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This Wednesday, Sept 19, CASC is thrilled to be participating in the Prime Minister's Science Fair, featuring 36 youths from across Canada. After a call out to CASC members with an opportunity to participate in this unique event, 11 science centres, science museums and makerspaces responded and will help showcase the importance of informal education and science literacy across Canada.
The goal of the Prime Minister Science Fair is to showcase young innovators who will be the researchers of tomorrow. CASC members will showcase how Science Centres and Science Museums are part of their lives and help in this effort - highlighting ways that we help increase Canada’s capacity to inspire the next generation to engage with science and to pursue it at school and even as a career.
During the event the Prime Minister will tour displays of the 11 CASC member organizations and representatives from each institution will take part in a Roundtable discussion with the Minister of Science.
We will be live tweeting the event from @CASC_ACCS on twitter and using the Science Literacy Week hashtag #SciLit.
Organizations (and Twitter handles) who’ll be participating in the event include:
Bryan Tisdall, a longtime Steveston resident, travels to Ottawa Thursday to receive the honour in a ceremony with Canada’s governor general.
Tisdall has had a remarkable career contributing to science education in B.C., spending nearly two decades as CEO of Science World from 1997 to 2016. He never shied away from controversial exhibits and took the iconic False Creek orb from a floundering operation to a renowned not-for-profit that doesn’t rely on government funding for any ongoing support.
He came to Science World from a stint as general manager of Exhibition Place and the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto. Before that, he worked as director of finance and administration for the Metropolitan Toronto Police and as director of planning and production services with TVOntario.
Dr. Robert Thirsk, former Canadian Space Agency (CSA) astronaut, will kick off Science Literacy Week by unveiling the winning prototypes of the Little Inventors: Inventions for Space Canada-wide competition. The Natural Sciences and Engineering Council (NSERC) and the CSA are proud collaborators on Little Inventors, a UK-based initiative that taps into the imaginations of students to turn inventions into real prototypes.
The event is taking place in conjunction with the opening of the Little Inventors exhibition, open until October 2018 at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, and the launch of Science Literacy Week, a week-long celebration of science-based activities that highlight our outstanding scientists and science promoters.
Dr. Robert Thirsk, some of the little inventors and a magnificent maker will be available to media following a panel discussion. Media representatives will also be invited to tour the Little Inventors Exhibit in the Space Discovery Centre.
It was an international project produced by Canadian actor and playwright, R.H. Thomson and a non-profit organisation It’s called “The World Remembers”.
Each centennial year of the war, the war dead have been remembered by projecting their names onto a huge screen.
In the national capital Ottawa, the screen was set up on the convention centre, which had been the main railway station during the war through which many soldiers passed on the way to the front, many of whom never returned.
This year is even more poignant as the centennial of the last year of the war.
The names of the fallen in 1918 from Canada will be projected along with those of United Kingdom,, France, Germany, the United States, Turkey, Belgium, Australia, the Czech Republic, Ukraine, South Africa, Italy, New Zealand, Slovenia, China and the former British Indian Army will appear.
The projection will start at dusk each night starting tonight, and run throughout the night till early dawn and this year will also include the names of those who died as a result of their war wounds or disease in later years from 1919 to 1922.
The names of more than 23,000 Canadian dead will be shown along with almost 980,000 others of the participating countries.
In addition to the Ottawa Convention Centre, other Canadian locations include, The Canadian War Museum (also in Ottawa), The Manitoba Museum, the City of Toronto, the City of Winnipeg, the Royal Military College, Queen’s University, Trinity College Toronto, Royal BC Museum, Cape Breton University, Concordia University and Carleton University, the display will also appear in Belgium, Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States and Switzerland. Canadian Embassies in Washington and Geneva and the High Commission in London UK have confirmed their participation.
The names will appear in no particular order as the feeling was there was no order to the deaths.
The last name however will be that of Canadian George Price, believed to be the last death at 2 minutes before 11am when the Armistice came into effect ending the war.
Dr. Scott Sampson, president and CEO of Science World, on the benefits of keeping kids connected to nature as they head back to the classroom.
Can anyone think of a worse environment for children than a row of desks in a cinder-block building under fluorescent lights?
“It’s like kids live under house arrest, because we just don’t let them go outside much,” said Dr. Scott Sampson, president and CEO of Science World. “It’s like a huge experiment we’ve run on our kids over the past generation and it’s led to a massive increase in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
And rather than fixing that problem by getting kids outside, we are giving them prescription drugs, he said. Some doctors have taken to writing “park prescriptions” for youngsters with ADHD and “it reduces symptoms tremendously.”
As school resumes, Sampson has a few ideas that will benefit kids physically, emotionally and intellectually.
“The minute children step outside their heart rates slow, blood pressure drops, relaxation kicks in and it alleviates many of the symptoms of the ADHD,” he said. “Children outside tend to be more imaginative, they play longer in a natural environment versus a metal and plastic playground, let alone an indoor structure.”
Kids outdoors bully less and are more collaborative and creative, said Sampson, who argues that nearly every subject — from art to math — can be pursued “profitably” outdoors at least part of the time.
The Children & Nature Network curates relevant research as well as offering strategies for parents, educators and community leaders to leverage the restorative power of nature.
The Saskatchewan Science Centre returned to Estevan for the Go Science event, which was hosted by the Estevan Public Library on Aug. 24.
The event featured activities related to several science topics including ‘With Great Power’, which focused on super powers, ‘Building Better’, which had the youths learning about and building structures, and ‘Healthy Planet, Healthy Life’, where attendees learned about the planet we call home, as well as various other fun science related activities.
Creator of immersive and interactive attractions, Science North, has made its travelling exhibition, Arctic Voices, available to exhibitors in the Asia-Pacific region.
The exhibition uses a variety of hands-on and immersive exhibits to bring the Arctic to life.
Co-produced by Science North and the Canadian Museum of Nature, visitors explore the region’s wildlife, connect with the people who live in its challenging environment and learn about the impact of climate change.
“Arctic Voices explores the unique nature of the Earth’s Arctic region, the science being undertaken there, and how this region is an indicator of climate change on our planet,” explains Guy Labine, Science North CEO.
It is an indisputable fact that the Earth hurtles around our Sun at 30 kilometres per second, but it sure seems to speed up during the summer. School is out, friends and family gather for bonfires and barbecues… time flies when you’re having fun.
Of course, the cosmos ticks along at its usual pace regardless of season, and the science of decoding the universe never truly takes a holiday, either.
As students and teachers in the Northern hemisphere prepare to head back to school, the Perimeter Institute of Theoretical Physics decided to take a look at some of the biggest physics stories of the summer — and provide some handy primers to help you brush up on what you may have missed while you were dozing in a hammock.
As part of its suite of educational resources for classrooms, Perimeter Institute has created lessons and activities to help students and teachers delve into the universe’s gravitational dynamos, black holes.
“We integrated the emotional, interactive and informational aspects of the Olympic experience to really bring it to life for visitors. The interactive journey we created will let visitors immerse themselves into the reality of Olympic athletes throughout their process from mental and physical training all the way to their ultimate glory,” explained Yves Mayrand, President and Chief Creative Officer at GSM Project.
GSM Project has designed exhibitions all over the world, including recently the Sally Hemings exhibition in Monticello and Science City in India.
Prospective paleontologists have the opportunity to get their hands dirty in the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum’s fossil preparation lab.
The museum is seeking volunteers to help clean and prepare for preservation fossils of pachyrhinosaurus, a large horned dinosaur which existed in the Late Cretaceous period roughly 70 million years ago. The fossils were collected from the Pipestone Creek bonebed field site.
“People can volunteer in our fossil preparation lab, and they can do some of this work themselves under supervision of museum staff,” said Derek Larson, the museum’s assistant curator of vertebrate
paleontology. “They work hands-on with the fossils and it’s a really great experience for people who want to learn about paleontology or just contribute to a museum, or some people find it very relaxing.”
Since January 2017 when the program launched, approximately 130 fossils have been prepared by volunteers.
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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