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  • Friday, May 19, 2017 1:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Science Odyssey, a ten-day nationwide celebration of science, was officially launched at the Johnson GEO Centre today. Vanier Elementary students were on hand to take part in some exciting scientific experiments.

    Federal Parliamentary Secretary for Science, Kate Young announced four Promo science fund recipients from Newfoundland and Labrador this morning, as she helped kick off the ten-day annual celebration of all things science and math. Read more

  • Friday, May 19, 2017 1:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Nine big brown bats were released back into Wascana Park on Tuesday night at dusk. A small glow stick is temporarily glued to each critter’s belly, so the audience can watch the bats fly off into the wild. Read more

  • Friday, May 19, 2017 1:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Environmental, Cultural and Human Rights Advocate and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Sheila Watt-Cloutier presented her keynote address to more than 150 delegates of the 2017 Canadian Association of Science Centres (CASC) Annual Conference. Titled "Everything is Connected: Environment, Economy, Foreign Policy, Sustainability, Human Rights and Leadership in the 21st Century," Watt-Cloutier shared her new model for 21st century leadership at the Ontario Science Centre, host of this annual conference for leaders of science centres and museums across Canada. Read more

  • Friday, May 19, 2017 1:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Today, opening keynote Nina Simon, Executive Director of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (MAH) discussed the relevancy of science centres and museums in the 21st century. "Relevance is an exercise in empathy," said Simon in reference to allowing the interests of "outsiders" to help museums and science centres grow new audiences. Simon inspired more than 150 delegates at NEXT, the 2017 Canadian Association of Science Centres annual conference hosted by the Ontario Science Centre. Read more

  • Friday, May 19, 2017 1:26 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The exhibit hosts displays, discussions and hands-on activities designed to motivate youth to take an interest in science, math, technology and engineering. The tour, which is being held in conjunction with Canada’s 150th anniversary celebration, highlights the achievements made by Canadian innovators.  Read more.

  • Friday, May 19, 2017 1:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On June 21, The Exploration Place will open a permanent First Nations Gallery to that ages-old history into the context of their other artifacts and historical icons.

    "This is the first new permanent gallery at The Exploration Place since our expansion in 2001," said facility CEO Tracy Calogheros.

    "We make use of every square inch in our building and this project will feature a reconfiguration of the George Phillips Gallery and a reclamation of the space that has been unused since the closing of the Prince George Sports Hall of Fame Gallery." Read more

  • Friday, May 19, 2017 1:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The exhibit will feature robotic re-creations, skeletal reconstructions and statues and casts illustrating some of the world's largest known dinosaurs.

    Many of the specimens, including the 18-metre-long Mamenchisaurus, will be housed in the museum's newly expanded Alloway Hall, while the triceratops will hold court in the museum's outdoor plaza once it's unwrapped and fully assembled in the coming days. Read more

  • Friday, May 19, 2017 11:46 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Before the Sault Ste. Marie native, and Canada's first woman in space, started work at the Forest Insect Laboratory, Bondar “wasn't crazy about insects at all.”

    Thank other youngsters for dropping forest tent caterpillars down her top for the decided lack of enthusiasm for insecta. Read more

  • Tuesday, May 09, 2017 11:10 AM | Deleted user

    May 6, 2017 (Toronto) – The Canadian Association of Science Centres (CASC) wrapped up the 15th Annual Conference with the CASCADE Awards on Saturday, May 6.  The CASCADES recognize outstanding achievement by both individuals and organizations Canada-wide.

    Individual Awards

    Individual awards are selected by the CASC Board of Directors based on nominations received by the deadline date.  

    Jennifer Pink, former Science Director, Science North located in Sudbury, Ontario received the Outstanding Career Achievement Award for her significant contributions to the Science Centre industry for more than 30 years.

    For more information, contact Brenda Tremblay, 705-522-3701, ext. 212,

    Rich Vieira, Project Manager, Ontario Science Centre, located in Toronto, Ontario received the Outstanding Project or Program Leadership Award for his outstanding work on various projects, particularly two concurrent projects: Power of Ideas and Canada 150: Discovery Way.

    For more information, contact Mary Jane Conboy, 416-696-3174,

    Michael Edwards, Director of Strategic Initiatives & Exhibits, Science East located in Fredericton, New Brunswick received the “Making a Difference” award for his passion for developing and implementing programs, his enthusiasm for getting children excited about science and his willingness to share his knowledge with colleagues across the country.

    For more information, contact Lieff Salonius, 506-457-2340, ext. 125,

    Institutional Awards

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

    Best Exhibition or Show – Large Institution

    Wild Weather

    Science North

    Wild Weather engages visitors in cutting-edge technology used to forecast weather events and in the stories and equipment of weather seekers – the scientists, forecasters, broadcasters, and the passionate seekers and enthusiasts. Through experiments, challenges, models, computer interactives and multimedia experiences, visitors of all ages delve into current severe weather science.

    Media contact: Brenda Tremblay, 705-522-3701, ext. 212,

    Best Exhibit or Show – Small Institution

    Worlds of the Night

    Sherbrooke Nature and Science Museum

    At night, while many animals sleep, others get busy. Who are they? Why are they not sleeping? How can they accomplish their activities in total darkness? Some that live in polar regions don’t have a choice. The Worlds of the Night brings to light these subjects along a trail leading to a central zone, surrounded by eleven immersive and interactive alcoves. Obviously, you will be awake all night!

    For more information, contact Michelle Bélanger, 819-564-3200, ext. 229,

    Best Program – Large Institution

    Family Nature Clubs

    Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre

    Family Nature Clubs are dedicated to helping people get time in nature back on the family calendar by providing regular opportunities to engage in hikes and other fun outdoor family activities. These experiences give families a sense of place, allow for free play in nature, and familiarize families with the many opportunities for outdoor recreation in their neighborhoods. 


    For more information, contact Jonathan Hultquist, 604-659-3497,

    Best Program – Small Institution  

    Tide to Technology

    Discovery Centre (Halifax)

    The Tide to Technology program addresses Nova Scotia’s need to raise awareness about oceans and ocean technology-related careers. Through partnership with the Ocean Technology Council of Nova Scotia, the Discovery Centre provides this hands-on technology-based program available to schools anywhere in Nova Scotia free of charge. 

    For more information, contact Kara McPhee, 902-492-4422, ext. 2227,

    The CASCADE Awards program is part of the final gala evening to culminate the two-day conference for Science Centre professionals.  Other events in the program included keynote speakers Sheila Watt Cloutier author and 2017 Canada Reads finalist and Nina Simon Museum visionary, several sessions designed to provide professional development opportunities to staff and volunteers that make up the workforce of Canada’s Science Centres.  The conference provides an incredible opportunity for Science Centres to share best-practices, develop partnerships and learn from each other.

    The 16th Annual CASC Conference will take place at The Exploration Place Museum and Science Centre in Prince George May 9-11, 2018.

    About the Canadian Association of Science Centres

    The Canadian Association of Science Centres’ mission is to: “build capacity for its members to inspire a creative and prosperous Canada through science and technology engagement.”  The Canadian Association of Science Centres (CASC) represents 45 Canadian Science Centres, Museums, Aquariums and Planetariums.  The workforce across our membership represents more than 2,000 science communicators and support staff and more than 10,000 volunteers. 

    To learn more about the Canadian Association of Science Centres, please visit:





    CASC Media Contact:

    Stephanie Deschenes

    Canadian Association of Science Centres

    (705) 522-6825, ext. 277

  • Monday, April 10, 2017 1:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As a woman working in the world of science, Baumgartner is also keenly aware of the importance of breaking down barriers to girls who might be interested in a career in that field. A recent addition to the centre’s slate of programs is Girls’ Night Out, intended to engage and educate girls who might be contemplating a future in science and engineering. Read 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 through knowledge sharing and respectful relationships. 

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