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  • Thursday, May 23, 2019 9:51 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Nine Awards were distributed to recognize Best Programs, Exhibits, 
    Shows and Individual Achievement

    SUDBURY (May 22, 2019) – The Canadian Association of Science Centres wrapped up the 17th Annual Conference with the CASCADE Awards on Friday, May 10, 2019.  The CASCADES recognize outstanding achievement in science communication by both individuals and organizations Canada-wide.


    Individual awards are selected by the CASC Board of Directors based on nominations received from member organizations.

    Outstanding Career Achievement

    Amanda Smedley, The Exploration Place Museum & Science Centre

    Amanda steps forward to take on leadership of exciting but complex and unproven STEM education initiatives for children and youth. She enthusiastically and competently engages community stakeholder as partners in the pursuit of enhanced science literacy across all ages.

    Outstanding Project or Program Leadership

    Gillian Davidge, Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre

    As the education leader, Gillian is a vision setter as evidenced by the scope of programs that have been developed and implemented since joining Manuels River. She understands the importance of and how to surround herself with exceptional talent and empowers her team to be creative and bring their ideas to life.

    “Making a Difference” (2 winners)

    Annika Trimble, Aurora Research Institute

    Annika is passionate about learning and helping others learn around her. Her dedication and enthusiasm about science is infectious. When she is in schools, she presents herself as a consummate professional, and her excitement about the topic causes students and teachers to become enthralled in what she has to present. She always goes above and beyond in her supportive role.

    Cathy Stadder Wise, Science North

    Cathy has devoted close to 30 years to developing and delivering science programming at Science North. In her different roles as Staff Scientist - Camps, Senior Scientist at Dynamic Earth, and most recently as Senior Scientist – Informal Learning Programs, she developed and delivered quality experiences that captured the imaginations of the young.


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

    Best Program – Small Institution

    Adult Speaker Series

    The Exploration Place Museum and Science Centre

    On the second Monday of the month, from September to June, an engaged crowd gathers in the evening at Exploration Place to listen to a researcher from UNBC describe their work in an open and accessible fashion for the general public.

    Best Program – Large Institution

    Junkyard Playground

    TELUS Spark

    Junkyard Playground is an outdoor play area with no adults allowed. Based on the "Risky Play" philosophy, inside the junkyard you'll find curated construction materials, real tools (saws, hammers, etc.) for kid-directed building and play experiences that are messy, creative and free.

    Best Exhibit or Show – Small Institution

    Allergies Get People Talking!

    Armand Frappier Museum

    The Allergies get people talking! exhibit addresses a theme that concerns over 25% of Canadians, which explains the tremendous excitement it generated among its visitors. The content of the exhibit is both rigorous and reachable, notably thanks to the experts, teachers and students who contributed greatly to its development.

    Best Exhibit or Show – Large Institution (2 winners)

    Under the Same Stars: Minwaadiziwin

    Science North

    Under the Same Stars: Minwaadiziwin, is a planetarium experience exploring the night sky. The show is a legacy of stories that celebrates Indigenous people and explores the seasonal changes in the night sky through the telling of Anishinaabe, Cree and Oji-Cree stories of the visible constellations.

    Indigenous Ingenuity

    Montreal Science Centre

    Indigenous Ingenuity is an interactive quest exploring Indigenous innovations from across Canada. Through a series of entertaining interactive activities, this 500 m2 exhibition sheds light on the ingenuity of the First Peoples and their influence on society.


    At the Gala, CASC takes a moment to highlight the many ways in which Canada’s science centres and museums represent the diversity of the Canadian population within its workforce and its visiting audiences.  

    These are just a few examples of the efforts made over the past year. 

    Armand Frappier Museum

    Us and Them: From prejudice to racism exhibition explains scientifically what racism is and why this phenomenon takes place in our societies.

    Okanagan Science Centre

    Celebrated International Women’s Day with Take Your Daughter to Work Day and launched their Writing the Future program by bringing indigenous author Drew Hayden Taylor

    Ontario Science Centre

    Sensory Friendly Saturdays programming and the Science of Anxiety are a few of Ontario Science Centre’s EDI initiatives.

    Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium

    One of Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium's missions is to increase the presence of women and diversity in STEM.

    Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

    Sensory-friendly days: offer increased lighting, a music-free environment and a quiet room for guests who require a break and were developed with Autism Ontario.

    Science World British Columbia

    Have several EDI initiatives including: Sensory Friendly Mornings, their Community Pass Program and taking part in #LGBTSTEM Day, 2018.

    TELUS Spark

    Science of Mental Health workshop aimed to destigmatize mental health.

    The 18th Annual CASC Conference will be hosted by Ingenium - Canada's Museums of Science and Innovation in Ottawa, Ontario, May 27-29, 2020.

  • Wednesday, May 22, 2019 9:49 AM | Anonymous member

    Charity hearts of Prince George were beating strongly through last winter in order to keep a Canadian icon’s history at Exploration Place.

    When the museum was having a hard time keeping Terry Fox’s popular exhibit in its facility for as long as they could, the Prince George Recycle and Return-It Centre laced up its shoes and came to its financial aid.

    The Return-It Centre boosted $3,500 to Exploration Place for the once-in-a-lifetime presentation, via its donation bin campaign.

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  • Tuesday, May 21, 2019 11:59 AM | Anonymous member

    Science North will soon be able to take its Beyond Human Limits show on the road in Northern Ontario thanks to $350,000 from the federal government.

    “Tourism is a major economic driver for Northern Ontario and I’m proud that the Government of Canada is investing in Science North to support this key sector of our economy,” Sudbury MP Paul Lefebvre said in a release Wednesday. “Today’s announcement helps to demonstrate how our Prosperity and Growth Strategy for Northern Ontario is enabling communities to respond to opportunities that create jobs and growth here at home in Sudbury and across the region.”

    Lefebvre and Nickel Belt Marc Serré made the funding announcement on behalf of the Navdeep Bains, the minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and minister responsible for FedNor.

    The FedNor funding will enable Science North to develop and tour a customized version of its Beyond Human Limits travelling exhibit to enhance tourism and create new economic opportunities across Northern Ontario.

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  • Tuesday, May 21, 2019 11:57 AM | Anonymous member

    THEMUSEUM is working in partnership with local libraries Kitchener Public Library, Waterloo Public Library, and Idea Exchange to connect local residents to arts and culture and make regional culture hubs more accessible.

    Lending Program passes to THEMUSEUM are now available at Kitchener Public Library, Waterloo Public Library, and Idea Exchange and can be borrowed from any of these public libraries in the same way a book is borrowed. The pass allows standard admission for a family of up to two adults and up to 4 children and can be borrowed for up to one week. Users will be permitted access to THEMUSEUM similar to a general admission but at no cost to the pass holder. Passes are not valid for THEMUSEUM ticketed events, camps, or workshops. 

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  • Monday, April 22, 2019 12:49 PM | Anonymous member

    Legends of the Northern Sky, the first full-dome digital projection film to play at the Ziedler Dome in more than 30 years, is a local production featuring students from Ermineskin Elementary School in Maskwacis.

    One of the film's storytellers is Wilfred Buck. He's an expert in Indigenous astronomy and known to kids as "the star guy."

    "The film is based on research that I have done in the last 13 years," said Buck, who has studied First Nations astronomy and the connection Western Cree people have had to the sky.

    "It was extensive research and a lot of it, we realized, was based on ceremony and based on the ceremonial songs and how they connect from the stars to us here on earth."

    The film is part of the TELUS World of Science's efforts to tell local stories linked to science.

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  • Thursday, April 18, 2019 3:00 PM | Anonymous member

    Reich+Petch Architects has established a new award that will be presented to one student each year over the next five years from George Brown College’s Centre for Construction and Engineering Technologies’ School of Architectural Studies.

    Tony Reich, principal architect of the firm, announced the Reich+Petch Award for Design Excellence and Innovation following a lecture at the college’s Casa Loma campus in Toronto recently. The first of these awards will be granted to a student in the 2019/20 academic year.

    To be eligible for this award, registered full-time students must be in their second or third year of the Architectural Technology program at George Brown College, indicates a release, adding candidates must achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and have demonstrated tangible aspects of design excellence in innovation in their schoolwork and/or extra-curricular projects.

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  • Thursday, April 18, 2019 2:58 PM | Anonymous member

    The H.R. MacMillan Space Centre will be hosting an epic all-ages drag show, Splendor in Space: A Drag Odyssey, this month. 

    Guests will learn how space exploration changed humanity under the spell-binding cosmic visuals of the Planetarium Star Theatre. What’s more, they will explore how the 1960’s space race changed drag and queer culture.

    Local drag performers Shanda Leer, Dust and Rose Butch will be take guests on the immersive journey through time and space. Afterwards, the performers will be hanging around to mix and mingle with the guests.

    Splendor in Space: A Drag Odyssey will take place in the Planetarium Thursday, April 25th. 

    Learn more. 

  • Thursday, April 18, 2019 2:55 PM | Anonymous member

    Google brought its national Grow with Google tour to Science North in Sudbury on Friday for a one-day event focused on advancing economic opportunity through digital skills training for small business owners, entrepreneurs and individuals.

    The event brought out more than 300 people from the Greater Sudbury region who are all committed to growing their businesses and careers.

    “Sudbury is a city built on innovation – it’s in its DNA,” Aaron Brindle, a Grow with Google spokesperson, said in a release. “From mining research to the hundreds of small business owners who took the time to come out to Grow with Google today, this community is committed to learning new skills, building new businesses and leveraging the internet to reach far beyond Greater Sudbury.”

    Also in attendance were Marc Serre, MP for Nickel Belt and parliamentary secretary to the minister of rural economic development, Jamie West, MPP for Sudbury, and Brian Bigger, mayor of the City of Greater Sudbury.

    Throughout the day, attendees took part in workshops and one-on-one sessions designed to help grow their businesses, advance their careers and learn new digital skills. Workshop topics included how to get businesses online, reaching customers online with Google, and using data to drive business growth.

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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.

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 by working to transform existing relationships to emphasize open dialogue, mutual understanding and respectful collaborations.

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