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  • 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.



  • Wednesday, June 05, 2019 1:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Regina

    The Saskatchewan Science Centre opened its doors to the public for the first time on April 23, 1989. To celebrate 30 years of science, fun, and learning in Saskatchewan, the Science Centre hosted an anniversary celebration looking back on the past 30 years with a look forward to the next 30.

    Activities during the celebration included throwback General Admission pricing to 1989 levels – only $6 per person – as well as the performance of visitor favorite scientific demonstrations from the past three decades, and a peek at the future with a new vision and strategic plan for the Saskatchewan Science Centre. Learn more.


    Vancouver

    For three decades, Science World British Columbia has been a wonderland of hands-on learning, and a sneaky one at that. To kids, it just seems like a wonderland.

    “Learning here is fun,” said Scott Sampson, Science World CEO and president. “Too often we think of learning as something that happens in classrooms, with students sitting in seats and study rooms. At Science World, kids learn without even knowing it.”

    Science World opened its doors to the public in 1989, five years after its famed geodesic dome was constructed in advance of Expo 86. It was instantly iconic; Vancouverites pushed hard to keep the building, then called Expo Centre, as the World’s Fair came to an end.

    In 1987, after all three levels of government announced that Expo Centre would become Science World, Queen Elizabeth II dedicated the building “for the people of British Columbia.” Over the next two years, a $19-million renovation and expansion transformed the domed structure into the arts, sciences and technology centre it still is today. Learn more.


  • Wednesday, June 05, 2019 1:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Science North continues to expand its Northern Ontario initiatives through the delivery of two new projects in collaboration with Northern partners: THINK Hubs and Beyond Human Limits, Science North’s 12th travelling exhibit, thanks to funding provided by the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund (NOHFC). The Hon. Greg Rickford, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, Chair of the NOHFC, and MPP for Kenora-Rainy River announced the $2 million in NOHFC funding for these projects.

    “Education-based exhibits play an important role in Northern Ontario. Not only do they provide fun and engaging science experiences for northerners, but they also generate revenue for host communities and create employment,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines. “By investing in tourism projects that stimulate local economies, we are sending a signal that Northern Ontario is open for business and open for jobs.” Read more


  • Thursday, May 23, 2019 9:51 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Nine Awards were distributed to recognize Best Programs, Exhibits, 
    Shows and Individual Achievement


    SUDBURY (May 22, 2019) – The Canadian Association of Science Centres wrapped up the 17th Annual Conference with the CASCADE Awards on Friday, May 10, 2019.  The CASCADES recognize outstanding achievement in science communication by both individuals and organizations Canada-wide.

    INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

    Individual awards are selected by the CASC Board of Directors based on nominations received from member organizations.

    Outstanding Career Achievement

    Amanda Smedley, The Exploration Place Museum & Science Centre

    Amanda steps forward to take on leadership of exciting but complex and unproven STEM education initiatives for children and youth. She enthusiastically and competently engages community stakeholder as partners in the pursuit of enhanced science literacy across all ages.

    Outstanding Project or Program Leadership

    Gillian Davidge, Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre

    As the education leader, Gillian is a vision setter as evidenced by the scope of programs that have been developed and implemented since joining Manuels River. She understands the importance of and how to surround herself with exceptional talent and empowers her team to be creative and bring their ideas to life.

    “Making a Difference” (2 winners)

    Annika Trimble, Aurora Research Institute

    Annika is passionate about learning and helping others learn around her. Her dedication and enthusiasm about science is infectious. When she is in schools, she presents herself as a consummate professional, and her excitement about the topic causes students and teachers to become enthralled in what she has to present. She always goes above and beyond in her supportive role.

    Cathy Stadder Wise, Science North

    Cathy has devoted close to 30 years to developing and delivering science programming at Science North. In her different roles as Staff Scientist - Camps, Senior Scientist at Dynamic Earth, and most recently as Senior Scientist – Informal Learning Programs, she developed and delivered quality experiences that captured the imaginations of the young.

    INSTITUTIONAL AWARDS

    Institutional Awards are selected by an independent awards jury based on a review of nominations received by the deadline date.

    Best Program – Small Institution

    Adult Speaker Series

    The Exploration Place Museum and Science Centre

    On the second Monday of the month, from September to June, an engaged crowd gathers in the evening at Exploration Place to listen to a researcher from UNBC describe their work in an open and accessible fashion for the general public.

    Best Program – Large Institution

    Junkyard Playground

    TELUS Spark

    Junkyard Playground is an outdoor play area with no adults allowed. Based on the "Risky Play" philosophy, inside the junkyard you'll find curated construction materials, real tools (saws, hammers, etc.) for kid-directed building and play experiences that are messy, creative and free.

    Best Exhibit or Show – Small Institution

    Allergies Get People Talking!

    Armand Frappier Museum

    The Allergies get people talking! exhibit addresses a theme that concerns over 25% of Canadians, which explains the tremendous excitement it generated among its visitors. The content of the exhibit is both rigorous and reachable, notably thanks to the experts, teachers and students who contributed greatly to its development.

    Best Exhibit or Show – Large Institution (2 winners)

    Under the Same Stars: Minwaadiziwin

    Science North

    Under the Same Stars: Minwaadiziwin, is a planetarium experience exploring the night sky. The show is a legacy of stories that celebrates Indigenous people and explores the seasonal changes in the night sky through the telling of Anishinaabe, Cree and Oji-Cree stories of the visible constellations.

    Indigenous Ingenuity

    Montreal Science Centre

    Indigenous Ingenuity is an interactive quest exploring Indigenous innovations from across Canada. Through a series of entertaining interactive activities, this 500 m2 exhibition sheds light on the ingenuity of the First Peoples and their influence on society.

    CELEBRATING EQUITY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

    At the Gala, CASC takes a moment to highlight the many ways in which Canada’s science centres and museums represent the diversity of the Canadian population within its workforce and its visiting audiences.  

    These are just a few examples of the efforts made over the past year. 

    Armand Frappier Museum

    Us and Them: From prejudice to racism exhibition explains scientifically what racism is and why this phenomenon takes place in our societies.

    Okanagan Science Centre

    Celebrated International Women’s Day with Take Your Daughter to Work Day and launched their Writing the Future program by bringing indigenous author Drew Hayden Taylor

    Ontario Science Centre

    Sensory Friendly Saturdays programming and the Science of Anxiety are a few of Ontario Science Centre’s EDI initiatives.

    Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium

    One of Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium's missions is to increase the presence of women and diversity in STEM.

    Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

    Sensory-friendly days: offer increased lighting, a music-free environment and a quiet room for guests who require a break and were developed with Autism Ontario.

    Science World British Columbia

    Have several EDI initiatives including: Sensory Friendly Mornings, their Community Pass Program and taking part in #LGBTSTEM Day, 2018.

    TELUS Spark

    Science of Mental Health workshop aimed to destigmatize mental health.


    The 18th Annual CASC Conference will be hosted by Ingenium - Canada's Museums of Science and Innovation in Ottawa, Ontario, May 27-29, 2020.



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