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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 email@example.com with your expression of interest. Please indicate which year(s) you are interested in.
THEMUSEUM will host its 2nd annual ‘Alternative Conference for Emerging Arts & Culture Professionals’ at THEMUSEUM in Kitchener from February 24-26, 2019.
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.
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 is 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.
For more information about the conference, please visit altcon.ca. The speaker list is confirmed! Check out the awesome line up here – you will not want to miss this!
You can find the registration page here.
Guylaine Archambault, General Director of the Armand-Frappier Museum, was recently featured in an article highlighting her as the ‘Personality of the Week’ for her success in becoming the museum’s Director. She started out at the museum as a Facilitator; today, she is piloting a 10 million dollar project for the relocation and expansion of the museum.
The Armand-Frappier Museum was established to educate the public about Dr. Armand Frappier, a pioneer in the field of preventative medicine and vaccination in Quebec. Growing up with a veterinarian father and teacher mother, Archambault was surrounded by science and education, thus stirring up her initial interest in science education and facilitation. Over the past 20 years, Guylaine Archambault followed the progress of the museum and also earned an MBA along the way.
She has led the institution to broaden its mandate, presenting exhibitions dealing with medicine and science, including the Us and Them: From prejudice to racism exhibit which raises scientific perspective on racism and why the phenomenon occurs in societies across the globe. She proudly leads her team to promote the museum’s mission to disseminate and value knowledge, promote critical thinking, inspire innovation and ultimately help shape an inclusive and sustainable future.
Learn more (In French)
Ocean Wise® announced the appointment of Lasse Gustavsson as incoming president and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Gustavsson joins the global ocean conservation organization in February 2019 to build on its vision of healthy and flourishing oceans. At its roots, Ocean Wise stems from a rich 62-year history of engaging people to the wonder and awe of our world’s oceans through the renowned Vancouver Aquarium.
Lasse brings international leadership to Ocean Wise at a time of immense growth. His strategic vision and inspirational leadership will steward us at a critical time as we work towards raising awareness about key issues affecting our oceans, such as overfishing, human impacts on marine biodiversity, ocean pollution and a changing climate. His extensive background in ocean conservation and personal commitment to sustainability align with our mission and we look forward to working alongside him to inspire a global community to become Ocean Wise.
In December, the Johnson GEO CENTRE announced they received a $2.2M contribution from the Hebron Project, made in recognition of Hebron’s first year of operations.
The funds will be used to update and expand the ExxonMobil Oil and Gas Gallery, an exhibit designed to educate visitors about the oil and gas industry in the province, and will be expected to open in 2020. These upgrades include larger gallery space, revitalized exhibits, and the installation of an interactive drilling simulator that will provide a virtual reality experience of Hebron platform drilling operations.
“We hope it inspires our young people to develop their talents and pursue careers in the industry,” said ExxonMobil Canada president Carman Mullins.
The funds come specifically from ExxonMobil Canada Properties and the Hebron Project Employers’ Association.
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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