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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.

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  • 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. 

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Thursday, December 06, 2018 2:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    David Saint-Jacques also given an eagle feather and a Mi'kmaw name.

    When Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques blasted into space Monday on his way to the International Space Station, he took with him some symbolic Mi'kmaw items.

    Tucked away in his gear was an eagle feather and a miniature, handmade basket created out of wood from a black ash tree.

    "The one that is travelling in space with him now is a tiny little basket the size of a loonie," said basketmaker Shanna Francis of Eskasoni First Nation in Cape Breton.

    "I made it a few years ago and it has a new home now. It's in space."

    Francis joined many other Indigenous people inside a theatre room at the Discovery Centre in Halifax to watch the rocket blast off from Kazakhstan. 

    "It makes me believe that anything is possible," said Francis. "I hope it might in some way open new doors for the youth in our community."

    Many others took in the launch at the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre in Cape Breton.

    "We try to light the embers of creativity and imaginations for these kids," said Christopher Googoo, chief operating officer of Ulnooweg's Digital Mi'kmaq program, which aims to bridge the digital divide faced by Indigenous youth.

    "We'd like to see them pursue being an astronaut because that pursuit will get them into things like mathematics and engineering."

    This past year, the Canadian Space Agency and the Digital Mi'kmaq program collaborated on a robotics program and the partnership led to the basket and feather being given to Saint-Jacques.

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  • Thursday, December 06, 2018 1:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Some residents in Tuktoyaktuk, N.W.T., will soon have the skills to monitor climate change in their community, as part of a new program.

    "It's important that people know exactly what is happening and the changes, and what is being impacted here," said Shaun Cormier, project manager for the Tuktoyaktuk Community Corporation.

    Cormier said the hamlet was one of several communities selected across Canada for funding that would go toward a community-based monitoring program.

    The committee put together an event in the fall called World Café on Climate Change, which helped launch the project.

    "We just talked about climate change basically for two to three hours and formulated discussion around different topics in the community," said Cormier.

    He said about 50 people of all ages showed up and shared their knowledge and their questions in regards to climate change.

    Cormier said the hamlet has teamed up with the Aurora Research Institute based in Inuvik, where they are putting on a training session over the weekend so community members can learn how to monitor.

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  • Thursday, December 06, 2018 12:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    “We are hosting Science North at Science Timmins for a butterfly pinning workshop,” said Antoine Garwah, president and chief executive officer of Science Timmins.

    Science Timmins has something fun for grandparents to do with their grandkids (ages six and up) this Saturday.

    “We are hosting Science North at Science Timmins for a butterfly pinning workshop,” said Antoine Garwah, president and chief executive officer of Science Timmins.

    The workshop involves pinning real butterflies in shadow boxes. Participants will take home the shadow boxes after the workshop. There will also be camouflage games and other activities. Participants will learn about pollinators and experience how pollinators see ultraviolet pollen trails on flowers, using UV flashlights.

    The workshop will be offered twice. The first workshop will be from 10 a.m. to noon and the second will run from 1 to 3 p.m.

    Working in collaboration and hosting events with the Sudbury-based Science North is not unique for Science Timmins.

    In the last month, Science Timmins has been promoting a “nature exchange” program that was initially developed by Science North. The Science Village in Timmins is now one of a number of science centres, libraries and facilities across the North that are now linked in on the same database.

    “Northern Nature Trading is a special kind of swap shop,” explained Mason Charbonneau, a science communicator with Science Timmins. “You can bring in the natural things you’ve found and trade them for things in our collection. You can bring rocks, minerals, anything from nature you can take without destroying nature.”

    For example, they don’t want people bringing in birds’ nest, eggs, living plants or animals, or even dead animals.

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  • Tuesday, December 04, 2018 11:33 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A new program at Calgary’s TELUS Spark hopes to make talking about mental health to children easier by adding science and fun exhibits. The Science of Mental Health workshop is geared toward youths, teachers and professionals to explore what is happening in their brains and bodies when dealing with stress.

    “We have people being aware of how they’re reacting, and the link between the stimulus they’re feeling in their minds, hearts and bodies, so that they’re able to bring that back under control with breathing techniques and awareness,” said Dr. Elka Walsh, Telus Spark’s chief education and learning officer, on Wednesday. She said teaching resiliency techniques to manage stress helps kids not to fear putting up their hands in class or stumbling during hockey practice.

    Walsh estimates that by the end of the year, about 500 young people will have engaged in the workshops. Throughout her 20 years in education, Walsh has seen the stresses mount for both youth and adults, and said TELUS Spark wanted to contribute to something bigger. “If we can come together as Calgarians, we can have an incredibly mentally healthy, destigmatized community that really enables each other to be our very best and our authentic selves,” she said.

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  • Tuesday, December 04, 2018 11:29 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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.

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  • Tuesday, December 04, 2018 11:27 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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:

    West Coast

    • Big Little Science Centre

    • Okanagan Science Centre

    • Science World British Columbia


    • TELUS World of Science — Edmonton

    • Saskatchewan Science Centre

    Central Canada

    • 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

    • Science North

    • Sherbrooke Museum of Nature and Science

    Atlantic Canada

    •   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.

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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