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Identifying a need, the Alternative Conference for Emerging Arts & Culture Professionals (#AltCon) uses stimulating content to empower and equip a bold next-generation of cultural sector professionals, instilling confidence, honing skill sets, and charting a clear path to career goals. Once equipped they will inspire new thinking and blaze new trails in the cultural sector. #AltCon breaks the paradigm of traditional conference norms allowing professionals to explore meaningful networking and learning from their peers in a variety of session styles and topics...and at a reasonable fee! We want you to leave the two day conference with more confidence in your personal brand, and a sense of self-leadership and self-advocacy. We want you to leave the conference thinking about the digital frontier, and creative ways to engage your colleagues and community in ideas and experiences. We want you to learn something new and meet new, like-minded people. We want you to leave excited about your future as the leaders of arts & culture!
For two days, you’ll experience ways to build your personal brand, cultivate your self-leadership, and ratchet up your self-advocacy skills. You’ll understand why powerful moments matter and pick up creative techniques for engaging your colleagues and community in new ideas and experiences. And of course you’ll be rubbing elbows (or raising a glass) with new, like-minded people.
THEMUSEUM in downtown Kitchener is one of ideas and experiences. We are dedicated to presenting fresh, relevant, cultural content from around the globe in unique and interactive ways that intersect art, science, culture and technology. We are a premier cultural destination and a hub for creative thinking and inspired play in Ontario. Ten people in their 20’s and 30’s, from across the country came together to create #AltCon for other emerging professionals, and look forward to meeting you.
In 2019, the Ontario Science Centre celebrates 50 years of curiosity, wonder and discovery. For this milestone year, the Science Centre is delighted to welcome the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, as its Honorary Patron. Over the course of 2019, the Science Centre celebrates its rich history and charts its future through an exciting line-up of exhibitions, films and special programs. The Science Centre officially launches its birthday celebrations with the Lieutenant Governor at a special event on January 24, 2019.
We lived in interesting 2018 times. These are some of the highlights that made the headlines in this year of floods and droughts, fire and snow, and a never-ending stream of local and imported infotainment.
Topping the list was the enormously successful year had by The Exploration Place Museum and Science Centre.
In 2018, they became the headquarters for the Symbiosis initiative that brought (and continues to bring) together a plethora of stakeholders in the STEAM universe - the various fields of study in the professions of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.
The Canadian Association of Science Centres (CASC) held its national convention in Prince George, centred at The Exploration Place. Staff of the museum, plus a number of other local people and places, were spotlighted for the science presentation industry of Canada. The conference theme was Lhulh'Uts'Ut'En (pronounced "Lull uts soo tan"), a Dakelh phrase meaning "Working Together."
Staff there held a usually-sold-out Adult Speaker Series, a monthly town hall meeting for science, starring some of the area's most interesting minds talking about their most prized personal projects.
The Armand-Frappier Museum is a bioscience interpretation center located at 531 boulevard des Prairies. The museum is open from 10 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Saturday. It’s a fascinating outing for the whole family to enjoy. “You’ll be immersed into the world of scientific research and you’ll even have the opportunity to carry out some lab experiments. The educational activities are designed to help people of all ages gain a better understanding of health-related scientific issues.
The primary attraction is Us and Them – From prejudice to racism. “The exhibition enables us to understand scientifically what racism is about, as well as how and why this phenomenon is occurring in our societies.” The Museum explains, “The public will discover the processes that lead to prejudice: categorization, prioritization, and essentialization.” A special twist is in store for the holiday season.
Visitors will be led through historic examples of inequality, as well as experiencing the reality that victims face. The exhibition also presents the state of knowledge on the subject, notably in areas related to human genetics that confirm that the notion of “race” is not scientifically valid in humans.
For Christmas, the museum has produced a special exhibition titled “Discorde chez les lutins: l”ADN à la rescousse!” The exhibition will run the 22nd, 27th, 28th and 29th of December and the 3rd, 4th and 5th of January. Children will learn about prejudice and racism through the experience of two clans of elves during the Christmas holidays. The goal of the exhibition is for the participants to help the elves learn how to cooperate together.
Some North Okanagan families will find the gift of science under the tree this year.
The Okanagan Science Centre and Kal Tire are providing 20, one-year memberships to families in need who might not otherwise be able to fully enjoy the science centre.
Memberships will be distributed by the Salvation Army through their Christmas hampers.
Executive Director Jim Swingle said at the recent International Science Centre and Science Museum Day event, Kal Tire set up a by-donation barbecue in front of the building.
Kal Tire donated all proceeds from the barbecue to the science centre, funding 10 family memberships. The Okanagan Science Centre matched the contribution, making for 20 family memberships to be given out.
Party like a rock star, kind of, for Noon Years Eve at TELUS World of Science Edmonton! The folks at TWOSE knows midnight can be beyond the means of lots of kids (and their parents!) Luckily they have a great solution – Noon Year’s Eve! Ring in the “noon year” at 12 noon. Enjoy science experiments including a unique version of fireworks, and taste how delicious chemistry can be with their candy cane liquid nitrogen ice cream! Monday, Dec. 31 and Tuesday, Jan. 1 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. TELUS World of Science – Edmonton.
The Canadian Space Agency is releasing its very first space-themed e-book! We invite you to virtually take part in the launch on December 18th at 10:35 a.m. (ET). Please note that the event will mostly be in French.
During the event, David will read the book for the first time, directly from the International Space Station.
Join us live at 10:35 a.m. this Tuesday on our Facebook page or on our YouTube channel to live this unique moment with us!
And do not hesitate to spread the news about the mission!
Mission activities for young people and the general public
David Saint-Jacques’ biography
David’s training for his space mission
Ontario Science Centre in Toronto is full of interactive exhibits.
Ontario Science Centre in Toronto, Canada first opened its doors in 1969 and was one of the pioneers of the "hands-on" approach to museums. It contains hundreds of interactive exhibits ranging from geology and human anatomy to astronomy and modern forms of communication.
According to its website, "The Ontario Science Centre delights, informs and challenges our communities, offering hands-on experiences and engagement with science of local, national and global relevance."
Since 1969 the museum has welcomed over 52 million visitors and is one of Toronto's most popular visitor attractions.
The latest addition to the Okanagan Science Centre is out of this world – literally.
And it was done with the help of Canada's favourite astronaut.
Joanne Sale, with the OSC, said she mentioned to a friend of her how wonderful it would be to have something like a space suit.
Her friend was also a former board member who is on a first-names basis with Chris Hadfield, one of the most popular astronauts in generations.
Sale said her friend asked Hadfield about the possibility of getting a suit, and two weeks later it was sitting on Sale's desk.
“He went to bat right away,” said Sale of the astronaut who many credit with making space cool again.
“This is an actual SOKOL spacesuit. It is a Russian-made suit. It has been to space a number of times.”
The suit is on a long-term loan to the OSC and will be on display for at least five years.
The Polson Park centre also has its permanent space exhibit upstairs.
It was a whole new world of science for local students.
Last week, TELUS World of Science made a stop at Lakeland schools to teach youth about what happens when liquid nitrogen is introduced to items such as an animal balloon and a banana.
Duclos School students witnessed these experiments, among others, when Science in Motion, a program offered by the TELUS World of Science Edmonton, visited the area on Tuesday, Dec. 4.
Electricity, fire and gas, and cryogenics were just some of the topics covered during the presentation.
Grade 2 students were in awe with seeing the various effects that liquid nitrogen had on various elements.
“We were looking at freezing the different states of manner,” explained coordinator for community outreach for the Science in Motion program, Whitney Horban. “We started off with a solid, then a liquid, and then a gas, seeing what happens when you freeze different ones, do they expand? Do they contract? Then, what changes?”
One of the highlights during the cryogenics presentation was when Horban demonstrated the results of filling up a balloon with steam from liquid nitrogen, which Grade 2 student Kylie Trembly noted was one of her favourite parts.
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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