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  • Thursday, January 03, 2019 3:26 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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.

    Read more.

  • Thursday, December 20, 2018 2:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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.

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  • Thursday, December 20, 2018 2:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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.

    Learn more.

  • Thursday, December 20, 2018 1:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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.

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  • Monday, December 17, 2018 4:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Canadian Space Agency is releasing its very first space-themed e-book! We invite you to virtually take part in the launch on December 18th at 10:35 a.m. (ET). Please note that the event will mostly be in French.

    During the event, David will read the book for the first time, directly from the International Space Station.

    Join us live at 10:35 a.m. this Tuesday on our Facebook page or on our YouTube channel to live this unique moment with us!

    And do not hesitate to spread the news about the mission

    The mission

    Mission activities for young people and the general public

    David Saint-Jacques’ biography

    David’s training for his space mission

  • Thursday, December 13, 2018 11:17 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Ontario Science Centre in Toronto is full of interactive exhibits.

    Ontario Science Centre in Toronto, Canada first opened its doors in 1969 and was one of the pioneers of the "hands-on" approach to museums. It contains hundreds of interactive exhibits ranging from geology and human anatomy to astronomy and modern forms of communication.

    According to its website, "The Ontario Science Centre delights, informs and challenges our communities, offering hands-on experiences and engagement with science of local, national and global relevance."

    Since 1969 the museum has welcomed over 52 million visitors and is one of Toronto's most popular visitor attractions.

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  • Thursday, December 13, 2018 11:05 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The latest addition to the Okanagan Science Centre is out of this world – literally.

    And it was done with the help of Canada's favourite astronaut.

    Joanne Sale, with the OSC, said she mentioned to a friend of her how wonderful it would be to have something like a space suit.

    Her friend was also a former board member who is on a first-names basis with Chris Hadfield, one of the most popular astronauts in generations.

    Sale said her friend asked Hadfield about the possibility of getting a suit, and two weeks later it was sitting on Sale's desk.

    “He went to bat right away,” said Sale of the astronaut who many credit with making space cool again.

    “This is an actual SOKOL spacesuit. It is a Russian-made suit. It has been to space a number of times.”
    The suit is on a long-term loan to the OSC and will be on display for at least five years.

    The Polson Park centre also has its permanent space exhibit upstairs.

    Learn more.

  • Thursday, December 13, 2018 11:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It was a whole new world of science for local students. 

    Last week, TELUS World of Science made a stop at Lakeland schools to teach youth about what happens when liquid nitrogen is introduced to items such as an animal balloon and a banana. 

    Duclos School students witnessed these experiments, among others, when Science in Motion, a program offered by the TELUS World of Science Edmonton, visited the area on Tuesday, Dec. 4.

    Electricity, fire and gas, and cryogenics were just some of the topics covered during the presentation.

    Grade 2 students were in awe with seeing the various effects that liquid nitrogen had on various elements. 

    “We were looking at freezing the different states of manner,” explained coordinator for community outreach for the Science in Motion program, Whitney Horban. “We started off with a solid, then a liquid, and then a gas, seeing what happens when you freeze different ones, do they expand? Do they contract? Then, what changes?”  

    One of the highlights during the cryogenics presentation was when Horban demonstrated the results of filling up a balloon with steam from liquid nitrogen, which Grade 2 student Kylie Trembly noted was one of her favourite parts. 

    Read more.

  • Thursday, December 13, 2018 9:57 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Some major upgrades are coming to the ExxonMobil Oil and Gas Gallery at the Johnson Geo Centre.

    The Johnson Geo Centre today announced that a $2.2-million donation from the Hebron project and the Hebron Project Employers’ Association will go towards updating the Oil and Gas Gallery.

    The donation comes in recognition of Hebron’s first year of operations.

    The upgrades include a larger gallery space, updated exhibits, new technology and the installation of an interactive drilling simulator that will simulate the Hebron platform’s drilling rig and processes.

    Visitors will be able to use controls to virtually maneuver the machines that come with drilling a well.

    Learn more.

  • Thursday, December 06, 2018 2:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A unique new outreach campaign with the goal of raising awareness about the world-leading climate change research in Manitoba’s Arctic launched Friday.

    Expedition Churchill: A Gateway to Arctic Research is highlighting the research being done in the Churchill and Hudson Bay region by scientists from the University of Manitoba.

    The project includes a new Arctic research-themed dining car that will travel the rail line between Winnipeg and Churchill as of Sunday, coinciding with the long-awaited return of passenger rail service to Churchill.

    In addition to the train, a multimedia e-book and interactive kiosks will be located throughout the province, including at the zoo’s Journey to Churchill Exhibit, Travel Manitoba, James Richardson International Airport, the Town of Churchill, the Churchill Northern Studies Centre, and in the Wallace building on the U of M campus.

    Learn 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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