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One of Canada's great celestial bodies, the H. R. MacMillan Space Centre (HRMSC), is coming on Tuesday as a special guest of The Exploration Place.
The Vancouver-based facility has a travelling program that will touch down at Prince George's premier museum and science centre.
"Budding young astronomers and astronomy enthusiasts alike will get the opportunity to immerse themselves amongst the stars," said Trish Pattison, outreach programmer with the HRMSC.
The event is free of charge and is designed to promote interest in the STEAM subjects: science, technology, arts, engineering and math.
"The Space Centre is also setting up the star of their outreach program: their portable planetarium," said Pattison. "Event attendees can crawl inside this inflatable planetarium and go on a journey to the far corners of the Universe where they can see planets, constellations and other celestial bodies that are only a blur from here on Earth."
The Manitoba Museum will honour the Winnipeg Free Press for 146 years of contributions to life in the province at its 2019 Tribute Gala.
The annual award recognizes the leadership and philanthropy of individuals and organizations that have shaped the province and the city of Winnipeg.
"The Winnipeg Free Press has been an integral part the community, representing the hopes, dreams and ambitions of its readers. It is a leading source of local news, information and debate and shares Manitoba’s voice on national and international issues," the museum said in statement announcing the award.
Established in 1872, the Free Press is the oldest newspaper in Western Canada.
"Everyone at the paper is really pleased the Free Press is being recognized by the Manitoba Museum for the paper’s contributions to the community," publisher Bob Cox said Thursday.
Hashemi's series, Fleeing The Folio, is part of a group exhibit at TheMuseum.
Melika Hashemi is one of four Muslim artists whose work hopes to shed light on cultural belonging and social political issues.
Hashemi's contribution, Fleeing The Folio, is part of a group exhibit at TheMuseum in Kitchener called Connections and Context: Islamic Influences and Traditions.
Her work touches on the journey to belong as her work consists of taking out characters from Persian miniature paintings and placing them in current photographs she took of her surroundings in and around Kitchener and Waterloo.
Future computing is the practice of turning dreams into reality with computers and computer media through compute performance and platforms, immersive technology, and innovative content and applications. Founded in 2014 and sponsored in part by Intel (Platinum level), Advanced Micro Devices (Silver level), and Lenovo (Media Event Sponsor), Immersed is the leading future computing conference in North America. The event will be held November 8-9, 2018 at the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto, Canada.
Celebrating its fifth year, Immersed continues to deliver exceptional access to world-class expertise for companies pursuing business development opportunities and international media exposure. The conference is ideal for professionals, executives, and media who need to know what computing technologies are on the horizon and why. It is a must-attend event for organizations to see how technology and content developments in the not too distant future will be positively impacting their day-to-day operations.
The Exploration Place and the University of Northern British Columbia marked Terry Fox's remarkable Marathon of Hope with the opening of a detailed exhibit on his journey.
It's one of the most comprehensive exhibits ever organized on Terry Fox's legacy and it's set up for its final stop of the tour in Prince George. The display includes artifacts like Fox's artificial leg, clothes, and journal. The CEO of The Exploration Place, Tracey Calogheros, says it took many hours of planning and preparation but to see the finished product was all worth it.
"It's elation, listening to the kids that are in here already from Ron Brent (Elementary) and the joy I am hearing in their voices. For me this morning when we first turned it on and it was quiet I could hear the sound of Terry running and it just gave me chills, it took me back to my youth in Ontario and to all of the stories you've ever heard about Terry. It's a powerful exhibit."
kubik has been awarded the contract to contribute to the final design, prototype, fabrication and installation of the exhibit components of Science North’s permanent exhibition entitled, THINK. Science North is a leader among science centres providing inspirational, educational and entertaining science experiences. This will be the third project kubik will participate in for Science North in the past five years.
Inspired by the Maker Movement, THINK (which stands for Tinker, Hack, Innovate, Network and Know) will combine science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) to encourage hands-on experimentation with real tools, materials and processes. Visitors will be inspired to innovate, build skills, and complete meaningful activities, projects and challenges. The exhibits will allow visitors to experiment and discover physics concepts, engineering processes, and new technologies. Larger exhibits will challenge visitors to design, build, and test their own solutions. The Prototype Lab will offer specialized equipment to create innovative projects and designs.
kubik was chosen due to their knowledge of leading edge trends in the industry including the development of interactive electro-mechanical exhibits, reconfigurable/flexible exhibit design and fabrication, along with their trusted relationship and longevity of experience in the field. Julie Moskalyk, Science Director for Science North says, “we are confident in our choice to have kubik on this important project for Science North. They are a proven partner for us with a practiced methodology, adapt at problem solving and can deliver the THINK project on time and on budget.”
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in the context of culture plays an important role in communities across the globe; however, it is particularly important to Indigenous communities. Connecting STEM to social enterprise, humanities, arts, innovation, entrepreneurship, etc. an ‘A’ is added to get STEAM, standing for ‘Arts’ and all that it encompasses.
IndigeSTEAM is hosting events that incorporate the importance of equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in STEM. The first of the events is the Indigenous Inclusion Mentors Leadership Retreat which integrates modern science, technology, engineering and mathematics with indigenous wisdom to create an innovative future for all.
Through inclusion and the incorporation of Indigenous wisdom and teachings, youth can be engaged in a way that transcends race, gender and abilities and breaks down barriers for all underrepresented groups. This retreat invites participants to examine their own cognitive diversity and learn how their lens shapes their interactions with others.
The second event is the Post-Halloween Masquerade Ball Benefiting IndigeSTEAM. The experience allows attendees to have an opportunity to learn a little about IndigeSTEAM and other non-profits focused on equity, diversity and inclusion in STEM.
The Towers of Tomorrow with LEGO Bricks exhibit opened at the Discovery Centre in late September. The creator of the exhibit, Ryan McNaught, and his team have created twenty 14-foot skyscrapers out of lego bricks including New York’s Empire State Building, China’s Shanghai Tower and Toronto’s CN Tower.
The exhibit has already toured throughout Australia and parts of the United States, and the opening at Discovery Centre is the Canadian debut for the exhibition. Visitors are able to explore the different architectural wonders, but it also generates an interest for children in what McNaught calls education by stealth, “kids are thinking that they’re coming to play with Lego, but they’re actually going to learn some really important skills, things like how important engineering is in absolutely everything that we do today”.
Former CEO of Science World, Bryan Tisdall, attended his investiture ceremony, receiving the Order of Canada on Thursday, September 6th, 2018. Contributing to science education in British Columbia, he has had a remarkable career including nearly two decades as the CEO of Science World BC (1997-2016).
During his years at Science World, he was known for not shying away from controversial exhibitions and focused on what exhibits visitors would find interesting. Tisdall believes the appetite for such knowledge speaks to the importance of scientific education that’s done in a fun and accessible way.
“It's to develop an appreciation for the (the fact that) science isn't only test tubes and laboratories and old white guys with curly hair. It's everywhere and it's all-pervasive.”
He also says learning to think like a scientists is important, no matter what one does with their life. “It's being analytical. It's being questioning. It's being open,” he said. “It's appreciating you may never have all the answers.”
At the ceremony, governor general Julie Payette bestowed him with a medal which held special meaning to Tisdall as he and Payette are personal friends from her time serving as director of the Montreal Science Centre.
Ontario Science Centre's 2018 Science Literacy Survey reveals Canadians believe science is needed to solve critical world issues.
83% of Canadians want to learn more about science and how it affects our world
81% agree that most people don't understand the impact of science on their everyday lives
74% agree that critical challenges facing the world will need to be solved by science and technology
54% believe that society is turning away from science in favour of ideas that lack evidence or data
According to the Ontario Science Centre’s third annual Science Literacy Survey, most Canadians believe that science and technology play a major role in solving different challenges across the globe. Contradictory to this, many Canadians are also concerned about the impact of new technologies that may be, or already are, applied to everyday life such as artificial intelligence.
Each year, the Ontario Science Centre publishes the results of its Science Literacy Survey to coincide with Science Literacy Week, a national celebration of science from September 17 to 23, 2018. However, this year’s study also found that a little more than half of the respondents believe that society is turning away from science.
"Science literacy has never been more important than it is today," said Dr. Maurice Bitran, PhD, CEO, and Chief Science Officer, Ontario Science Centre. "The rapid pace of scientific advancement and the emergence of new technologies like artificial intelligence and self-driving cars have created an interesting tension in the minds of Canadians. People recognize that these technologies are important, but don't know enough about them to feel comfortable with their implementation. That's something the Ontario Science Centre can help with.”
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