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Science World British Columbia announced record-breaking attendance for 2018, hitting over 1 million visitors and a 20 percent increase from 2017. The centre credits a number of factors including outreach programs, revitalized exhibits, high-profile feature exhibitions and films, and programming which had included the Class Field Trip Bursary Program that allows thousands of youth from underserved schools to visit Science World.
Their temporary exhibits also contributed to the success of the centre, bringing in major visitor traffic with exhibitions like The Science of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! and The Science Behind PIXAR.
“We’re thrilled to have served a record number of visitors over this past year. It speaks to the remarkable impacts of experiential learning, and to the important role of science centres,” said Scott Sampson, President & CEO of Science World. “Science World is empowering youth with skills in critical thinking, collaboration, and creativity, all of which are essential for success in the emerging innovation economy.”
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Vancouver science centre. Since Expo ‘86 the science centre has welcomed over 18 million visitors.
The Ontario Science Centre is turning 50 this year. Throughout the year, the centre will be celebrating its history and planning their future with a lineup of new exhibitions, films and programming.
On January 24th, the Ontario Science Centre officially launched its birthday celebrations with Elizabeth Dowdeswell, the lieutenant-governor of Ontario, who is the centre’s honorary patron. The science centre revealed its plans for 2019 and launched their new social media campaign inviting for the public to share their moments, memorable experiences and photos.
"In 1969, the Province of Ontario had the foresight to pioneer a new type of cultural attraction — an interactive science museum," said Maurice Bitran, CEO and chief science officer at the Science Centre, in a news release. "This year, we are fortunate to celebrate 50 years of welcoming dreamers, thinkers and doers through our doors with the lieutenant-governor — an active champion of science and science communication — as our honorary patron. Together with Her Honour and our visitors, we not only appreciate the centre's past, we look to boldly create its future."
The Discovery Centre’s new edition of its “Discovery Days” series has now launched and it has a sky-high potential for learning.
The “Take Flight” programme highlights the impressive exhibits that have landed at the science centre.
Kids get the chance to make rockets and paper airplanes from provided materials before launching them to see just how far they can send their one-of-a-kind creations.
The Okanagan Science Centre will continue to have a place for small kids to explore, learn and have fun thanks to a local financial institution.
RBC Wealth Management Dominion Securities donated $1,000 to the OSC to sponsor their Discovery Room.
The Discovery Room is set up to be a safe and engaging place for the youngest visitors the Science Centre, age two through Kindergarten, to explore scientific activities puzzles.
Last year, RBC’s sponsorship of the Discovery Room led to the design and creation of a new Busy Board, where children can interact with a range of objects such as wheels, locks, doors and an old-style typewriter.
“We love having a room, which is designed to be a safe spot for young children to play, explore, and discover,” said Jim Swingle, executive director of the OSC. “We designed the Discovery Room with the idea that sometimes children want to explore on their own, and sometimes children and parents want fun activities they can do together.”
The Okanagan Science Centre is a charitable, non-profit organization that has been inspiring kids and families with hands-on scientific exhibits, programs and camps for over 25 years.
Sloan Museum will open its newest exhibit — The Rainforest Adventure Maze — at Courtland Center Mall on Saturday, Jan. 19. Admission is free for Genesee County residents.
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 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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