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  • 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)


    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.


    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 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 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.


    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.

  • Wednesday, May 22, 2019 9:49 AM | Deleted user

    Charity hearts of Prince George were beating strongly through last winter in order to keep a Canadian icon’s history at Exploration Place.

    When the museum was having a hard time keeping Terry Fox’s popular exhibit in its facility for as long as they could, the Prince George Recycle and Return-It Centre laced up its shoes and came to its financial aid.

    The Return-It Centre boosted $3,500 to Exploration Place for the once-in-a-lifetime presentation, via its donation bin campaign.

    Read more.

  • Tuesday, May 21, 2019 11:59 AM | Deleted user

    Science North will soon be able to take its Beyond Human Limits show on the road in Northern Ontario thanks to $350,000 from the federal government.

    “Tourism is a major economic driver for Northern Ontario and I’m proud that the Government of Canada is investing in Science North to support this key sector of our economy,” Sudbury MP Paul Lefebvre said in a release Wednesday. “Today’s announcement helps to demonstrate how our Prosperity and Growth Strategy for Northern Ontario is enabling communities to respond to opportunities that create jobs and growth here at home in Sudbury and across the region.”

    Lefebvre and Nickel Belt Marc Serré made the funding announcement on behalf of the Navdeep Bains, the minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and minister responsible for FedNor.

    The FedNor funding will enable Science North to develop and tour a customized version of its Beyond Human Limits travelling exhibit to enhance tourism and create new economic opportunities across Northern Ontario.

    Read more.

  • Tuesday, May 21, 2019 11:57 AM | Deleted user

    THEMUSEUM is working in partnership with local libraries Kitchener Public Library, Waterloo Public Library, and Idea Exchange to connect local residents to arts and culture and make regional culture hubs more accessible.

    Lending Program passes to THEMUSEUM are now available at Kitchener Public Library, Waterloo Public Library, and Idea Exchange and can be borrowed from any of these public libraries in the same way a book is borrowed. The pass allows standard admission for a family of up to two adults and up to 4 children and can be borrowed for up to one week. Users will be permitted access to THEMUSEUM similar to a general admission but at no cost to the pass holder. Passes are not valid for THEMUSEUM ticketed events, camps, or workshops. 

    Learn more.

  • Monday, April 22, 2019 12:49 PM | Deleted user

    Legends of the Northern Sky, the first full-dome digital projection film to play at the Ziedler Dome in more than 30 years, is a local production featuring students from Ermineskin Elementary School in Maskwacis.

    One of the film's storytellers is Wilfred Buck. He's an expert in Indigenous astronomy and known to kids as "the star guy."

    "The film is based on research that I have done in the last 13 years," said Buck, who has studied First Nations astronomy and the connection Western Cree people have had to the sky.

    "It was extensive research and a lot of it, we realized, was based on ceremony and based on the ceremonial songs and how they connect from the stars to us here on earth."

    The film is part of the TELUS World of Science's efforts to tell local stories linked to science.

    Learn more.

  • Thursday, April 18, 2019 3:00 PM | Deleted user

    Reich+Petch Architects has established a new award that will be presented to one student each year over the next five years from George Brown College’s Centre for Construction and Engineering Technologies’ School of Architectural Studies.

    Tony Reich, principal architect of the firm, announced the Reich+Petch Award for Design Excellence and Innovation following a lecture at the college’s Casa Loma campus in Toronto recently. The first of these awards will be granted to a student in the 2019/20 academic year.

    To be eligible for this award, registered full-time students must be in their second or third year of the Architectural Technology program at George Brown College, indicates a release, adding candidates must achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and have demonstrated tangible aspects of design excellence in innovation in their schoolwork and/or extra-curricular projects.

    Learn more.

  • Thursday, April 18, 2019 2:58 PM | Deleted user

    The H.R. MacMillan Space Centre will be hosting an epic all-ages drag show, Splendor in Space: A Drag Odyssey, this month. 

    Guests will learn how space exploration changed humanity under the spell-binding cosmic visuals of the Planetarium Star Theatre. What’s more, they will explore how the 1960’s space race changed drag and queer culture.

    Local drag performers Shanda Leer, Dust and Rose Butch will be take guests on the immersive journey through time and space. Afterwards, the performers will be hanging around to mix and mingle with the guests.

    Splendor in Space: A Drag Odyssey will take place in the Planetarium Thursday, April 25th. 

    Learn more. 

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. We strive for reconciliation by working to transform existing relationships to emphasize open dialogue, mutual understanding and respectful collaborations.

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