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CASC, in collaboration with the Canadian Space Agency, will host a webinar in late January (exact date to be confirmed) addressing the value of satellites in our daily lives, the upcoming RADARSAT Constellation Mission that will launch in February 2019 and the soon-to-be-released CASC activity kit for educators to explore what a day without satellites would be like and how that might happen.
The third annual International Science Centre and Science Museum Day (ISCSMD) proved to be another great success! On November 10th, 2018, Science Centres and Museums across the world participated in this celebration of Science as a Human Right, promoting the role we play in reaching the Sustainable Development Goals put out by the UN.
Among those participants were members of CASC spanning across Canada:
Big Little Science Centre
Okanagan Science Centre
Science World British Columbia
TELUS World of Science — Edmonton
Saskatchewan Science Centre
Armand Frappier Museum
Canada Agriculture and Food Museum
Canada Aviation and Space Museum
Canada Science and Technology Museum
Montreal Science Centre
Musée de l'ingéniosité J. Armand Bombardier
Ontario Science Centre
Sherbrooke Museum of Nature and Science
• Science East
With this year’s theme of Science as a Human Right, these institutions served as places that contributed to the use of science for the creation of a better world through engaging scientists, inclusions efforts, gender equality initiatives, and other programs and exhibitions full of empowerment in the world of science.
Science Centres and Science Museums can be found all over the globe and they welcome millions of visitors each year who seek information and support to make changes in their communities. ISCSMD is also a reminder to everyone about the universality of science with the ability to build bridges across cultural, geographical and religious boundaries and also addressing common concerns.
This is a reminder that the 2018 CASC Reciprocal Admission Agreement will be ending on December 31, 2018. The 2019 CASC Reciprocal Admission Agreement will be available January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019.
If you are a member of a Science Centre, Museum, Aquarium, Planetarium or Maker-space you could benefit from our reciprocal admission agreement. Not yet a member of a Canadian Science Centre - Find one near you!
Any of CASC's Full Members can apply to be part of the reciprocal agreement. If you are interested in having your organization appear in the reciprocal agreement, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org your request.
The reciprocal agreement entitles CASC institution's members (i.e. families and individuals) benefits when they visit other CASC member institutions across Canada - Like FREE General Admission!
Not a member of CASC? Join us in 2019 and offer your members this great membership benefit.
Laurentian University Science Communication Program, offered in partnership with Science North, is the 2018 recipient of the Royal Canadian Institute for Science’s William Edmond Logan Award, recognizing excellence in promoting the public understanding of science by a Canadian organization.
Laurentian Science Communication Program is unique in Canada, providing science graduates with the training to take scientific information and transform it into accessible and understandable knowledge for the public. It allows scientists to recognize the value of doing outreach and hone their skills for it. This program delivers a multidisciplinary experience that covers the theory underlying good communication, as well as the practical challenges of effectively communicating science and the issues involving science in society. Graduates of Laurentian University’s Science Communication Program are working in various fields all across Canada and in other parts of the world, including at Science North, the program’s partner.
This year’s RBC Innovators' Ball raised more than $730,000, breaking the record with a 10 percent increase from last year, to support the Ontario Science Centre's community access programs. Since 2008, the annual event has raised more than $5.4 million to provide critical funding for these programs, which serve approximately 80,000 kids and families annually by removing financial barriers that might otherwise stand between the community and a visit to the Science Centre.
"Our sponsors and donors give the gift of science learning — a gift that lives on long after a visit," said Maurice Bitran, PhD, CEO and Chief Science Officer, Ontario Science Centre. "The 'a-ha' moments experienced here ignite enduring curiosity and inspire lifelong discovery. More importantly, the skills gained through experiential science learning help cultivate the next generation of engaged and informed leaders, innovators and citizens.”
The attendees of the ball doubled their generosity and raised enough to enable 8,000 students to visit the Science Centre through Adopt-a-Class. One of the Ontario Science Centre's community access programs, which provides classes from schools located in Toronto's most underserved neighbourhoods with an opportunity to visit the Centre and participate in a curriculum-related program at no cost.
Youth Science Canada announced early November that the city will host the 2020, 2023 and 2026 editions of Canada’s foremost youth science event, the Canada-Wide Science Fair (CWSF).
The weeklong, CWSF attracts more than 10,000 visitors, who attend to view projects developed by around 500 students in the area of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Visitors also experience interactive and hands-on exhibits from universities, colleges, museums, research agencies, and the private sector, as well as demonstrations, presentations, and workshops as part of STEM Expo. More than one million dollars in combined prize money, awards and scholarships are given out at the CWSF.
Partnering with TELUS World of Science Edmonton, participants will be invited to an educational event held by the broad-based science centre. The University of Alberta and the Edmonton Regional Science Fair are among other organizations that will host STEM experiences throughout the week.
This year, the Ontario Museum Association awarded Canadian Science and Technology Museum the OMA Award of Excellence in Special Projects. The OMA Award of Excellence in Special Projects is presented to individuals, institutions, corporations or agencies for innovative initiatives, or new approaches or techniques that advance the museum profession.
The Canada Science and Technology Museum Renewal re-envisioned its museum exhibition spaces completely and marked both the museum’s semi-centennial celebration since its original opening in 1967, as well as Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations. After a contamination problem caused the building to shut down in 2014, the resulting renewal has been an exciting opportunity to strengthen the museum’s vision for the future as a national institution that inspires the imagination in the next generation of innovators.
In preparation for the Nov. 30 opening of the 'Animal inside out' exhibit, workers busily drilled, assembled, hauled and unwrapped six semi-trailers-worth of the globe-trotting specimens and their display cases Friday at the TELUS World of Science Edmonton.
That’s how Body Worlds installation director Sven Rosenberger sees live creatures. Now he’s tasked with overseeing more than 100 animals that have been meticulously preserved, dissected and ‘plastinated’ for posterity.
In preparation for next Friday’s opening of the Body Worlds: Animal Inside Out exhibit, workers busily drilled, assembled, hauled and unwrapped six semi-trailers worth of the globe-trotting specimens and their display cases Friday at the Telus World of Science Edmonton.
“The most amazing thing, is you can see what’s underneath,” Rosenberger said. “You will receive a tremendous impression which you can’t find in books, because what you see here is real.”
Body Worlds‘ initial claim to fame 23 years ago was its collection of preserved and dissected human cadavers that both fascinated and shocked exhibition-goers. In 2010, the creators expanded their dissections to animals for a new touring exhibit.
Laurentian University keeps earning accolades.
Its science communication program, which is offered in partnership with Science North, has won the William Edmond Logan Award from the Royal Canadian Institute for Science. The award recognizes excellence in promoting a public understanding of science by a Canadian organization.
“Trends in science research, industry and public policy have prompted a need for trained people in this rapidly growing field,” Chantal Barriault, the program’s director, said in a release. “Laurentian’s graduates are specialists in communicating the work of leading researchers and scientists to diverse audiences, from young children to politicians. We are incredibly honoured to receive this award.”
The science communication program is unique in Canada. It provides graduates with the training to transform scientific information into accessible and understandable knowledge for the public. Many scientists recognize the value of doing outreach, but not all are naturally skilled at it. This program fosters those skills, delivering a multidisciplinary experience that covers the theory underlying good communication, as well as the practical challenges of effectively communicating science and the issues involving science in society.
The Okanagan Science Centre is inviting everyone to come down for the International Science Centre and Science Museum Day Saturday, Nov. 10 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sponsored by the OSC and Kal Tire, admission is free for anyone who wants to check out the facility that has been operating in Vernon for more than 25 years.
The event will feature demonstrations and hands-on activities for children of all ages throughout the day. Kal Tire will have a by-donation barbecue set up in the parking lot from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with all proceeds going to provide Okanagan Science Centre family memberships to local families in need.
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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