTQ+ speakers. Learn more
At the Ontario Science Centre, they hope that the International Day of LGBTQ+ People in STEM will help create an accepting STEM environment, improve LGBTQ+ visibility and representation in STEM fields while strengthening the community, improve support and resources for LGBTQ+ people in STEM and encourage LGBTQ+ youth to continue with STEM subjects and pursue their dreams.
The Saskatchewan Science Centre is participating in the first INTERNATIONAL DAY OF LGBTQ+ PEOPLE IN SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, AND MATHS.
Visitors are invited to make Spectrometers, at 11am-1pm, and 6.00-7.00pm
Our spectrometer uses a diffraction grating to separate light into its various wavelengths. Diffraction grating is a material with very tiny lines at evenly spaced intervals. As light travels through it, an interference pattern is created separating out the light into its various wavelengths that show the colours of the rainbow.
Walking Rainbows – 1.30-2.30 and 7pm-8pm
Walking Rainbows use chromatography: primary colour inks soak up into paper towel placed between a circle of cups. Gradually the colours mix in the cups forming a rainbow that ‘walks’ around the circle.
Activities are included with admission.
Pride in STEM day is open to all. We invite visitors to share their photos of these activites using the hashtags #rainbowscience and #LGBTSTEMDay
On her first official visit to Nova Scotia as Governor General, Julie Payette included a discussion with local students about her time as an astronaut, hopefully inspiring the youth to reach for the stars.
Trumpets, horns and drums filled the air as a military procession welcomed Payette to Government House in Halifax.
After meeting with the premier, lieutenant-governor and a Mi’kmaq chief, Payette’s next stop was at the Discovery Centre where hundreds of Grade 6 students sat quietly and listened to her speech.
Early risers in Kitchener-Waterloo gathered in front of TheMuseum in downtown Kitchener on Thursday morning to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day as well as summer solstice.
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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