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  • Thursday, April 18, 2019 11:05 AM | Anonymous member

    Mahon, the chief executive officer of Canada Life, announced $750,000 in funding for the Manitoba Museum Wednesday, with about 40 students from Victoria Albert School in attendance. The gift qualifies for the province’s matching funds program, raising it to $1.125 million.

    Mahon said Canada Life’s support is to show pride in the community. It hopes to bring that same thrill for the past and focus on the future to today’s youth who visit the museum.

    "I have fond memories of going and playing in the science area, but even more significant to me was my brother’s summer job working on the project when they brought the Nonsuch over from the United Kingdom," Mahon said, referring to his older brother, Patrick, who was a University of Manitoba student when the regal replica vessel came to the museum in 1974.

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  • Tuesday, April 02, 2019 11:49 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The CanCode program is accepting new applications for funding. The deadline to submit an application is 23:59:59 PST on Tuesday, April 30, 2019.

    The CanCode program aims to provide coding and digital skills learning experiences to students from kindergarten to grade 12 (K-12) across Canada, including traditionally underrepresented groups, as well as their teachers.

  • Tuesday, April 02, 2019 11:46 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Johnson GEO Centre Foundation has donated to Memorial University the infrastructure and assets of the Johnson GEO Centre , including GEO Park and other adjacent lands under lease from the provincial government, effective April 1, 2019.

    First opened to the public in 2002, the Johnson GEO Centre is a geologically focused science centre located on Signal Hill in St. John’s. Designed to be a “showcase of Earth and space,” it was developed by the late philanthropist Dr. Paul Johnson, with assistance from some Memorial University Earth Sciences faculty members.

    “The Johnson GEO Centre Foundation’s board of directors is delighted to see the centre become part of Memorial University,” said Bruce Grant, chair of the board. Read more.

  • Monday, April 01, 2019 4:35 PM | Anonymous member

    The new floor, located in the science centre’s main gallery, is made of nearly 100 recycled tires and was funded and supplied by Kal Tire through its newly launched Kal’s RePlay Fund.

    The competitive grant helps Canadian charities and non-profit organizations with the cost and supply of recycled rubber products such as playground surfaces, flooring, and roofing. A sustainable product, recycled rubber flooring is known for its long-term durability and is perfect for high-traffic areas.

    Kids already love to bounce around and play while learning about nature, outer space and more at the Okanagan Science Centre (OSC), and now they have even more reason to do so with the installation of a new recycled rubber floor at the Vernon landmark.

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  • Monday, April 01, 2019 4:34 PM | Anonymous member

    TELUS World of Science Edmonton (TWoSE) has replaced the ageing Discovery Land exhibit with a new and improved permanent children’s exhibit: CuriousCITY.

    “It had been running I think for about seven or eight years and it was crowded and getting worn out, which is a really nice problem to have,” CEO Alan Nursall said. “So we said it’s time we re-imagined that gallery.”

    The exhibit is now twice the size and is rich with hands-on activities and includes familiar Edmonton sights. A replica air traffic control tower from the Edmonton International Airport sits on top of the two-level structure. Below, is an airport security station and airplane for kids to explore.

    “It’s a modern jet aircraft with lots of sound effects and it’s got communication between the cockpit and the replica EIA tower,” Nursall said.

    According to staff at TWoSE, the exhibit that opened on March 23rd, is bigger, brighter and more fun.

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  • Monday, April 01, 2019 4:32 PM | Anonymous member

    In honour of World Autism Awareness Day on April 2nd (today), Ripley's Aquarium of Canada is pleased to announce that it has been designated as a Certified Autism Center by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). After completing intensive autism sensitivity and awareness training, Ripley's Aquarium of Canada is the first attraction in Canada to receive this important designation.

    Becoming a Certified Autism Center demonstrates an organization's commitment to ensuring guests with autism and sensory sensitivities have the best possible experience. As part of the certification process, Ripley's Aquarium staff underwent extensive training as well as an onsite review which involved the integration of IBCCES Sensory Guides at each exhibit to give visitors more information on sensory impacts.

    "We're thrilled that Ripley's Aquarium of Canada is the first organization in the country to complete this process. Their team's dedication is unmatched and we are so excited families will have another great option to experience together," said Myron Pincomb, IBCCES Board Chairman.

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  • Monday, April 01, 2019 4:23 PM | Anonymous member

    Prince George museum the Exploration Place hopes to modernize its archives by digitizing around 900,000 items so that more people can access the information. The Exploration Place houses approximately one-million individual archival items, including documents, visual and audio content and images.

    More than 100,000 of the items are already in the museum's public online database but in order to make the full archive digital, the museum needs to update its software, which is from the 1990s and out-of-date. The museum is working with different levels of government to secure funding for new software. The archives are currently being used by historical researchers, students and science researchers, among others.

    "The collective story that has brought us to today is what's being held in our museums and archives. And that is what creates that sense of place ... it gives people a sense of pride." There are significant collections at the museum belonging to the LheidliT'enneh First Nation, such as audio tape recordings of people speaking the carrier language Dakelh. Calogheros says the reel tapes are in poor condition and there are very few Dakelh speakers left."We could go down to play them one day and they'll just be dust," she said. "It's very urgent that we have [the tapes] transferred ... when you're talking about language preservation."

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  • Monday, April 01, 2019 4:22 PM | Anonymous member

    Science North turns 35 years old in 2019. Officials unveiled a renewed fourth floor, filled with all new fun, engaging and creative experiences that will inspire visitors to innovate, build skills, and complete meaningful projects and challenges using digital fabrication, coding, crafting, engineering and electronics.

    The THINK project – this major renewal of the science centre’s fourth level – is the largest investment in this space in its 35-year history.

    “Over the past 35 years Science North has excited, enlightened and inspired the minds of many,” Nickel Belt MP Marc Serre said. “With the opening of the THINK project it is sure to continue to do so for many generations to come. This state-of-the-art facility is where innovation and imagination collide, which will open opportunity for youth to grow, learn and aspire in Greater Sudbury and in the six Northern Ontario communities included in the program expansion. Our government believes in creating opportunities and investing in our youth; by all accounts the THINK project will do just that.”

  • Monday, April 01, 2019 4:20 PM | Anonymous member

    The recently-renovated Canada Science and Technology Museum displays an astounding number of artifacts, but visitors only get to see a small fraction of the objects they possess. That will change when Ingenium — Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation opens its new Collections Conservation Centre currently under construction next door to the museum.

    The $150-million project has been years in the making and aims to consolidate the corporation’s world-class collection that is currently stored in three overflowing warehouses that weren’t originally built to house objects to the high standards that a museum needs to properly conserve artifacts for future generations, all while making their collection more accessible than ever.

    “While 12 percent (of our collection) is on display, it means that 88 percent isn’t. That’s why we really set the goal for ourselves to make this new Collections Conservation Centre as accessible as possible to the public, to researchers, to industry and to government,” said Christina Tessier, the CEO of Ingenium, the organization that oversees the Canada Science and Technology Museum, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum and the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum.

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  • Monday, April 01, 2019 4:17 PM | Anonymous member

    Thanks to a new $1.5-million investment and multi-year partnership with NAV CANADA, Canada’s Air Navigation Service Provider, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum (Ingenium, Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation) is able to inspire the next generation, from all walks of life, to consider a career in aviation.

    It’s a natural fit to combine NAV CANADA’s efforts with the Canada Aviation and Space Museum’s knowledge, and an opportunity to expose youth to NAV CANADA’s unique role and ground-breaking innovations in the aviation sector.

    Through the development of a permanent exhibition at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, an accompanying travelling exhibition, and educational programming and materials, this long-term partnership will raise public awareness about Canada’s dynamic aviation and space industry. Rooted in discovery and innovation, the sector requires new talent to design, develop, deploy, and maintain sophisticated air traffic management technologies, in order to keep Canada’s skies safe for the future.

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