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  • Friday, July 05, 2019 12:28 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The new Nature Exchange gallery opens at the Telus World of Science in Edmonton today. The gallery is a mini-laboratory that encourages kids to bring in natural artifacts, research them and trade that research for bugs, shells, gemstones and other curiosities.

    Media and Edmonton-area students previewed the gallery Thursday.

    This gallery is the last piece of the science centre’s ongoing renovation and replaces the old Discoveryland play area, said science centre president Alan Nursall. (The new CuriousCITY play area is down the hall and opened back in March.)

    “It’s a place that rewards curiosity and knowledge," he said, and a powerful learning tool that the science centre has wanted to build for years. Learn more.


  • Friday, July 05, 2019 12:23 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    “I started working at the Planetarium as a part-time lecturer the first year it opened,” recalls Tanner, now 75. “That was in 1968. In fact, I did the very first presentation ever at the Planetarium. It was called ‘The Way of the Stars.’ I have always been big into astronomy.”

    By 1967, after a fruitful run at CFUN, where he literally called the play-by-play of Beatlemania and the free love revolution happening right outside the station’s window, Tanner was working for the open-format radio station LG73. A year later, he accepted the part-time gig at the Planetarium and worked both jobs. Read more.


  • Friday, July 05, 2019 12:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    During the festival, people will be able to see all kinds of celestial phenomena, from shooting stars to planets such as Jupiter and Saturn.

    Normally, Université de Montréal students, technicians, professors and supervisors are hard at work for their own research inside the facility, along with other organizations including the Canadian Space Agency and NASA. Learn more

    • The festival runs July 3-6 and 10-13.
    • Reserve your ticket online — they are free for children ages 6 to 17, and cost $34.75 for adults 18 and up. Taxes not included.
    • Mont-Mégantic is a provincial park, operated by SEPAQ. The entrance fee for the park is not covered in the cost of the ticket for the Astronomy Festival.
    • Bring warm clothing, as it can be cool at night. 
    • There is no restaurant on site, so bring water and food if necessary. Note that there is no food allowed at the summit, except for water. 
    • For more information, visit the Astrolab's website.


  • Wednesday, June 05, 2019 2:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)



    The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) wants to work with science centres to improve its new Junior Astronauts initiative. If you are interested in reviewing some of our activities, testing them with your visitors (if possible) and providing feedback, let us know!

    The activities to be tested are:

    • related to astronaut nutrition under the “Fitness and Nutrition” stream;

    • for youth in grades 6 to 9;

    • available in English only at the moment.

    Please mention your interest to Miriam Micael no later than Friday, June 14. Volunteers will have until July 22, 2019, to test their activity and provide feedback. All details and a feedback form will be provided to volunteers.

    Science centres that run an activity and provide feedback will be acknowledged as collaborators on the Junior Astronauts website. In addition, they will be eligible to enter into a draw for a chance to win a visit from a CSA astronaut or space expert to speak with their young audience in spring 2020!

    Thank you for your help!



  • Wednesday, June 05, 2019 2:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    To continue in our efforts to raise awareness and increase support for equity, diversity and inclusion in STEM,  CASC has come on-board for a second year as a supporter of LGBTSTEM DAY on July, 5th, 2019.

    There’s no such thing as too small a gesture to promote and support LGBTQ+ people in STEM. Learn more here.

    CASC Members: Please let us know what your plans are and tag us on social media so we may share with our networks.



  • Wednesday, June 05, 2019 2:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    This month, Canadians celebrate National Indigenous History Month, an opportunity to honour the heritage, contributions and cultures of Indigenous peoples in Canada. On June 21st, Canadians from all walks of life are invited to participate in National Indigenous Peoples Day events that will be taking place from coast to coast to coast.

    National Indigenous History Month provides an opportunity to recognize not only the historic contributions of Indigenous peoples to the development of Canada but also the strength of present-day Indigenous communities and their promise for the future.

    CASC Members: Please let us know what your plans are and tag us on social media so we may share with our networks.

          

    2019 CASCADES Recipients: Under the Same Stars: Minwaadiziwin - Science North & Indigenous Ingenuity - Montreal Science Centre




  • Wednesday, June 05, 2019 2:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Held at the campus of the University of New Brunswick, in Fredericton, CWSF 2019 featured 409 projects from youth representing every province and territory, including 34 from first nations, Métis or Inuit communities. Projects ranged in topic from social justice issues to indigenous studies.

    "The event is a sight to behold," says Barlow. "Not because of any fancy frills, but because of the talent, passion and ingenuity of Canadian students. Outside of congratulating them, all we can do is encourage them to continue developing their sense of exploration and striving for solutions that lead to positive change in our world."

    Finalists in the fair - students in grades 7-12 – competed for nearly $1 million in cash awards, scholarships and prestigious opportunities including the Intact Climate Change Resilience Awards, the Ted Rogers Innovation Awards and the Youth Can Innovate Awards.

    The complete list of winners and finalists, as well as full information on the top three awards, can be found at 2019_cwsf_awards_en.pdf.

    View the complete awards ceremony on YouTube.

    Read more.


    Related article:
    Winners of Canada-wide contest invent tools for easier life in space


  • Wednesday, June 05, 2019 2:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    On May 26, The Okanagan Science Centre hosted Canada’s first Teen Science Café.

    The Teen Science Café Network is a community of organizations that host free science events for high school students, run by high school students. The Okanagan Science Centre’s Student Leadership Team, a group made up of local high school students, planned and presented the event activities. Learn more.



  • Wednesday, June 05, 2019 2:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    When Canadian physicist Donna Strickland was announced as one of the winners of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2018, there was no Wikipedia page chronicling her career and accomplishments, despite her groundbreaking research.  


    While a Wikipedia page about Strickland has since been created, the fact remains that women—and women in STEM in particular—remain underrepresented on Wikipedia, where only 22 percent of STEM entries are about women.  

    To bridge this digital gap, and in celebration of International Women in Engineering Day 2019, Engineers Canada and Ingenium have teamed up to host the first-ever Women in Engineering Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa, ON, on June 23, 2019.  

    In Canada, only 13.1 percent of engineers are women. As the engineering community and others work to attract and retain more girls and women in engineering, it’s important to recognize, document, and celebrate the accomplishments of the many women who have had a lasting impact on the engineering profession and on Canadian society through their engineering work. Learn more.


  • Wednesday, June 05, 2019 2:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Laval’s six-member executive committee (EC) announced a number of handouts of taxpayer funds for different organizations and initiatives this month. Last week the EC approved a request for financial support from the Centre d’interprétation des biosciences Armand-Frappier (CIBAF) and the Centre d’interprétation de l’eau de Laval (C.I.EAU), for research and development and carrying out their normal activities.

    “These cultural development partner organizations work throughout the year to produce and disseminate a professional offer that contributes to the vitality and radiance of Laval culture,” reads a city statement announcing the grants of $150,000 to the CIBAF and $70,000 to the C.I.EAU for their 2019 operations. Learn more.



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