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Come one, come all to Telus Spark’s newest exhibition.
Circus! Science Under the Big Top was opened on Saturday, February 2, inviting Calgarians and visitors alike into the world of performers, puzzles, and amazing acrobatics.
From the physics of the high wire to the science of sword swallowing, attendees will be able to both see the spectacles unfold before their eyes and get a deeper understanding of the science at work behind the daring feats.
Over 20 exhibits showcase the excitement of life in the circus, with everything from animal communication to contortionism to the math behind juggling.
Circus! Science Under the Big Top will run from February 2 to June 9, giving you the better part of four months to check out what the side-show is all about.
Kevin Brownlee’s new book has been 4,000 years in the making.
The work of historical fiction — titled Dibaajimindww Geteyaag: Ogiiyose, Noojigiigoo’iwe gaye Dibinawaag Nibiing Onji or, translated in English, Stories of the Old Ones: Hunter and Fisher from Sheltered Water — explores the life of a 25-year-old man who was buried on the banks of the Lee River thousands of years before European settlers arrived on Canadian soil.
Brownlee lives in Wolseley and is the curator of archeology at the Manitoba Museum.
In 1997, he was part of the team that worked with the province and the Sagkeeng Anicinabe government to recover, study and rebury the Indigenous ancestor’s remains in a respectful way.
"Today it would be considered reconciliation, at the time it was just the right way to do things," he said. "Working in collaboration is the foundation of trust."
Brownlee’s book is the second instalment in the Stories of the Old Ones series published by the Manitoba Museum. The first was penned by his mentor Leigh Syms and focused on the use of science in archeology and gave a broad cultural history of southeastern Manitoba.
Following the success of its 2018 Women & Science event, the Montréal Science Centre strikes again this year to mark the United Nations International Day of Women and Girls in Science with a free event for girls 17 and under on February 10, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
With more than 15 organizations on hand to share their passion for science, young women and girls will be invited to explore different zones where they can learn about careers in science and tech and meet inspiring women working in these fields from University du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Ubisoft Montréal, Element AI, CGI and Pratt & Whitney. Girls 17 and under will also enjoy free admission to all of the Science Centre's exhibitions on this special day.
The event will also feature lively and captivating science-in-action workshops led by a team of stellar Science Centre educators alongside spirited teams from four dynamic local organizations, Folie Technique, Visual Voice Gallery, Grandir Sans Frontières and UQAM.
SciArt, where science, art and communication collide, is looking for submissions. Who knows? You might win some cash.
For the past five years, the LU SciArt Exhibition has featured as part of Laurentian University’s Research Week. This year, they are working with students and researchers across the LU campus, as well as community groups and artists throughout Sudbury, to bring the sixth annual LU SciArt Exhibition to life.
The LU SciArt Exhibition challenges students, artists, and researchers alike to examine their work from new perspectives. Researchers are asked to express their ideas using artistic media, while artists are challenged to use their chosen medium to represent scientific concepts in unique and beautiful ways. In addition, each year local schools create innovative SciArt pieces that assist students to better understand their curriculum, changing the way they see science and research for the rest of their lives.
This year, a goal of the LU SciArt Exhibition is to feature pieces that show the connection between all fields of research and art. In past exhibitions, researchers in traditional science fields such as biology, chemistry, and engineering have been featured, alongside many amazing pieces from researchers in social sciences and humanities. This year, we hope to further highlight research in these fields, and increase engagement with researchers that don’t traditionally feel represented by science.
Following the exhibition at Laurentian, the LU SciArt exhibition will be on display at Science North from March 25-April 5. This is an amazing opportunity to showcase SciArt to a wider audience, and allows the work of talented artists and researchers to be seen by thousands of people in our community.
During a live appearance from space, Canadian Space Agency (CSA) astronaut David Saint-Jacques will join Peter Schiefke, Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister (Youth); and former CSA astronaut Dr. Robert Thirsk to launch a new exhibition on space and health at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum.
During the event, CSA nutrition and exercise specialist, Natalie Hirsch, will lead a "space" exercise session with Saint-Jacques, Thirsk and the audience to demonstrate one of the ways astronauts stay healthy in space.
If time permits, media representatives (on site only) may have the opportunity to ask David Saint-Jacques questions during the question period.
Media representatives who are unable to attend the event can watch it live (or watch the video afterwards) on the CSA's YouTube channel.
The event will be held in French and English.
Talk Energy Week 2019 is fast approaching (Feb 16th-23rd). This year, we are focusing on online engagement through a social media campaign, which will showcase indigenous clean energy champions along with energy literacy resources and fun facts. Keep an eye on our website, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Snapchat, and Pinterest pages for links and stories to share with your networks. If any of you are running energy-themed events online or in person that week, please let us know so we can cross-promote yours as well.
Virtual Museum of Canada: Community Stories Investment Program
The Virtual Museum of Canada (VMC), part of the Canadian Museum of History, is the largest source of online content and experiences shared by large and small Canadian museums and heritage organizations. The Community Stories Investment Program helps smaller Canadian museums and heritage organizations work with their communities to develop virtual exhibits that engage online audiences in the stories, past and present, of Canada’s communities. Funding of $15,000 per project is provided. Canadian museums and heritage organizations, including equivalent Indigenous peoples’ organizations, are eligible to apply. The deadline for receipt of proposals is February 6, 2019. Program guidelines, budget and production schedule templates, and the application form may be downloaded from the VMC website.
Our colleagues at the Science and Technology Awareness Network (STAN) are hosting a conference built around Canada’s role in advancing UNESCO’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Canadian Space Agency is collaborating with the European Space Agency and Kids Code Jeunesse to bring Astro Pi to Canada. Get ready for a unique challenge that could take your code into space!
About the activity
The European Astro Pi Challenge is an annual science and coding competition where students have the opportunity to develop code that could be run on the International Space Station's (ISS's) unique Raspberry Pi computers, called Astro Pis. The 2018/2019 challenge will run throughout David Saint-Jacques' mission.
Two different complexity levels make the Astro Pi Challenge accessible to students with or without coding experience.
For Mission Zero, student teams write a simple program to display a message on the Astro Pi computer to astronauts on board the Space Station. No special equipment or coding skills are needed, and all entries that follow program rules are guaranteed to be run in space!
Mission Space Lab
For Mission Space Lab, students design and program a scientific experiment to be run on an Astro Pi computer. The best experiments will be deployed on the ISS, and teams will have the opportunity to analyze and report on the results.
Who can participate?
Mission Zero is open to teams of Canadian and European students up to 14 years old. Each team must include between two and four students. Mission Space Lab is open to teams of Canadian and European students up to 19 years old. Each team must include between two and six students and be supervised by a teacher or mentor.
Canadian students are allowed to participate as Canada is a cooperating state of the European Space Agency.
How to participate
Kids Code Jeunesse organizes workshops in science centres and museums across the country; and provide online resources so that any classroom can take part. You can also visit the AstroPi website to register online.
Take up the challenge
The Canadian Association of Science Centres invites proposals from its Full Members to partner with CASC to host future annual conferences.
Hosting the CASC annual conference is an exciting opportunity to showcase your successes and expand relationships with colleagues and stakeholders. While hosting the conference is a significant commitment, it is also an outstanding opportunity for your centre to demonstrate locally the nationwide commitment to enhancing the science centre experience.
We hold a Conference once a year in the month of May.
Host: Discovery Centre
Location: Halifax, NS
Host: Ingenium - Canada's Museums of Science and Innovation
Location: Ottawa, ON
UNDECIDED - Now accepting expressions of Interest
Please reach out to Tina at firstname.lastname@example.org with your expression of interest. Please indicate which year(s) you are interested in.
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