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Create online products with the support of the Virtual Exhibits investment program of the Virtual Museum of Canada (VMC).
If you are an eligible museum or heritage organization, you could receive an investment to develop a medium- to large-scale project.
The 2018 Call for Proposals is now open. The deadline to submit a proposal is October 24.
All Canadians can get involved and contribute to science through the Government of Canada's Citizen Science Portal. The portal showcases various science projects and experiments happening across Canada and highlights the innovative research Canadians are doing in a wide range of fields. Anyone can get involved in the vast array of scientific projects, including eButterfly and IceWatch as well as projects on whale reporting, shark sightings, local weather and climate conditions and so much more!
During her recent TED talk, Minister of Science Kirsty Duncan encouraged all Canadians to get out and engage with the science happening in their communities. "It is our collective voice that will ensure the freedom of science. And after all, science is for everyone, and it will lead to a better, brighter, bolder future for us all." Checking out the portal is a great, simple first step to learn more about what's going on in the science field in Canada.
Join the conversation on Twitter or share how you get involved by using the hashtag #ScienceAroundMe.
The Thetford Mines Mineralogical and Mining Museum will be offering its brand new historical tour starting July 1st.
Down to the Bone is a prehistoric journey back in time to unearth information about some of the more well-known dinosaurs as well as to shed light on newly discovered dinosaurs. In this journey, guests will explore many central themes about how dinosaurs lived as told through dinosaur fossils, skeletons, animatronics. This exhibition features:
One of the many things the Okanagan Science Centre is good at is getting kids to learn while having fun and the latest exhibit does just that.
Fast Tracks allows children of all ages to build paths of tubes and connections that a wooden ball can roll through.
Designed and built by OSC head of exhibits Joanne Sale, the exhibit gets children of all ages using their minds.
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.
Astronaut David Saint-Jacques is set to fly to the International Space Station for his first mission on December 20th, 2018. During this time, he will conduct several scientific experiments, robotic tasks and test new technologies.
He recently visited two CASC members: The Ontario Science Centre (OSC) and the Montreal Science Centre. In Toronto, he took part in OCS’s Conversation with an Astronaut talk, speaking about his childhood dreams and how he’s prepared himself for the 6-month mission into space. In Montreal, Saint-Jacques helped open the science centre’s new moon rock exhibit, where visitors are able to touch a 3.8-billion-year old lunar sample that was collected during the Apollo 17 mission in 1972.
David Saint-Jacques captivated audiences at both science centres, inspiring youths and other visitors to think about the future of STEM research in space.
July 5, 2018 marked the first ever international LGBTQ+ STEM Day held by Pride in STEM. More than 30 events were organized across the globe in support of people within the LGBTQ+ science, technology, engineering and mathematics communities. There was also a significant online presence with #LGBTQSTEMDay showing up throughout various social media platforms; Twitter alone had over 16,000 tweets with the hashtag.
The Canadian Association of Science Centres was proud to be one of many supporters of the celebration and were elated to see that our members also participated in the day. The Ontario Science Centre, Saskatchewan Science Centre, Science World British Columbia and HR MacMillan Space Centre were just a few of many who held various talks and seminars to create awareness for LGBTQ+ people in STEM.
There are two recent opportunities to provide feedback to the Government of Canada:
Athena Swan Consultation
The Minister of Science is seeking feedback on a made-in-Canada approach to implementing the Athena SWAN program here in Canada, which is an internationally recognized initiative that celebrates higher education institutions that have implemented practices to advance equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in the sciences.
As recently stated by Dr. Imogen Coe, Professor, Chemistry & Biology at Ryerson University and EDI champion (see list of compiled resources here), “it is imperative that women in science, allies, under-represented groups - all make their voices heard through this process [in order] to develop an Athena SWAN that is representative - and cuts across all intersectionalities and disciplines”. With academic partnerships across the CASC network and even researchers embedded within some organizations, this is an opportunity for CASC members to make our voices count and to share this consultation opportunity with our respective partners.
Help improve the NRCan website
Science Literacy Week is just around the corner and if you're already set to be involved you can add events directly to the newly updated site at scienceliteracy.ca!
If you would like to be involved in some way you can still do small-scale programs, partner with local groups or just join the week by highlighting what you do with #scilit starting in September.
Stay tuned for a CASC-supported space project currently in the works!
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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